Update on the latest sports
US to meet Canada in women’s hockey final
BEIJING (AP) – Hilary Knight had a goal and assist, Alex Cavallini stopped 25 shots and the defending Olympic champion United States defeated Finland 4-1 in the women’s hockey semifinals at the Beijing Games to set up the sixth gold-medal showdown between the Americans and Canada. The Canadians advanced earlier in the day after Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice in a 10-3 win over Switzerland. Canada erupted for five first-period goals in an Olympic-record span of 3:24 to reach the championship game for the seventh time in seven Olympic tournaments. Finland will play Switzerland in the bronze-medal game on Wednesday.
In other developments from the winter games:
– Kamila Valieva has been cleared for takeoff in women’s figure skating in a ruling in a doping case that has caused havoc with one of the marquee events of the Beijing Olympics. The 15-year-old Russian will have a chance for a second gold medal at this year’s Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled she can compete this week despite failing a previous drug test. The teen sensation already set Beijing abuzz when she landed the first quadruple jumps by a woman at the Olympics during her thrilling performance that helped the Russians win the gold medal in the team event.
– Mikaela Shiffrin will compete in Tuesday’s downhill, her fourth event at the Beijing Games and the first time she’s competed in that event in her Olympic career. She finished a second training session at the Yanqing Alpine Skiing Center with the 15th-fastest time among the women who didn’t miss a gate. The two-time gold medalist in Alpine skiing did not finish her opening runs in either of her first two events, the two-leg giant slalom and slalom. She then finished ninth in the super-G, another race she hadn’t previously entered at an Olympics.
– Kaillie Humphries of the United States made history by winning the Olympic debut of monobob, the one-woman bobsled. Humphries became the first woman to win Olympic gold for two different countries, and the first Olympian to win gold for both the United States and Canada.
– American ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue won the bronze medal. The United States has medaled in each of the first three figure skating events at the Beijing Olympics.
– There’s never been an instance of one nation sweeping the medals in an Olympic bobsled event. Germany has a chance to change that. The world’s sliding superpower grabbed three of the top four spots at the midpoint of the two-man competition.
– Austria won Olympic gold in the ski jumping team event at the Beijing Games. Manuel Fettner jumped 128 meters on his final jump to seal the first-place finish.
– Xu Mengtao – a daredevil nicknamed “Tao Tao” – landed a jump with three somersaults to become the first woman from China to win the gold medal in ski aerials.
Kansas at home against Oklahoma State
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Kansas is the only top-25 college basketball team in action tonight. The Jayhawks, ranked eighth in last week’s poll, are at home against Oklahoma State. Kansas improved to 20-and-4 with a win over Oklahoma on Saturday.
Nets try again to end losing streak
NEW YORK (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets are hoping they can finally bring an end to an eleven-game losing streak. They are back home to play the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento sits at the bottom of the Pacific Division, but has won its last two games.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
– The Portland Trail Blazers, who overcame a 23-point third-quarter deficit on Saturday to beat the Knicks, are in Milwaukee to play the Bucks, who had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.
– The Utah Jazz have won five straight games at home, and try to extend that streak tonight against the Houston Rockets.
– The Golden State Warriors go on the road to play the Los Angeles Clippers. Golden State has won three of the last four against the Clippers including twice this season.
– The Chicago Bulls, winners of their last three, are at home against the San Antonio Spurs, who are coming off of a pair of double-digit road victories.
– The Toronto Raptors, whose eight-game winning streak was broken by the Denver Nuggets over the weekend, are in New Orleans to face the Pelicans.
– The Nuggets, winners of three of their last four, are at home against Orlando.
– Two struggling teams meet in Washington, where the Wizards – who’ve lost nine of their last 11 – host the Detroit Pistons, with the NBA’s worst record.
– The New York Knicks are back home from a five-game road trip to host Oklahoma City.
Wings visit Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. AP) – The Detroit Red Wings have won three of their last four – including two straight over Philadelphia – as they head to Minnesota to play the Wild – a team that is 10-1-and-1 in its last 12 games.
In the other games on the NHL schedule, Chicago is at Winnipeg, the Maple Leafs skate in Seattle, and the San Jose Sharks host the Edmonton Oilers.