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February 10, 2018


Day One of Olympic competition

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Koreans managed all of three shots in the first 20 minutes of their historic women’s hockey game in the Olympics, and a North Korean had one of them.

Fans roared encouragement and approval each time the Koreans touched the puck.

Han Soojin had a shot that went off the crossbar, just missing a chance to give Korea a lead in a scoreless game. North Korean Jong Su Hyon had a shot smothered by the Swiss goalie, and Choi Jiyeon had another shot late in the period.

It wasn’t nearly enough against Switzerland, ranked sixth in the world and winner of bronze in 2014 at Sochi. Alina Muller provided all the scoring the Swiss needed with a hat trick in the first period, the third goal coming with 12 seconds left in the period.

Among other developments at the Olympics Saturday:

— Lim Hyo-jun has given the host country its first gold medal of the games. The South Korean crossed the line first in the men’s 1,500-meter short track, setting off a huge roar from the capacity crowd at Gangneung Ice Arena. Defending Olympic champion Charles Hamelin of Canada was penalized for impeding and finished far back anyway. Lim surged past Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands and finished about two blade lengths ahead in an Olympic-record time of 2 minutes, 10.485 seconds. Knegt settled for the silver medal, while the bronze went to Semen Elistratov, who became Russia’s first medalist of the games.

— American teenager Maame Biney is safely through to the quarterfinals of the 500 meters in her short-track Olympic debut. The 18-year-old speedskater finished second in her heat behind China’s Fan Kexin on Saturday night. Biney was born in Ghana and moved to the U.S. as a 5-year-old. The other American, Lana Gehring, was eliminated after finishing third in her heat. Only the top two skaters in each heat advance.

— South Korea recovered from a crash to earn a place in the women’s 3,000-meter relay final at short-track speedskating. The South Koreans won their semifinal heat on Saturday night, drawing wild cheers from the home crowd at the packed Gangneung Ice Arena. Canada also advanced to Tuesday’s final, along with China and Italy. The U.S. women didn’t qualify for the event.


Clippers beat ex-teammate

UNDATED (AP) — Blake Griffin didn’t have a great reunion with the team that traded him last week.

Griffin scored 19 points but shot just 7 of 19 from the field as the Detroit Pistons lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-95. He was facing the Clippers for the first time since he was sent to Detroit in a deal that brought Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris to Los Angeles.

Lou Williams scored a game-high 26 points in his first game since agreeing to a contract extension. Austin Rivers had 16 points for the Clippers, who trailed by three before outscoring the Pistons 31-15 in the fourth quarter.

Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:

— James Harden scored 28 points and the Rockets never trailed in their seventh consecutive win, a 130-104 blowout over the Nuggets. Clint Capela added 23 points with a career-high 25 rebounds as Houston pulled within a half-game of Golden State for the league’s best record.

— LeBron James had a triple-double with 22 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers rolled past the Hawks, 123-107. Kyle Korver scored a season-high 30 points, including four straight 3-pointers to close the third quarter and put the Cavs ahead by 15.

— Dwayne (dwayn) Wade came off the bench to score three points on 1-of-6 shooting in his return to the Heat, a 91-85 win over the Bucks. Tyler Johnson scored 19 points and Hassan Whiteside added 12 with 16 rebounds as Miami sent Milwaukee to its second loss in nine games under interim coach Joe Prunty.

— Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) poured in 35 points and Thaddeus Young finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds as the Pacers beat the Celtics for the first time in three tries this season, 97-91. Boston clawed back from a 26-point deficit to take an 83-82 lead before the Celtics’ lead in the East fell to a half-game over Toronto.

— Damian Lillard was the offensive star of the night as he dropped in 50 points on 16 of 26 shooting to lead the Trail Blazers to a 118-100 win at Sacramento. Portland was 15-for-35 from 3-point range, with Lillard going 8-for-13 from downtown.

— Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) scored 16 of his 24 points in the first quarter and finished with 16 rebounds in the 76ers’ 100-82 thumping of the Pelicans. Dario Saric hit four 3-pointers and also had 24 points for Philadelphia, which closed the third quarter on a 14-0 run to take a 32-point lead.

— Zach LaVine (leh-VEEN’) scored 35 points against his former team and the Bulls spoiled Jimmy Butler’s return to Chicago with a 114-113 victory over the Timberwolves. Butler scored 38 for the Wolves, who blew a 17-point lead and allowed Chicago to end a seven-game losing streak.

— Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points and the Jazz ran the league’s longest current winning streak to eight games by topping the Hornets, 106-94. Joe Ingles scored a career-high 23 points with six assists and five rebounds for Utah, while teammate Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 20 points and 11 boards.


LeBron excited by Cavs’ additions

UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James says he’s excited about the new players added by the Cavaliers following a whirlwind of trades before the NBA’s deadline.

James says it’s his job to integrate George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood as fast as possible. The newcomers are being asked to turn around a team that has gone 7-13 since a 24-9 start.

Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade were among six players unloaded by the Cavs in three separate deals Thursday. General manager Koby Altman wanted to revitalize an aging team he felt was “marching a slow death” and not fulfilling its potential as a title contender.

In other NBA news:

— The Chicago Bulls have waived swingman Tony Allen after acquiring him in a trade that sent Nikola Mirotic (NEE’-koh-luh MEER’-uh-tihch) to New Orleans last week. The 14-year veteran averaged 4.7 points in 22 games for the Pelicans before breaking his leg.

— The Hawks have bought out Marco Belinelli’s contract, giving the 3-point specialist an opportunity to finish the season on a contending team. The 13-year veteran was averaging 11.4 points while starting only one game, hitting five 3-pointers three times and scoring in double figures in 30 of his 52 games.

— Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for his actions during Wednesday’s loss to the Jazz. Bickerstaff was punished for directing inappropriate comments toward a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after an ejection.

— Philadelphia guard Markelle Fultz may not play again this season as he deals with a right shoulder injury. The top overall pick in last year’s NBA draft played the 76ers’ first four games of the season but has been sidelined since because of a shoulder injury.


Lions give Quinn extension

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have extended general manager Bob Quinn’s contract to match the length of the deal they gave new coach Matt Patricia. The agreement was announced four days after Patricia was hired.

Quinn was hired two years ago after he had worked in the New England’s personnel department for 16 years.


Foltynewicz, Braves fight over 100 grand

UNDATED (AP) — Pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves over a difference of $100,000, the smallest gap in a hearing since 1994.

The 26-year-old right-hander is asking for a raise from $544,000 to $2.3 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Foltynewicz was 10-13 with a 4.79 ERA last year in a career-high 28 starts and one relief appearance.

Players have a 7-4 record with two awaiting decisions and 10 scheduled to be heard.

In other MLB news:

— Veteran lefty Derek Holland has signed a minor league deal with the Giants after going 7-14 with a 6.20 ERA in 29 outings for the White Sox last year.

— Outfielder Daniel Nava has finalized a minor league contract with the Pirates and will report to major league spring training.

— The Phillies have added infielder Ryan Flaherty and outfielder Collin Cowgill to their spring training roster by giving them minor league contracts.


Islanders stage thrilling comeback win

UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings were enjoying a 5-2 lead with 6 ½ minutes left in regulation on Friday. Then the roof caved in following a major slashing penalty to Tyler Bertuzzi.

The Islanders scored four times on the five-minute power play before Brock Nelson completed a hat trick in overtime to give New York a wild 7-6 win over the Red Wings. Nelson, Anders Lee, Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey scored power-play goals in a 3:37 span to put New York ahead 6-5, but Detroit managed to gain a point on Mike Green’s goal with 29 seconds left in regulation.

Mathew Barzal collected five assists, giving the rookie his third five-point game of the season.

The rally allowed the Islanders to stay one point ahead of Carolina in the battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Also in the NHL:

— The Capitals beat the Blue Jackets for the sixth straight time as Jay Beagle’s 50th career goal represented the game-winner in a 4-2 victory at Washington. Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist as the Caps swept a home-and-home with Columbus.

— Kari Lehtonen (KAH’-ree LEH’-toh-nehn) won his fifth straight start by making a season-high 34 saves before stopping Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel in the Stars’ 4-3 triumph over the Penguins. Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) scored once in regulation before his shootout goal sent Dallas to its fifth consecutive win.

— Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice as the Blues dealt the Jets their first regulation loss in nine games, 5-2, keeping Winnipeg in a first-place tie with Nashville in the Central Division. The game was scoreless until Tarasenko, Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen scored in a 7 1/2-minute span of the second period.

