Russians to play Germany for hockey gold…Russian bobsledder tests positive…Cross-country skier to carry US flag

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Germany has upset two-time defending champion Canada in the semifinals of the men’s hockey tournament at the Olympics. Canada’s 4-3 loss comes a day after the Canadian women’s team lost to the U.S. in the gold medal game. Germany will play for gold against the Russians, who shut out the Czech Republic in the other semifinal.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Russian delegation at the Olympics says a bobsledder has tested positive for a banned substance. The Russian Bobsled Federation tells The Associated Press that a sample given by the pilot of a crew that finished 12th on Wednesday tested positive for an angina medication called trimetazdine.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Gold medalist Jessie Diggins has been chosen to carry the flag for the U.S. into the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics. She’s the first cross-country skier to carry the U.S. flag into any Olympic ceremony since Bill Koch at Albertville in 1992. This year, she memorably thrust herself across the finish line to give the Americans gold in the cross-country team sprint.

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Jessica Korda has a four-stroke lead at the halfway point of the LPGA Thailand after shooting a course-record 62. Playing her first tournament since having jaw surgery, the American fired eight birdies and finished with an eagle to move to 16 under par at the halfway point, a 36-hole record for the event. American Brittany Lincicome (LIHN’-sih-kohm) is second after carding a 65 to go 12 under.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The baseball players’ association has refused to endorse a proposal to put a runner on second base at the start of 10th innings in spring training games. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person tells The Associated Press that management thinks the union backed off because players object to Commissioner Rob Manfred’s description of new pace-of-game rules for the regular season as an agreement. The new rules include a general limit of six mound visits without a pitching change by managers, coaches and players.

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