Update on the latest sports
Men’s free skate, women’s super-G on tap
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There’s more Alpine skiing and men’s figure skating on the Olympic schedule tonight, U.S. time.
The women’s super-G starts at 9 p.m., Eastern time, without Mikaela Shiffrin. The American star originally planned to compete in five events, including the super-G, before high winds forced cancellations that compressed the schedule. Shiffrin won gold in the giant slalom but finished a disappointing fourth a day later in her signature event, the slalom.
Nathan Chen’s hopes for a gold medal in figure skating took a serious hit with his dismal performance in the short program, but the 18-year-old American still hopes to attempt five quads in tonight’s free skate. The two-time U.S. champion wound up in 17th place after missing on all his jumps in the short program.
Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is the leader after scoring an Olympic record 111.68 points in the short program. Spain’s Javier Fernandez is second and Hanyu’s countryman Shoma Uno third, followed by China’s Jin Boyang. The four combined to land eight quads and four triple axels in their short programs.
American Adam Rippon heads into the free skate in seventh place, just behind Sochi silver medalist Patrick Chan of Canada.
Other Day 8 events include women’s freestyle skiing. Slopestyle finals start at 11 p.m. Eastern time.
Rodchenkov to AP: ‘Sorry to all clean athletes we cheated’
UNDATED (AP) — An apology for Russia’s doping scheme is now ready to be issued. Not by the state which ordered the systematic cover-up but by the chemist who helped Russian athletes trick the system.
Former Russian anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov says “I am very sorry to all the clean athletes we cheated.” His statement came in response to questions from The Associated Press sent through his lawyer.
Similar remorse has not been forthcoming from the Russian authorities, who challenge the legitimacy of Rodchenkov’s confessions and deny any doping was state-sponsored. Rodchenkov fled to the United States to expose the elaborate ruse to evade doping tests. He says the Russians are still “lying and denying.”
Rodchenkov also berated the Court of Arbitration for Sport for overturning lifetime Olympic bans on Russians, saying the ruling gave the impression to clean competitors that “we don’t care about you.” Rodchenkov maintains that athletes were complicit in the doping program after following ”
AP source: Mets, Vargas agree to $16 million, 2-year deal
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says All-Star pitcher Jason Vargas and the Mets have agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract, adding depth to a New York rotation that’s been riddled by injuries the past two seasons.
The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical and had not been announced.
Vargas went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA for Kansas City last season, making his first All-Star team and tying for the major league lead in wins. He faded in the second half, however, and the 35-year-old lefty had been among more than 85 free agents seeking a job as spring training opened this week.
Vargas could be in camp with New York by Monday.
In other baseball news:
—Pitcher Dan Straily of Miami and Brandon Maurer of Kansas City have lost their salary arbitration cases, leaving players with an 11-10 lead with one decision remaining. Straily was awarded $3,375,000 Friday instead of his $3.55 million request. Maurer will earn $2.95 million instead of his $3.5 million request.
—The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Wade Miley. The 31-year-old went 8-15 with a 5.61 ERA in 32 starts for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He is 66-74 with a 4.38 ERA in 200 appearances in his career, including 196 starts.
Cavs owner’s son undergoes successful brain surgery
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert says his son Nick survived eight hours of brain surgery.
Gilbert posted on Twitter that 21-year-old Nick was recovering after the operation on a tumor. The younger Gilbert was born with neurofibromatosis, a genetic nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body.
Dan Gilbert said Nick’s first question after the surgery was whether the Cavaliers won in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The Cavs defeated the Thunder 120-112 in their final game before the All-Star break.
Jimmie Johnson, 7 others switching cars for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and seven others are switching to backup cars for the Daytona 500.
All of the teams sustained damaged in qualifying races Thursday. The group includes Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, 2012 Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, Matt DiBenedetto and David Gilliland.
NASCAR also said Friday that Johnson, Keselowski, Almirola and DiBenedetto will swap engines.
NASCAR rules for Speedweeks mandate any engine change not related to crash damage would require starting at the rear of the Daytona 500 and the next race in Atlanta. Since the engine changes are due to crash damage, none of those four will have to start at the back of the pack in Atlanta.
Jaguars to play in stadium renamed TIAA Bank Field in 2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will play in a renamed stadium next season.
The franchise said Friday that TIAA Bank Field will replace EverBank Field as the official stadium name.
EverBank secured naming rights to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in 2010. The Jaguars and EverBank signed a 10-year, $43 million extension in 2014.
TIAA acquired Jacksonville-based EverBank Financial Corp. last year for $2.5 billion. TIAA is a financial services provider headquartered in New York.
In other NFL news:
— The Panthers have reinstated interim general manager Marty Hurney after an NFL investigation found no wrongdoing into charges of harassment by his ex-wife. Hurney had been placed on a paid leave of absence during the investigation. Hurney is one of four candidates who have interviewed for the team’s vacant general manager position, which is expected to be filled soon.
Duke promotes co-defensive coordinators; Goethie to lead LBs
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke has promoted assistants Ben Albert and Matt Guerrieri to co-defensive coordinator positions and added Lanier Goethie as an assistant coach.
Coach David Cutcliffe announced a series of staff moves Friday.
Albert will continue to coach the Blue Devils’ defensive linemen while Guerrieri will be in charge of the secondary and will remain the team’s defensive recruiting coordinator after coaching safeties last season.
Goethie, who played four seasons as a linebacker for Cutcliffe at Mississippi, spent the last two years coaching that position at Louisiana Tech.
The moves came after longtime defensive coordinator Jim Knowles left last month for Oklahoma State.
Other college gridiron news:
— Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio’s contract has been extended one year through the 2023 season. Dantonio has had a six-year rollover deal, so an extension like this is routine. But it comes as Michigan State’s football and basketball programs face questions following an ESPN report last month detailing various allegations. Dantonio defended himself after the report, saying he’s always worked with the proper authorities when dealing with sexual assault cases.
Cantlay extends Riviera lead; Woods begins near cut line
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Cantlay came within an inch of a hole-in-one, the start of three straight birdies that led to a 2-under 69 to build a two-shot lead among those who played early in the second round of the Genesis Open.
Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth, the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green, landed above the flag and rolled back down the slope over the right edge of the cup. He birdied the next two holes, and then missed a 6-foot par putt on his last hole to reach 7-under 135.
Tony Finau (71) was two shots behind.
Tiger Woods played in the afternoon in warm, sunny weather. Woods was right on the cut line when he began.