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February 18, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:

Silver for US slopestylist

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – Nick Goepper has provided the first medal of the day for the United States at the Pyeongchang Games.

Goepper grabbed silver in the ski slopestyle, four years after taking bronze at Sochi (SOH’-chee). He fared much better than teammate Gus Kenworthy, who failed to land any of his three runs and came in last.

Norway’s Oystein Braaten captured the gold medal.

– The U.S. men’s Alpine ski team has only one top 10 finish through four races and is in danger of leaving the Olympics without a medal for the first time since the 1998 Nagano Games. The squad wasn’t really expected to do all that well – and it hasn’t. The only individual men’s event remaining is Thursday’s slalom. U.S. coach Sasha Rearick says the team knows it has work ahead of it to get where it wants to be.

– The Winter Olympics are more than halfway done, and the Russians still don’t have a gold medal. It’s an unpleasant experience for the nation that finished top of the medal table in Sochi with 13 gold medals – though two have since been stripped for doping. On the wall of the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” delegation office in Pyeongchang is a board with Russian medal winners’ photos attached under pictures of gold, silver and bronze medals. The gold column is empty. Dozens of Russian athletes weren’t invited because of the doping scandal.



Spartans beat Wildcats after trailing by 27

UNDATED (AP) – Second-ranked Michigan State needed a huge comeback before running their winning streak into double digits.

The Spartans trailed by 27 in the first half and 22 at intermission before outscoring Northwestern 38-11 in the second half of a 65-60 against the Wildcats. Michigan State stormed ahead with a 29-4 run over the first 14 1/2 minutes of the second half en route to their 10th consecutive win.

Cassius Winston scored 17 points and the Spartans, who improved to 26-3 overall and 14-2 in the Big Ten. Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help Michigan State avoid becoming the first top-5 team since 1979 to lose to Northwestern.

Seventh-ranked Texas Tech was unable to avoid an upset as Terry Maston scored 24 points and hit the go-ahead shot with 1:26 remaining to lead Baylor past the Red Raiders, 59-57. Mark Vital had two blocks in the final minute and finished with eight points and eight rebounds to help the Bears end Texas Tech’s seven-game winning streak.

Tenth-ranked Auburn had a miserable afternoon in falling to South Carolina, 84-75. Frank Booker dropped in 19 points and the Gamecocks put together a 21-1 run on their way to a 37-11 lead.

Auburn played most of the game without starting forward Anfernee McLemore, who dislocated his left ankle in a gruesome-looking injury at the end of the first half.

In other Top 25 games:

– Villanova won the day’s best matchup as Mikael Bridges poured in 25 points and led an early 3-point shootout spree to send the third-ranked Wildcats past No. 4 Xavier, 95-79. Villanova made 11 3-pointers in the first half when they pulled out to a 19-point lead before becoming the first road team to win at Cintas Center.

– Johnathan Williams had 18 points and 12 rebounds to send ninth-ranked Gonzaga past Pepperdine, 81-67. Killian Tillie and Josh Perkins each scored 15 points as the Bulldogs leaders improved to a league-best 15-1 in the West Coast Conference.

– Kansas was victorious in a top-20 battle as Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-oo-BWEE’-kay) scored 21 points and Devonte’ Graham added 15 in leading the 13th-ranked Jayhawks past No. 20 West Virginia, 77-69. Svi Mykhailiuk hit a pair of go-ahead free throws with about 1 1/2 minutes left as part of the Jayhawks’ game-ending, 19-3 run.

– North Carolina rolled to its fifth win in a row as Joel Berry scored 23 points and Luke Maye had 13 rebounds in the 14th-ranked Tar Heels’ 93-76 rout of Louisville. UNC made eight from behind the arc in the first half alone and 12 of 27 overall.

– Fifteenth-ranked Saint Mary’s rebounded from consecutive losses by getting 23 points and 10 rebounds from Jock Landale in a 73-61 victory at Portland. Tanner Krebs added 16 points in helping the Gaels clinch its third straight 25-win season.

– Yante Maten scored 19 points and Derek Ogbeide had 16 points with 11 rebounds as Georgia beat No. 18 Tennessee, 73-62. Foul trouble helped to limit Tennessee’s Grant Williams to five points, 11 below his average.

– Jaylen Barford scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Arkansas to its fourth straight win, 94-75 over No. 21 Texas A&M.

– Oklahoma suffered its fifth straight loss as Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points to lead Texas past the 23rd-rated Sooners, 77-66.

– Cody Martin scored 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting and twin brother Caleb Martin added 23 points to lead No. 24 Nevada to a 93-87 win over Utah State



Bagley to miss 3rd straight game

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Duke forward Marvin Bagley III will miss a third straight game when the Blue Devils take on Clemson Sunday.

Bagley sprained his right knee in the first half of Duke’s loss to North Carolina on Feb. 8. The freshman leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with averages of 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds.



Mitchell, Booker, Dinwiddie big winners on All-Star Saturday

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The NBA held its skills competitions on the eve of the All-Star game at Los Angeles.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off All-Star Saturday. Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns won the 3-point contest with a record 28 points in the final round. He beat 2016 champion Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie won the skills challenge by beating Lauri Markkanen of the Bulls in the final round. The event consisted of two players dribbling around pylons, passing the ball into a net, dribbling to the other end of the floor for a layup and then dribblling back to the other end to take a pull-up 3-pointer. Markkanen struggled passing the ball into the net, giving Dinwiddie a big lead.



