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Kovalchuk scores twice, Russians outclass US 4-0 at Olympics

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The blistering pace on the ice and the atmosphere in the arena was reminiscent of the epic showdown between the United States and Russia in Sochi four years ago. That's where the similarities end. When the teams met again at ...

Self-proclaimed ‘icon’ Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on. Ever the showman, and with his trademark ...

Marit Bjoergen ties Winter Olympic record with 13th medal

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Marit Bjoergen moved into a tie for the most career Winter Olympic medals after helping the Norwegian women win the 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay on Saturday. Sweden finished second while a team of Russians were third. The ...

Cleared by doctors, freeskier wins silver after head injury

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mathilde Gremaud concedes she does not remember her head slamming onto the slopestyle course during training, or much of anything that happened in the aftermath. Those may sound like telltale signs of someone reeling from ...

Suter has hat trick as Switzerland blanks South Korea 8-0

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Pius Suter had a hat trick and former NHL goaltender Jonas Hiller made 25 saves as Switzerland shut out host South Korea 8-0 and chased goaltender Matt Dalton on Saturday night. Dennis Hollenstein, Felicien du Bois, Thomas Rufenacht, Reto Schaeppi and Tristan ...

Tied for 6th, Vonn points to key mistake; also erred earlier

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's first Olympic race in eight years included one obvious, late mistake that she was sure cost her a medal — maybe even the gold. Truth is, the American generally considered the greatest female ski racer in ...

Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Yuzuru Hanyu was introduced as the Olympic gold medalist, skated over to the podium and jumped high onto it. With a perfect landing, naturally. He also leaped into the figure skating history books Saturday, becoming the first ...

Erin Jackson, speedskating ‘newbie,’ is surprise Olympian

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Erin Jackson is the rawest of Olympic rookies. As a kid careering around roller rinks in Florida, she never dreamed of gold. She just loved going fast on wheels, earning the well-deserved nickname "Speedy." Spotted by an inline ...

Anna Veith hits back at Bode Miller with Olympic silver

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Happily married skiers do ski fast, Bode Miller. Mrs. Anna Veith is the proof. Three days after Miller said in an NBC broadcast that marriage had not been so good for one of the best Alpine skiers of her generation, the ...

Olympic streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Czech Republic rallied twice to hand the Canadian men's hockey team its first Olympic loss in eight years Saturday, riding goaltender Pavel Francouz to a 3-2 win in a shootout. Canada had won 11 consecutive games at the Olympics — the first 10 with NHL ...

Chen, Zhou, Rippon land in top 10 in figure skating

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Three spots in the top 10. A victory in the free skate. Sounds like a pretty good Olympics for the U.S. men. It was, sort of. Two-time American champion Nathan Chen had designs on a medal, preferably gold, when he headed to ...

Switzerland’s Hoefflin skis to gold in women’s slopestyle

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympics were never part of Sarah Hoefflin's plan. The goal when she entered university in Cardiff, England, a decade ago was to become a doctor. So she buried her head in books and earned a degree in neuroscience. Skiing ...

‘The hardest year’: USA Bobsled carries on without Holcomb

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The memories are impossible to ignore. Justin Olsen sees him in the start house. Elana Meyers Taylor hears him on her track walks. Mentions of his name bring some members of the team to tears, and others still can't fully open ...

What to watch from the Pyeongchang Olympics on Day 8

By MAGAN CRANE and SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — We've made it to the second week of the Olympics. We'd say things are heating up — and yes, the weather is a bit warmer — but remember these are still the Winter Games. There's lots of action on the ice ...

US skater Nathan Chen dazzles after poor short program

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Nathan Chen finally admitted the pressure of being the face of American figure skating got to him, winding him up so tight for his short program that it ended in what he described as a "disaster." All that pressure was gone for ...

American figure skater Vincent Zhou is brilliant, bemusing

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The personality of American figure skater Vincent Zhou, who made his Olympic debut with a superb short program Friday, was neatly summed up by his social media response to a fan who recently asked what era he would visit if he ...

Lindsey Vonn’s opener, super-G, delayed because of wind

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's first race at the Pyeongchang Olympics is the latest to be delayed because of strong winds. The start for the women's super-G has been pushed back by an hour to Saturday at noon local time (Friday at 10 p.m. ET). Vonn was drawn to be the first ...

2 Kings lead World past US 155-124 in Rising Stars game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the NBA's All-Star weekend off to a running start. Hield scored 29 points, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World's 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars ...

First at last: Earnhardt’s lone 500 victory still resonates

By Dan Gelson and Mark Long AP Sports Writers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt was NASCAR's "Intimidator," winning his first Cup championship in only his second full season. Earnhardt had achieved about all there was to do in NASCAR by 1998, including a record-tying seven Cup ...

Tough day for top Americans at Pyeongchang Olympics

By David Brandt AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a rough day in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen. The 22-year-old Shiffrin finished fourth in the women's Olympic slalom on Friday, failing to win her second medal in as many days. She won gold in the ...