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February 22, 2018 - 3:59 am

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TOP STORIES

OLY--HKW-US-CANADA

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey is finally over. They needed the first shootout in an Olympic women's final to do it, too. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored a dazzling, triple-deke goal in the sixth round of a shootout thriller and Maddie Rooney stuffed the last two Canadians to wrap up a 3-2 victory over archrival Canada on Thursday. It came 20 years after the women's last gold medal in women's hockey and 38 years to the day after the men's famous "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Russians in group play at Lake Placid. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 857 words, photos.

With:

— OLY--HKW-CANADA-UNSATISFYING SILVER — By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 408 words, photos.

OLY--SKI-WOMEN'S COMBINED

JEONGSEON, South Korea — Michelle Gisin of Switzerland captured the women's Olympic Alpine combined with a sizzling slalom run to edge Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States. Lindsey Vonn made a mistake early in the slalom and didn't finish in what's likely her final Winter Games. She was the leader after the downhill portion. By Pat Graham. SENT: 758 words, photos.

Also:

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

COMMENTARY

GLF--ON THE TEE-TALKING TIGER

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Padraig Harrington rarely goes the conventional route. He once wore glasses to help him read greens, even though he had 20/20 vision. He became a Royal & Ancient ambassador, and then began using a belly putter when the R&A was proposing to outlaw the use of them. So when it came to his thoughts on Tiger Woods, expect the unexpected. For starters, Harrington thinks Woods has a game that is good enough to win on the PGA Tour except that Woods might not believe it. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--FRE-MEN'S HALFPIPE

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Freestyle skier David Wise successfully defended his Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe. He broke through on his final run to give the U.S. its third gold medal in the halfpipe at the Pyeongchang Games. Wise wiped out on his first two runs before sneaking past countryman Alex Ferreira on his third with a score of 97.20. It's the seventh gold medal for the U.S. in Pyeongchang. Five of them have come at Phoenix Snow Park. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 875 words, photos.

OLY--SOUTH KOREA-SKATING DISPUTE

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Thousands of South Koreans are calling for two speedskaters to be expelled from the Olympics after they left their slower teammate behind in a race defined by teamwork and walked away as she quietly sobbed at the stadium. More than 567,000 people as of Thursday afternoon have signed a petition to South Korea's presidential office calling for the skaters Kim Bo-Reum and Park Ji Woo to be expelled from the national team. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 738 words, photos.

Also:

— OLY--CUR-RUSSIAN DOPING — By James Ellingsworth. SENT: 139 words, photos.

— OLY--XXC-AMERICAN STRATEGY — By Steve Reed. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— OLY--ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS — By David Bauder. SENT: 715 words, photos.

— OLY--NKOREA-IT'S A WRAP — By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— OLY--WHAT TO WATCH — By Magan Crane. SENT: 630 words, photos.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

HKN--FAMILY JERSEYS

CHICAGO — Way back in 1961, Joe Serpico got a pair of game-worn jerseys from Chicago Blackhawks stars Bobby Hull and Glenn Hall for his 10th birthday. It was a gift from his beloved uncle Jerry "The Barber" Del Giudice, who served as the team barber for decades. Now Serpico is letting the Hull jersey go as part of an auction while remembering everything he loves about his family and his favorite hockey team. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--NBA RESUMES-WHAT TO WATCH

The Golden State Warriors have never lost more than 15 games in a season under Steve Kerr. They could reach that total in the first night after the All-Star break. Golden State returns at 44-14, still very good but not as good as they've been in recent years. The defending champs sit second in the West after taking the league's best record into the break in each of the previous three seasons. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 675 words, photos.

BKN--KINGS-ALL-STAR GAME

The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California's capital city for the first time. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and local tourism officials are detailing plans for the bid for the game in either 2022 or '23. Getting the All-Star game would cap a remarkable comeback for Sacramento. The city nearly lost its franchise to Seattle in 2013 before Ranadive bought the team and built a state-of-the-art downtown arena. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 630 words.

Also:

— BKN--MAVERICKS-CUBAN-TANKING — SENT: 633 words, photos.

— BKN--MAVERICKS-WORKPLACE CONDUCT — SENT: 755 words, photos.

WRESTLING

WRE--TEXAS-TRANSGENDER WRESTLER

Mack Beggs is back and still wrestling against girls. The senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas is transgender and in the process of transitioning from female to male. It was his steroid treatments while wrestling girls that stirred a fierce debate about competitive fairness and transgender rights last season. Starting Friday, he'll be defending his Class 6A 110-pound championship. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 860 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--FLAMES-GOLDEN KNIGHTS

LAS VEGAS — Alex Tuch scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and the Vegas Golden Knights pulled away for a 7-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. The win moved the Golden Knights back atop the NHL standings with 84 points — a record for an expansion team — one ahead of Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay. Vegas also got its 23rd home win, topping the previous first-year mark of 22 set by Hartford Whalers in 1979-80. SENT: 833 words, photos.

Also:

— HKN--RANGERS-GEORGIEV — SENT: 481 WORDS.

— HKN--KINGS-COYOTES TRADE — SENT: 383 words, photos.

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ALSO

— BKC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK — SENT: 340 words, photos.

— BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK — SENT: 365 words, photos.

— CAR--NHRA--BRITTANY FORCE CRASH — SENT: 454 words, photos.

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Thursday's Time Schedule

NBA

Brooklyn at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

New York at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Washington at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Columbus at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Minnesota at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Washington at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Calgary at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Top 25

Men

No. 6 Gonzaga at San Diego, 9 p.m.

No. 9 Purdue at Illinois, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Cincinnati vs. UConn, 7 p.m.

No. 14 Arizona at Oregon State, 9 p.m.

No. 22 Saint Mary's vs. Pepperdine, 10 p.m.

No. 23 Houston at Memphis, 9 p.m.

Women

No. 2 Mississippi State vs. Auburn, 8 p.m.

No. 4 Louisville vs. Virginia, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 24 LSU, 6:30 p.m.

No. 9 Florida State vs. Boston College, 7 p.m.

No. 10 UCLA vs. Colorado, 11 p.m.

No. 11 Missouri vs. Vanderbilt, 8 p.m.

No. 13 Maryland at Michigan, 6 p.m.

No. 15 Tennessee at Florida, 7 p.m.

No. 17 Texas A&M at Arkansas, 8 p.m.

No. 19 Georgia at Alabama, 8 p.m.

No. 21 N.C. State at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

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