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Ice dancing, women’s hockey semifinals on tap at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After a one-day break, Olympic figure skating resumes with the ice dancing short program. A strong performance from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir helped Canada win gold in the team competition, but Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France and American ...

Canada advances to quarters with 4-0 win vs South Korea

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada had a difficult time finishing off South Korea on Sunday, looking unconvincing for large parts of a 4-0 win over the host country. Third-period goals by Maxim Lapierre and Gilbert Brule helped make the score look more flattering for Canada, which ...

Germany, Canada lead in 2-man bobsled, US struggles

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Christian Poser is the husband of an American bobsled star. Justin Kripps was born in Hawaii. And the way things are looking, they both could win Olympic two-man medals on Monday night. Thing is, Poser races for Germany and ...

South Koreans, Dutch lead team pursuit qualifying

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Second is never good enough for the Dutch in speedskating, and when it happens in the men's team pursuit qualifying, it means trouble. The strongest speedskating nation could not beat the qualifying time of South Korea but still ...

Japan’s Kodaira wins Olympic 500 over South Korea’s Lee

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Nao Kodaira burst off the line, furiously pumping her arms and legs to build up speed. She shot around the oval in a blur and crossed the finish line, the 500-meter Olympic speedskating gold medal easily in hand. With two pairs ...

Abramenko’s aerials win gives Ukraine rare Olympic gold

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Growing up in Ukraine, Oleksandr Abramenko's father pushed him toward sports. Well, one sport actually. Soccer. The problem? His son wasn't feeling it. "I felt like extreme sports were my thing," Abramenko said. Good ...

France’s Fourcade nips Schempp for gold in mass start

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — France's Martin Fourcade slammed his ski pole into the snow in disgust after sliding through the finish line, thinking he'd just lost another Olympic gold medal to a photo finish. But upon further review, replays showed ...

Column: Red, white and bruised, US struggles to win medals

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was, perhaps, the defining moment for the U.S. team at this Olympics. Not Shaun White blitzing the halfpipe in a final run to win gold, a win that came with some baggage by itself. Or Chloe Kim delighting fans from two ...

American men in danger of being shut out of Alpine medals

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — For about 20 minutes during the Olympic giant slalom, Ryan Cochran-Siegle was in the leader's box, soaking up the spotlight. By the end of the race Sunday, he had slipped into a tie for 11th. That's just about par on the icy ...

American women try to sharpen aim for semifinal vs. Finland

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Shooting the puck is not an issue for the Americans. Finding the back of the net is, especially considering how many shots they are taking at the Olympics. The United States has outshot each opponent in each of their first ...

Swiss women beats Korea, Japan wins 1st OT game of Olympics

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Coach Sarah Murray promised Korea would get over the jitters that came with their Olympic debut as the first combined team ever to play in any games. She was right. Switzerland was better in its 2-0 win on Sunday, but the ...

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 ...