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Utah Olympic Oval to host US short track speedskating trials

February 28th, 2017

KEARNS, Utah (AP) – US Speedskating will hold the short track Olympic trials in December at the Utah Olympic Oval.

The event from Dec. 15-17 will decide the 12 skaters who will compete in the PyeongChang Games in 2018. Athletes will compete in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters.

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Phelps asks Congress to ensure anti-doping system is fair

February 28th, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) – Testifying before a congressional hearing on improving anti-doping measures, Michael Phelps has expressed frustration over seeing others cheat and says athletes need to believe the system works.

The retired swimmer said Tuesday he has a hard time understanding how athletes get around anti-doping tests and that when …

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Soviet ice hockey great Vladimir Petrov dies at 69

February 28th, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Petrov, a two-time Olympic hockey champion who was on the Soviet Union team that lost to the United States at the 1980 Lake Placid Games, died Tuesday. He was 69.

Petrov played alongside Boris Mikhailov and Valery Kharlamov on an offensive line considered one of the …

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Uno wins gold medal in figure skating at Asian Winter Games

February 26th, 2017

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) – Shoma Uno of Japan overcame several early mistakes Sunday to win the gold medal in men’s figure skating on the final day of the Asian Winter Games.

Uno, who was second after the short program, fell on his opening quad loop of his free skate and …

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WADA: Hard to secure bans for many Russians in doping cases

February 25th, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – There “simply may not be sufficient evidence” to secure bans for many of the Russian athletes implicated in an alleged state-backed doping scheme, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Saturday.

WADA investigator Richard McLaren reported in December that more than 1,000 Russian athletes may have benefited from …

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Loelling becomes youngest female world champion in skeleton

February 25th, 2017

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) – European champion Jacqueline Loelling edged Olympic champion Tina Hermann to win her first skeleton world championship title on Saturday.

Loelling – at age 22 the youngest ever female world champion in skeleton – was quickest in two of the three runs over two days to beat …

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South Korean skater Choi wins gold at Asian Winter Games

February 25th, 2017

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) – Choi Da-bin of South Korea held her lead from the short program to win the gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Asian Winter Games on Saturday.

Skating to music from Doctor Zhivago, Choi landed all her jumps cleanly with the exception of a triple …

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North Korea wins first medal at Asian Winter Games

February 25th, 2017

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) – North Korea won its first medal at the Asian Winter Games on Saturday as Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik won the bronze medal in the figure skating pairs event.

The North Korean pair, third after the short program, received 112.18 points in Saturday’s free …

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Kendell Williams wins 3rd straight pentathlon at SEC indoor

February 24th, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Georgia senior Kendell Williams became the first to win three straight Southeastern Conference pentathlons Friday on the first day of the league’s indoor track and field championships.

Williams won with 4,686 points, just missing her own record of 4,703. The 2016 Olympian and three-time NCAA indoor …

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Snow volleyball hopes to stake claim in Winter Olympics

February 24th, 2017

Beach volleyball is moving to the mountains and swapping its sand for snow.

A spinoff of the sun-splashed sport familiar to Summer Olympic fans and seaside frolickers, snow volleyball is spreading from the Alps to the Andes and making a run at the Winter Games. If all goes well, volleyball …

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