Canada, Germany reach men’s hockey semis…US finally medals in long-track speedskating…US takes silver in women’s bobsled

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Canada has advanced to the Olympic men’s hockey semifinals for the third consecutive time after shutting out Finland 1-0. The two-time defending gold medalists will face Germany, which beat top-seeded Sweden, 4-3. The team from Russia will play the Czech Republic in Friday’s other semifinal.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. has finally won a long-track speedskating medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The team of Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello earned bronze in the women’s team pursuit. It’s the first long-track speedskating medal for the U.S. since the 2010 Vancouver Games. The Americans were shut out four years ago in Sochi.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — There’s a surprise gold medalist in women’s bobsledding. Mariama Jamanka, who has never even won a World Cup race, beat the three drivers who combined to sweep the medals at the Sochi Games four years ago. Elana Meyers Taylor of the U.S. took silver, her third consecutive Olympic medal. Kaillie Humphries of Canada, the two-time defending gold medalist, won bronze.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will hear the doping case against a Russian curler at the Olympics. Alexander Krushelnitsky returned a positive test for meldonium after winning a bronze medal in mixed doubles with his wife. A ban for Krushelnitsky could result in Russia losing its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Games.

LONDON (AP) — Soccer’s governing body has lifted a ban on voters publicly endorsing a 2026 World Cup bid. FIFA (FEE’-fuh) last month ordered officials not to openly discuss the merits of either the joint Northern American bid, featuring the United States, Canada and Mexico, or the rival Morocco contender. But it now says that “all public statements by football officials in support of one bidder are admissible provided that they meet the underlying principles of ethical behavior.” The FIFA Congress is due to vote in June on the 2026 host.

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