PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - (02/2418) - The American men have won the Olympic gold medal in curling in a decisive upset of Sweden.
John Shuster skipped the United States to a 10-7 victory on Saturday for only the second curling medal in U.S. history. Shuster was part of the other one, too, as the lead thrower on Pete Fenson's bronze-medal team at the 2006 Turin Games.
The Americans received a good luck call from Mr. T before the match. The King of Sweden was there, as was U.S. presidential daughter Ivanka Trump.
Kyle Mack has added to the U.S. medal count at the Pyeongchang Games.
Mack captured silver in the men's Big Air, receiving a score of 168.75. He had a chance to win until he sat down on his third and final jump, helping Canadian Sebastien Toutant secure the gold.
American Red Gerard was fifth, two weeks after capturing his country's first gold medal by winning the slopestyle event.
Also at the Winter Games:
- Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic has won the second leg of an unheard-of Olympic double, taking the gold medal in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom. The win follows her surprise skiing victory in the Alpine super-G earlier in the games. The Czech star is the first to win gold medals in both sports.
- Switzerland has beaten top-seeded Austria to take the gold medal in the Olympic debut of the Alpine team skiing event. Switzerland was up 2-1 in the final matchup when Swiss ski racer Daniel Yule wrapped up the win as Austrian Marco Schwarz skied out.
- The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva. The federation has been told by the Court of Arbitration's Anti-Doping Division that the International Olympic Committee has filed a case against Sergeeva.
- The IOC must announce by Sunday if the Russian Olympic Committee will be readmitted to the Olympic family after being ousted for a massive doping scandal. Russian athletes are responsible for two of the four positive doping tests in Pyeongchang so far.
- The United States biathlon team has announced it will boycott the final IBU World Cup meet in Russia next month. The U.S. athletes have released a statement saying that the International Biathlon Union's recent decision to move forward with the event despite Russia's recent doping scandal is "completely unacceptable."
Butler injured as Wolves fall to Rockets
UNDATED (AP) - It was a great night for the Houston Rockets, and a brutal outcome for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
James Harden scored 31 points and the Rockets won their 11th straight game by thumping the Wolves, 120-102.
Clint Capela had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, while Chris Paul delivered 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
The Rockets trailed for much of the first half before going ahead to maintain the NBA's best record.
The Timberwolves finished without All-Star Jimmy Butler because of an apparent knee injury. Butler planted hard on his right foot before collapsing and grabbing his right knee late in the third quarter.
In Friday's other NBA action:
- LeBron James posted his 11th triple-double of the season by providing 18 points, 14 boards and 11 assists to the Cavaliers' 112-89 drubbing of the Grizzlies. George Hill also scored 18 points, while Larry Nance Jr. finished with 15 in Cleveland's fifth win in six games.
- Toronto's lead in the Atlantic Division is down to one game over Boston after the Bucks ended the Raptors' seven-game winning streak, 122-119. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOOM'-poh) had 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton each scored 21 points for Milwaukee.
- Daniel Theis scored a career-high 19 on 8-for-10 shooting and had seven rebounds as the Celtics dumped the Pistons, 110-98 to end a three-game skid. Kyrie Irving finished with 18 points for the Celtics, who took command by outscoring Detroit, 38-21 in the second quarter.
- Nikola Jokic had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists before fouling out of the Nuggets' 129-119 victory against the Spurs. Wilson Chandler had 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, while teammate Gary Harris added 23 points to Denver's fourth straight win and seventh in its last eight.
- The Pelicans outlasted the Heat, 124-123 as Anthony Davis furnished 45 points, 17 rebounds, five blocks and five steals. Davis has scored no fewer than 38 points in a game during New Orleans' four-game winning streak.
- Lou Williams poured in 23 of his 35 points in the second quarter and the Clippers opened with a 19-0 run in a 128-117 win at Phoenix. Tobias Harris added 30 points and 12 rebounds in L.A.'s eighth victory in 11 games.
