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To NBC, Stamford May As Well Be An Olympic VillageFri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 PST

One of the biggest events in international sports may sweep from country to country every two years, but the world’s second-largest Olympic village stays firmly rooted in Stamford. Staffed by 1,000 broadcasters, commentators and behind-the-scenes tech wizards, the NBC Sports Group headquarters...

Takeaways From UConn's Blowout At Cincinnati: Time For Freshman To Show OutFri, 23 Feb 2018 07:25:00 PST

The UConn men suffered a multitiered loss at Cincinnati, a loss of momentum, a lot of the notion of offensive improvement — and a lost opportunity. With 27 games behind them, and Jalen Adams sitting out with the flu, here was a chance for UConn’s freshmen to really step in and step up, the way...

FBI probe documents list range of payments to top college basketball players: reportFri, 23 Feb 2018 09:03:00 PST

Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.Yahoo said Friday that the documents obtained...

Disturbing post on Jonathan Martin's Instagram account about Dolphins, bullying shuts down high schoolFri, 23 Feb 2018 11:40:00 PST

A high school in California was shut down after an Instagram account of former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin showed a disturbing picture with threatening commentary on Friday morning. According to the Los Angeles Times, Martin was taken into custody Friday. Martin was one of...

Hartford Yard Goats To Expand Safety Netting At Dunkin' Donuts ParkFri, 23 Feb 2018 09:25:00 PST

The Hartford Yard Goats plan to extend the fan safety netting behind home plate to at least the far ends of both dugouts in time for the April 5 home opener against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. "Although we met the league's safety guidelines regarding the netting at the stadium, our fans’ safety...



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Ledecka Looks to Make Olympic HistoryFri, 23 Feb 2018 17:20:44 -0500

Ester Ledecka, the surprise super-G Olympic gold medalist from the Czech Republic, will be back on the slopes Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.) at Phoenix Snow Park for the snowboard parallel giant slalom — the event she is actually favored in.Ledecka was not among the favorites in women's super-G, when shocked the skiing world by finishing in first place by one one-hundredth of a second.   Jessie Diggins to Carry USA Flag at Closing Ceremony In parallel giant slalom Ledecka is the reigning world champion and finished seventh at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. If she wins gold Saturday she would become the second woman to win a Winter Olympic medal in two different sports at a single Games.If Ledecka is to accomplish the feat, she will have to overcome all three Sochi medalists in parallel giant slalom: Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland, Japan’s Tomoka Takeuchi and Alena Zavarzina, representing Olympic Athletes from Russia. Ivanka Trump Receives Red-Carpet Welcome for Olympic Visit There are no American women in the event.On the men’s side, reigning Olympic gold medalist Vic Wild returns to the field. The American-born Wild is representing Olympic Athletes from Russia because he gained Russian citizenship in 2011 when he married Zavrazina. Wild also took gold in parallel slalom in Sochi. How a 15-Year-Old Girl Became the World's Best Figure Skater The two Americans in the field are Aaron Muss and Michael Trapp, both first-time Olympians. The 23-year-old Muss is competing, despite a near-death experience on the slopes in 2014. Following surgery for a shoulder injury he suffered a pulmonary edema and was placed in a medically induced coma for two weeks. Afterwards, he was given a choice between heart surgery, which would have ended his snowboarding career, and continuing without it, which risked his heart giving out eventually.He opted against surgery and is now competing in the Olympics.Other medal contenders in the men’s field include Austria’s Andreas Prommegger and Benjamin Karl, a two-time Olympic medalist, and Jasey Jay Anderson of Canada. If Prommegger, 37, or Anderson, 42, reach the podium, they would become the oldest Olympic snowboarding medalist ever.Photo Credit: Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Watch: US Women, Men Compete in Mass Start SpeedskatingFri, 23 Feb 2018 16:44:49 -0500