— Ryan Kesler’s third-period goal gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead in a 3-2 verdict over the Oilers. Hampus Lindholm had a goal and an assist to help Anaheim pull into a second-place tie with the Sharks and Flames in the Pacific Division, 12 points behind Vegas.

— Derek Forbert set up goals by Nick Shore, Jonny Brodzinski and Anze Kopitar (AHN’-zhay KOH’-pih-tahr) as the Kings downed the Panthers, 3-1. Jonathan Quick stopped 35 shots for Los Angeles, which opened a seven-game road trip with its third straight win.

— Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal with 7:19 remaining as the Rangers beat the Flames 4-3 to end a four-game losing streak. Rick Nash tied the game in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots after Ondrej Pavelec (AHN’-dray PAV’-uh-lihk) left with a knee injury in the first period.

— Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) scored his 20th goal and had an assist while the Hurricanes built a 3-0 lead in the first period of a 4-1 win against the Canucks. Scott Darling handled 21 shots in helping Carolina stop a three-game skid.


Anselmi let go as Sens boss

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators have dropped Tom Anselmi as its president and CEO, just over a year after he was hired to replace Cyril Leeder.

The Toronto native worked for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment for 17 years before joining the Senators.

The Senators also announced a three-year extension for general manager Pierre Dorion, saying the team’s goal remains to win a Stanley Cup.


Tiger Williams accused of sexual assault

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Former NHL forward Dave “Tiger” Williams has been arrested by military police, two days after being charged with two counts of sexual assault and assault for incidents on a Canadian Forces aircraft.

The Canadian Forces Provost Marshal’s office said a woman reported during the December flight that Williams assaulted her. The league’s all-time leader in penalty minutes was taking part in a morale trip to Latvia.


Dustin Johnson has share of midway lead

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Dustin Johnson shot a 7-under 64 that gives the world’s No. 1 player a share of the 36-hole lead with Beau Hossler at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Johnson opened with three straight birdies on the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula, including a 9-iron on the par-3 11th. He heads over to Pebble Beach for the final two rounds as he tries to win his second straight PGA Tour event.

Hossler played bogey-free at Spyglass Hill for a 67 that leaves him 12 under.

Troy Merritt and Julian Suri are tied for third at minus 10. Phil Mickelson fired a 65 that puts him three shots back.

Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Steven Stricker, Aaron Wise and first-round co-leader Kevin Streelman are tied with Mickelson at 9 under.


Calcavecchia leads senior event

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia is the first-round leader in the Boca Raton Championship, the PGA Tour Champions’ first full-field event of the season.

Calcavecchia birdied seven of his first 10 holes in an 8-under 64 that puts him one stroke ahead of Rocco Mediate and Jeff Maggert. Calcavecchia is seeking his fourth senior title and first since 2015.


Rams extend streak

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island was the lone top-25 men’s basketball team in action Friday, and the 18th-ranked Rams tied a school record with their 15th straight win by beating Davidson, 72-59. Cyril Langevine scored a career-high 14 points and added eight rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

Jarvis Garrett had 17 points for Rhode Island, which last won 15 straight in 1939-40.


Michigan State to fire medical dean over Nassar scandal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University will fire the former dean of its osteopathic medicine college in the wake of former sports doctor Larry Nassar’s sentencing for molesting young female athletes. The university said Friday it has taken the first step to revoke Dr. William Strampel’s tenure and will not cover his legal expenses. Strampel has been sued by girls and women who were sexually assaulted by Nassar.


Olympic swimmer pens essay describing abuse

SEATTLE (AP) — An Olympic swimmer who accused her coach of sexually abusing her as a minor says he controlled and manipulated her from a young age.

In a first-person essay posted Friday, Ariana Kukors described “an extensive, abusive and incredibly manipulative relationship” with Sean Hutchison that lasted about a decade.

Hutchison has denied allegations of misconduct or that he groomed her for abuse. The former Olympic assistant head coach hasn’t been charged with a crime, but authorities searched his Seattle apartment this week.


New Mexico football coach appealing suspension

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico football coach Bob Davie says he will appeal a 30-day suspension in connection with following multiple investigations involving misconduct.

Davie said Friday that none of the three investigations conducted over a nine-month period found he violated any school policy. Reports released Thursday say witnesses reported Davie using racial slurs and seeking information on sexual assault victim.

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