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The Latest: US up 1-0 in gold medal hockey game with Canada

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The Americans lead Canada 1-0 after the first period of the women's gold medal hockey game at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Hilary Knight redirected a shot from Sidney Morin with 25.4 seconds ...

A big night for NBC, led again by Lindsey Vonn

A big night for NBC, led again by Lindsey Vonn By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: BIG NIGHT: NBC may owe Lindsey Vonn some stock options after the Pyeongchang Games. She helped reignite interest in the Olympics with ...

Drought over: US women win 1st Olympic cross-country gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The long Olympic drought is over for the United States in cross-country skiing. Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first Americans to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport on Wednesday by shocking powerhouses Norway and the Sweden in the women's ...

Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments

DALLAS (AP) — The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving. Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The league said the podcast ...

LeBron opposed to possible plan to change playoff format

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James says leave the NBA playoffs alone. The Cavaliers superstar said Wednesday he disagrees with a potential proposal to re-seed the 16 teams in the playoffs regardless of conference. The league has always had teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences ...

US women win bronze, end speedskating medal drought

By Beth Harris AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Mia Manganello crossed the finish line, glanced at the videoboard and let out a yell. She then grabbed hands with American teammates Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe, and the trio thrust their arms in the air. The Americans ...

US women win bronze to end speedskating medal drought

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Mia Manganello crossed the finish line, glanced at the videoboard and let out a yell. She then grabbed hands with American teammates Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe, and the trio thrust their arms in the air. The Americans ...

Japan and Norway dethrone Dutch in team pursuit at Olympics

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Finally, Norwegian veteran Havard Bokko stood atop the highest platform on the Olympic podium. And glancing down to his left, a step lower, he saw the orange-clad Dutch. Something like that had never before happened to him at the ...

Jamanka wins Olympic gold for Germany, denying Meyers Taylor

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Up in the starting area on a frigid night in the mountains, only three women's bobsled pilots remained. One was the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist. Another was the reigning world champion. And the third was someone ...

Canada beats Finland, on to Olympic men’s hockey semifinal

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada advanced to the semifinals of the Winter Olympics with a gritty 1-0 win over Finland on Wednesday night but lost starting goaltender Ben Scrivens to an undisclosed upper-body injury. Maxim Noreau's goal 55 seconds into the third period was enough for ...

Drought over: US women win 1st Olympic cross-country medal

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — As she headed up the steepest, most grueling hill of her life in third place, Jessica Diggins thought to herself just winning an Olympic medal was no longer good enough. She wanted more. She wanted gold. Diggins dug deep, ...

Bjoergen, American women make history at Olympics

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Marit Bjoergen and Kikkan Randall have shared a special bond since competing against each other at their first Olympics in Salt Lake City 16 years ago. On Wednesday, their relationship turned historic. Bjoergen won her 14th ...

Germany stuns Sweden in OT, will face Canada in semifinals

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Patrick Reimer scored in overtime and Danny aus den Birken made 31 saves to put Germany into the Olympic semifinals with a stunning 4-3 upset of top-seeded Sweden in the quarterfinals Wednesday night. Germany advanced to face Canada in the semifinals and has a ...

Drought over: US women win 1st Olympic cross-country medal

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — As she headed up the steepest, most grueling hill of her life in third place, Jessica Diggins thought to herself just winning an Olympic medal was no longer good enough. She wanted more. She wanted gold. Diggins dug deep, ...

Jamanka wins Olympic gold for Germany, denying Meyers Taylor

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Up in the starting area on a frigid night in the mountains, only three women's bobsled pilots remained. One was the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist. Another was the reigning world champion. And the third was someone ...

US women win bronze to end speedskating medal drought

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Mia Manganello crossed the finish line, glanced at the videoboard and let out a yell. She then grabbed hands with American teammates Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe, and the trio thrust their arms in the air. The Americans had ...

Japan and Norway dethrone Dutch in team pursuit at Olympics

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Finally, Norwegian veteran Havard Bokko stood atop the highest platform on the Olympic podium. And glancing down to his left, a step lower, he saw the orange-clad Dutch. Something like that had never before happened to him at the ...

Germans, Czechs improbably reach Olympic semifinals

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada and the Russians are in the semifinals as expected. The other two finalists weren't expected to be here at all. The Olympic men's hockey tournament final four has two surprise visitors: the Czech ...

Czechs eliminate US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL. Four years after his shootout heroics in Sochi, Oshie could only watch helplessly halfway around the ...