National Sports

British women curlers lose on rare hog line violation

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Defending Olympic bronze medalist Eve Muirhead picked a bad time to hog a rock for the first time. On her final stone of the first extra-end in the Olympic women's curling tournament on Sunday, the British skip failed to let go before the rock crossed over the ...

Czechs beat Swiss 4-1 for 3rd win in Olympic hockey

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Czech Republic will finish top of Group A in the Olympic hockey tournament after beating Switzerland 4-1 on Sunday. Dominik Kubalik scored the game-winning goal for the Czech Republic three minutes into the third period. Michal Repik had put the Czechs ahead ...

Norway continues cross-country dominance with relay win

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo grabbed the Norwegian flag as he headed for the finish line and gave it a big wave, knowing his country's 16-year gold medal drought in the men's 4x10-kilometer relay was coming to an end. The red, blue ...

Hard falls at Olympics but no hard rules about concussions

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At the bottom of the Olympic aerials landing hill, where crashes are common and the term "slap back" is part of the everyday lingo, skiers spend almost as much time figuring out how to protect their heads as they do working ...

Hirscher: 2nd gold by largest Olympic GS margin in 50 years

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Here's one way to explain just how dominant Marcel Hirscher was Sunday: His winning margin of 1.27 seconds was the largest in the men's giant slalom at an Olympics in 50 years. Here's one way to explain just how dominant ...

Goepper’s journey back from depression ends with 2nd medal

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Nick Goepper wasn't ready four years ago. He can admit that now. A bronze medal in Sochi when slopestyle skiing made its Olympic debut gave the 19-year-old a taste of fame he didn't know how to deal with. He partied with his ...

Ted Ligety finishes 15th in Olympic GS title defense

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ted Ligety knew he hadn't turned in the best opening run in defense of his Olympic giant slalom title. What he couldn't tell as he was heading down the hill was just how poorly he'd done. "I was really surprised when I saw ...

Germany beats Norway 2-1 in shootout at Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Patrick Hager scored in regulation and again in a shootout as Germany beat Norway 2-1 on Sunday to wrap up group play at the Olympics. Danny aus den Birken made 28 saves and stopped all three shots he saw in the shootout. There were a dozen penalties in the ...

American ice dancer still relies on mom to make her costumes

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Susan Hubbell once found a piece of lace from the 1920s, probably the last such piece in existence, and paid hundreds of dollars so she could cut it up for a figure skating costume. Her daughter, American ice dancer Madison ...

Where you from? Sometimes, skaters have surprise answer

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — There's a Russian skating for Australia who at first thought she was headed to Austria. Two Americans are ice dancing for host South Korea. Another American is competing for Brazil. Four members of the Israeli team are not ...

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 ...