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SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | Chris Kuc
The puck spun and wobbled as it slid slowly toward the vacated Canadian goal. As it crossed between the circles, it angled ever-so-slightly to the left, struck the post and bounced back. That was how close the United States came to sealing the gold medal of the women's hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics on Thursday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Thirty seconds after the near-miss, that same puck was in the Americans' net and what looked like a dream ending for the U.S. was turning into a nightmare.
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SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | John Cherwa
Given the dominance of the Canadian women curlers, it's hard to believe Thursday was their first Olympic gold in the sport. In beating Sweden, 6-3, they erased the sting of losing to the Swedes in the gold-medal final in Vancouver four years ago. Canada also became the first team to go through the competition unbeaten, winning all 11 games. Skip Jennifer Jones is considered one of the best curlers in the world but she had never won an Olympic gold medal. Britain beat Switzerland, 6-5, in the bronze-medal game.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - The team that bulldozed its way through the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament while averaging five goals a game exited the semifinals meekly, unable to score once. Team USA's speed was neutralized and its in-your-face attitude pushed right back in its own face by Canada, which had been pushed to the brink by Latvia - Latvia? - in the quarterfinals and has been subjected to daily roastings from armchair critics back home. In a dramatic turnaround, Canada raised its game to an art Friday.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
Millions of people are unhappy that Russia's Adelina Sotnikova beat out South Korea's Yuna Kim for a gold medal in Olympic women's figure skating.  I'm not sure I am. The reason for that is tied up in the fact that figure skating -- for all its balletic grace and beauty -- is a sport.   I'll be honest: I don't remember much about Sotnikova's free skate at the Sochi Olympics, except that she gave a hammy wave to the judges near the end of her routine.   Yes, her long program was jam-packed with jumps, and it was entertaining to watch her unique spins.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - It's all going to come down to Steven Holcomb's left calf. The United States hopes to make history in the four-man bobsled this weekend, but it needs Holcomb to fully recover from the calf strain he suffered during the two-man event Sunday for that to happen. If he's hobbled, the chances diminish greatly for him to become the first American driver to win successive Olympic titles in 82 years. "There are a lot of treatment options I can do, but they're all illegal," said Holcomb, who won gold in Vancouver four years ago. "I'm sticking to acupuncture, massage and laser stuff to help increase blood flow....
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin survived a near crash on her second run Friday to become, at 18, the youngest winner of the Olympic slalom. Shiffrin claimed the gold medal with a two-run time of 1 minute 44:54 at Rosa Khotur. “It is tough to describe my feelings,” she said. “This has been a dream of mine for a very long time.” Shiffrin defeated two of her Austrian idols for the gold. Marlies Schild, who at 32 was trying to become the oldest woman to win the slalom, finished .53 back for the silver while Austrian teammate Kathrin Zettel won the bronze.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | Ed Stockly
The Winter Olympics, from Sochi, Russia, on TV. Many of the most popular events will be broadcast in prime time and on the weekends on NBC. NBCSP is also airing events in prime time and picking up a number of live events in the early-morning hours. Hockey and curling can be found on MSNBC and USA. Curling also will air on CNBC. And a few events will be exclusively online at www.NBCOlympics.com . Below is the latest television schedule for the 2014 Winter Olympics for Friday, Feb 20, through Sunday, Feb. 23: Friday, Feb. 21 Biathlon, Freestyle Skiing (6:30 a.m. NBCSP)
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Canada will have the opportunity to defend the gold medal it won four years ago at Vancouver, a chance it earned Friday with a thoroughly sound defensive effort that stifled a fast and prolific U.S. team in the Sochi Olympic hockey semifinals. A second-period goal by Jamie Benn, who wasn't invited to Canada's Olympic orientation camp last summer but played his way onto the team, held up as the difference in a 1-0 victory by Canada at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Benn redirected a pass from defenseman Jay Bouwmeester past a helpless Jonathan Quick and Benn's teammates protected the lead with discipline and energy.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Halfpipe history was coming down to Maddie Bowman of the U.S. or Marie Martinod of France, and the space right behind the interview area was a curious mosh pit of fun, frolicking and fretting. Bowman, of South Lake Tahoe, had bettered her first effort, scoring 89.00 on her second run, sending a group of French fans and Bowman supporters into a frenzy of singing and chanting. It all came down to one final run for Martinod, the final skier on this Thursday night.
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