Americans reach women’s hockey final…Dillon, Wallace get Childress sweep at Daytona

PEYONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The United States women’s hockey team has advanced to the gold medal game at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Gigi Marvin scored 2:25 after the opening faceoff and Maddie Rooney needed to make just 14 saves as the Americans blanked Finland 5-0. Dani Cameranesi provided two goals and an assist to help the U.S. earn the right to take on Canada or the athletes from Russia.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Russian delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics has announced that one of its athletes has failed a drug test. A spokesman for the “Olympic Athletes from Russia says a “B” sample taken from the athlete will be analyzed in 24 hours. The spokesman did not name the athlete of the sports involved.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Dillon was the winner of yesterday’s Daytona 500, finishing just ahead of Childress teammate Bubba Wallace, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Chris Buscher. Dillon drove the No. 3 car to victory lane on the 20th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s only win in the Great American Race, and 17 years to the day of Earnhardt’s death during a crash at Daytona. Wallace finished second after becoming the first black driver in the Daytona field since 1969.

UNDATED (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the San Diego Padres and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract reportedly worth $144 million, pending a physical. The 28-year-old, two-time Gold Glove winner spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City, hitting .284 with 127 home runs and 566 RBIs. Hosmer batted a career-high .318 last year, tied his career best with 25 home runs and drove in 94 runs.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bubba Watson has ended a two-year victory drought by earning his third victory at Riviera. Watson closed with a 2-under 69 for a two-stroke win against Kevin Na and Tony Finau. Watson seized control with two par putts and a bunker shot he holed for birdie on the par-3 14th hole. It was his first victory since Riviera in 2016 and puts him into the top 50, making him eligible for the World Golf Championship next weekend in Mexico.

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