American giant slalom win...French snowboardcross gold... Garcia wins big Sox arbitration
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American Mikaela Shiffrin has won gold in the women’s giant slalom in her Pyeongchang Olympic debut. She used a hard-charging final run to win her second career Olympic gold medal. The 22-year-old American standout trailed by 0.20 seconds heading into the last run, but made up ground in no time by powering through ruts that had developed on the course. Shiffrin finished 0.39 seconds ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Federica Brignone of Italy captured bronze.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Pierre Vaultier of France has defended his title in men’s snowboardcross at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Vaultier barely qualified for the final after crashing during the semifinals but recovered to win his second Olympic gold medal on Thursday with relative ease. Jarryd Hughes of Australia took silver, with Spain’s Regino Hernandez winning bronze.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and make four 3-pointers in leading No. 10 Auburn to a 76-66 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday night. The Tigers overcame a horrid shooting start to take control down the stretch, with some big baskets from Brown and clutch plays from Jared Harper. Harper also scored 18 and had seven assists while making all nine free throw attempts for the league-leading Tigers.
TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri had three goals and two assists, Frederik Andersen made a career-high 54 saves and the surging Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Wednesday night. Patrick Marleau added a goal and two assists and Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist as Toronto closed out a perfect five-game homestand. It was Kadri’s fourth career hat trick, and the five points set a career high.
UNDATED (AP) — Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his salary arbitration case against the team and will get a raise to $6.7 million instead of the club’s $5.85 million offer. Garcia was a first-time All-Star last year, when he was second in the AL batting race and set career bests with a .330 average, 18 homers and 80 RBIs. He made $3 million. Players now lead 8-6 with arbitration decisions.