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February 9, 2022
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Jacobellis wins first U.S. gold of Beijing games
BEIJING (AP) – Lindsey Jacobellis has captured America’s first gold medal of these Olympics, riding hard to the line in her snowboardcross final a full 16 years after a mistake cost her the title.
The 36-year-old racer was in her fifth Olympics and captured the first U.S. win of what has been an otherwise dismal Games for the U.S.
The victory came after America’s top racer, skier Mikaela Shiffrin, skidded out and failed to finish the first run of the slalom, making her 0-for-2 in Beijing.
Up until now, Jacobellis was best known for taking a massive lead into the final jump at the 2006 Turin Games, but tweaking her board as she road over the crest, then falling and settling for silver.


In other Olympic developments:
– Petra Vlhova added an Olympic gold medal to her growing list of achievements, winning the women’s slalom at the Beijing Games after Mikaela Shiffrin failed to finish her first run.


– After falling on his first attempt, snowboarder Shaun White hammered down a pressure-packed halfpipe qualifying run to make it through to the medal round of his fifth and final Olympics. The three-time gold medalist fell on his signature trick on his first run — the Double McTwist 1260 — and was mired in 19th place. After a 50-minute wait following his fall, White returned to the top of the pipe and nailed the same run he’d tried before.


– The U.S. curling team beat the Russian team 6-5 to open their title defense at the Beijing Winter Olympics. John Shuster delivered the reigning Olympic curling champions a routine draw with the final rock in the extra end Wednesday night at the Ice Cube curling venue.


– The Russian ice hockey team has started its defense of the Olympic men’s gold medal with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in Beijing. It wasn’t the convincing start to the tournament that the Russians may have hoped for as they were outshot 33-30 by a Swiss team not expected to contend for a medal.


– Germany is making the Olympic luge competition its own national showcase once again. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the doubles title at the Beijing Olympics on Wednesday night, their third consecutive gold medal in the event.


– South Korea’s Hwang Daeheon has won the 1,500 meters in Olympic short track speedskating. Hwang stuck his skate in front at the tight finish of the 10-man final Wednesday night at the Capital Indoor Stadium.


– Iran’s only male athlete at the Beijing Olympics has tested positive for an anabolic steroid in the first confirmed doping case at the Games. The International Testing Agency says Alpine skier Hossein Saveh Shemshaki failed a drug test on Monday in Beijing, before competing. He is provisionally suspended and cannot compete at what was to be his third Olympics.


Houston tries to continue win streak at SMU
DALLAS (AP) – Sixth-ranked Houston hasn’t lost a game since December second, and the Cougars hope to continue their success tonight when they visit SMU. Houston is now 20-and-2, and 9-and-0 in the American Athletic Conference.
The Red Raiders of Texas Tech have won three in a row, and five of their last six, as the ninth-ranked team heads into tonight’s game at Oklahoma.
Reigning national champion Baylor was ranked on top before a rash of injuries. The Bears are 4-and-4 their last eight games and now number-10 in the AP poll. They play at Kansas State tonight. Baylor is coming off of its most lopsided loss in nearly three years, by 24 points at Kansas.
In other action involving ranked teams, number-16 Ohio State is at Rutgers, 19th-ranked Tennessee is at Mississippi State, and Xavier, ranked 25, is at Seton Hall.


LaVert to make Cavs debut
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Cavaliers will have new acquisition Caris LaVert on the court tonight when they host the San Antonio Spurs. The 27-year-old guard was acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers to bolster the Cavs’ offense and maybe push them closer to the top of the Eastern Conference. LaVert says he’s thrilled to be with the Cavs, who have been the NBA’s biggest surprise this season.


In other NBA action:
– The Golden State Warriors look for their tenth straight win as they visit the Utah Jazz tonight. Utah has won three in a row.


– The Toronto Raptors carry a six-game win streak into tonight’s game at Oklahoma City.


– The Portland Trail Blazers, who’ve made a couple of multi-player deals in advance of tomorrow’s trade deadline, are at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.


– The Charlotte Hornets, who’ve lost five in a row, hope to turn things around when they host the Chicago Bulls.


– The Minnesota Timberwolves, who beat the Kings by 20 points last night, hope to repeat that performance when they again play in Sacramento tonight. The Timberwolves have won five in a row and nine of their last 12.


More NHL teams resume play after All-Star break
UNDATED (AP) – In the NHL, the Nashville Predators – who won four of their last five games heading into the All-Star break – are in Dallas to skate against the Stars.
The Vegas Golden Knights, who’ve won three in a row, are in Calgary to play the Flames.
The Detroit Red Wings visit the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks skate at Edmonton. Seattle hosts Arizona. And the New York Islanders meet the Canucks in Vancouver.


Commanders’ Everett faces involuntary manslaughter charge
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) – Washington Commanders safety Deshazor Everett faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Everett turned himself in at a Virginia jail Tuesday after an investigation found he was speeding when his car slammed into trees and rolled over. The 29-year-old NFL player was seriously injured and his passenger, 29-year-old Olivia S. Peters of Las Vegas, was killed.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says Everett was driving his Nissan GT-R at more than twice the 45 mph speed limit before the crash on December 23. He was released on $10,000 bond and his lawyer says they will vigorously defend him against the allegations.


Commanders launch probe of harassment claim against Snyder
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Commanders have launched an independent investigation into allegations that owner Dan Snyder sexually harassed a team employee more than a decade ago. The team says former U.S. attorney Debra Wong Yang will lead the probe.
The NFL fined the Commanders $10 million after an investigation into allegations of rampant sexual harassment and workplace misconduct by former team executives.
Snyder had not been personally accused of sexual harassment until last week. That’s when former team employee Tiffani Johnston told Congress that he groped her thigh and pushed her towards a limousine with his hand on his lower back.