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February 17, 2018


Vonn stumbles in super-G

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — American Lindsey Vonn was unable to become the oldest woman to win an Olympic Alpine medal.

The 33-year-old Vonn finished in a tie for sixth in the super-G at the Pyeongchang Games. She had a fast run going before going too wide on a turn near the bottom.

Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic made a stunning run from back in the pack to take the title. Defending champion Anna Veith of Austria earned the silver and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein.

Also at the Winter Games:

— The U.S. men’s hockey team has been shut out by the Russians 4-0 as the teams wrapped up pool play at the Olympics. U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski allowed four goals on 26 shots, including two goals by Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL’-yah KOH’-vul-chook) less than 33 seconds apart at the end of the second period and start of the third. With the loss, the United States is guaranteed to have to play in the qualification round on Tuesday.

— Canada has lost a men’s hockey game at the Olympics for the first time since 2010. Maxim Noreau hit the post in the fifth round of the shootout and Canada lost to the Czech Republic 3-2, ending its Olympic winning streak at 11. Canada’s last loss came to the United States in group play in Vancouver.

— The Slovenian men’s hockey team won its preliminary-round Olympic game against Slovakia in a shootout, 3-2. And Switzerland shut out host South Korea 8-0.

— The U.S. women’s hockey team will face Finland in the Olympic semifinals, after the Finns routed Sweden 7-2 in the quarterfinals. Monday’s game will be a rematch of the opener, which the Americans won 3-1. The Olympic athletes from Russia will play Canada in the other women’s semifinal.

— Yuzuru Hanyu’s latest victory has an extra-special place in Olympics history. The Japanese figure skater won the 1,000th gold medal since the Winter Games began in 1924, defending his title in the men’s individual competition on Saturday. Hanyu was also the first man to win consecutive golds in the event since American Dick Button did it in 1948 and 1952.

— Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin captured the women’s slopestyle skiing with an electric final run, posting a score of 91.20 to edge teammate Mathilde Gremaud for gold. Defending Olympic champion Dara Howell crashed twice during qualifying and didn’t advance.

— Canada’s women’s curling team has nabbed their first win of the Pyeongchang Olympics’ round robin with an 11-3 victory over the U.S. The Canadian women’s team is the defending world champion and was heavily favored to win gold at Pyeongchang. But they had fallen to last place in the standings after losing their first three matches.

— Samuel Girard of Canada has won Olympic gold in the 1,000-meter short-track speedskating at the Pyeongchang Games. John-Henry Krueger of the U.S. earned silver and Seo Yira of South Korea took bronze.

— Choi Min-jeong has won the women’s 1,500 meters at the Pyeongchang Games, giving South Korea its second Olympic gold medal in short-track speedskating. Li Jinyu of China earned silver and Kim Boutin of Canada took bronze. Earlier, British triple world champion Elise Christie crashed hard into the protective padding on the last corner of her semifinal and was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

— Lizzy Yarnold won her second consecutive gold medal in women’s skeleton, her first victory in an international skeleton race in three years. The British slider is the first woman to win multiple medals in women’s skeleton.

— Defending champion Kamil Stoch has won gold in ski jumping’s large hill. The 30-year-old from Poland had leaps of 135 and 136.5 meters for 285.7 points to beat normal hill gold medalist Andreas Wellinger of Germany, who took the silver. Robert Johansson of Norway won the bronze. Stoch earlier finished fourth in the normal hill.

— In the women’s 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay, Norwegian skier Marit Bjoergen won her 13th career medal, tying her with Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen for the most medals ever.


Moon won’t discuss possible summit with North Korea’s Kim

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in (jah-yihn) says he hopes his efforts to engage rival North Korea at the Olympics will lead to better ties between Washington and Pyongyang — and help to set up talks on ridding the North of its nuclear bombs.

But Moon wouldn’t answer a question from The Associated Press about what needs to happen before he’ll take North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un up on his invitation for a summit.

Moon has yet to accept the North Korean offer. He’s said the Koreas should “create an environment” so that the summit can happen.

Moon told reporters at the Olympics media center in Pyeongchang that he hopes better inter-Korean ties “will help lead to dialogue between the United States and North Korea and eventually denuclearization talks.”


Rodchenkov to AP: Russian footballers immune from drug bans

UNDATED (AP) — Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov claims he helped soccer players in the country to avoid being caught doping after he followed government orders to ensure cheating was covered up.

The former Russian anti-doping laboratory director told The Associated Press in response to questions through his lawyer that an instruction to avoid scandal came from Vitaly Mutko. Mutko is the former Russian sports minister who serves as deputy prime minster despite being at the center of the doping deception controversy exposed by Rodchenkov.

The focus is sharpening on doping practices in Russian soccer with the World Cup kicking off in Moscow in four months.

Rodchenkov says “Russian footballers were immune from doping-control actions or sanctions.” He claimed Mutko said “avoid any scandal by hiding positive results” and that “doping would be handled internally”.


McDowell, Cantlay share Riviera lead; Woods makes early exit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Graeme McDowell and Patrick Cantlay share the lead going into a weekend at Riviera that doesn’t include Tiger Woods.

The second round of the Genesis Open was not completed until Saturday morning because of darkness. Sam Saunders was tied for the lead until he made bogey on his final hole for a 69. He was one shot behind, along with Ryan Moore.

The cut was at 2-over 144.

Woods wasn’t really close. He finished Friday with three straight bogeys early on his back nine and shot 76. Woods, whose TGR Foundation now runs the tournament, had not played at Riviera since 2006.

Cantlay was the No. 1 amateur in the world when he played at UCLA. McDowell has some California history, too. He won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

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