March 14, 2014 |
Swedish hockey player Nicklas Backstrom, hit with a doping charge during the Sochi Olympics, did not get to play in the gold-medal game against Canada. Now, at least he will get a silver medal. Backstrom was taking Zyrtec-D for his allergies during the Winter Games. A team doctor had assured him the medication conformed to Olympic rules, and Backstrom listed it on an official doping control form during the tournament. But the pseudoephedrine in those pills is banned at certain levels, and when testers detected an excess in his urine sample, the International Olympic Committee issued a provisional suspension shortly before the men's hockey final.
March 14, 2014 |
Five cities interested in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics have submitted application files to the International Olympic Committee. Beijing and Oslo head the list, which also includes Almaty, Kazakhstan; Krakow, Poland; and Lviv, Ukraine. The application files provide an overview of each city's vision and concept for the Games. An IOC working group will study the information and submit a report to the executive board, which will then select the official candidates. At that point, the chosen cities have until January 2015 to submit in-depth blueprints of their plans.
March 13, 2014 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's currency is called the real, which in Portuguese means both "royal" and, simply, "real. " But with prices skyrocketing ahead of the World Cup finals this summer, some locals in this famed beach city have created a mock currency they've dubbed the "surreal. " Adorned with the mustachioed face of Salvador Dali, the bills exist only as an Internet meme. Still, they have become the symbol of a digital protest movement. Fed-up Rio residents have taken to social media to share photos of price tags, receipts and menu items so pricey, it almost seems they could only have been dreamed up by the Spanish surrealist artist.
March 9, 2014 |
EDMONTON, Canada - Goalie Ben Scrivens knew he would have to worry about the usual suspects among his former Kings teammates. Of course, there was leading scorer Jeff Carter and the two-way brilliance of center Anze Kopitar. Then there was the man who came to dinner: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. Martinez put the Kings ahead for good in their 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Carter scored twice, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season. His first goal went off the left skate of Edmonton defenseman Philip Larsen, just 1 minute 36 seconds into the game, and Carter's other goal glanced off his own skate, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead at 10:16 of the second period.
March 8, 2014 |
Olympic ski champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety didn't take much of a break after the Sochi Games. They simply put their gold medals in a safe place and set out to make more memories. The whirlwind continued Saturday for America's heroes when Shiffrin and Ligety won historic World Cup races in different countries. Shiffrin, who at 18 become the youngest woman to win an Olympic slalom gold medal, became the youngest women to reach eight World Cup slalom wins with a victory at Are, Sweden.
March 7, 2014 |
Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who won an Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia, for ice dancing, will be contestants on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars," which starts March 17 on ABC. But they'll be competing against each other, not as partners. [Los Angeles Times] Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, 72, has shaved her head, partly as an activist move to draw attention to climate change, and partly to get rid or her signature red color and let the natural white show, "to show she's proud of her age," a spokesperson told the Telegraph.