Medal switch...US short of goal...New NBA misconduct hotline
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says a ceremony has been scheduled to give Norway’s mixed doubles curlers the bronze medal stripped from the Russian team over doping. Veteran goaltender Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 31 shots he faced to put the Russians into the men’s gold medal hockey game with a 3-0 shutout against the Czech Republic in the semifinals. Canada and Germany’s semifinal is later Friday.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Leaders at the U.S. Olympic Committee projected Team USA to win 37 medals at the Pyeongchang Games — a goal the U.S. will not come close to reaching when the Olympics close on Sunday. The Associated Press obtained a slide that was presented to the USOC board in meetings last year, and used to set expectations and funding levels for the Winter Games. Heading into the final 48 hours of action, the United States had 21 medals. The U.S. has placed fourth or fifth in 21 events.
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA is establishing a confidential hotline for league and team employees to report concerns about misconduct in their workplace. The move comes after a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile environment for women in the Dallas Mavericks organization. Commissioner Adam Silver sent the memo to teams detailing hotline plans and asking them to review its respect in the workplace policies. The league says “respect and integrity are core NBA values.”
UNDATED (AP) — Two top 10 teams saw action in NCAA hoops. Killian Tillie scored 17 points, Rui Hachimura added 16 and No. 6 Gonzaga beat San Diego 77-72 . Carsen Edwards scored a career-high 40 points and Dakota Mathias added 18 to help No. 9 Purdue outlast Illinois in a 93-86. In other games, No. 11 Cincinnati beat Connecticut 77-52, No. 22 St. Mary’s handled Pepperdine 75-61, No. Arizona beat Oregon State 75-65 and Memphis got an upset win over No. 23 Houston 91-85.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri has signed a one-year contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts. At 45, Vinatieri will again be the league’s oldest player. The kicker has 2,487 points and needs 58 to pass Morten Andersen as top scorer. Vinatieri has played most of his career with the Colts. They signed him as a free agent in 2006 after he won three Super Bowl rings with New England.