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February 16, 2018 - 2:18 pm

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin, without doubt, is the best women's slalom skier. But at these Olympics she finishes fourth behind winner Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. Shriffin says she's the only one who can beat herself, and insists she did just that. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos.


Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov says "sorry to all the clean athletes we cheated." Communicating with the AP through his lawyer, he contends the Russians are still "lying and denying." Rodchenkov fled to the U.S. to expose his country's elaborate ruse to evade doping tests. By Rob Harris. SENT: 950 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR opens its season Sunday at the Daytona 500, with Jimmie Johnson a seven-time winner, Alex Bowman on the pole, Brad Keselowski a favorite and Danica Patrick making her last run at "The Great American Race." By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, graphic (lineup; winning speeds; last season's leaders; 10 season favorites) by 6 p.m.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-BACKUPS — Jimmie Johnson, seven others switching cars. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA-TRUCKS — NASCAR's Truck Series opens season. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Racing starts 7:30 p.m.

— CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA 500-DRIVERS — Driver capsules. UPCOMING: 2,400 words, photos by 4 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Leading rookie of the year candidates Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell square off when Mitchell and the U.S. team of first- and second-year players take on the Australian-born Simmons and a World squad of international players. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.



They became superstars, signing lucrative endorsements, saturating pop culture and enjoying great popularity among whites. And with so much to lose, some of the most prominent black athletes became voiceless, unwilling to take a stand: O.J. Simpson, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video, interactive timeline.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dale Earnhardt ended an 0-for-19 streak in the Daytona 500 in 1998, finally winning at age 46 after so many missed opportunities and close calls. It's a NASCAR moment that has stood the test of time. The AP recaps that day through the men who lived it. By Dan Gelston and Mark Long. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. Abridged version: 900 words, photos.


No one can outrun the speedsters of New Town High School. The school's students are drawn from five towns scattered on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota oil patch territory. They have won 12 of the last 14 state titles and hope their success is a source of inspiration in a tough place. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 850 words, photos.



You want to cheer for Claudia Pechstein, an age-defying speedskater who won her first Olympic title more than a quarter-century ago and is soon to be 46, skating against rivals young enough to be her daughter. Then you remember her two-year doping ban that will forever tarnish her legacy. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 750 words, photos.


LONDON — English soccer is confronting its dark secrets. The scale of abuse of aspiring players by coaches is a stain on the sport, and the numbers are staggering. Police fear more than 800 possible victims and nearly 300 suspects. By Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos.



GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Nathan Chen was nearly at a loss for words trying to explain where his Olympic short program went awry, leaving the American medal contender fortunate just to qualify for the free skate. "I've never been in this spot before," he says. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos.


GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Olympic curlers and fans wonder if their inclusive and honorable sport might be the perfect antidote to these troubled times: Players must treat opponents with kindness; curlers police themselves without need of referees; and winners buy the losers a beer. By Kristen Gelineau. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.

— With:

— OLY--CUR-BURNED ROCK SHOCKER — Foul causes rare stir at curling. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 350 words, photos.


GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Goaltenders are the only players in Olympic hockey allowed to get creative. They are free to decorate their masks and helmets, by themselves or with an assist from professional artists. The IOC, however, bars statements about politics, religion or race. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 850 words, photos.

— Also:

— OLY--OLYMPICS ROUNDUP — Day 7: Rough outings for Americans Mikaela Shiffrin, Nathan Chen. By David Brandt. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— OLY--PYEONGCHANG-MEMBER EXPELLED — British IOC member who opposed Russians at games is expelled over run-in with security guard. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— OLY--ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS — NBC is right there when Mikaela Shiffrin vomits before her first slalom run. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 650 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — UCLA alum Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau are tied for the lead at the Genesis Open. Tiger Woods is six back, and his first priority is to make the cut. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8:30 p.m.

— Also:

— GLF--WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN — Jin Young Ko leads by three shots after two rounds in LPGA play in Australia, SENT: 250 words.

— GLF--PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — Three-time winner Bernhard Langer opens play in seniors tournament in Naples, Fla. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7:30 p.m.

— GLF--OMAN GOLF CLASSIC — Matthieu Pavon up by two strokes after second round in European Tour event. SENT: 350 words.



The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the court and all around it. A new format is set for Sunday's All-Star Game. The star power will range from LeBron James to Stephen Curry, from Justin Bieber to Staples Center fixture Jack Nicholson. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— Also:

— BKN--ALL-STAR CELEBRITY GAME — Bieber, Jamie Foxx headline Celebrity Game that includes former NBA, current WNBA players. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.

— BKN--ALL-STAR GAME-KENDRICK LAMAR — Kendrick Lamar to perform Friday night. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 p.m.



LAKELAND, Fla. — With a no-hitter and a World Series title to his credit, Mike Fiers has experienced some of baseball's greatest thrills. Now, he just wants a stable role for a team that needs him. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


JUPITER, Fla. — While Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich were happy to be traded by the Marlins, pitcher Dan Straily says he wants to be a cornerstone of the team's rebuilding plan. What's more, he says he's glad those players who didn't want be in Miami are gone. By Steven Wine. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBO--ARBITRATION — Straily, Kansas City pitcher Brandon Maurer City lose in arbitration; players lead 11-10. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Reports from other spring training camps.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Nebraska's 20-win season by no means assures an NCAA Tournament bid. Among bubble teams, Providence and Virginia Tech helped themselves with big wins while Boise State and Texas took a hit. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — No. 4 Xavier has a chance to take control of the Big East when it hosts No. 3 Villanova on Saturday. The Wildcats have won all four regular-season titles since the league was reconfigured, but the Musketeers are up by a game and a half. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— BKC--T25-RHODE ISLAND-ST BONAVENTURE — No. 16 Rhode Island, winners of 16 straight, plays at St. Bonaventure in nation's only Top 25 men's game. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m.



ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer is one win from becoming the oldest male to reach the No. 1 ranking. The 36-year-old Swiss seals the top spot if he beats Robin Haase in the quarterfinals of the ABN AMRO tournament. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Match starts 2:30 p.m. at earliest.

— Also:

— TEN--NEW YORK OPEN — Ivo Karlovic faces Sam Querrey in quarterfinal on Long Island. UPCOMING: 100 words by 10 p.m.

— TEN--QATAR OPEN — Simona Halep reaches Doha semis, then withdraws with foot injury. SENT: 200 words.

— TEN--ARGENTINA OPEN — Gael Monfils plays Leonardo Mayer in Buenois Aires quarterfinal. UPCOMING: 100 words by 10 p.m.


— SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT — Appeal filed for man sentenced to 25 years for killing retired Saints star Will Smith. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 140 words.

— SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUP — Chelsea, Leicester host second-tier teams in fifth round of FA Cup. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.






Friday's Time Schedule (EST)


Philadelphia at Columbus, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)


No. 16 Rhode Island at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m.


No. 7 UCLA at No. 15 Oregon State, 11 p.m.

No. 9 Oregon vs. Southern California, 9 p.m.

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