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Canadian Women’s Hockey Team Beat Russia; Advance To Finals Against U.S.

Jennifer Wakefield scored twice and Shannon Szabados stopped 14 shots on Monday night to lead the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team to a 5-0 victory over Russia.  The win earned the four-time defending Olympic champions a spot in another gold medal game vs. the United States. It will be the fifth time in six Winter Games that the North American neighbors have met in the final. No one else has ever skated away with an Olympic gold medal.  The United States advanced to the gold medal game with a 5-0 victory over Finland earlier on Monday.   ...Read more

Padres Sign First Baseman Eric Hosmer To Largest Deal In Franchise History

First baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to sign with the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, landing their biggest free agent prize in franchise history. The 28-year-old Hosmer parlayed a career-best season at the plate into a lucrative deal that will last eight years (with an opt out after five) for $144 million. It’s the first nine-figure deal ever given out by the Padres. Although he only has limited experience at Petco Park in his career, in 12 games between the regular season, World Baseball Classic and the 2016 All-Star Game, Hosmer has hit .458/.481/.813 with five homers and 19 RBIs. ...Read more

NBC Hires US Figure Skater Adam Rippon As Correspondent

NBC has hired figure skater Adam Rippon as a commentator for the rest of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Rippon, 28, will stay in PyeongChang, South Korea to work on TV and social media platforms. Rippon’s social media accounts have become fan favorites. The athlete won a bronze medal in the team skating event. He made history as the first openly gay US athlete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.  ...Read more

Don Carter, Owner Who Helped Bring NBA To Dallas, Passes Away At 84

Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.  The Dallas County medical examiner says Carter died Wednesday night of undisclosed causes. Carter co-founded the franchise with Norm Sonju, the club’s first president. Carter sold majority interest to Ross Perot Jr. in 1996 but kept a minority stake. Current owner Mark Cuban bought the team in 2000.  Cuban invited Carter to celebrate with the team on the court in Miami after the Mavericks won their only championship in 2011. ...Read more

Mikaela Shiffrin Starts Off Olympics With Gold In Giant Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin took home the gold in the women’s giant slalom in thanks to a magnificent second run. The American finished her first run in third place, and was left having to wait as her competitors kept pushing the time to beat. Manuela Moelgg, who finished the first run at the top, struggled in her second run following second. The Italian made several crucial errors which would land her in eighth. Shiffrin is far from finished in PyeongChang. The 22-year-old is expected to return to the snow on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to defend her Olympic slalom title. ...Read more

Shaun White Lands Historic Third Gold And 100th For US In Winter Olympics

Shaun White cemented his status in the sport of snowboarding with a third Olympic halfpipe gold medal and a 100th overall at a Winter Games for Team USA. The 31-year-old pulled off an epic final run to add to his legacy following golds in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010.  White scored a remarkable 98.50 out of 100 to lead after qualifying, and maintained his momentum with a top score of 94.25 in the opening round of Wednesday’s final. The US team now trails only Norway (118 going into PyeongChang 2018) in the total of Winter Olympics gold medals. ...Read more

Chicago Point Guard Kris Dunn Returns To Line-Up For Bulls

Bulls Point Guard Kris Dunn will play for the first time since his nasty fall against Golden St. almost a month ago.  Dunn sustained a concussion and damage to his front teeth when he landed face first on the court after losing his balance on a slam dunk. Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg said Dunn will start and play about 20 minutes as the Bulls host the Raptors in their last game pre All-Star Break. Dunn says his conditioning still needs a lot of work, he graded it a C-Minus. ...Read more

Mike Shula Takes Offensive Coordinator Job With New York Giants

Mike Shula will remain in the NFL as the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Shula will also serve as quarterbacks coach for new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.  Shula spent the last five seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, but the team decided to make a change following the 2017 season. Last season, the Panthers finished in the bottom half of the league in total yards (19th out of 32 teams) and total yards (28th).   ...Read more

17-Year-Old Team USA Snowboarder Chloe Kim Wins Gold Medal In Halfpipe

Snowboarding prodigy Chloe Kim landed a gold medal in women’s halfpipe Tuesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, becoming the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal. Kim, a 17-year-old California native, took home gold with a score of 98.25. She earned a score of 93.75 during the first of her three runs in the finals. Kim was the only snowboarder to post a score over 90 during the first two rounds. Arielle Gold, also of Team USA, took the bronze. Kim is a first-generation Korean-American, as her parents hail from the Olympic host country of South Korea, where a handful of her relatives still live. ...Read more

Team USA Wins Bronze In Figure Skating Team Event

Adam Rippon made a dazzling debut and Mirai Nagasu’s performed a history-making routine, bringing Team USA a bronze medal in the figure skating team event at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Team USA amassed a total score of 62, behind the Olympic Athletes from Russia team, which won the silver medal with 66 points. Canada scored 73 points to take the gold.  Rippon, who competed for the U.S. in the men’s free skate on Monday, wowed fans with his near-flawless Olympic debut. He finished third in his event, with 172.98 points. In the women’s free skate, Nagasu also made history, becoming the first U.S. woman (and third overall) to nail a triple axel at the Olympics. She received a personal best score of 137.53 for the routine, ranking second in the event.  ...Read more