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February 9, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Winter Games are officially underway in Pyeongchang (PYUHNG’-chahng), South Korea. South Korea’s president has declared the games open, and South Korean figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim has ignited the Olympic cauldron in a chilly opening ceremony that highlighted Korean unity.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Russian officials are criticizing a last-minute ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that will prevent 45 excluded Russian athletes and two coaches from competing in the Olympics. The athletes had appealed after the International Olympic Committee didn’t invite them because of doping concerns. There is a 168-person delegation from Russia, but they must compete in neutral uniforms.

CLEVELAND (AP) — With their NBA title hopes fading fast, the Cavaliers got aggressive at the trading deadline yesterday. Cleveland completely changed its look with a stunning sequence of deals. General manager Koby Altman traded six players, including Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, and two future draft picks. The moves are designed not only to help the team in the short term, but to potentially help keep LeBron James beyond this season.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (gah-RAH’-puh-loh) has signed a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, reportedly worth a record-breaking $137.5 million. NFL Network reports that the average annual value of $27.5 million per season is $500,000 more per season than the previous high reached last year by Detroit’s Matthew Stafford. Tom Brady’s former backup led the Niners to a season-ending, five-game winning streak after New England traded him for a 2018 second-round pick.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A group of fans have helped return Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Sidney Jones’ lost cellphone during the team’s Super Bowl victory parade — but not before taking a selfie. Jones was with several of his teammates in Philadelphia yesterday as they celebrated Sunday’s 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots when his phone reportedly fell out of his back pocket. A photo appeared on the player’s verified Instagram page showing several smiling fans who promised to return the phone.

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