Defending Olympic figure skating champ forced to miss 2014 Games with hip injury

Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic figure skating champion from the United States, announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi.

After two months of aggressive treatment, doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.

“This has been my entire life, training and representing my country,” Lysacek said, pausing to fight back tears. “So it’s just kind of difficult. As much as I knew it could go either way, I never accepted it wouldn’t. I always thought it would work out. I was crushed. I am crushed.”

Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country’s human rights record and a recent law banning gay “propaganda.”


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: A scoreless match between Galatasaray of Turkey and Juventus of Italy was abandoned due to hail and snow with the remaining 59 minutes to be played Wednesday.

Juventus needs a point to qualify for the knockout stage while Galatasaray must win to progress.

  Olympiakos of Greece and Bayer Leverkusen of Germany reached the knockout stage with victories.

BRAZILIAN PROTESTS: The Brazilian federation is making changes to its soccer calendar from 2015 in response to player demands, limiting the maximum number of matches a team can play in a month to seven and guaranteeing 30 days’ vacation.

MLS TRADE: D.C. United acquired veteran midfielder Davy Arnaud from the Montreal Impact for an international roster spot for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.


FORMULA ONE: Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champion, said it’s “absurd” to double points in the final race of the upcoming seasons.

Vettel contends the decision by the sport’s governing body “punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season.”


TYSON BANNED: Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champion, scrapped promotional appearances in London because previous convictions bar him from entering Britain.

Tyson, 47, was due in London this week as part of a promotional tour for his autobiography “Undisputed Truth.”


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