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

By STEPHEN WHYNOAP 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 …

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Rodchenkov: Gov’t order to protect doped Russian footballers

By ROB HARRISAP Global Soccer Writer Russian soccer players were protected from being caught doping under direct government orders that laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov said he followed to ensure cheating was covered up as part of a far-reaching conspiracy. Outlining his involvement in soccer for the first time to The …

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Kendrick Lamar performs solo set ahead of NBA All-Star game

By SANDY COHENAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kendrick Lamar added to the excitement around Sunday’s NBA All-Star game with a searing performance Friday night. The Grammy-winning rapper was alone on an outdoor stage across from Staples Center for a 45-minute set packed with hits from his albums, collaborations …

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Oops! Don’t forget that miracles can happen in sports

By DAVID BAUDERAP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: OOPS: Athletic miracles do happen, and the one performed by little-known Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic on Saturday caught NBC flat-footed. Toward the end of the women’s super-G competition, NBC’s Dan Hicks …

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Nash, Kidd, Hill among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

By DAN GREENSPANAssociated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning. Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also …

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‘Is this a kind of mistake?’ Snowboarder wins Alpine gold

By HOWARD FENDRICHAP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) – This made no sense to Ester Ledecka. Just simply couldn’t be. Could. Not. Be. Which is why the part-time ski racer, part-time snowboarder from the Czech Republic stood so still, absolutely motionless and expressionless, for several moments after crossing the …

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Reds’ Gennett wins in arbitration, players beat clubs 12-10

PHOENIX (AP) – Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has won his salary arbitration case, giving players a final 12-10 margin over clubs this year. Gennett was awarded a raise from $2,525,000 to $5.7 million. The Reds offered $5.1 million. Players finished with a winning record for the second time …

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Osetkowski scores 21 as Texas tops No. 23 Oklahoma 77-66

By CLIFF BRUNTAP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points, Texas slowed national scoring leader Trae Young, and the Longhorns beat No. 23 Oklahoma 77-66 on Saturday to extend the Sooners’ losing streak to five games. Young, a freshman point guard, scored 26 points on 7 …

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

By HOWARD FENDRICHAP 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 history botched …

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Indians sign OF Rajai Davis, hit big HR in 2016 World Series

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent Rajai Davis to a minor league contract, bringing back the speedy outfielder who hit one of the biggest home runs in team history. The Indians announced the deal with the 37-year-old Davis on Saturday. Davis led the American League …

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