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February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - It was hard to tell what shocked fans more, the NBA's new dunk contest rules or a performance by Vanilla Ice. Maybe contest organizers should think twice, twice baby. Washington's John Wall was declared the winner in fan voting Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center … even though he didn't get a chance to compete against fellow champions Paul George and Terrence Ross. The trio swept head-to-head competitions against counterparts from the Western Conference as part of a “battle round” that left fans and other NBA players fighting mad on social media.
February 15, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - On paper, the ice dance competition that begins Sunday looks like this: Only two teams come in with a legitimate chance at gold. Reigning Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. have become solid favorites with five straight wins over their longtime frenemies, reigning Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. The latest was a whomping in the team event here, which White said "sent a message. " There was a time in ice dance when "on paper" meant with indelible ink, with results determined well before a competition.
February 14, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Meg James
Comcast Corp.'s $45.2-billion stock deal for Time Warner Cable would create a media juggernaut with revenue approaching $100 billion and more than 30 million customers, including more than 1.5 million in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. "We view this as a merger that creates a company on the leading edge of innovation, a company committed to investing in networks, products and services that deliver the customer the best possible experiences," Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts said on a call with Wall Street analysts.
February 13, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
SOCHI, Russia - After disappointing results that have seen its speedskaters on the verge of their worst Olympic performance in three decades, U.S. Speedskating is working to dump the most noticeable factor it controls - its racing suit. Under Armour heralded the Mach 39 - the much-hyped suit the apparel company said it developed with the help of defense contractor Lockheed Martin - as the fastest speedskating suit in production. In Sochi, through half of the races, U.S. speedskaters have yet to win a medal.
February 12, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - After taking a few practice runs down the halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics earlier this week, Hannah Teter had some concerns. To say the least. "I couldn't do any of my tricks," the American snowboarder said. "It was just the worst pipe I'd ever ridden in my life. " Then the crew at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park scrambled to make fixes, smoothing a lumpy bottom and using a mixture of salt and water to harden the walls. "A hundred million times better," Teter said before the women's final on Wednesday night.
February 12, 2014 | By John Cherwa
Best Bets for Thursday at the 2014 Sochi Olympics: MEN'S HOCKEY The U.S. opens pool play with a game against Slovakia. Canada and Russia are the expected gold-medal finalists, but it wouldn't surprise if the U.S. was around at the end. The thing about Olympic hockey is you get to see lines such as Patrick Kane, Dustin Brown and Phil Kessel. Jonathan Quick will be in goal. WOMEN'S SPEEDSKATING The U.S. could win gold if Heather Richardson can shake off her lackluster performance in the 500 meters and win the 1,000 meters.
February 10, 2014 | By John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia  - In a bit of a shocker on the first day of men's curling, defending gold medalist Canada lost to Switzerland, 5-4, on Monday. Canada won its other game but struggled to defeat Germany, 11-8. Canada was considered the heavy favorite to win this tournament. The only country to win both its games was Sweden, beating Switzerland, 7-5, and Britain, 8-4. The U.S. opened play with a 7-4 loss to Norway. In other games, China beat Denmark, 7-4, and Denmark beat Russia, 11-10.
February 10, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Could Swagger the old English sheepdog live up to his triumphant name? Would Matisse gain sentimental points for being the same breed as first dog Bo, the Portuguese water dog occupying the White House? Or will judges at the Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show competition throw spectators a bone with a surprise finish Tuesday night, when the grand trophy is presented? The prestigious dog show got underway Monday in Manhattan, bringing together more than 2,800 dogs from about 190 breeds, along with countless hair dryers, combs, brushes, dog toiletries, and the thousands of mere humans whose job is to turn canines into champions.
February 9, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Julia Lipnitskaia found the perfect way to cap what her singles performance meant Sunday. She put on the Russia baseball cap someone had thrown onto the ice after she finished. It was not apparel figure skaters are accustomed to wearing. It was a fitting way to symbolize the idea of team at the sport's first team competition in Olympic history. With Russian President Vladimir Putin among the spectators at the Iceberg Palace, Lipnitskaia's free-skate victory meant Russia had clinched the gold medal even before the ice dancers completed the four-discipline event.
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