Olympic competition under way...CLions reward GM...Sens part with Anselmi...D.Johnson, Hossler share Pebble Beach lead
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The first night of short-track speedskating is underway at the Pyeongchang Olympics and all three Americans have advanced to the semifinals of the men’s 1,500 meters. Three-time Olympian J.R. Celski and John-Henry Krueger nearly fell in their heats, while a crash involving two skaters allowed Aaron Tran to move on in the 13 ½-lap race. South Korea’s three skaters also qualified for the semis to the delight of the home crowd. World record holder Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands safely moved on, as did defending Olympic champion Charles Hamelin of Canada.
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.
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.
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. Hossler played bogey-free at Spyglass Hill for a 67 that leaves him 12 under.
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 yesterday 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.