Winter Olympics round-up: US hockey success at last, Russia begins clean-up

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United States celebrates winning the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP)
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Hungary's Sandor Liu Shaolin celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 5,000m relay short track speed skating. (AFP)
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The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had opened an anti-doping case against Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky. (AFP)
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Bronze medalist Nico Porteous of New Zealand on the podium. (REUTERS)
Updated 22 February 2018
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Winter Olympics round-up: US hockey success at last, Russia begins clean-up

ICE HOCKEY: For the first time in 20 years, the US women’s hockey team can call themselves Olympic champions after beating Canada 3-2 in a shootout final. All the pressure was on Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson who scored the deciding shootout goal against the four-time defending champions after five shots for each team ended deadlocked at 2-2. “This medal speaks loudly in our hearts and souls,” Lamoureux-Davidson said. The Americans snapped their arch-rivals’ 24-match Olympic-winning streak, a painful loss for the Canadians that had the silver medalists in tears, a medal so painful to Jocelyne Larocque that she removed it as soon as it was placed around her neck. “It just hurt,” Larocque said. “We worked so hard. We wanted gold. We didn’t get it. Guess it’s motivation.”

SPEED SKATING: Hungary claimed their first Winter Olympics gold medal on Thursday when their men’s short-track speed skaters won the 5,000-meter relay. The Hungarians, who also won their first Winter Games medal of any color since 1980, held off China in second with Canada taking bronze. Short-track superpowers South Korea were knocked out of contention halfway through the race after a fall left them three-quarters of a lap adrift and it was a miserable night for the hosts, who also crashed out of the women’s 1,000-meter final and the men’s 500-meter final. Hungary did it in style, setting a new Olympic record of 6min 34.510sec. Hungary have participated in every Winter Games since 1924, with their tally now reading one gold, two silver and four bronze.

DRUGS IN SPORT: Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC) has paid $15 million to help develop international anti-doping efforts as part of the conditions set for the country’s possible return to the Games. Russians are competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics as neutral athletes after the national team was barred over allegations of state-sponsored doping, which Moscow denies. The ROC said it had to fulfil a number of conditions in order to be reinstated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “One of these, is the payment of $15 million for the development of international doping systems, and coordination in this area between the IOC, World Anti-Doping Agency and international sports federations,” the ROC said in a statement. “As of today, this sum has been paid in full by the ROC.”

FREESTYLE SKIING: After going 26 years without a Winter Olympics medal, rugby-mad New Zealand toasted a pair of fresh-faced schoolchildren as they captured bronze in snowboard and freestyle skiing. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous, both 16, reached the podium to emulate countrywoman Annelize Coberger, who skied her way to silver in the slalom in 1992 — well before they were born. At 16 years and 353 days, Sadowski-Synnott became New Zealand’s youngest Olympic medalist after finishing third behind Austria’s Anna Gasser and American Jamie Anderson in the inaugural snowboard Big Air competition. That record stood for just 30 minutes as Porteous claimed bronze in the men’s freestyle ski halfpipe at 16 years and 91 days. “That was the best run I’ve ever done in my life,” Porteous said.


Embiid returns to help 76ers beat Nets for 3-1 lead

Updated 21 April 2019
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Embiid returns to help 76ers beat Nets for 3-1 lead

  • The 76ers seized a 3-1 lead in the first-round series against the Nets

NEW YORK: Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid returned from injury to score a game-high 31 points and grab 16 rebounds, powering the 76ers to a 112-108 NBA playoff victory at Brooklyn on Saturday.
Despite a third-quarter incident that saw two players ejected, the 76ers seized a 3-1 lead in the first-round series against the Nets and could advance in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven matchup with a home victory Tuesday.
In the other Eastern Conference game, Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and nine rebounds as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks put the Detroit Pistons on the brink of elimination with a 119-103 win. The victory give the Bucks a 3-0 lead and they can wrap up the series with a win on the road in the Motor City on Monday.
Philadelphia, down by 10 points early in the third quarter, battled back most of the second half before taking the lead on a run of eight points by Embiid, who missed game three with a sore left knee.
A slam dunk and layup by Embiid gave the 76ers their first late lead at 102-101 but, after an exchange of layups and three-pointers as well as turnovers, fell behind 108-107 on a basket by Brooklyn’s Joe Harris with 25 seconds remaining.
On the next 76er possession, Embiid flipped the last of his seven assists to Mike Scott, whose corner three-pointer put Philadelphia ahead to stay 110-108 with 19 seconds remaining.
Australian Ben Simmons — who added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers — stole the ball from Brooklyn’s Jarett Allen and Tobias Harris sank two free throws for the last of his 24 points to clinch the triumph.
Caris LeVert led the Nets with 25 points while Brooklyn had 21 points each from Allen and D’Angelo Russell.
Cameroon star center Embiid was issued a flagrant foul in touching off an altercation 4:18 into the third quarter that saw Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley ejected. Embiid, who had elbowed Allen in the face in game two, was whistled for a hard foul on Allen that prompted Dudley to rush at Embiid, taking down the Sixers big man. Butler swung his left arm at Dudley, who wound up in the front row seats with Simmons at one stage, to earn his ejection.
In Detroit, Brook Lopez tallied 19 points and had seven rebounds and five blocked shots and Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double in the series and Nikola Mirotic chipped in 12 points.
Detroit’s hobbled star Blake Griffin had 27 points in 31 minutes after he missed the first two games of the series with a sore knee.
Griffin was cleared with his leg heavily wrapped but it didn’t change the outcome.
The Pistons have now lost 13 straight playoff games dating back to 2008. In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets — led by game highs of 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from Serbian playmaker Nikola Jokic — pulled level with San Antonio at 2-2 in their opening series with a 117-103 road triumph over the Spurs.