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Russians get 1st gold, Germany tops Canada in Olympic hockey

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Russians finally won a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Canadian men’s hockey team won’t even get the chance after losing to Germany. Alina Zagitova edged training partner Evgenia Medvedeva on Friday in figure skating, giving the Russians a ...

Liriano agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Detroit Tigers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Detroit agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano, giving the Tigers added pitching depth. The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, which ...

Snowboarder eyes comeback after breaking neck at Olympics

VIENNA (AP) — The Austrian snowboard crosser who broke his neck in a frightening crash at the Olympics last week is considering a return to the sport. Markus Schairer says the prospect of a comeback is "the easiest way to get healthy again." The 30-year-old Schairer underwent surgery on the ...

Nuis becomes 1st to win 2 Olympic golds at Gangneung Oval

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — After a week without an Olympic gold medal in speedskating, the Dutch had to do something. Kjeld Nuis was the man who did it — first dressed in orange and now covered in gold. The 1,500-meter champion ended the Dutch ...

Koshechkin shuts out Czechs to put Russians in Olympic final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Russians will play for the Olympic men's hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years thanks to a 34-year-old goaltender on a roll. Veteran goaltender Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 31 shots he faced to put the "Olympic ...

A 2nd Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee's executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday's closing ...

Russians finally celebrate gold at Olympics after scandals

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — After two weeks of Olympic competition, the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" finally have a gold medal. Alina Zagitova won the women's figure skating title Friday to become the first Russian to win a Winter Olympic event ...

American curlers go from ‘Team of Rejects’ to Olympic medals

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — John Shuster was already a three-time Olympian and the most successful American curler in history when he applied for the U.S. high performance program after the Sochi Games. He didn't make the cut. So Shuster approached a ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang on Day 14 of the Olympics

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Figure skating may be over at the Pyeongchang Games, but don't worry, there is still curling! And lots of other events to watch Friday at the Olympics. We've got the lowdown on what to look out for. (All times ...

Norway to get Olympic curling medal stripped from Russians

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Norway's mixed doubles curling team will be presented Saturday night with the Olympic bronze model that was stripped from the Russian team. The International Olympic Committee said in a Twitter post that Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten will receive ...

US veterans can enjoy hockey gold before deciding futures

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Americans Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan, Gigi Marvin and Kacey Bellamy have a luxury their predecessors lacked after finally capturing the nation's first ...

US Medal haul well short of USOC projections

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year. Sports executives in America targeted athletes on Team USA to win 37 medals ...

A look at figure skating winners and how they earned medals

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A look at the medal winners in figure skating at the Pyeongchang Olympics and how they earned them. TEAM Gold: Canada — The heavy gold favorite with a deep team featuring previous Olympic medalists, Canada had it clinched with one event remaining. It was the ...

Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Zagitova

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A few years back, Alina Zagitova nearly was sent home from training for not working hard enough. Now, she heads home with Olympic gold, the first for the Russians at the Pyeongchang Olympics. A grateful nation — upset that ...

Column: Russians strike gold, US left to ponder future

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — By the time the final group of figure skaters took the ice at Gangneung Ice Arena, things had been pretty much decided. Russia would win its first gold of the games, and the only question was whether Alina Zagitova or Evgenia ...

The ‘Garlic Girls’: South Korean curlers a global sensation

By KRISTEN GELINEAU and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Forget Lindsey Vonn and Adam Rippon. The real rock stars of the Pyeongchang Olympics are a humble group of Korean curlers who have no idea they've become a global sensation. They are known as the "Garlic ...

‘There’s still sadness’: Valdes racing with Holcomb in mind

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Part of the prize package that U.S. bobsledding great Steven Holcomb and brakeman Carlo Valdes got for a medal at a World Cup race at St. Moritz a couple years ago was a bottle of fine champagne, which they brought home and ...

Serwa, Phelan give Canada 1-2 finish in Olympic skicross

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Kelsey Serwa turned to best friend and Olympic roommate Brittany Phelan in the starting gate before the women's skicross final and went through the ritual one more time. The Canadian teammates bumped fists then began chanting ...

US women headed for worst figure skating finish in Olympics

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — One by one, the best in American figure skating fell to the ice, their Olympic hopes dashed in the opening seconds of their short programs at the Pyeongchang Games. It was emblematic of the state of U.S. figure skating. Sure, ...