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with one big shot, americans stun sweden to capture first ever curling gold at olympics

united states’s skip john shuster, center, makes a call during the men’s final curling match against sweden. (natacha pisarenko/ap)pyeongchang, south korea — john shuster let the stone glide down the sheet, and it took less than a second for everyone in gangneun curling center to grasp what had happened. there were still two ends to play, but an incredible five-point shot was all shuster and his team needed to capture the united states’ first-ever olympic title, capping an incredible comeback for the americans at these pyeongchang games.the united states topped sweden 10-7 in the gold medal match of the men’s curling tournament saturday afternoon. the win marked only the second olympic medal the united states has ever won in curling and the first since 2006.even reaching the fina...





vic wild, born in u.s. but snowboarding for russians, rips various olympic entities

russian athlete vic wild runs the course during the men's parallel giant slalom qualifying run. (gregory bull/ap)bongpyeong, south korea — the competitive portion of vic wild’s experience at the pyeongchang olympics lasted less than three minutes, consisting of three runs saturday afternoon down the parallel giant slalom track at phoenix snow park. it ended with a couple seconds of stand-up snowboarding, an admission of defeat in the round of 16, four victories short of defending the gold medal he won fours years prior.what had led to his performance, and what followed, provided apt and fascinating bookends to one prominent facet of these olympics. wild, an american-born snowboarder who gained russian citizenship to advance his career prospects and competed under the olympic athletes...





eleven of the best photos from today’s 2018 winter olympics

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american devin logan leaves pyeongchang bruised but still a badass

u.s. freestyle skier devin logan won a silver medal four years ago in sochi but didn’t have the same success at pyeongchang. (ker robertson/getty images)bongpyeong, south korea — most days at the olympics, you go out to find the olympics. some days at the olympics, the olympics come to find you.the olympics stopped by impromptu monday at a cafe in a hotel lobby. they turned up at the next table that quickly became a bit of a bustle: a mother, a father, a media representative and somebody who just had to be an athlete. the apparent athlete plopped into one chair and propped her leg up on another. it appeared she had just competed. it appeared that competition had been okay but not ideal. nobody wailed or swore.somebody fetched a bag of ice that took up shop on her right knee. some gabbi...





why does ted cruz have a custom philadelphia eagles jersey?

sen. ted cruz (r-tex.) holds up a philadelphia eagles jersey during a rally for reforms to the nation’s renewable fuel laws at philadelphia energy solutions refinery in philadelphia on wednesday. (reuters/jarrett renshaw)yes, that is ted cruz, the junior senator from texas, holding a custom eagles uniform as he chats up union activists in philadelphia on wednesday.there’s a whole bunch of confusing stuff going on in this image.why is cruz, a gop firebrand, in philadelphia, a city that voted for hillary clinton over donald trump by more than a 5-to-1 margin?why is he sidling up to unions, a traditional republican adversary?and seriously — an eagles jersey?our friends from the energy 202 help us with the first two questions:cruz was there to stump for his side in a wonky policy deba...





gonzaga’s victory against dematha for the maphl championship has a familiar ring

each time dematha goalie andrew takacs skated behind his net to retrieve another clearance, the cheers from the purple half of the gardens ice house in laurel grew a little louder. midway through the third period of friday night’s mid-atlantic prep hockey league final, gonzaga was killing off a five-minute power play with a one-goal lead.after the stags failed to put a shot on goal and wasted their advantage, gonzaga’s chase vallese seized the opportunity for the eagles.the senior captain delivered a one-timer to pad the lead and junior forward will rosen added an empty-netter in the final seconds to cap a 4-1 win as the eagles repeated as league champions for the first time since 2014.“when i felt it come off my stick, i was like, ‘that’s a good shot. that’s definitely going...





in four-man bobsled, americans miss steve holcomb, on and off the track

codie bascue’s sled sits in ninth place after the first day of the four-man bobsled, the best among the three american teams. (edgar su/reuters)daegwallyeong, south korea — the american bobsledders think about steve holcomb all the time. any one of them will tell you that. holcomb was the face of their sport, the one who lifted american bobsledding from on-the-cusp to gold medal-ready. and he took the time to teach others how to keep it there. holcomb led the united states to its first four-man bobsled gold medal in half a century with his win in vancouver. he led the united states to a bronze in sochi. as the four-man bobsled event ran the first of two heats at the olympic sliding centre on saturday, he should have been there, too. if he had been, things would have been different. thi...





