Vonn takes bronze, Goggia wins
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn fell a little short of winning her second women’s Olympic downhill gold medal.
The American came away with the bronze by finishing 0.47 seconds behind the gold medal-winning Sofia Goggia (GOH’-jah) of Italy. The 33-year-old Vonn becomes the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games.
Goggia finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.22 seconds to hold off Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel by 0.09 seconds.
Elsewhere at the Winter Games:
— The United States has won its first Olympic gold medal in women’s cross-country skiing, and Norwegian skier Marit Bjoergen has become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time by taking bronze at the Pyeongchang Games. The Americans posted the fastest time in the semifinals to start on the front row in the finals. Jessica Diggins passed the Swedes and the Norwegians on the final lap to make history in a major upset. Sweden took silver. Bjoergen and teammate Maiken Caspersen Falla won the bronze.
— Russian figure skaters Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva were the leaders after their record-setting performances in the short program. The 15-year-old Zagitova performed a flawless “Black Swan” routine to score 82.92 points inside Gangneung Ice Arena. That topped the score of 81.61 that Medvedeva put up three skaters ahead of her, a record that held for about 15 minutes. Mirai Nagasu was the top American in ninth place, just ahead of teammates Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell.
— The U.S. men’s hockey team has ended its medal hopes with a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic in a shootout. Petr Kouka scored in the fifth round and Pavel Francouz was perfect in the shootout, sending the Czechs into the semifinals. Ryan Donato and Jim Slater scored for the Americans.
— 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.
— 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.
— The United States has finally won a long-track speedskating medal. The team of Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe and Mia Manganello earned bronze in the women’s team pursuit. World-record holder Japan beat defending champion the Netherlands with an Olympic-record performance to take gold. The Dutch settled for silver, and the United States beat Canada in the North American battle for bronze. Norway beat South Korea to win the men’s team pursuit title in speedskating. The Netherlands took bronze, beating New Zealand in the B final.
— In figure skating, Russian Alina Zagitova performed a flawless “Black Swan” routine for a world-record score in the short program.
— Russian women’s curling coach Sergei Belano says he is convinced a Russian curler charged with doping was slipped meldonium without his knowledge. Belano says he doesn’t believe Alexander Krushelnitsky would have taken the drug because it would be foolish to do so. The Russian curler will have his case heard by the anti-doping division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Russian athletes allege libel by ex-anti-doping agency head
NEW YORK (AP) — Three Russian biathletes have sued the country’s former anti-doping laboratory director, saying he severely damaged or destroyed their careers with lies.
The athletes have filed a $30 million libel lawsuit in Manhattan State Supreme Court against Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who lives in hiding in the United States.
Rodchenkov has denied claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that U.S. agencies controlled his unmasking of the scandal.
Orioles bring back Chris Tillman to rotation
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have signed pitcher Chris Tillman to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes performance bonuses.
Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He is the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.
Tillman likely will join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.
The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles’ facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.
Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.
To make room for Tillman on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated outfielder Jaycob Brugman for assignment.
Outfielder Maybin signs 1-year contract with Marlins
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Cameron Maybin has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, rejoining the team where he played in 2008-10.
Maybin gives the young, rebuilding Marlins much-needed experience, along with flexibility because he can play all three outfield positions. He was with the Angels and Astros last year and helped Houston win the World Series.
He batted only .228 in 2017 but had 33 steals to rank second in the American League. He joined the Marlins for Wednesday’s spring training workout.
Maybin, 30, is a .255 career hitter in 11 seasons with six teams. A first-round draft pick by Detroit in 2005, he originally joined the Marlins in the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers.