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U.S. women’s hockey players boycott worlds

The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. women’s hockey players let a deadline to decide on whether they’ll boycott the world championships pass Thursday without any indication they’ve changed their minds in a standoff with USA Hockey over wages.

“We are focused on the issue of equitable support and stand by our position,” the players said in a statement released after the 5 p.m. EDT deadline. “We continue to be grateful for the encouragement and loyalty of our fans.”

The powerhouse U.S. women’s program has been plunged into chaos less than a week until the scheduled start of training camp and just over two weeks from defending its world championship gold medal on home ice in Plymouth, Mich.

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