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Colts’ Vinatieri gets new deal, chance to set scoring record

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri has signed a one-year contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts. And at 45 he could break the NFL's career scoring record next season Financial details were not immediately available Thursday but he made $3 million last season. Vinatieri will again be ...

Goalie Maddie Rooney delivers gold medal performance for US

By Teresa M. Walker AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Maddie Rooney couldn’t stop smiling. She was on top of her game, and it didn’t seem to matter that it was a shootout against the powerhouse Canadians. The first shootout in an Olympic women’s final. With a gold ...

US curlers to play for Olympic gold after upsetting Canada

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — John Shuster and his U.S. team will play for a gold medal against Sweden after a 5-3 semifinal upset over Canada, a country that has struggled at the Pyeongchang Olympics despite dominating the world of curling for ...

Wise goes for it, and comes out with another Olympic gold

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — They give their bodies for this sport. Sometimes little pieces of their hearts and souls, too. Maybe that's why David Wise decided there was nothing left to lose Thursday when he stood atop a halfpipe that had sent one-third ...

Column: US-Canada women’s hockey classic makes us forget NHL

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Who needs the NHL? We're good with Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson pulling off the sickest of moves — her shoulders dipping to and fro, her blades cutting this way and that, her magic wand of a stick guiding the puck past a ...

Germany wins Olympic gold in Nordic combined team event

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Carrying his country's flag in one hand as he crossed the finish line, Johannes Rydzek capped a dominating performance to give Germany more Olympic gold. Rydzek finished with an overwhelming 52.7-second advantage as the ...

Sturm could parlay Olympic success into NHL coaching job

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Marco Sturm wants to coach in the NHL. He's having quite the audition coaching Germany at the Olympics. Sturm has the underdog Germans in the semifinals, where he faces heavily favored Canada on Friday. At just 39, Sturm is ...

US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson skated slowly back and forth toward the net, showing forehand, then leaning quickly to the left to fake a backhand that pulled Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados out of the crease. On the sport's ...

South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans are calling for two speedskaters to be expelled from the Olympics after they left their slower teammate behind in a race defined by teamwork and walked away as she quietly sobbed at the stadium in ...

Shiffrin gets silver in Vonn’s last Olympic race; Gisin wins

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin already was assured of earning her third career medal, each in a different event, when Lindsey Vonn prepared to propel herself out of the starting gate as the final starter in the final race of her Olympic ...

At Olympics, omnipresent flags are a tricky political dance

By CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A group of high school students plan to keep their new flags all their lives, as a souvenir of this historic political and Olympic moment that they traveled across their nation to witness. They joined thousands of others ...

Dutch apologies galore after double faux pas at Olympics

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — After the Dutch speedskating team botched its men's team pursuit race and had to settle for Olympic bronze, things might have gotten even worse. On Thursday, there were several apologies to be made. First, there was an accident ...

Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea wraps up Olympics

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea's 22 athletes wrapped up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday without a finish higher than 13th. North Korea wasn't expected to come to Pyeongchang until a ...

Gold, silver, now bronze: Austria’s Matts complete the set

By JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Three brothers, three Olympics and now three medals, one of each color. The Matt family of Austrian skiers completed the Olympic set of gold, silver and bronze with Michael Matt's third-place finish in men's slalom on ...

Myhrer wins Olympic slalom at 35 as favorites ski out

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The shock wasn't only about who won the Olympic gold medal in the men's slalom, it was also about who failed to even finish the race. Andre Myhrer, a 35-year-old Swede who took bronze in the event eight years ago in ...

North to send another senior delegation for Olympic closer

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Unification Ministry says North Korea will send a high-level delegation led by Kim Yong Chol, a senior party official suspected of leading two deadly attacks on the South in 2010, to the closing ceremony of the ...

Teenage Kiwis end 26-year medal drought with 2 in same day

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Kiwis crushed it at the Olympics on Thursday thanks to a couple of kids who are barely old enough to drive in New Zealand. First, 16-year-old snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott ended New Zealand's 26-year medal drought with ...

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 ...