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February 14, 2018


US and Russian men’s hockey teams lose

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympic men’s hockey tournament has opened with a pair of surprises, with both the Americans and the favored Russians losing 3-2.

Jan Mursak scored the tying goal for Slovenia in the final minutes of regulation and the winning goal in overtime against the United States. As Mursak’s final shot went past goaltender Ryan Zapolski, U.S. players hung their heads on the bench before Slovenia players celebrated with their fans Wednesday.

Zapolski allowed three goals on 25 shots, including the first goal by Jan Urbas. Slovenian goaltender Gasper Kroselj stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced to pick up the victory, giving up goals to Brian O’Neill and Jordan Greenway.

In the second game, the Olympic Athletes from Russia lost to Slovakia by giving up a two-goal lead. The Russians were widely considered the pre-tournament favorite for the gold medal.

Other Wednesday highlights:

— Shaun White became the first American male to win gold at three Winter Olympics. White put together an epic final run to capture the halfpipe with a score of 97.75. The 31-year-old trailed Japan’s Ayumu Hirano going into the last of the three runs in the 12-man final. The Flying Tomato closed with a daring set that included consecutive 1440-degree spins. It was the 100th Winter Olympic gold medal for the U.S. Hirano finished second, followed by Scotty James.

— Germans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won their second consecutive Olympic doubles luge gold medal, prevailing in a bit of a surprise at the Pyeongchang Games.

— In figure skating, the Chinese duo of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong are in first place after the pairs short program. Defending champion Eric Frenzel of Germany won the gold medal in the Nordic combined normal hill event.

— Gusty winds forced the cancellation of more events, and the Olympic Park in the coastal city of Gangneung was evacuated. The Pyeongchang Olympics debut of American skier Mikaela Shiffrin was pushed back for yet another day.


White says he’s sorry about ‘poor choice of words’

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Shaun White has apologized after referring to a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016 as “gossip” during a news conference following his historic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe.

White issued the apology on NBC’s” Today” show on Wednesday. He says he used “a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject” and he’s “truly sorry.”

White won an unprecedented third halfpipe gold medal Wednesday. While he did, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit filed by a former drummer in White’s rock band who said White sexually harassed her and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May.

White was asked in the news conference if the allegations might tarnish his reputation and said, “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff.”


Former Heisman winner Manziel attempting comeback

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s making a football comeback.

Manziel tweeted Wednesday morning that he has signed with the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts.

Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012 and left school after his sophomore season for the NFL. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, but was cut in 2016 and hasn’t played since.

In a recent interview with “Good Morning America,” Manziel said he’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking alcohol.

On Wednesday, Manziel tweeted: “Can’t wait to get back on the field and show NFL scouts what I can do!”


Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza to face drug charges

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE’-zuh) is heading to court accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds of suspected cocaine.

The 46-year-old retired Major League Baseball player is scheduled to appear in court in Chula Vista, California, on Wednesday.

Loaiza was arrested Friday on suspicion of drug smuggling after San Diego County sheriff’s officers found a “sophisticated” compartment used to hide contraband in his vehicle. Later authorities obtained a search warrant for the home he rented in the beach community of Imperial Beach, where officials say packages containing a white powder believed to be cocaine were found.


Golfer Bill Haas escapes serious injury in fatal crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say professional golfer Bill Haas was hospitalized but escaped serious injuries following a rollover crash in Los Angeles that killed the driver of the Ferrari he was riding in and injured the driver of a BMW.

Officer James Stoughton says the Ferrari collided with the BMW in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood Tuesday evening.

Stoughton says the male driver of the Ferrari died at the scene. The other driver, a 50-year-old woman, was hospitalized in serious condition.

Haas’ manager Allen Hobbs says the golfer was treated at a hospital and released. Hobbs says the six-time PGA Tour winner is shaken up and has withdrawn from this week’s Genesis Open in Los Angeles.

Stoughton says a third vehicle driven by actor Luke Wilson was clipped by the Ferrari. Wilson was not hurt.

The crash is under investigation.


Chipper Jones named honorary race official for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones will serve as an honorary race official for the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

As part of his race-day duties, Jones will be introduced at the drivers’ meeting, take a lap around Daytona International Speedway in a parade car and participate in question-and-answer sessions with fans.

A native of nearby Pierson, Jones was voted into the Cooperstown class last month in his first year of eligibility. The eight-time all-star and 1999 National League MVP led the Atlanta Braves to three World Series appearances, including the 1995 championship.

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