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Slovakia eliminates US men’s hockey team…US finishes 1-2 in slopestyle
BEIJING (AP) – The United States is out of the men’s hockey tournament at the Olympics in stunning fashion after blowing a late lead. Marek Hrivik scored with 43.7 seconds left in regulation, Peter Cehlarik had the winner and Slovakia beat the U.S. 3-2 in a shootout to knock the top-seeded Americans out in the quarterfinals.
The U.S. led for almost half the game before the tying goal when Slovakia pulled its goaltender for an extra attacker to play 6-on-5. Slovakia forward Juraj Slafkovsky scored his tournament-leading fifth goal of the tournament. The Russians also moved on to the semifinals by beating Denmark 3-1.


Also at the Olympics:
– Susanna Tapani scored her team-leading sixth goal, Anni Keisala stopped 15 shots and Finland claimed its fourth Olympic women’s hockey bronze medal with a 4-0 win over Switzerland. Wednesday night’s victory earned Finland a bronze medal in consecutive Olympics. On Thursday, the defending Olympic champion United States and Canada meet in the gold-medal game for the sixth time in seven tournaments.


– Innovative American freestyle skiers Alex Hall and Nick Goepper landed jaw-dropping tricks on the Secret Garden slopestyle course and won the gold and silver medals in slopestyle at the Beijing Olympics. Hall clinched the gold on the first of three runs when he defied gravity with a trick called “right double 10 pretzel one.” He spun 900 degrees one way and, as G-forces took over, stopped the spin in midair and spun 180 degrees the other way. He stuck the landing and skied in backward to the finish, earning a score of 90.01. Goepper clinched the silver with a score of 86.48 on his second run.


– China’s Qi Guangpu finally flipped his way onto an Olympic podium in men’s aerials, winning a gold medal after near misses in Sochi and Pyeongchang. Qi cleanly landed a quint-twisting triple back flip in the medal round Wednesday night, when five of his six competitors tried the same trick and only he did it clean.


– Canada has moved ahead of the U.S. in the race for the four-team playoff in the women’s curling tournament at the Beijing Olympics. Canada beat the U.S. 7-6. The Americans could still qualify for the semifinals with five wins, if they beat Japan on Wednesday night and get some help.


– Canada has won the 5,000-meter relay in short track speedskating. The team of Charles Hamelin, Steven Dubois, Jordan Pierre-Gilles and Pascal Dion skated cleanly to take their nation’s eighth gold medal in the 45-lap race with a time of 6 minutes, 41.257 seconds. At age 37, Hamelin broke his own record as the oldest male short track skater to win an Olympic medal. It was his sixth career medal, making him Canada’s most decorated male Olympian. South Korea earned silver. Italy claimed bronze.


– Choi Minjeong of South Korea successfully defended her Olympic title in 1,500-meter short track speedskating. Arianna Fontana of Italy took silver by two-thousandths of a second over Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands.


– French skier Clement Noel won the slalom by a large margin. Noel moved up from sixth following the first leg to beat first-run leader Johannes Strolz of Austria by 0.61 seconds after posting the fastest second run. World champion Sebastian Foss-Solevaag of Norway held his position and picked up the bronze.


– Mikaela Shiffrin was fastest in a downhill training session ahead of Thursday’s Alpine combined race at the Beijing Olympics. The American skier finished 0.93 seconds ahead of Wendy Holdener of Switzerland and 0.94 ahead of Ester Ledecka. Shiffrin was second in the combined at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and won the event at the world championships last year. Defending Olympic champion Michelle Gisin was a second slower than Shiffrin. The 26-year-old Shiffrin is still seeking her first medal at the Beijing Games. The two-time Olympic champion didn’t finish the giant slalom or the slalom, was ninth in the super-G and 18th in Tuesday’s downhill.


– American figure skater Vincent Zhou is out of quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 at the Beijing Games. He plans to perform in the exhibition gala that traditionally closes the Olympic program. Zhou had just helped the U.S. win team silver on Feb. 7 when he got a phone call that he had tested positive. The timing of the result left him no choice but to withdraw from the men’s short program.


Celtics hammer 76ers
UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Celtics are within 3 1/2 games of first place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference following their most lopsided win ever against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jaylen Brown scored 26 of his 29 points by halftime of the Celtics’ season-high ninth straight win, a 135-87 blowout over the 76ers.
Jayson Tatum added 28 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in Boston’s largest margin of victory in its 457 meetings with the Sixers. The 48-point difference topped the 37-point rout of the 76ers in December 1987.
The Celtics did little wrong to start, making 22 of 39 first-half shots to carry a 27-point lead into the locker room.
Joel Embiid’s string of 25-point performances has ended at 31 games. The Sixers center finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.


Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:
– Devin Booker provided 26 points and Chris Paul added 17 with 14 assists as the Suns won for the 17th time in their last 18 games, 103-96 against the Clippers. Mikal (mih-KAYL’) Bridges added 19 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix, which leads the league at 47-10. Marcus Morris Sr. led the Clippers with 23 points while Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM’) had 18.


– Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-tah-KOON’-poh) poured in a season-high 50 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Bucks past the skidding Pacers, 128-119. Antetokounmpo was two points shy of his career high after sitting out Monday’s game due to a sore ankle. The Bucks swept the four-game season series from the Pacers and have won eight straight against their Central Division foe.


– The Grizzlies were 121-109 winners over the Pelicans as Tyus Jones scored a career-high 27 points to go with eight assists while filling in for All-Star Ja (jah) Morant. Jaren Jackson added 23 points and ex-Pelican Steven Adams had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, which led for nearly the entire game and by double digits for more than half of it. The Grizzlies have won six straight and nine of 10.


– Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) scored 21 points and the Mavericks improved to 17-6 since January 1 by topping the Heat, 107-99. Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber each finished with 19 points and Dorian Finney Smith had 14 points for Dallas. Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 29 points for Miami, which fell into a first-place tie with Chicago in the Eastern Conference.


– The Cavaliers have their first losing streak since Dec. 31 after Trae Young scored 41 points and Danilo Gallinari added 25 in the Hawks’ 124-116 downing of Cleveland. In a matchup of All-Star guards, Young had 23 points and six assists in the first half while Darius Garland had 18 points with three assists. Garland finished with 30 points and Evan Mobley added 21 for the Cavs.


– Karl-Anthony Towns had 39 points and 15 rebounds while D’Angelo Russell chipped in 18 points and 11 assists as the Timberwolves rallied past the slumping Hornets, 126-120 in overtime. Minnesota came back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth, but Miles Bridges tied the game for Charlotte with a 3-pointer and free throw in the final minute. Bridges had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who have lost eight of nine.


Harden slated to play Feb. 25…Simmons meets Nets media
UNDATED (AP) – James Harden has been introduced in Philadelphia following last week’s blockbuster trade that sent disgruntled former 76ers guard Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets. Harden is set to make his Sixers debut on Feb. 25 at Minnesota. He is sitting out through the All-Star break because of a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Simmons says his mental health struggles began well before the 76ers’ season ended and he didn’t believe he’d be able to overcome them in Philadelphia. He’s eager to begin moving on with the Nets, though he isn’t sure yet when he will join them on the court. The former No. 1 overall pick hasn’t played since the 76ers were beaten by Atlanta in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.


‘Nova knocks off Providence
UNDATED (AP) – Villanova won a top-10 matchup as the 10th-ranked Wildcats held off no. 8 Providence, 89-84.
Collin Gillepsie hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points, including a key trey with 23 seconds left.
Justin Moore added 19 points for the Wildcats who went 11 of 23 from beyond the arc and won their fourth straight. Villanova is 13-3 in the Big East.
The loss snapped the eight-game win streak by the conference-leading Friars, who dropped to 11-2 in the Big East.
Nate Watson led Providence with 20 points.


Also on the top-25 schedule on Tuesday:
– Santiago Vescovi (vehs-KOH’-vee) scored 18 points and Chandler Kennedy added 17 to lead 16th-ranked Tennessee to a 76-63 victory over No. 4 Kentucky. Zakai Zeigler and John Fulkerson each added 14 points as the Volunteers ran their home record to 14-0 this season with their eighth straight SEC victory.


– Mark Williams dunked in Paolo Banchero’s (bahn-KEHR’-ohz) missed drive with 0.4 seconds left to help ninth-ranked Duke beat Wake Forest 76-74. Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who spent the second half without head coach Mike Krzyzewski due to illness.


– Johnny Davis scored 30 points, including the final 13 for No. 15 Wisconsin in a 74-69 comeback victory over Indiana. Brad Davison added 21 points and seven boards for the 20-5 Badgers.


– E.J. Liddell (lih-DEHL’) contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds in leading No. 18 Ohio State to a 70-45 stifling over Minnesota. Malaki Branham added 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting for the Buckeyes, who actually trailed by two at halftime before holding the Gophers to 20 points the rest of the way.


– Seth Lundy drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:37 remaining and finished with 17 points as Penn State beat 19th-ranked Michigan State 62-58. John Harrar had 16 points and 16 rebounds in the Nittany Lions’ first win over a ranked team under first-year coach Micah Shrewsberry.


– Timmy Allen and Andrew Jones each scored 20 points for No. 20 in an 80-78 overtime victory against Oklahoma. Marcus Carr and Christian Bishop each scored 16 points for the Longhorns.


– Jaelen House pumped in 34 points and New Mexico played stingy defense to beat No. 22 Wyoming, 75-66.


– Stanley Umude (yoo-MOO’-day) scored 23 points to lead 23rd-ranked Arkansas to a 76-57 victory over Missouri.


Tchatchoua has surgery
WACO, Texas (AP) – Baylor big man Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (CHAM’-wah CHAH’-choo-ah) has undergone season-ending surgery to repair multiple ligaments in his left knee.
The junior forward got hurt without any contact in the first half of Baylor’s 80-63 win over No. 20 Texas on Saturday. Tchatchoua was going down the court after a missed shot by the Bears when his left leg turned awkwardly and he crumbled to the floor in obvious pain.