tv and radio listings: february 24

nba8:30 p.m. oklahoma city at golden state » wjla (ch. 7), wmar (ch. 2), wtem (980 am)nhl2 p.m. philadelphia at ottawa » nhl network7 p.m. buffalo at washington » nbc sports washington, wjfk (106.7 fm)7 p.m. chicago at columbus » nhl networkmlb spring training1 p.m. washington vs. miami » wjfk (1580 am)1 p.m. tampa bay at boston » mlb networkmen’s college basketballnoon michigan at maryland » espn, wtem (980 am)noon providence at georgetown » cbs sports network, wdch (99.1 fm)noon marquette at depaul » masn2noon tulane at south florida » espnunoon seton hall at st. john’s » wttg (ch. 5), wbff (ch. 45)noon baylor at tcu » espn21 p.m. louisville at virginia tech » wusa (ch. 9), wjz (ch. 13), wjfk (106.7 fm)1 p.m. tennessee at mississippi » sec network2 p.m. high point at li...





during last days of winter olympics, athletes confront life

kelly pannek celebrates after the united states’ gold medal women’s hockey victory over canada. (larry w. smith/epa-efe/shutterstock)pyeongchang, south korea — you want the moment to last beyond that split second in time, to slow it down, because when maddie rooney stopped that final puck off the stick of canada’s meghan agosta, history happened. not 24 hours later, after they had slept wearing their medals, the women of the u.s. hockey team were trying to extend the feeling, understandably. “i don’t think we’ve taken them off our necks yet,” american captain meghan duggan said, her gold displayed front and center. “i don’t know why you would.”rooney’s shootout stop, coupled with jocelyne lamoureux-davidson’s sneaky shootout goal, might be remembered as the americ...





an exhausted — and relieved — mirai nagasu hopes to land on ‘dancing with the stars’

gangneung, south korea — all of mirai nagasu’s life had been building to this moment, toward attempting the triple axel in her final olympic skate — the one that could vault her deep into the top 10 and keep her there for good.then, within seconds of starting her long program, she stepped through the triple axel and explained later that she hit a rut. she never recovered. after several stumbles, she smiled. when it was over, after all those years of much-discussed determination, she just laughed.“my focus has been a little bit too much about the medals,” nagasu said. “. . . when i didn’t land my triple axel in the short [program], my mom told me, ‘who cares if you get last place? this is the olympics. making it is the hard part.’ ”but this is the olympics, and giv...





third time is not the charm: wizards still can’t solve hornets

each time the wizards made a dent in the deficit, each time they went from coasting through a game to almost being competitive, the charlotte hornets had an answer, a floater, a muscled-in layup, an open three-pointer from a bunch of spots around the arc. the hornets came into the game as a middle-of-the-pack team in scoring and three-point shooting but again outperformed their own averages in a 122-105 win over the wizards at capital one arena on friday night. the wizards, who had won three straight and eight of the previous 10 and were coming off a convincing road win over the cleveland cavaliers, dropped to 0-3 against the hornets (26-33) this season.wizards guard bradley beal had a game-high 33 points. the hornets were led by point guard kemba walker, who scored 20 of his 24 points in ...





reports: arizona’s sean miller discussed $100,000 bribe; more than 20 programs implicated in college basketball probe

arizona coach sean miller had multiple conversations with a sports agency about star player deandre ayton, according to an espn report released friday night. (photo by chris coduto/getty images)an fbi telephone wiretap captured arizona men’s basketball coach sean miller discussing a $100,000 bribe to ensure star recruit deandre ayton signed with his team, espn reported late friday evening.the story — published hours after a yahoo sports report on hundreds of pages of documents that suggested current and former players at more than 20 division i schools broke ncaa rules by receiving impermissible benefits — is the most significant revelation to date from an ongoing fbi probe into corruption in college basketball.miller and arizona athletics officials did not immediately respond to req...





enter the ‘bloody dracula’ — and american kyle mack exits with big air silver

kyle mack’s ‘bloody dracula’ helps him earn a silver medal in the debut of the big air event in the olympics. (diego azubel/epa-efe/rex/shutterstock/diego azubel/epa-efe/rex/shutterstock)daegwallyeong, south korea — kyle mack didn’t have an 1800 or even a 1620 in his arsenal, and as it turned out, he wouldn’t need one. five full midair rotations might work for some snowboarders, but mack had something trickier in store for the big air finals. he brought a “bloody dracula” to the olympics.with a name that evokes the terror rightfully associated with a sport that involves flying the length of a basketball court, twirling and flipping as many times as possible, the bloody dracula vaulted the 20-year-old american snowboarder to the olympic podium. mack won silver in the first m...