HOF finalists announced

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among the 13 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, with the finalists announced Saturday morning as part of the NBA All-Star weekend.

Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Rudy Tomjonavich and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey made the final ballot as coaches. Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and longtime NBA official Hugh Evans are also finalists.

The entire class will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

In other NBA news:

– Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy and will be re-evaluated after he returns to Los Angeles next weekend. Frye was spending the All-Star break in Ohio with his family.



Devils nip Bolts

UNDATED (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning’s lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division remains three points over the Boston Bruins.

Eddie Lack stopped 48 shots and Taylor Hall ran his point streak to 17 games as the Devils topped the Lightning, 4-3 in Tampa. Miles Wood scored 1:24 into the third period to put New Jersey ahead 4-2. Pavel Zacha provided the tiebreaking tally for the Devils, who also got goals from Ben Lovejoy and Nico Hischier (HEE’-shur).

The Bruins failed to gain ground on the Lightning as Loui Eriksson scored twice and Anders Nilsson stopped 44 shots to lead the Canucks’ 6-1 rout of Boston. Vancouver scored four times in the opening period and won for just the second time in eight games.

Elsewhere on the ice:

– The Golden Knights were 6-3 winners over the Canadiens behind Reilly Smith’s two goals and one assists. Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-sheh-soh) set up three goals and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 to improve to 19-6-2 for the expansion club.

– Petr Mrazek (muh-RA’-zehk) continued his mastery of the Predators by handling 30 shots in the Red Wings’ 3-0 win at Nashville. Mrazek improved to 6-0-0 lifetime against the Predators and sent Detroit to its seventh straight win over Nashville.

– Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists in the Penguins’ 5-3 victory against the Maple Leafs. Olli Maata (MAH’-tah) snapped a 2-2 eight minutes into the third period to help Pittsburgh win their fourth in a row.

– The Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak is over after Jonathan Toews (tayvz) delivered a goal and two assists in a 7-1 rout of the Capitals. Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad (sahd) and Ryan Hartman each added a goal and an assist as Chicago cut the Caps’ lead in the Metropolitan Division to one point over the Penguins.

– The Kings were 0-6-2 in their previous eight visits to Buffalo since 2003 before Anze Kopitar (AHN’-zhay KOH’-pih-tahr) and rookie Michael Amadio ah-MA’-dee-oh) each scored twice in a 4-2 victory against the Sabres. Jonathan Quick stopped 33 shots for Los Angeles, which scored on three consecutive shots late in the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

– Mike Matheson scored twice and Roberto Luongo stopped 30 shots as the Panthers whipped the Flames, 6-3 in Calgary. The game was tied 1-1 until Vincent Trochek (TROH’-chehk), Evgeni Dadonov and Aleksander Barkov scored during the first 6:03 of the second period.

– Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists as the Senators doubled up the Rangers, 6-3. Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) and Mark Stone both added a goal and an assist to support Craig Anderson, who finished with 35 saves as Ottawa dealt New York its 13 loss in 18 games.

– Nick Ritchie scored in the 11th round of the shootout and John Gibson stopped seven straight shots in the Ducks’ 3-2 victory over the Wild. Kase and Corey Perry scored in regulation before the Ducks moved to 4-1-1 in their past six.

– Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) notched his first shutout of the season by turning back 39 shots in the Coyotes’ fourth straight win, 1-0 over the Oilers. Arizona scored on its first shot of the game as Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s shot glanced off the skate of teammate Christian Dvorak at 3:26.



Capitals player targeted with racial taunts in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) – Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly was the target of racial taunts during Saturday’s game at Chicago. Smith-Pelly was serving a major penalty for fighting Chicago’s Connor Murphy when four male fans taunted him shouted “basketball, basketball, basketball at the player.

An off-ice official sitting next to him notified building security, and the fans were ejected.



Watson leads by 1 over Cantlay

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bubba Watson has surged to the top of the leaderboard through three rounds of the PGA’s Genesis Open at Riviera.

He opened with a tap-in for eagle and fired a 6-under 65 for a 10-under total, one shot ahead of Patrick Cantlay. Watson is a two-time winner at Riviera but hasn’t won in two years.



Joe Durant shoots 63 to take Chubb Classic lead

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Joe Durant birdied five of the last eight holes for a 9-under 63 to match Steve Stricker’s finish and take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Chubb Classic.

Durant had a 14-under 130 total on TwinEagles’ Talon course for a one-stroke lead over Stricker, who carded nine birdies in a bogey-free round.

First-round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez was two strokes back.



Reds’ Gennett wins in arbitration, players beat clubs 12-10

UNDATED (AP) – Major league players have finished 12-10 in arbitration after Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) won his hearing.

Gennett was awarded a raise from just over $2.5 million to $5.7 million, $600,000 more than Cincinnati’s offer. He hit .295 last year and set career bests with 27 homers and 97 RBIs in his first season with the Reds. He hit four homers in a game on June 6, tying a major league record.

In other baseball news:

– The Indians have signed free agent Rajai Davis to a minor league contract, bringing back the speedy outfielder who homered to force extra innings in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. Davis led the American League with 43 stolen bases for Cleveland in 2016.

– Athletics center fielder Dustin Fowler has begun doing sliding work at spring training to test his surgically repaired right knee. Fowler was injured in his season debut with the Yankees last June 29 before taking a turn at bat.

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