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Russians face unfamiliar wait for first Olympic gold

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Winter Olympics are more than halfway done, and the Russians still don't have a gold medal. It's an unpleasant experience for a country which finished atop the medal standings in the games it hosted four years ago in ...

Self-proclaimed ‘icon’ Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on. Ever the showman, and with his trademark ...

Kovalchuk scores twice, Russians outclass US 4-0 at Olympics

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The blistering pace on the ice and the atmosphere in the arena was reminiscent of the epic showdown between the United States and Russia in Sochi four years ago. That's where the similarities end. When the teams met again at ...

King of large hill, Stoch wins Olympic gold in ski jumping

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After missing the podium a week ago, defending Olympic champion Kamil Stoch came up big on the large hill. The 30-year-old Polish ski jumper had leaps of 135 and 136.5 meters for 285.7 points to win the gold medal on the ...

Hanyu wins history-making gold, Ledecka stuns in super-G

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Yuzuru Hanyu made Olympic figure skating history with a strong — and expected — performance in the men's free skate. Meanwhile, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic stunned everyone, including herself, by winning the ...

Yarnold wins second straight Olympic women’s skeleton gold

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Lizzy Yarnold picked the perfect time to end a three-year winless streak, and extended Britain's dominance in women's skeleton in the process. Yarnold won her second consecutive Olympic women's skeleton gold medal Saturday, ...

Canadian women curlers finally get Olympic win, beat US 11-3

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada heaved a collective sigh of relief on Sunday after the defending world champion women's curling team finally nabbed its first win of the Olympic round robin, a much-needed victory for a team that had inexplicably ...

Kuzmina grabs 3rd medal, 1st gold at Pyeongchang Olympics

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After two silver medals, Anastasiya Kuzmina finally found Olympic gold. The Slovakian biathlete hit 19 of 20 targets and won the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start on Saturday. She beat silver medalist Darya Domracheva of ...

Canada, US earn Olympic gold and silver in short track

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Samuel Girard yelled and signaled No. 1 with both index fingers as he crossed the finish line first. Just behind him, John-Henry Krueger spread his arms in a can-you-believe-it gesture. The Canadian and the American claimed gold ...

No. 3 Villanova tops No. 4 Xavier 95-79

CINCINNATI (AP) — Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the Wildcats showed they’re not ready to relinquish their reign in the Big East, beating Xavier in a showdown for the league lead. The Wildcats (24-3, 11-3) have won all four ...

Nets’ Dinwiddie wins skills competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets won the skills challenge to kick off NBA All-Star Saturday. Dinwiddie, who played at Taft High in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, beat Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls in the final round. The skills competition ...

Tied for 6th, Vonn points to key mistake; also erred earlier

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn’s first Olympic race in eight years included one obvious, late mistake that she was sure cost her a medal — maybe even the gold. Truth is, the American generally considered the greatest female ski racer in history botched things in the upper ...

Kovalchuk scores twice, Russians outclass US 4-0 at Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The blistering pace on the ice and the atmosphere in the arena was reminiscent of the epic showdown between the United States and Russia in Sochi four years ago. That’s where the similarities end. When the teams met again at the Olympics on Saturday night ...

World’s best male Alpine skier vies for 2nd Pyeongchang gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The world's best male Alpine skier, Marcel Hirscher, will compete for his second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Hirscher starts as the favorite in the giant slalom Sunday at Yongpyong Alpine Center. He's already got a gold medal from his first event, ...

Canadian women curlers finally get Olympic win, beat US 11-3

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada heaved a collective sigh of relief on Sunday after the defending world champion women's curling team finally nabbed its first win of the Olympic round robin, a much-needed victory for a team that had inexplicably ...

No. 2 Michigan St. rallies from 27 down, beats Northwestern

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had a simple request after his team staged one of the biggest rallies in NCAA history: Try not to make it a 28-point comeback next time. Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and the second-ranked ...

King of large hill, Stoch wins Olympic gold in ski jumping

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After missing the podium a week ago, defending Olympic champion Kamil Stoch came up big on the large hill. The 30-year-old Polish ski jumper had leaps of 135 and 136.5 meters for 285.7 points to win the gold medal on the ...

Kovalchuk scores twice, Russians outclass US 4-0 at Olympics

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The blistering pace on the ice and the atmosphere in the arena was reminiscent of the epic showdown between the United States and Russia in Sochi four years ago. That's where the similarities end. When the teams met again at ...

Self-proclaimed ‘icon’ Adam Rippon takes final Olympic skate

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Adam Rippon put his hands over his face and let the cheers wash over. He waved and smiled, and when the crowd kept clapping, he jumped where he stood and swung his arms to egg them on. Ever the showman, and with his trademark ...