Crosby nets 500th as Pens win in OT
UNDATED (AP) – Sidney Crosby has reached another milestone.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain notched his 500th career goal in a 5-4 overtime win against the Flyers. Crosby became the 46th player in league history to reach the 500-goal milestone when he beat Carter Hart from the goal line on the power play at 16:34 of the first period.
But the Pens needed Kris Letang’s (leh-TANGZ’) goal 31 seconds into the extra period for their fourth straight win. Letang and Crosby also had assists.
Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) and Chad Ruhwedel (ROO’-wee-dul) scored 18 seconds apart in the third period to erase Pittsburgh’s two-goal deficit.


Elsewhere on ice:
– Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists as the Stars ended Colorado’s 19-game point streak, 4-1. The Avalanche hadn’t lost in regulation since Dec. 16, when the Predators beat them 5-2 in Nashville. It was Colorado’s first defeat at home in regulation since losing to Vegas 3-1 on Oct. 26, the team’s third home game of the season.


– Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored in a 3:04 span of the third period, sending the Lightning past the Devils, 6-3. Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn had scored in a 41-second span late in the second period to tie the game at 3-all before Tampa Bay improved to 8-2-1 in its last 11.


– The Rangers picked up their third straight win as K’Andre (KAHN’-dray) Miller scored in the ninth round of a shootout to lead a 2-1 decision over the Bruins. Filip Chytil (HEE’-tul) scored in the third period and Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) stopped 31 shots to win for the 10th time in 11 starts.


– The Capitals knocked off the Predators, 4-1 as Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals, including his 30th of the season. Joe Snively and Nick Jensen also scored, and Ilya Samsonov (EEL’-yah sam-SOH’-nahv) made 33 saves for Washington, which has won two of their last three. Washington’s victory gave coach Peter Laviolette his 700th career win.


– Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee) scored in his Calgary debut and the Flames won their season-high seventh straight game by defeating the Blue Jackets 6-2. Erik Gudbranson, Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’), Dillon Dube (doo-BAY’) and Adam Ruzicka (roo-ZEETS’-kuh) also scored for Calgary which moved a point ahead of Vegas for the Pacific Division lead. Rookie goaltender Dan Vladar (vlah-DAHR’) made his first start in 39 days and finished with 18 stops, improving to 7-3-1.


– Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and had an assist in the Blues’ 5-2 downing of the Senators. Tarasenko’s first goal put the Blues up 2-1 in the second period, and his second was an empty-netter. Brayden Schenn (shehn), Robert Thomas and Oskar Sundqivst also scored for the Blues, and Ville Husso (VIH’-lay HOO’-soh) made 18 saves.


– Kailer Yamamoto scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:46 remaining and the Oilers improved to 3-0 under new coach Jay Woodcroft with a 5-2 win over the Kings. Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal for the Oilers, who also received empty-netters from Zach Hyman and Evander Kane. Mike Smith made 30 saves to get the victory.


– Victor Olofsson scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 2:55 left in the Sabres’ second straight win, 6-3 versus the Islanders. Alex Tuch (tuhk) added a goal and assist against the Isles, who finished 1-3 on their road trip after winning the opener.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The longtime face of the Washington Nationals has made his final putout.
First baseman Ryan Zimmerman has announced his retirement, ending a decorated career in which he became the franchise leader in many major categories and boosted the team to its only World Series championship in 2019. The 37-year-old Zimmerman was the first player drafted by the Nationals, picked fourth overall in June 2005 during their first season after moving from Montreal to Washington.
He batted .277 in 16 seasons with a career .341 on-base percentage and .475 slugging percentage. Zimmerman set Nationals career records with 284 homers, 1,061 RBIs, 1,846 hits and 1,799 games played.


Baylor rewards Aranda…C-USA ready to fight defectors
UNDATED (AP) – Baylor football coach Dave Aranda has agreed to a contract extension through the 2028 season.
The extension comes after he led the Bears to a Big 12 championship and a school-record 12 wins capped by a Sugar Bowl victory on New Year’s Day. They ended the season ranked fifth in the AP Top 25 poll.


Also in college football:
– Conference USA released a football schedule for the 2022 season that included 14 teams, saying it will “exhaust all necessary legal actions” to keep Southern Mississippi, Old Dominion and Marshall from leaving the league. Those three schools accepted invitations to the Sun Belt during the fall and each announced last week they planned to terminate memberships in C-USA on June 30 to join their new conference this year. C-USA says the three schools are contractually obligated to stay put for another year.


McDowell shows why he’s defending champ
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Michael McDowell has opened the first Daytona 500 practice session with a top speed of 192.736 mph, the first time NASCAR showed off its new car at the track ahead of Sunday’s sold-out race.
McDowell was last season’s stunning winner who beat 100-1 odds to become Daytona 500 champion. He helped Ford sweep the top five spots Tuesday in a draft-heavy session at Daytona International Speedway.
The stakes are raised Wednesday night for qualifying.