- Utah's 11-game winning streak is over after CJ McCollum scored 26 points and Damian Lillard added 24 in leading the Trail Blazers past the Jazz, 100-81. Jusuf Nurkic (YOO'-suhf NUR'-kihch) scored 15 points and Al-Farouq Aminu (al-fah-ROOK' ah-MEE'-noo) had 12 for the Blazers.
- Frank Kaminsky scored a season-high 25 points and the Hornets improved to 3-0 against the Wizards this season by taking a 122-105 decision at Washington. Kemba Walker had 20 of his 24 points in the second half for Charlotte, which matched a season high with 17 3-pointers in its third consecutive win.
- The Pacers have a four-game winning streak after Thaddeus Young scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half of a 116-93 trouncing of the Hawks. Backup forward Domantas Sabonis led Indiana with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
- The Lakers were 124-102 winners over the Mavericks behind Julius Randle's 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Lonzo Ball had nine points, seven boards and six assists in 17 minutes, his first action since missing 15 games with a knee injury.
TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL
Buckeyes outlast Hoosiers in 2OT...Rams take A10 title
UNDATED (AP) - Ohio State and Rhode Island were winners on a very light night of top-25 men's basketball.
C.J. Jackson made a long 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in double overtime to give the 16th-ranked Buckeyes an 80-78 victory at Indiana. Keita Bates-Diop (KEE'-tuh bayts DEE'-ahp) finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who can still claim a share of the Big Ten title if Wisconsin beats No. 2 Michigan State.
Jackson added 13 points to the victory.
The 18th-ranked Rams wrapped up their first outright Atlantic 10 title by slamming Dayton, 81-56. Jeff Dowtin scored 20 points in helping the Rams get their third straight victory since their school-record 16-game winning streak was stopped at St. Bonaventure last Friday.
E.C. Matthew contributed 18 points and Jared Terrell had 17 as Rhode Island improved to 22-5 overall and 15-1 in the conference.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FEDERAL PROBE
Prominent players linked to fed probe
NEW YORK (AP) - A federal probe into college basketball has reportedly uncovered a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Duke's Wendell Carter, Alabama's Collin Sexton and other current players to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules. The report says players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from former NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency ASM Sports.
NCAA president Mark Emmert says in a statement Friday the allegations "if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America."
Pens pass Caps in standings
UNDATED (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins have leapfrogged over the Washington Capitals atop the NHL's Metropolitan Division standings by enjoying a laugher at Carolina.
Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin each had two goals and an assist as the Pens won their sixth in a row, 6-1 over the Hurricanes. Jake Guentzel (GEHNT'-sul) and Sidney Crosby each scored their 20th goal of the season to help Pittsburgh move one point ahead of the Caps.
Matt Murray stopped 27 shots for the Pens, who have won 11 of their last 13.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
- Vegas stretched its lead in the Pacific Division to 12 points over San Jose as William Karlsson scored twice and Reilly Smith had three assists in a 6-3 win over the Canucks. Tomas Hyka opened the scoring with is first NHL goal before the Golden Knights closed out their fifth victory in six games.
- Winnipeg is within two points of the Central Division lead after Connor Hellebuyck (HEH'-leh-buhk) turned back 34 shots in the Jets' 4-0 shutout of the Blues in St. Louis. Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had a goal and an assist to back Hellebuyck's sixth shutout of the season.
- Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal each scored twice and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB'-nihk) made 22 saves as the Wild handed the Rangers their sixth consecutive regulation loss, 4-1. The game was scoreless until Granlund and Staal tallied 2:37 apart late in the first period, sending Minnesota to its sixth win in nine games and a sweep of its three-game trek through the New York area.
- J.F. Berube (beh-ROO'-bay) made his first start as a Blackhawk and turned back 42 shots in a 3-1 victory against the Sharks. Anthony Duclair set up goals by Jan Rutta and Nick Schmaltz in helping Chicago win for the third time in four games since dropping eight in a row.
Pens deal with Knights, Sens
UNDATED (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights have altered their rosters as they chase division titles.
The Pens have picked up center Derick Brassard in a three-team deal with the Knights and Ottawa Senators. Brassard had 18 goals and 38 points in 58 games for the Senators last season.
