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Update on the latest sports

February 1, 2018


MOSCOW (AP) — Twenty-eight Russian athletes have had their Olympic doping bans overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The court says the ruling doesn’t mean the athletes are declared innocent, but their appeals have been upheld “due to insufficient evidence.” It says the sanctions against them have been annulled and their individual results in the Sochi Olympics reinstated.

The CAS upheld bans for 11 other Russian athletes deemed to have doped at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but it reduced their lifetime bans to a ban from the upcoming Pyeongchang (PYUHNG’-chahng) Games.

The 28 who had their bans lifted could now seek late entry into this month’s Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee says “not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation.”


North Korean athletes arrive in South Korea for Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — North Korean skiers and skaters have arrived at a South Korean airport to participate in the Winter Olympics that has brought a temporary lull in tensions surrounding the North’s nuclear program.

The North’s 32-member delegation included 10 athletes who were invited to participate in the alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating and shot-track speed skating events at the Pyeongchang Games.

Twelve North Korean female ice hockey players are already in the South practicing with their South Korean teammates for a unified Olympic team.

The Koreas have been planning several conciliatory gestures during the Olympics Seoul sees as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with the North after a period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear weapons and missiles program.


Fog and rain cancel training for final pre-Olympic downhills

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Bad weather on Thursday left Lindsey Vonn with only one downhill training session for the final World Cup races ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Organizers first delayed training by half an hour as they lowered the start because of fog in the upper part of the Kandahar course, then called it off as soon as it started to rain. Weather conditions were expected to improve for the final training on Friday. The races consist of a two-run sprint downhill on Saturday, followed by a regular downhill the next day.

Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, has won seven World Cup races in the German resort, including two downhills in the past two seasons.

The Pyeongchang Games start next Friday, with the women’s downhill scheduled for Feb. 21.


$1.7M to injured Little League player hit by foul ball

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania jury has awarded $1.7 million to a Little League player who was hit in the head by a foul ball in the dugout on the day before his 12th birthday.

His lawyer says Zachary Hoffman sustained a traumatic brain injury when he was struck at Chadwick Field in Sewickley in 2015. Alan Perer argued the dugout was not properly protected by a fence.

A jury on Tuesday found the Pittsburgh suburb and the Avonworth and Quaker Valley Athletic Associations responsible for the 14-year-old’s injuries.

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