Triple gold for Fourcade … Russia: Bronze-winning curler has positive 2nd doping test … Norwegian curler feels cheated

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Martin Fourcade has become the first athlete to win three gold medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics after helping France to a first-place finish in the biathlon mixed relay. Fourcade erased a nearly 38-second deficit on the last leg by hitting all 10 shots to anchor the French team of Marie Dorin Habert, Anais Bescond and Simon Desthieux to victory.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The Russian delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympics says a second test of a sample from a curler who won bronze is positive for the banned substance meldonium. The delegation says in a statement that “we express our sincere regret over the fact of the incident.” But the statement says results indicate Alexander Krushelnitsky only consumed meldonium once. The delegation says that would be “absolutely useless and ineffective” if the intent was to enhance performance.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A Norwegian curler who lost out on the Olympic bronze medal to a Russian rival charged with doping says he feels robbed. Magnus Nedregotten and his partner finished fourth in mixed doubles last week after losing 8-4 to Alexander Krushelnitsky and his wife. Nedregotten says “they’ve robbed us of our moment of glory.”

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has defended its women’s Olympic short-track 3,000-meter relay title after overtaking China with two laps to go in the penalty-filled final. China and Canada were penalized following the race and that allowed Italy to move up into the silver medal position and the world record-setting Dutch to take an unexpected bronze.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Host South Korea is putting a scare into heavily favored Finland in men’s hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics. South Korea trails Finland 3-2 at the second intermission today after Brock Radunske and Jin Hui Ahn scored 2:03 apart in the second period — the fastest two goals for the team in the tournament. Goaltender Matt Dalton has stopped 23 of 26 shots to give South Korea a chance to win its first Olympic hockey game in its first appearance.

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