National Sports

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 ...

Marit Bjoergen ties Winter Olympic record with 13th medal

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Marit Bjoergen moved into a tie for the most career Winter Olympic medals after helping the Norwegian women win the 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay on Saturday. Sweden finished second while a team of Russians were third. The ...

Cleared by doctors, freeskier wins silver after head injury

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mathilde Gremaud concedes she does not remember her head slamming onto the slopestyle course during training, or much of anything that happened in the aftermath. Those may sound like telltale signs of someone reeling from ...

Suter has hat trick as Switzerland blanks South Korea 8-0

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Pius Suter had a hat trick and former NHL goaltender Jonas Hiller made 25 saves as Switzerland shut out host South Korea 8-0 and chased goaltender Matt Dalton on Saturday night. Dennis Hollenstein, Felicien du Bois, Thomas Rufenacht, Reto Schaeppi and Tristan ...

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

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer 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 ...

Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Yuzuru Hanyu was introduced as the Olympic gold medalist, skated over to the podium and jumped high onto it. With a perfect landing, naturally. He also leaped into the figure skating history books Saturday, becoming the first ...

Erin Jackson, speedskating ‘newbie,’ is surprise Olympian

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Erin Jackson is the rawest of Olympic rookies. As a kid careering around roller rinks in Florida, she never dreamed of gold. She just loved going fast on wheels, earning the well-deserved nickname "Speedy." Spotted by an inline ...

Anna Veith hits back at Bode Miller with Olympic silver

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Happily married skiers do ski fast, Bode Miller. Mrs. Anna Veith is the proof. Three days after Miller said in an NBC broadcast that marriage had not been so good for one of the best Alpine skiers of her generation, the ...

Olympic streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Czech Republic rallied twice to hand the Canadian men's hockey team its first Olympic loss in eight years Saturday, riding goaltender Pavel Francouz to a 3-2 win in a shootout. Canada had won 11 consecutive games at the Olympics — the first 10 with NHL ...

Chen, Zhou, Rippon land in top 10 in figure skating

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Three spots in the top 10. A victory in the free skate. Sounds like a pretty good Olympics for the U.S. men. It was, sort of. Two-time American champion Nathan Chen had designs on a medal, preferably gold, when he headed to ...

Switzerland’s Hoefflin skis to gold in women’s slopestyle

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympics were never part of Sarah Hoefflin's plan. The goal when she entered university in Cardiff, England, a decade ago was to become a doctor. So she buried her head in books and earned a degree in neuroscience. Skiing ...

‘The hardest year’: USA Bobsled carries on without Holcomb

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The memories are impossible to ignore. Justin Olsen sees him in the start house. Elana Meyers Taylor hears him on her track walks. Mentions of his name bring some members of the team to tears, and others still can't fully open ...