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What to watch from the Pyeongchang Olympics on Day 8

By MAGAN CRANE and SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — We've made it to the second week of the Olympics. We'd say things are heating up — and yes, the weather is a bit warmer — but remember these are still the Winter Games. There's lots of action on the ice ...

US skater Nathan Chen dazzles after poor short program

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Nathan Chen finally admitted the pressure of being the face of American figure skating got to him, winding him up so tight for his short program that it ended in what he described as a "disaster." All that pressure was gone for ...

American figure skater Vincent Zhou is brilliant, bemusing

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The personality of American figure skater Vincent Zhou, who made his Olympic debut with a superb short program Friday, was neatly summed up by his social media response to a fan who recently asked what era he would visit if he ...

Lindsey Vonn’s opener, super-G, delayed because of wind

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's first race at the Pyeongchang Olympics is the latest to be delayed because of strong winds. The start for the women's super-G has been pushed back by an hour to Saturday at noon local time (Friday at 10 p.m. ET). Vonn was drawn to be the first ...

2 Kings lead World past US 155-124 in Rising Stars game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the NBA's All-Star weekend off to a running start. Hield scored 29 points, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World's 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars ...

First at last: Earnhardt’s lone 500 victory still resonates

By Dan Gelson and Mark Long AP Sports Writers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt was NASCAR's "Intimidator," winning his first Cup championship in only his second full season. Earnhardt had achieved about all there was to do in NASCAR by 1998, including a record-tying seven Cup ...

Tough day for top Americans at Pyeongchang Olympics

By David Brandt AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a rough day in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen. The 22-year-old Shiffrin finished fourth in the women's Olympic slalom on Friday, failing to win her second medal in as many days. She won gold in the ...

Tough day for top Americans at Pyeongchang Olympics

By DAVID BRANDT, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a rough day in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen. The 22-year-old Shiffrin finished fourth in the women's Olympic slalom on Friday, failing to win her second medal in as many days. She won gold in the ...

One for Speedy: US aerials skier hopes to land a Hurricane

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — If the conditions are right, American freestyle skier Mac Bohonnon will pay tribute to one of his sport's most fascinating and beloved characters. And if that goes well, he might find himself with an Olympic medal hanging ...

Jacobellis leaves empty-handed again, but not feeling beaten

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — In many ways, Lindsey Jacobellis walked away from these Olympics the same as she has from all the previous ones. She is still the best-known figure in her sport. She is still without a gold medal. The 32-year-old American ...

Humble, kind and fair: Can curling cure our troubled world?

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The world, some fret, is falling apart. Politicians spar viciously on social media. Leaders lie. Former heroes fall like dominoes amid endless scandals. Cruelty has come to feel commonplace. But never fear: We have ...

American figure skater Vincent Zhou is brilliant, bemusing

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The personality of American figure skater Vincent Zhou, who made his Olympic debut with a superb short program Friday, was neatly summed up by his social media response to a fan who recently asked what era he would visit if he ...

Johansson leads qualifying for large hill ski jumping

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Robert Johansson carried his hot form into the men's large hill ski jumping final at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Johansson, with his trademark red handlebar mustache, led Friday's qualifying with 131.9 points after a leap of ...

Sweden holds off Germany 1-0 in Olympic early round game

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Viktor Stalberg scored on a near-breakaway early in the first period to lead Sweden past Germany 1-0 on Friday night in a preliminary round game at the Winter Olympics. Patrik Zackrisson found a streaking Stalberg with a clearing pass and the 32-year-old veteran ...

Loelling leads, with many close pursuers in women’s skeleton

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There's a theory in sliding, one that suggests the winner of a test event on a newly built track dooms their chances of winning at the Olympics. Jacqueline Loelling is halfway to disproving that. Loelling, the German who not ...

Huskova wins Olympic gold in breezy women’s aerials final

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Like every other country and discipline, the aerials team from Belarus puts together a strategy in preparation for the Olympics. What is it? Well, Hanna Huskova says that's none of your business. "I am not going to go into it ...

‘Shirtless’ Tongan skier, others ‘live to fight another day’

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The "shirtless" Tongan, all covered up to keep warm this time, had only one thought as he maneuvered around the final downhill turn and headed toward the finish line. "Please God," the Olympic cross-country skier said to ...

Being there helps at Olympics, even if you don’t want to be

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: BEING THERE: Sometimes the secret to good reporting is simply being there, even if you'd rather not. Alpine skiing reporter Steve Porino was right near American Mikaela Shiffrin as ...

2014 champ Shiffrin 4th behind Hansdotter in Olympic slalom

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin is, without a doubt, the best women's slalom skier there is. Has been for years. All of the victories confirm it. Her competitors are aware of it. And, yes, so is she. "This is going to sound so arrogant," ...

Japan’s Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Somewhere in the midst of hundreds of cascading Winnie the Pooh dolls stood Yuzuru Hanyu. Oh yeah, there he was, at center ice, bowing to a huge ovation for an Olympic-record short program. At least the defending Olympic ...