National Sports

Bjoergen, American women make history at Olympics

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Marit Bjoergen and Kikkan Randall have shared a special bond since competing against each other at their first Olympics in Salt Lake City 16 years ago. On Wednesday, their relationship turned historic. Bjoergen won her 14th ...

Germany stuns Sweden in OT, will face Canada in semifinals

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Patrick Reimer scored in overtime and Danny aus den Birken made 31 saves to put Germany into the Olympic semifinals with a stunning 4-3 upset of top-seeded Sweden in the quarterfinals Wednesday night. Germany advanced to face Canada in the semifinals and has a ...

Drought over: US women win 1st Olympic cross-country medal

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — As she headed up the steepest, most grueling hill of her life in third place, Jessica Diggins thought to herself just winning an Olympic medal was no longer good enough. She wanted more. She wanted gold. Diggins dug deep, ...

Jamanka wins Olympic gold for Germany, denying Meyers Taylor

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Up in the starting area on a frigid night in the mountains, only three women's bobsled pilots remained. One was the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist. Another was the reigning world champion. And the third was someone ...

US women win bronze to end speedskating medal drought

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Mia Manganello crossed the finish line, glanced at the videoboard and let out a yell. She then grabbed hands with American teammates Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe, and the trio thrust their arms in the air. The Americans had ...

Japan and Norway dethrone Dutch in team pursuit at Olympics

By RAF CASERT, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Finally, Norwegian veteran Havard Bokko stood atop the highest platform on the Olympic podium. And glancing down to his left, a step lower, he saw the orange-clad Dutch. Something like that had never before happened to him at the ...

Germans, Czechs improbably reach Olympic semifinals

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canada and the Russians are in the semifinals as expected. The other two finalists weren't expected to be here at all. The Olympic men's hockey tournament final four has two surprise visitors: the Czech ...

Czechs eliminate US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL. Four years after his shootout heroics in Sochi, Oshie could only watch helplessly halfway around the ...

No thoughts of Sochi agony as US women chase gold once again

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Dani Cameranesi watched on TV when the Americans blew a 2-0 lead with less than a minute left before losing the gold medal game to Canada four years ago at the Sochi Olympics. She uses the word "devastating" to sum up the ...