National Sports

US Medal haul well short of USOC projections

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year. Sports executives in America targeted athletes on Team USA to win 37 medals ...

A look at figure skating winners and how they earned medals

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A look at the medal winners in figure skating at the Pyeongchang Olympics and how they earned them. TEAM Gold: Canada — The heavy gold favorite with a deep team featuring previous Olympic medalists, Canada had it clinched with one event remaining. It was the ...

Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Zagitova

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A few years back, Alina Zagitova nearly was sent home from training for not working hard enough. Now, she heads home with Olympic gold, the first for the Russians at the Pyeongchang Olympics. A grateful nation — upset that ...

Column: Russians strike gold, US left to ponder future

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — By the time the final group of figure skaters took the ice at Gangneung Ice Arena, things had been pretty much decided. Russia would win its first gold of the games, and the only question was whether Alina Zagitova or Evgenia ...

The ‘Garlic Girls’: South Korean curlers a global sensation

By KRISTEN GELINEAU and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Forget Lindsey Vonn and Adam Rippon. The real rock stars of the Pyeongchang Olympics are a humble group of Korean curlers who have no idea they've become a global sensation. They are known as the "Garlic ...

‘There’s still sadness’: Valdes racing with Holcomb in mind

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Part of the prize package that U.S. bobsledding great Steven Holcomb and brakeman Carlo Valdes got for a medal at a World Cup race at St. Moritz a couple years ago was a bottle of fine champagne, which they brought home and ...

Serwa, Phelan give Canada 1-2 finish in Olympic skicross

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Kelsey Serwa turned to best friend and Olympic roommate Brittany Phelan in the starting gate before the women's skicross final and went through the ritual one more time. The Canadian teammates bumped fists then began chanting ...

US women headed for worst figure skating finish in Olympics

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — One by one, the best in American figure skating fell to the ice, their Olympic hopes dashed in the opening seconds of their short programs at the Pyeongchang Games. It was emblematic of the state of U.S. figure skating. Sure, ...

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 ...