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Snowboarding: Women's big air final brought forward to Thursday
The women's Olympic snowboard big air final has been brought forward to Thursday due to predicted high winds, organizers said on Tuesday. The big air final, an event making its Games debut in Pyeongchang, was originally scheduled for Friday. Several events at the Games have been moved or postponed due to strong winds, including the women's Alpine skiing downhill race. The women's snowboard slopestyle final went ahead on Feb 12 as planned, despite fears over strong winds that brought complaints from some competitors.
Siebenhofer fastest, Vonn on pace in downhill training
Austrian Ramona Siebenhofer set the pace in the final training run for the women's downhill on Tuesday and Lindsey Vonn's bid to reclaim the Olympic gold remained on course as she registered a top-five time for the third day in a row. American Vonn went out first, as she did when finishing sixth in the super-G last week, and raced down the Jeongseon slope in an impressive 1:40.96.
Freestyle skiing: United States dominate ski halfpipe qualifying
Aaron Blunck led the United States' domination in the qualification for the men's ski halfpipe final at the Pyeongchang Olympics with the Americans securing the top three spots on Tuesday. Blunck top-scored on the day, scoring 94.40 in his second run to edge compatriots Alex Ferreira and Torin Yater-Wallace into second and third respectively. It means the United States will have the last three skiers to drop in when the final takes place on Thursday.
Olympian from Slovenia tests positive for doping
The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics : 4:25 p.m. A Slovenian hockey player has become the third athlete to test positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol in an in-competition test. Slovenia was scheduled to play Norway in men's hockey on Tuesday, but Jeglic was scratched from the team. Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito and Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won a bronze medal, have also tested positive at the Pyeongchang Games.
Costume designers feeling a bit exposed after Olympic figure skating wardrobe malfunctions
Then you definitely feel badly for the skater, and then right after that you feel badly for the costumer designer. The talk was animated Tuesday in the world of figure skating costume design when USA TODAY Sports reached out to known designers. Pearsall attributed to malfunctions to possible inexperience by the costume design makers while noting that both garments were halter tops that require specific closures.
Russian Fans at the Olympics Are Loud, Proud and Angry
They are also disappointed by the performance of Russian athletes, who have yet to win a single gold medal. Eleven days into the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Russia had won five gold medals and 18 over all. There are no such restrictions in the stands, of course, and, other than the South Koreans, Russian fans might be the most visible cohort here. At the hockey game against the United States on Saturday, Russian fans camped in a mass of blue and red behind both nets.
TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Blue Raiders play with 1st AP ranking
The Blue Raiders checked in at No 24 in Monday's latest AP Top 25 for its first ranking in program history. Now the Blue Raiders have another milestone: their first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll. The sustainability part is what you strive for, coach Kermit Davis said in an interview with The Associated Press. The Blue Raiders are led by Alabama graduate transfer Nick King, who started his career at Memphis.
Ionescu lifts No. 8 Oregon to 101-94 OT win over No. 10 UCLA
A missed free throw was all the motivation Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu needed to take matters into her own hands. Ionescu scored seven of her 23 points in overtime and the No 8 Ducks outlasted No 10 UCLA 101-94 on Monday night. Oregon built a huge first-half lead before UCLA rallied while holding the Ducks without a field goal for the final 6:18 of regulation. The Cardinal won the only meeting with Oregon and hold the tiebreaker for the top seed in the Pac-12 tournament.
American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dance
Kind of sums up the American ice dance experience at the Winter Olympics. US champions Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue made two key errors in their free dance and slid from third to fifth place. Madison Chock and Evan Bates had an even bigger slip-up: the rare ice dance fall. The Shibutanis also believe their performance could lead to more siblings and more Asian-Americans in ice dance.
Cavs, Warriors ready to chase in NBA's sprint to the finish
That was Sunday at the All-Star Game, when James again rose above the NBA's best in winning a game and MVP honors. The NBA's sprint to the finish begins Thursday with James riding high but starting again from back in the pack as Cleveland tries to catch Toronto and Boston in the Eastern Conference. We just added four new guys before the break, and we have a lot of work to do, James said.
Global broadcasters' output up by 14 percent from Sochi: IOC
Broadcasters around the world have beamed 14 percent more hours of programming from the Pyeongchang winter Olympics compared to the Sochi Games in Russia four years ago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday. Over five billion people will have access to TV coverage of the Pyeongchang Games, Lumme told reporters. Broadcasters in these three major Asian markets were consistently outperforming their average share of viewing.
US beats Slovakia 5-1, will play Czechs in Olympic quarters
Ryan Donato scored two goals, Troy Terry had three assists and the United States beat Slovakia 5-1 in the qualification round Tuesday to advance to face the Czech Republic in the Olympic quarterfinals. College kids again led the way for the US, which scored more against Slovakia then it did in all three preliminary-round games. Zapolski and the US also beat Slovakia 2-1 in the preliminary round when Donato scored twice.
Baseball Hall of Famer, Giants legend, Orlando Cepeda rushed to hospital: report
Known as the Baby Bull, Orlando Cepeda spent the majority of his career with the Giants from 1958-1966. Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was rushed to a Bay Area hospital late Monday, a San Francisco Giants official confirmed to The Chronicle. In 1966, the 11-time All-Star was traded to the St Louis Cardinals, where he won a World Series title and the NL MVP award in 1967.
Shibutani siblings use different kind of passion to win Olympic ice dancing bronze medal
The ice dance pairing secured a bronze medal with an electrifying performance despite what their coach Marina Zoueva described as the inherent disadvantage of being brother and sister. Yes, Zoueva said when asked if the Shibutanis had a tougher time impressing the judges than their rivals. We actually broke the wall and opened a window for anyone to be on the podium and have success in ice dance. They perform passion, but not passion to be like love passion, Zoueva added.

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