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Shiffrin clinches 3rd straight World Cup overall title

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin clinched the World Cup overall title for the third straight year in “strange” circumstances after snowstorms prevented the women’s super-G race in Sochi from going ahead on Saturday. The 23-year-old American skier — who had opted not to race this weekend and is training in Italy — has … Continue reading Shiffrin clinches 3rd straight World Cup overall title

Shiffrin poised to win World Cup as Sochi race called off

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin was poised to win her third straight World Cup overall title on Saturday — even though neither she nor anyone else was racing. The women’s World Cup super-G race in Sochi was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to snowstorms, which also means the end of plans to … Continue reading Shiffrin poised to win World Cup as Sochi race called off

World Cup downhill in Sochi called off for poor snow surface

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The second-to-last women’s downhill of the World Cup season has been canceled in Russia after poor course conditions meant a mandatory training session was canceled for three straight days. The International Ski Federation said the Saturday morning race slot at the Rosa Khutor venue will now go to a super-G, … Continue reading World Cup downhill in Sochi called off for poor snow surface

World Cup race in Sochi canceled over poor piste conditions

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The second-to-last women’s downhill race of the World Cup season has been canceled after poor course conditions resulted in three training sessions not being held. Governing body FIS says Sunday’s super-G will be moved to the Saturday morning slot instead. The downhill would have been the first World Cup race … Continue reading World Cup race in Sochi canceled over poor piste conditions

SOCHI, Russia | Hamilton wins Russian GP after teammate lets him through

SOCHI, Russia — Lewis Hamilton closed in on his fifth Formula One title with victory in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix after his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, pulled over to let him through halfway into the race. Hamilton now leads Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 50 points in the standings with five races remaining as both chase their … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Hamilton wins Russian GP after teammate lets him through

MOSCOW | Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten killed

MOSCOW — Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten was killed Thursday, and prosecutors in Kazakhstan said they were treating the case as murder. Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty, Kazakh news agencies reported. Doctors in Almaty say … Continue reading MOSCOW | Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten killed

SOCHI, Russia | Croatia working extra, says it will have enough for England

SOCHI, Russia — They’ve gone 120 minutes twice in a week. They have endured the emotional tugs of two penalty shootouts, somehow coming out on top on both occasions, the first team since 1990 to do so at a World Cup. They’re dealing with injuries to their starting right back, their goalkeeper and a handful … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Croatia working extra, says it will have enough for England

SOCHI, Russia | Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals

SOCHI, Russia  — Nyet this time. Although Russia made it further at this year’s World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw. The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals

NOVOGORSK, Russia | Russia tries to shake off doping scandals at World Cup

NOVOGORSK, Russia — A global event on Russian soil, and the home team can’t stop winning. Sports fans have seen this story before, and it had a bitter ending. Russia hopes its surprise World Cup success is finally bringing it out of the shadow of the Sochi Olympics, which were tainted by widespread doping and … Continue reading NOVOGORSK, Russia | Russia tries to shake off doping scandals at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia | Cavani scores twice, Uruguay ousts Ronaldo and Portugal 2-1

SOCHI, Russia — Edinson Cavani scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo none, giving Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal on Saturday at the World Cup. On the same day Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina’s loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Cavani scores twice, Uruguay ousts Ronaldo and Portugal 2-1

SOCHI, Russia | Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Already-eliminated Peru ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result happened. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow. Andre … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note

SOCHI, Russia | Needing help, Australia hopes France wants to show best

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Australia coach Bert van Marwijk made it clear Monday that what happens 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away in Moscow doesn’t matter if the Socceroos don’t find a way to beat Peru. That being said, van Marwijk is hoping France wants to finish the group stage with a more appealing performance than … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Needing help, Australia hopes France wants to show best

SOCHI, Russia | Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The desperate world champions from Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area. With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a trick play from training that … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

SOCHI, Russia | Brazil hit by injuries at World Cup, even coach needs care

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil doctors have been busy lately at the World Cup, with even the team’s coach needing medical attention. Douglas Costa and Danilo have been ruled out of the match against Serbia on Wednesday, the team said Saturday, but added Brazil coach Tite was doing just fine despite undergoing treatment after pulling … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Brazil hit by injuries at World Cup, even coach needs care

SOCHI, Russia | Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he’s ready

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazil is making sure everyone knows Neymar is perfectly fit at the World Cup A day after he limped out of training and raised further doubts about his physical condition in Russia, the Brazilian soccer federation was quick to tell the world the team’s biggest star was just fine. Brazil had … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he’s ready