The unpredictable mass start race makes its Olympic debut on Saturday night, and America’s reigning men’s world champion Joey Mantia says it is a race for the modern era."This will get people looking at long-track (speed skating) and say, 'OK this is a little bit like Formula One,'" Mantia told AP earlier this month. "It's pretty simple: You have instant gratification in terms of who is across the line — first, second, third is gold, silver, bronze. That's it." Jessie Diggins to Carry USA Flag at Closing Ceremony According to Canadian medal contender Ivanie Blondin, it can be rough on the ice."There's girls grabbing you," Blondin said before the Games. "When they are passing you on the outside, or on the inside, they will grab your hips and push them back. And they don't get disqualified for that…and neither do I. So in a way it is kind of a free-for-all." Ivanka Trump Receives Red-Carpet Welcome for Olympic Visit The format features two semifinals with the top 8 skaters of each advancing to the final. Although the race is divided into intermediate sprints in which points are awarded, it has no bearing on the final podium positions, only on the placing below that.South Korea, with its tradition of short-track racing, boasts favorites in the men's and women's events. Lee Seung-Hoon has been the most consistent during the men’s World Cup season, winning two of the three races, while Kim Bo-Reum is the reigning women’s world champion. How a 15-Year-Old Girl Became the World's Best Figure Skater The U.S. will be represented in the men’s event by Mantia, of Ocala, Fla., and Brian Hansen, of Glenview, Ill., while team pursuit bronze medalists Heather Bergsma, of High Point, N.C.,  and Mia Manganello, of Crestview, Fla., will compete in the women's event.Although the race is new to the Olympics, the style of racing is not. At the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid, speed skating followed the North American rules with pack-style racing rather than the Nordic tradition of two racers against the clock.Photo Credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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Alpine Team Event Making Olympic Debut Sans Star PowerFri, 23 Feb 2018 14:14:02 -0500

A brand new event in Alpine skiing is about to make its Olympic debut, but many of the sport's stars won't be there — including its most famous Americans.Lindsey Vonn, Mikeala Shiffrin and Ted Liggety are skipping out on the Alpine team event Saturday (Friday in the U.S.), along with Austria's Marcel Hirscher, a double gold medalist at the Pyeongchang Games who's one of the best downhill skiers. Kenya's First Olympic Alpine Skier Thrills in Debut They've talked about wanting to rest up before the before the World Cup circuit gets underway the following week — there's a women's event in Switzerland and a men's event in Slovenia the following Saturday."I was an absolute no before but I was thinking about it," Vonn said on Monday, according to Reuters. "But now Ted's gone and Mikaela is not doing it and so I don't really think we have a strong chance of getting a medal since none of our top athletes are doing it so I probably won't." US Medal Haul Well Short of Committee's Projections In fact, only two of the skiers who won gold medals at these Olympics are participating in this event, the last skiing event of the games, and not coincidentally, it's the skiers who won the individual slalom races.  'Heartbroken' Kenworthy Visits South Korean Dog Meat Farm The team event consists of a series of head-to-head slalom races between national teams, with the winner advancing through a bracket similar to the NCAA March Madness. The first race starts at 9 p.m. ET Friday, and the final will be held around 10:35 p.m. ET.The U.S. faces Great Britain in its first matchup, and will choose two men and two women to race from its team: David Chodounsky, Mark Engel, Nolan Kaspar, Patricia Mangan, Megan McJames and Alice Merryweather. If they win more races, the U.S. advances. A tie will be settled by the combined times of each country's fastest woman and man.So who will win the event? Look to Sweden, Switzerland or Austria. By coincidence, both the individual slalom gold medal winners are from Sweden, the silver winners from Switzerland and bronze winners from Austria.But France won the team event at the 2017 World Championships, and it has Alexis Pinturault, who has two medals from the Pyeongchang Games.The stars' decision to skip the team even prompted some backlash online from upset fans. A Twitter user from Canada called the U.S. team members "spoiled brats" and a Facebook user wrote, "Shameful and an embarrassment to the nation."Photo Credit: NBC This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

'Ladies'? 'Women'? IOC Has No Stance on Female Event NamesFri, 23 Feb 2018 17:13:46 -0500

There is an inconsistency in Olympic naming conventions for female events: Sometimes they’re referred to as “ladies’” events and sometimes as “women’s.”