Pittsburgh also acquired prospects Vincent Dunn from Ottawa and forward Tobias Lindberg from Vegas, along with the Senators' third-round pick this year.
The Golden Knights received forward Ryan Reaves, Ottawa's third-round selection this year and a fourth-round pick.
Ottawa received defenseman Ian Cole, goaltender Filip Gustavsson, Pittsburgh's first-round pick this year and a third-rounder in 2019.
In other NHL news:
- Islanders right wing Josh Bailey has agreed to a six-year, $30 million deal instead of testing free agency this summer. The 28-year-old Bailey was selected to his first All-Star appearance last month. He has scored 15 goals while setting career highs with 47 assists and 62 points.
- Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss Saturday's game against Boston because of a shoulder injury that coach Mike Babcock describes as day to day. The star forward had an MRI this morning after being crunched by Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech and forward Cal Clutterbuck late in last night's 4-3 win by the Maple Leafs. Matthews has 28 goals and 22 points in 53 games this season, missing 10 games due to injuries.
Runner-on-2nd rule off for spring training
UNDATED (AP) - The baseball players' association has refused to endorse a proposal to put a runner on second base at the start of 10th innings in spring training games.
That's according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person says management thinks the union backed off because players object to Commissioner Rob Manfred's description of new pace-of-game rules for the regular season as an agreement.
The union says it did not agree to the rules but won't challenge MLB's decision to unilaterally impose them.
The new rules include a general limit of six mound visits without a pitching change by managers, coaches and players.
In other baseball news:
- The Red Sox have yet to finalize their contract with prized free agent J.D. Martinez. Manager Alex Cora says he's not concerned by the delay and simply focused on preparing the players he already has in camp. According to a person familiar with the negotiations, Martinez agreed to terms earlier in the week on a deal as long as five years and worth as much as $110 million. He hit 45 home runs in 119 games last season.
- Detroit agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano. The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, which acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline.
Jags reward Marrone, Coughlin, Caldwell
UNDATED (AP) - Jacksonville owner Shad Khan has given two-year extensions to coach Doug Marrone, executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell.
All three had two years remaining on their deals, which now will run through the 2021 season. The Jaguars last season won the AFC South for the first time in franchise history, made the playoffs for the first time in a decade and advanced to the AFC title game for the first time since 2000.
In other NFL news:
- The Chiefs reportedly have agreed to send Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams for what is expected to be a package of draft picks. ESPN.com first reported the trade, which will not become official until the start of the new league year on March 14.
- A law enforcement official says former Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post. The official says a post on Martin's Instagram account showed a shotgun and referenced the private Harvard-Westlake prep school.
Woods 4 back with everyone around him at Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods is four shots behind going into the weekend at a windy Honda Classic where just about everyone has a chance.
Luke List had a 4-under 66 in the morning and Jamie Lovemark had a 69 in the afternoon. That was enough for the two players who have never won on the PGA Tour to share the lead at 3-under 137.
It's the highest score to lead the Honda Classic through 36 holes since it moved to PGA National in 2007.
Woods was two shots off the lead until putting his tee shot into the water on the par-3 15th for double bogey. He had a 71 and was at 1-over 141 and just outside the top 10.
Settlement reached in Canadian tennis player's suit vs. USTA
NEW YORK (AP) - Eugenie Bouchard says she feels relieved and happy about a settlement in her liability lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association. Terms were not disclosed
The settlement came a day after a jury found the USTA mostly liable for when Bouchard slipped on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and hit the back of her head. Bouchard claimed she suffered what she said was a "serious head injury" that has harmed a once-promising career.
USA SWIMMING-OFFICIAL QUITS
Top USA Swimming official quits over failure to disclose
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A top official for USA Swimming who was part of an investigation of a coach for sexual misconduct has resigned for not disclosing that she once kissed the coach.
Susan Woessner was the senior director of Safe Sport for the national governing body. She says "on a single occasion" in 2007 she kissed Sean Hutchison, who was then a coach with the organization.
Hutchison has denied the accusations. He acknowledged they were in a relationship after the 2012 Olympics, when she was 23 and he was 41.
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