SOCHI, Russia  | Burden falls on Coutinho to keep Brazil going at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia  — With Neymar hobbling and struggling, the burden to keep Brazil going at the World Cup is suddenly falling on Philippe Coutinho. The Barcelona playmaker has already delivered with an outstanding goal in the opener against Switzerland as Neymar was stymied by tough defending and poor fitness. And with the team’s top star … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia  | Burden falls on Coutinho to keep Brazil going at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia | Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil. The last time it didn’t win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The “Selecao” had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after “The King’s” farewell. Brazil drew Sweden 1-1 … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup. The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on Monday, he … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez isn’t in the business of sugarcoating the truth before his team makes history by playing in its first World Cup. The Central American team has trouble scoring and his players will need to have a good day to have any chance against Belgium on Monday, he … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Panama coach blunt and honest before World Cup debut

SOCHI | Overlooked Costa in position to leave his mark at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia  — Even with a pair of goals himself, Diego Costa joined the chorus praising his higher-profile opponent’s hat trick in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal. “Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Costa said. “I wish I could be like him.” But make no mistake about it: Costa knows he has the potential be right … Continue reading SOCHI | Overlooked Costa in position to leave his mark at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia  | Highly touted Belgium starts with World Cup newcomer Panama

SOCHI, Russia — The celebration after Panama qualified for the World Cup was wild and emotional, enough that Panama City essentially shut down in honor of reaching soccer’s showcase event for the first time. Elation from that night last October was replaced with a stark dose of reality when Panama was drawn into Group G … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia  | Highly touted Belgium starts with World Cup newcomer Panama

SOCHI, Russia | Chin-stroking implies Ronaldo thinks he is the GOAT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four World Cups and stroked his chin as he ran in celebration. The apparent message? I’m the GOAT, not Lionel Messi. GOAT is the acronym for “greatest of all time,” and Adidas is running an advertisement featuring Messi with a real goat. … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Chin-stroking implies Ronaldo thinks he is the GOAT

SOCHI, Russia | Whirlwind World Cup awaits Fox’s lead voices Strong, Holden

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — At this point, it all feels familiar for John Strong and Stuart Holden. The lead broadcasters for Fox’s English-language coverage of the World Cup in the United States are starting their Russian adventure in Sochi, where they spent time a year ago calling the Confederations Cup. The teams in their opening … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Whirlwind World Cup awaits Fox’s lead voices Strong, Holden

SOCHI, Russia | Putin says Russian gas shipments via Ukraine may continue

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Friday that gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine may continue even after the launch of a new prospective Germany-bound pipeline under the Baltic Sea. The question of whether Ukraine would be frozen out of future Russian gas deliveries is seen as one of the main stumbling … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia | Putin says Russian gas shipments via Ukraine may continue

SOCHI, Russia  | Merkel meeting with Putin for talks on Syria, Ukraine

SOCHI, Russia  — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding talks with President Vladimir Putin in Russia on Friday about the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the Iran nuclear agreement and a planned pipeline to bring gas from Russia to Germany. The meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi is Merkel’s first visit to Russia … Continue reading SOCHI, Russia  | Merkel meeting with Putin for talks on Syria, Ukraine

Tough day for top Americans at Pyeongchang Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/February 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —It was a rough day in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen. The 22-year-old Shiffrin finished fourth in the women’s Olympic slalom on Friday, failing to win her second medal in as many days. She won gold in the giant slalom on Thursday. The fourth-place showing was a … Continue reading Tough day for top Americans at Pyeongchang Olympics

Russia announces 169-strong Olympic team, big names miss out

MOSCOW/January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Russia announced a 169-strong team for the Winter Olympics on Thursday, without many of the country’s top athletes. The team has been depleted by 46 bans for doping at the 2014 Games in Sochi, as well as the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to issue invitations for dozens more athletes, citing new … Continue reading Russia announces 169-strong Olympic team, big names miss out

IOC creates pool of Russians eligible for Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland/January 19, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has created a pool of 389 Russians who are eligible to compete under a neutral flag at next month’s Winter Olympics amid the country’s doping scandal. An IOC panel whittled down an initial list of 500 to create what the IOC calls “a … Continue reading IOC creates pool of Russians eligible for Winter Olympics

Struggling for 2 years, Weibrecht still eyes Olympic medal

KITZBUEHEL, Austria/January 19, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Andrew Weibrecht’s wait for another top-three result in a super-G reached the two-year mark on Friday. But struggling with persistent knee problems and finishing 24th in the last World Cup race before the Pyeongchang Olympics haven’t dashed the American’s hopes for the games. The racer nicknamed “The Warhorse” has twice … Continue reading Struggling for 2 years, Weibrecht still eyes Olympic medal