Canadian duo wins ice dancing; US team third
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have made ice dancing history, while an American team captured the bronze medal in the event at the Pyeongchang Games.
Virtue and Moir have won the gold medal to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with their third gold and fifth medal overall. The Canadian pair scored a record 206.07 points to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.
Virtue and Moir had been tied with Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden’s Gillis Grafstrom for most medals among figure skaters.
American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani took the bronze medal with a strong free skate.
Also at the Pyeongchang Games:
— The U.S. men’s hockey team has advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing 5-1 win against Slovakia, leaving the Americans 2-1-1 in the tournament. The game was scoreless until Ryan Donato and James Wisniewski scored 44 seconds apart in the first 2 ½ minutes of the second period. Donato finished with two goals and Ryan Zapolski stopped 22 shots as the United States earned the right to take on the Czech Republic.
— Canadian Cassie Sharpe has given her country its first medal in Olympic freestyle halfpipe skiing. Finishing ahead of France’s Marie Martinod. American Brita Sigourney edged teammate Annalisa Drew for bronze.
— Mikaela Shiffrin has produced a fast practice run to set her up for Thursday’s Alpine combined event. The demands of back-to-back race days meant Shiffrin opted out of Wednesday’s downhill to focus on combined, which includes a run of slalom, her specialist discipline.
— A hearing has not yet been scheduled in the case of a Russian curler accused of doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Alexander Krushelnitsky won the bronze medal in mixed doubles. Russian officials have said he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.
— The Russian Hockey Federation says defenseman Slava Voynov has every right to play at the Pyeongchang Olympics despite his domestic violence conviction and suspension from the National Hockey League. The federation says Voynov and his wife “are living together in a happy marriage.” Voynov has two assists in three games for the Russian team, which is in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
— A Slovenian hockey player has become the third athlete to test positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol in an in-competition test. Fenoterol is a drug designed to open the airways to the lungs.
— The women’s big air final at the Pyeongchang Olympics has been rescheduled to Thursday because of expected strong winds on Friday.
— Lindsey Vonn won’t have to wear the unwanted No. 1 bib again when she starts the downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics. On Saturday in the super-G, her only choice was being the first starter. It didn’t work out and she finished sixth. It’s a cat-and-mouse game top skiers play in picking start numbers for speed races. Vonn will start No. 7 on Wednesday, right after big rival Sofia Goggia.
AP source: Bosox get JD Martinez
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have decided to add a powerful bat after hitting an American League-low 168 home runs last season.
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Red Sox and slugger J.D. Martinez have agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract, pending a physical.
The 30-year-old Martinez has become one of the top home-run threats in the majors by changing his swing to improve his launch angle. He had a breakthrough season last year, hitting .303 and setting career highs with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs for the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Martinez slammed 29 homers and drove in 65 runs in 62 games with Arizona, including a record-tying four home runs at Los Angeles on Sept. 4.
Boston is expected to use Martinez as its primary designated hitter, turning Hanley Ramirez into a platoon player at first with Mitch Moreland.
In other MLB news:
— The Padres and Eric Hosmer finalized their eight-year, $144 contract when the first baseman passed his physical. His salary is $20 million each year from 2018-22 and would be $13 million annually from 2023-25 if he doesn’t terminate the deal.
— A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that pitcher Chris Tillman and the Orioles have agreed to a $3 million package for this season. Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He was one of Baltimore’s top pitchers the previous five years, going 65-33 with a 3.81 earned run average in 143 starts.
— Baltimore has worked out a minor league contract with Alex Presley, who batted .314 in 71 games for the 2017 Tigers. The 32-year-old outfielder has a .263 average in eight seasons with Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee and Detroit.
— The Associated Press has learned from a person with knowledge of the deal that 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Nationals have agreed in principle to a one-year, $1 million major league contract, pending a physical. Benoit broke into the majors in 2001 and has gone 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves in 764 appearances, including 709 relief outings.
— The Giants and former All-Star reliever Tony Watson have finalized a two-year package that includes a player option for 2020, a deal with a guaranteed $9 million. The 31-year-old left-hander was 7-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 71 appearances for the Pirates and Dodgers last year.
— The Diamondbacks have worked out a two-year, $7.5 million deal with outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who hit .251 and stole 28 bases for the Mariners last season. Dyson is a lifetime .258 hitter with 12 home runs, 131 RBIs and 204 steals in eight big league seasons, the first seven with the Royals.
— Major League Baseball is imposing stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it will not oppose the new rules. The new rules include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player.
— Anthony Rizzo is back with the Cubs after spending time at home in Florida to support victims of the deadly shooting at his former high school. The first baseman had been an early arrival before leaving Thursday for Parkland, Florida, where he spoke at a vigil for victims of the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He is a 2007 graduate of the school and had donated $150,000 to his alma mater in November to help build lights for the baseball and softball fields.
Capitals, Bruins get one-goal road wins; Predators whip Senators
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals are back atop the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. The Nashville Predators have grabbed a share of first place in the Central Division, and the Boston Bruins are a little closer to first place in the Atlantic Division.
Alex Ovechkin notched his league-high 35th goal and the Caps moved one point ahead of Pittsburgh by downing the Sabres, 3-2 in Buffalo. John Carlson had a goal and an assist to support backup netminder Philipp Grubauer, who stopped 32 shots and blanked the Sabres until early in the third period.