college basketball weekend schedule: top games affecting ncaa tournament bubble

chris clarke, left, kerry blackshear jr.  and virginia tech have a chance to strengthen their ncaa tournament case vs. louisville. (john mcdonnell/the washington post)there’s a little more than two weeks remaining for college basketball teams to distinguish themselves and earn their way into the ncaa tournament’s field of 68.the edge of the field is fluid, so there’s plenty of relevant games to look in on this weekend. few teams will seal their fate one way or another saturday or sunday, but at least a bit more clarity is on its way. [report details more than 20 players and programs implicated in college basketball probe] marquette (16-11, 7-8 big east) at depaul, saturday, noon, masn2 (in d.c. area): generally speaking, it’s never a good idea to lose to depaul. that’s especiall...





chiefs reportedly trading all-pro cornerback marcus peters to the rams

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american devin logan leaves pyeongchang bruised but still a badass

u.s. freestyle skier devin logan won a silver medal four years ago in sochi but didn’t have the same success at pyeongchang. (ker robertson/getty images)bongpyeong, south korea — most days at the olympics, you go out to find the olympics. some days at the olympics, the olympics come to find you.the olympics stopped by impromptu monday at a cafe in a hotel lobby. they turned up at the next table that quickly became a bit of a bustle: a mother, a father, a media representative and somebody who just had to be an athlete. the apparent athlete plopped into one chair and propped her leg up on another. it appeared she had just competed. it appeared that competition had been okay but not ideal. nobody wailed or swore.somebody fetched a bag of ice that took up shop on her right knee. some gabbi...





mark turgeon denies contact with agency linked to illegal payments to diamond stone

(rob carr/getty images)maryland men’s basketball coach mark turgeon on friday denied having any contact with the sports agency that was alleged in a news report to have made more than $14,000 in illegal payments to former terrapins center diamond stone.the report by yahoo sports, which details discoveries made in the ongoing fbi investigation into corruption in college basketball, described stone as receiving $14,303 in payments from the asm sports agency, which was run by former nba agent andy miller and his associate, christian dawkins.turgeon was expected to meet the media on friday afternoon, along with his team’s three seniors, ahead of saturday’s regular season finale against michigan in college park. that session was cancelled and turgeon instead issued a statement through the...





for the nationals, the question is who will take the fifth (spot in rotation)

tommy milone, far left, and a.j. cole, far right, are among the pitchers in nationals camp competing for a spot in the starting rotation. (photo by john mcdonnell/the washington post)west palm beach, fla. — the washington nationals commenced their grapefruit league schedule friday afternoon with a just a few questions to be answered about a roster that will look nearly identical to the one that won 97 games in 2017. the most prominent one may be who will claim the final spot in their starting rotation and whether the answer isn’t yet on the team.we’re over a week into spring training and three notable starting pitchers remain on the free agent market: jake arrieta, lance lynn, and alex cobb. each right-hander would presumably provide an upgrade over the nationals’ in-house option...





third time is not the charm: wizards still can’t solve hornets

each time the wizards made a dent in the deficit, each time they went from coasting through a game to almost being competitive, the charlotte hornets had an answer, a three-pointer, a muscled-in layup, an open jumper. the hornets came into the game as a middle-of-the-pack team in scoring and shooting from beyond the arc, but again outperformed their own averages in a 122-105 win over the wizards at capital one arena on friday night. the wizards, who had won three straight and eight of the previous 10, dropped to 0-3 against the hornets (26-33) this season.wizards guard bradley beal had a game-high 33 points. the hornets were led by point guard kemba walker, who scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half.the hornets shot 48.9 percent from the field and made a season-high 17 threes, while...





north korean defectors have unique view on the olympics

fans display the south korean flag as south korea team members celebrate winning their women’s semifinal curling match against japan on friday. (natacha pisarenko/associated press)gangneung, south korea — they crossed the border on a diplomatic and sporting mission — almost 300 north koreans, coming into the south — and yet so much of their experience felt like a mystery. some of the north koreans spent their nights here in isolation on a docked cruise ship. a team of red-suited cheerleaders showed up at hockey games, singing with fixed smiles. the north’s athletes, when they spoke at all, said things like, “we are very happy,” and, “there have been no inconveniences whatsoever.” and not once did they address the deeper questions about their experience — one in which, f...