US women’s hockey team takes gold…Gold for Wise, silver for Shiffrin…NBA fines Cuban 600k

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The United States women’s hockey team has claimed its first Olympic gold medal in 20 years by downing Canada, 3-2 in a shootout. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round after her twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, tied it with six minutes left in regulation. Canada had won the previous four gold medals since the Americans captured the inaugural women’s Olympic hockey tournament at Nagano.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — U.S. freestyle David Wise has won the gold medal in the men’s halfpipe for the second straight Olympics, Wise wiped out on his first two runs before sneaking past countryman and silver medalist Alex Ferreira on his third with a score of 97.20. It’s the seventh gold medal for the U.S. in Pyeongchang, five of which have come at Phoenix Snow Park.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin came away with a silver medal in the women’s combined, which was won by Michelle Gisen of Switzerland. Lindsey Vonn led after the downhill portion, but she skied out in the slalom. Gisin turned in a nearly flawless performance as she finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 20.90 seconds to eclipse the silver-medalist Shiffrin by 0.97 seconds.

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 by the NBA for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving. Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them “losing is our best option.” Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.”

UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have re-hired Marty Hurney as their general manager, marking his second full-time stint in that capacity. Hurney previously worked for the Panthers from 1998-2012, beginning as GM in 2002. He rejoined the Panthers last July as on an interim basis and was reinstated last week after an NFL investigation found no wrongdoing into charges of harassment by his ex-wife.

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