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Chapter 2: Ledecka wins gold again, this time on a snowboard

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When the book is closed on these Olympics — all Olympics, really — Ester Ledecka will have her own chapter. Though they're both on snow, skiing and snowboarding are simply not supposed to mix. Though she could have been ...

Lee wins South Korea’s only Olympic gold in speedskating

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — In the last speedskating event at the Gangneung Oval, Lee Seung-hoon delivered the Olympic host nation's first gold medal. Lee won the inaugural men's mass start Saturday, highlighting a strong showing for the South Korean team ...

IOC recommends upholding ban of Russia through Winter Games

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The International Olympic Committee executive board has recommended upholding the ban of Russia from the Pyeongchang Winter Games. The full membership will vote on the proposal Sunday ahead of the closing ceremony. IOC ...

As Olympics wrap up, still no coverage in North Korea

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — While hundreds of millions of the world's people get ready to watch the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday, North Koreans are still waiting to see the first event. The lack of news at home is a ...

Canada takes Olympic bronze after beating Czech Republic 6-4

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Canadians hugged each other and happily celebrated an Olympic hockey medal that isn't the color they prefer. At a tournament where the NHL stars stayed away, the Canadians who played at the Pyeongchang Games were just ...

4 gold medals to be awarded on last day of Pyeongchang Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Four gold medals are being awarded on the final day of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Medal will be handed out in women's curling, the four-man bobsled, men's hockey and the women's 50-kilometer cross-country mass start race. The "Garlic Girls" are in trouble in ...

Alpine team event debuts without some big names; Swiss win

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — They held a new Olympic skiing event on an Olympic course with Olympic medals at stake in front of a loud, rowdy Olympic crowd Saturday. The only thing missing, really? Some of the top Olympic talent. In all, 15 of the 23 ...

Tough bobsled season for the US men coming to an end

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The last official day of bobsled season is Sunday, and the American men probably can't wait for the finale. So far in these Pyeongchang Olympics, U.S. bobsled coach Brian Shimer was bedridden by illness, Codie Bascue ...

Germany in position for another sliding gold, this in 4-man

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The only nation to come to an Olympics and leave with all three bobsled gold medals was Germany, which pulled off the title triple 12 years ago. Francesco Friedrich has the Germans in position to do it again. Friedrich and ...

Russians to face surprising Germany in Olympic hockey final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Russians expected to play for the Olympic men's hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years. Their opponent is quite the surprise: Germany will play in its first Olympic hockey final on Sunday hours before the games ...

US biathlon team to boycott IBU World Cup meet in Russia

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The United States biathlon team has announced it will boycott the final IBU World Cup meet in Russia next month. The U.S. athletes released a statement Saturday saying that the International Biathlon Union's recent decision to move forward with the March 22-25 ...

Russians get 1st gold, Germany tops Canada in Olympic hockey

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Russians finally won a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Canadian men’s hockey team won’t even get the chance after losing to Germany. Alina Zagitova edged training partner Evgenia Medvedeva on Friday in figure skating, giving the Russians a ...

Liriano agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Detroit Tigers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Detroit agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano, giving the Tigers added pitching depth. The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, which ...

Snowboarder eyes comeback after breaking neck at Olympics

VIENNA (AP) — The Austrian snowboard crosser who broke his neck in a frightening crash at the Olympics last week is considering a return to the sport. Markus Schairer says the prospect of a comeback is "the easiest way to get healthy again." The 30-year-old Schairer underwent surgery on the ...

Nuis becomes 1st to win 2 Olympic golds at Gangneung Oval

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — After a week without an Olympic gold medal in speedskating, the Dutch had to do something. Kjeld Nuis was the man who did it — first dressed in orange and now covered in gold. The 1,500-meter champion ended the Dutch ...

Koshechkin shuts out Czechs to put Russians in Olympic final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Russians will play for the Olympic men's hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years thanks to a 34-year-old goaltender on a roll. Veteran goaltender Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 31 shots he faced to put the "Olympic ...

A 2nd Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee's executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday's closing ...

Russians finally celebrate gold at Olympics after scandals

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — After two weeks of Olympic competition, the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" finally have a gold medal. Alina Zagitova won the women's figure skating title Friday to become the first Russian to win a Winter Olympic event ...

American curlers go from ‘Team of Rejects’ to Olympic medals

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — John Shuster was already a three-time Olympian and the most successful American curler in history when he applied for the U.S. high performance program after the Sochi Games. He didn't make the cut. So Shuster approached a ...