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Nigeria savors its Olympic bobsled debut moment

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Nigeria was winning the Olympic women's bobsled race. Yes, really. That sentence is 100 percent accurate — albeit with some massive reservations. The Nigerians were the second sled down the track in the opening heat of the ...

Column: Olympics should be reserved for the best athletes

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Liz Swaney deserves kudos for dedication. And she had enough sense not to attempt anything on the halfpipe — and we mean anything — that might've resulted in a serious injury. She had no business competing in the ...

Lindsey Vonn set to compete in last Olympic women’s downhill

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is set to compete in her last Olympic downhill, but she says she'd rather not focus on that right now. Vonn, the downhill gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, is generally considered the favorite at the Pyeongchang Games. She's looked ...

Column: Olympics should be reserved for the best athletes

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Liz Swaney deserves kudos for dedication. And she had enough sense not to attempt anything on the halfpipe — and we mean anything — that might've resulted in a serious injury. She had no business competing in the ...

South Korea wins penalty-filled 3,000 relay in short track

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korea defended its women's Olympic short-track 3,000-meter relay title on Tuesday, overtaking China with two laps to go in the penalty-filled final. The team of Shim Suk-hee, Choi Min-jeong, Kim Ye-jin and Kim Alang ...

Norway curler feels ‘robbed’ of glory in Russia doping drama

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A Norwegian curler who lost out on the Olympic bronze medal to a Russian rival charged with doping said Tuesday he feels robbed of his moment of glory. Magnus Nedregotten and his partner finished fourth in mixed doubles ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang on Day 11 of the Olympics

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Re-entry after a three-day weekend can be hard. But remember, the Olympics are still going on! We're here with the highlights to help get you through your Tuesday that feels like a Monday because of Presidents Day. (All times ...

For Olympic fans, the real fun starts after the games

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympics aren't just about fierce competition between the world's best athletes. It's a time for fans to let loose, party with folks from around the world, try some new food and maybe pose for a photo with the ...

US beats Slovakia 5-1, will play Czechs in Olympic quarters

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Zapolski was more worried about losing the sensation in his hands and feet than carrying the pressure of the United States' Olympic medal hopes on his shoulders. In a frightening play, Ladislav Nagy crashed into ...

Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, "We are one." Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the ...

Skating coach making emotional return to South Korea

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A 6-month-old girl was left next to a trash bin on the streets of Seoul in the winter of 1974 and wound up in an orphanage for a few years. She later stood at the bedside of her adopted parents as they slept, making sure they ...

Cassie Sharpe soars in a gold-medal tribute to Sarah Burke

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Cassie Sharpe won the gold medal. If she could divide it into pieces, there would be plenty of places to spread it around. Part would go to Canada. Part would go to all the women who have pushed her sport so far. And a big ...

American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dance

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Ecstasy, heartbreak and a crash. Kind of sums up the American ice dance experience at the Winter Olympics. The Shib Sibs — Maia and older brother Alex Shibutani — added a bronze medal in the event to their team bronze ...

Shiffrin relaxed, fast and focused on Olympic combined event

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Relaxed, fast and excited. It was a good day for Mikaela Shiffrin on the Olympic downhill course Tuesday. Shiffrin will no longer start in the downhill medal race on Wednesday, choosing to focus on the following day's Alpine ...

Vonn trying not to think of downhill as her last at Olympics

By PAT GRAHAM and HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writers JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn prefers not to dwell on what shapes up as a significant story line for the women's downhill at the Pyeongchang Games. "I've tried not to think about it as being my last Olympic downhill. Just ...

Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The first notes of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned. The French ice dancer's glittering ...

Injured Alpine ski racers miss years, not days, at a time

By HOWARD FENDRICH and PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writers JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Just the thought of being at the Olympics on Tuesday made Swiss ski racer Lara Gut smile broadly, and that had nothing to do with it being the last opportunity to train for the downhill, an event in which she ...

Americans off to slow start in sliding, aim at turnaround

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. wasn't exactly counting on getting a medal in two-man bobsledding at the Olympics, which isn't a surprise given how the Americans have claimed only one in the last 66 years. They weren't expecting to be this far ...

Johansson leads Norway to Olympic ski jumping team title

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The red handlebar mustache finally has a golden accoutrement. After winning two bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Robert Johansson helped Norway win the large hill team ski jumping title on Monday. Johansson leapt ...