Washington concluded a 2-1-1 road trip and dropped Buffalo to 2-7-1 in its last 10 home games.
The Predators pulled even with Winnipeg in the Central as Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh REE’-nay) stopped 36 saves in a 5-2 win against the Senators. Roman Josi (YOH’-see) scored the first goal and set up Ryan Ellis, both coming on power plays. Filip Forsberg and Kevin Fiala each had two assists for the Predators, who ended a two-game skid.
The Bruins are within a point of the Atlantic-leading Lightning after Brad Marchand scored at 3:36 of overtime to give Boston a 2-1 victory at Calgary. David Pastrnak (PAS’-tur-nak) also scored and Tuukka (TOO’-kuh) Rask turned back 28 shots in the Bruins’ 12th victory in their last 15 games.
Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) scored for the Flames, who are 1-3-4 in their last eight home games.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— John Gibson and Ryan Miller combined to stop 33 shots and Jakob Silfverberg (SIHL’-vur-burg) scored the winner as the Ducks handed the Golden Knights their second shutout home loss of the season, 2-0. Miller entered the game at the start of the third period after Gibson suffered a lower body injury late in the second. Anaheim improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven games and prevented Vegas from stretching its 10-point lead in the Pacific Division.
— Jason Zucker scored twice and Devan Dubnyk (DOOB’-nihk) stopped 32 shots as the Wild beat the Islanders, 5-3 in Brooklyn. The Isles had a 2-1 lead until Matt Cullen, Zucker and Tyler Ennis scored during a 4:12 span to give Minnesota a two-goal edge. The Wild pulled within one point of third place in the Central Division and dropped the Islanders into ninth in the Eastern Conference.
— The Kings are 3-3-0 so far on their seven-game road trip after Jonathan Quick made 13 of his 27 saves in the third period of a 3-1 win at Chicago. Torrey Mitchell, Andy Andreoff and Dion Phaneuf (fah-NOOF’) did the scoring to back Quick, who shut out the Blackhawks until Patrick Sharp scored 1:42 into the third period. The Hawks have dropped nine of 10.
Mrazek goes to Flyers
UNDATED (AP) — The Flyers have picked up much-needed goaltending depth following injuries to Brian Elliott and Michael Neuvirth (NOY’-vurth), getting Petr Mrazek (muh-RA’-zehk) from the Red Wings for a pair of conditional draft picks.
Mrazek was 8-7-3 with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage for Detroit this season. He’s 72-58-20 with a 2.60 GAA and a .912 save percentage in 166 appearances in six seasons with Detroit.
Also in the NHL:
— Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno (foh-LEE’-noh) will miss one to two weeks with a lower-body injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh. Foligno has 13 goals and 13 assists in 59 games this season.
— The Capitals have added depth to their blueline by acquiring Michal Hempny from the Blackhawks for a conditional third-round pick in this year’s NHL draft. The 27-year-old Kempny has a goal and six assists in 31 games this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
— The Blackhawks have banned the four fans who were ejected from Saturday’s 6-1 win over the Capitals for directing racial taunts at Washington forward Devante Smith-Pelly. The ban covers all Chicago home games. Smith-Pelly was sitting in the penalty box in the third period of Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to Chicago when the fans yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” toward the winger.
Jayhawks crush Sooners
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Eighth-ranked Kansas is the latest Big 12 team to rough up Oklahoma.
Devonte Graham had 23 points and seven assists as the Jayhawks hammered the Sooners, 104-74. Malik Newman added 20 points for Kansas, which grabbed a quick 10-0 lead and handed the Sooners their sixth consecutive loss.
NCAA scoring leader and Oklahoma guard Trae Young was held to a season-low 11 points on 3 of 13 shooting.
The rout puts Kansas in sole possession of the Big 12 lead at 11-4, a half-game ahead of Texas Tech.
Virginia takes tighter hold on top spot
UNDATED (AP) — The top four remain the same in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll, with top-ranked Virginia followed by Michigan State, Villanova and Xavier.
The Cavaliers received 42 of 65 first-place votes to strengthen their grip on the top spot. The Spartans claimed 19 first-place votes, while the Wildcats took the remaining four.
Duke climbed seven spots to fifth, Texas Tech and Gonzaga are tied for sixth, Kansas went from 13th to eighth, Purdue dropped three notches to ninth and North Carolina moved up four places to 10th.
Houston, Middle Tennessee and Florida State cracked the top-25 poll and occupy the last three positions. Middle Tennessee is ranked for the first time in program history.
There’s no change among the top six in the AP women’s poll. Connecticut remains the unanimous No. 1 team and is followed by Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisville and Notre Dame. Texas, South Carolina, Oregon, Florida State and UCLA round out the top 10.
LSU is back in the poll for the first time in four years, ranked 24th.
NBA-ALL-STAR GAME RATINGS
Ratings dip a bit
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA’s new All-Star game format didn’t do much to alter the television ratings.
Sunday’s 148-145 win by Team LeBron over Team Stephen (STEH’-fehn) drew an average of 7.7 million viewers, down about 100,000 over last year. However, viewership topped the 7.5 million who watched the game in 2014, the last time the All-Stars went head-to-head against the Winter Olympics.
This year’s game abandoned the traditional East-vs.-West format in favor of teams selected by superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry.