Zagitova leads figure skating......Bronze for Vonn...NCAA strips Louisville of title...Hornets drop GM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Alina Zagitova’s record-setting short program gives the 15-year-old the lead over Russian teammate Evgenia Medvedeva heading into the free skate at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Zagitova scored 82.92 points, breaking the mark of 81.61 that Medvedeva had set about 15 minutes earlier. Mirai Nagasu was the top U.S. performer in ninth place.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American Lindsey Vonn fell shy of a second Olympic gold medal in women’s alpine, taking the bronze at the Pyeongchang Games. Italian Sofia Goggia (GOH’-jah) finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.22 seconds to hold off Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel by 0.09 seconds. Vonn was 0.47 seconds behind Goggia.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has been stripped of its 2013 NCAA men’s basketball title and will have to vacate 123 victories, along with millions in conference revenue from the 2012-15 NCAA tournaments. The NCAA Infraction Appeals Committee says the association has the authority to take away championships for what it considers major rule violations. It also refuted Louisville’s position that the NCAA exceeded its boundaries and didn’t follow its own precedent established in other cases.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have fired general manager Rich Cho with the team on pace to miss the playoffs for the second straight season. Cho was hired as GM in 2011 and assumed day-to-day responsibilities of the basketball operations department in 2014. Team owner Michael Jordan’s college teammate Buzz Peterson, who was hired last year as the team’s assistant general manager, is a potential replacement.
UNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy he isn’t sure his surgically-repaired right knee will be ready by opening day. Murphy underwent an operation to repair cartilage shortly after last season, a procedure than included micro-fracture surgery. Doctors told him recovery time would be four to six months, and the 32-year-old Murphy already has full range of motion in his knee.