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Gasser outduels Anderson for gold in women’s Big Air

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Anna Gasser grew up wanting to be a gymnast, making it all the way to the Austrian national team before life took her in another direction. She didn't even start snowboarding until she was 18, drawn not by the lure of the ...

What to watch from Pyeongchang on Day 13 of the Olympics

By MAGAN CRANE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After weather forced a compressed schedule and a doping scandal hit the staid world of curling, competition is heating up in Pyeongchang. We're here to help figure out what to watch on Thursday. (All times Eastern.) FIGURE ...

Marcel Hirscher plans to chase elusive Olympic slalom gold

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Now it is clear exactly how much it hurts Marcel Hirscher not to have an OIympic title in slalom. After a stunning early exit in his best event, the 28-year-old Austrian star was ready to publicly rewrite his career ...

For Meyers Taylor, bobsled silver is sweeter this time

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Silver is sweeter this time for U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor. Her perspective has changed so much, and in so many ways, over the last four years. The silver medal she got at the Sochi Games in 2014 represented failure. ...

Breezy Johnson takes 7th place in Olympic downhill

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming native Breezy Johnson skied to a seventh-place finish in the downhill race at the Olympics in South Korea. The 22-year-old Johnson recorded a time of 1 minute and 40.34 seconds in the race Tuesday night. Johnson's time was 1.12 seconds back of gold medalist ...

Canada, Russians get dream draw to reach gold-medal game

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada and the Russians have perhaps the best draws they could have imagined on a crash course to the gold-medal game. Canada will face Germany and the Russians play the Czech Republic in the semifinals Friday for the right to ...

Marcel Hirscher plans to chase elusive Olympic slalom gold

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Now it is clear exactly how much it hurts Marcel Hirscher not to have an OIympic title in slalom. After a stunning early exit in his best event, the 28-year-old Austrian star was ready to publicly rewrite his career ...

Vonn leads, Shiffrin in mix after downhill leg of combined

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — The first — and likely only — Olympic race between Lindsey Vonn and American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin will go down to the wire. Vonn took care of business in her specialty and has 1.98-second lead over Shiffrin after the ...

David Wise defends title, US gets third gold halfpipe gold

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At least the Americans have the Phoenix Snow Park halfpipe. Freestyle skier David Wise successfully defended his gold medal Thursday, breaking through on his final run to give the U.S. its third gold medal in the halfpipe at ...

First Person: How Pyeongchang might feel to a North Korean

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — What's it like to wake up in North Korea one day and South Korea the next? The differences are pretty jarring. The similarities can be, too. As the AP's Pyongyang bureau chief since 2013, I've been to the North several ...

Russian curler to return Olympic medal over failed drug test

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test at the Pyeongchang Games, a spokeswoman for the Russian Curling Federation told state TV on Thursday. Krushelnitsky ...

Perfect strategy behind USA’s historic cross-country gold

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Jessica Diggins' strategy couldn't have worked any better. The result was a historic gold medal for the United States in women's cross-country skiing and a celebration that lasted well into the night. The American team of ...

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 ...