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US snowboarder wins gold in women’s halfpipe

United States' Kaitlyn Farrington waves after her run during the women's snowboard halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics Wednesday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Kaitlyn Farrington of the U.S. captured gold in the women’s Olympic snowboarding halfpipe final Wednesday, edging defending champion Torah Bright and American teammate Kelly Clark for the title. Farrington posted a score of 91.75 during her second run, just good enough to beat Bright’s 91.50. Clark, who smacked the wall during Read More…

Canada beats US 3-2 in Olympic women’s hockey

Meghan Duggan of the United States and Brianne Jenner of Canada race after the puck during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game Wednesday in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

SOCHI, Russia — Megan Agosta scored twice and assisted on Hayley Wickenheiser’s goal to lead Canada to a 3-2 victory over the United States on Wednesday in a tense preview of the expected gold medal match. Agosta scored in the second period to tie the game 1-1, and Canada added the go-ahead goal 93 seconds Read More…

Tim Dahlberg: The legend and the falls … Shaun White bottoms out in bid to strike gold in three straight Olympics

Shaun White of the United States hits the edge of the half pipe during the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The reign was over before Shaun White raised a hopeful finger signaling he was No. 1 as he crossed the finish line of the halfpipe. The judges weren’t going to give him this one, and even he seemed to recognize that. Too many mistakes, and a gnarly trick pulled off to Read More…

Winter Olympics: Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch joins elite company with third Alpine gold; Julia Mancuso grabs bronze

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch passes a gate in the slalom portion of the women's supercombined to win the gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Monday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — In Alpine skiing, there are speed specialists and there are technical specialists, and then there’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch. As versatile as they come, the German is establishing herself as one of the best ever — and she owns three Olympic golds to prove it. Solid in Monday morning’s downhill run, then much Read More…

Column: Women’s hockey follows familiar script at Olympics

Meghan Duggan of the Untied States celebrates Monique Lamoureux's goal as the puck slides under Goalkeeper Florence Schelling of Switzerland during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Monday in Sochi, Russia. USA defeated Switzerland 9-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

SOCHI, Russia — The announcer in the Shayba Arena was trying to pump up the crowd between periods of yet another Olympic women’s hockey mismatch, though her heart didn’t really seem to be in it. “It’s 5-0,” she yelled in a voice that echoed across the ice. “But you never know what is going to happen.” Actually, Read More…

The Winter Olympics: Russia opens the Games in style

Todd Lodwick of the United States carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SOCHI, Russia — A Russia in search of global vindication kicked off the Sochi Olympics looking more like a Russia that likes to party, with a pulse-raising opening ceremony about fun and sports instead of terrorism, gay rights and coddling despots. And that’s just the way Russian President Vladimir Putin wants these Winter Games to Read More…

Pseudo-lesbians, ballet to perform in Sochi Olympics opening

The Olympic flag is raised during a welcome ceremony for the teams in the Athletes Village at the Olympic Park ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Sunday. The opening ceremony for the games will be held tonight.  (AP Photo/Alexander Demianchuk, Pool)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A pseudo-lesbian pop duo, a famed opera singer and a romp through Russian history await viewers as the Sochi Winter Olympics launch Friday with an opening ceremony meant to showcase to the world the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. In a provocative choice, Russian singers Tatu will perform before the Read More…

5 Things to Know for the Olympics: Feb. 7

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Fast five, Friday edition: Things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics. NO YOGURT: Chobani is the U.S. Olympic team’s official yogurt. It’s also hard to find here in Sochi. And therein lies a problem. Some 5,000 cups of Greek yogurt isn’t getting to Russia because of a customs Read More…

25 things to know that will make the 2014 Games more interesting

Though Bode Miller is the headliner, Ted Ligety, above, is the U.S. skier to watch. He left the Vancouver Games without a medal and is determined it won’t happen again. (AP photo)

Lindsey Vonn missing the Olympics is like Kobe Bryant sitting out the All-Star Game. There’s still plenty to see. How will aging Russian hero Yevgeny Plushenko fare in figure skating? Will Shani Davis catch history, and what’s going on with Canada’s women’s hockey team? While there is a lot of focus on security at the Read More…

5 Things to Know for the Olympics: Feb. 6

Security cameras are seen along the Canadian section of the athlete's village at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Fast five, Thursday edition: Things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics. SECURITY: It’s foremost on many minds as Olympic competition begins and thousands stream into the Black Sea resort city. The Russian government says it’s doing all it can to ensure safety, and on Thursday a deputy prime Read More…