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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 6:35 AM

OLYMPICS

US adds a silver

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Dara Howell continued Canada's dominance at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, soaring to Olympic gold in women's slopestyle skiing on Tuesday.

Howell posted a score of 94.20 during her first run of the finals, trouncing the rest of the field on a warm and sometimes frightening day down the slushy slopestyle course.

Devin Logan of the U.S. took silver. Canadian Kim Lamarre earned bronze.

Canada has claimed seven medals in four days of snowboarding and freestyle skiing, including three events in which they took two of the three spots on the podium.

Howell's triumph was tempered by a series of scary crashes, including one by teammate Yuki Tsubota that ended with Tsubota being carried of the mountain on a stretcher.

Canada has four gold among its nine total medals to lead in both categories. The U.S. as two gold and six total medals.

Team USA men's hockey general manager David Poile (poyl) will be unable to travel to Sochi for the Olympics after getting hit in the face by a puck last week. The Nashville Predators GM is recovering from surgery and stitches he needed after a deflected puck struck him while he was standing in a tunnel behind the team's bench in Minnesota. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero (SHEER'-oh) will take over as acting general manager in Sochi.

Olympic officials in Russia are concerned about the poor attendance at some events. So much so that one official from the International Olympic Committee has suggested that school children and unarmed military personnel be given tickets. A Norwegian member of the IOC has expressed concern about the lack of "buzz" in Sochi, saying there is a "lack of enthusiasm."

By the way the weather is getting rather un-winter like at the Winter Olympics. The temperate in Sochi (SOH'-chee) today is in the mid to upper 50's and the forecast calls for the 60's later in the week.

And if you are enjoying some of the "up close and personal" shots on TV, they are being brought to you by a drone. The remote operator says the drones are safe and much cheaper than paying for a helicopter.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Pacers win, Spurs fall

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA's conference leaders were able to stretch their leads on Monday. The Indiana Pacers did it by bouncing back from Sunday's loss at Orlando, and the Oklahoma City Thunder took advantage of San Antonio's loss in Detroit.

David West scored 25 points and Roy Hibbert added 14 as the Pacers rolled over the short-handed Nuggets 119-80. Indiana put together runs of 21-5 and 14-4 while building a 61-40 lead.

The rout gives the Pacers a 40-11 record and a four-game lead over Miami in the Eastern Conference. Indiana also is 10 percentage points ahead of Oklahoma City for the league's top record.

The Nuggets lost their third in a row and played without several injured players, including Andre Miller, Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson

The Thunder's lead in the West grew to 3 1/2 games when San Antonio lost 109-100 to the Pistons. Brandon Jennings scored 21 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 in the Pistons' first game under interim coach John Loyer.

Marco Bellinelli had a team-high 20 points for the Spurs.

In other NBA finals:

— Houston has a six-game winning streak after Dwight Howard scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Rockets' 107-89 win against Minnesota. Chandler Parsons had a team-high 20 points for the Rockets, while James Harden added 19.

— Philadelphia has followed Sunday's 45-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a 43-point setback at Golden State. Mareese Speights was among six Warriors to score in double-figures, finishing with a career-high 32 points on 12 of 15 shooting. Stephen (STEH'-phen) Curry hit six of his nine three-point tries and finished with 23 points.

— Kyle Lowry had 19 points and 12 assists in Toronto's third straight win, a 108-101 decision over New Orleans. Patrick Patterson and DeMar DeRozan each had 22 points in the Raptors' fifth consecutive win over the Pelicans.

— Boston was a 102-86 winner at Milwaukee behind Jeff Green's 29 points. Kelly Olynyk (OH'-lih-nik) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who opened the fourth quarter on a 12-4 run to take an 82-72 lead.

NBA-BUCKS/SANDERS

Sanders out through All-Star break

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders will be out until at least the All-Star break this weekend with a fractured bone near his eye.

Coach Larry Drew says Sanders was injured when he was elbowed in the right eye by Houston's James Harden as the two went for a rebound early in Saturday night's game.

Sanders missed nearly two months early this season after tearing a thumb ligament in a fight at a Milwaukee night club.

TOP 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

Battle of Kansas goes to Wildcats...WVU stifles Ejim and Iowa State

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas State has boosted its shot at an NCAA tournament berth by earning a rare win over seventh-ranked Kansas.

The Wildcats blew a nine-point lead over the last two minutes of regulation before downing the Jayhawks 85-82 in overtime. Marcus Foster scored 20 points, including two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime. Will Spradling added 15 points for the Wildcats, who beat Kansas for just the third time in 26 games at Bramlage Coliseum.

In other top-25 action:

Remi Dibo scored a career-high 20 points and West Virginia handed Iowa State its worst loss of the season by clobbering the 11th-ranked Cyclones 102-77. Melvin Ejim (EH'-jihm) finished with just six points on 1 of 9 shooting for Iowa State after setting a Big 12 record with 48 points the previous game.

— Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53. Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and Akil Mitchell had 13 as the Cavaliers improved to 11-1 in the ACC.

T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-POLL

Top teams stay put

UNDATED (AP) — Led by No. 1 Syracuse, the top six teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll are the same this week as last. Following the 23-0 Orange, who are a unanimous choice to be No. 1, are Arizona, Florida, Wichita State, San Diego State and Villanova.

The remaining top 10 schools are Kansas, Duke, Michigan State and Cincinnati.

T25 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-POLL

Huskies still on top

UNDATED (AP) — Connecticut remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll. The Huskies have won 31 straight overall dating back to last season's title run.

Notre Dame, Duke, the Cardinals and South Carolina round out the top five.

MLB-DODGERS

Beckett eyes opening day

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett said he will be ready for the start of the season after having a rib removed last July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm. The right-hander is expected to battle newly acquired Paul Maholm (mah-HAH'-luhm) for the fifth spot in the Dodgers' starting rotation this spring.

MLB-NATIONALS

No arbitration for Nats and Clippard

WASHINGTON (AP) __ Washington Nationals right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard has avoided arbitration by accepting a one-year contract. Clippard asked for a raise to $6.35 million, while the team offered $4.45 million. He was 6-3 with a 2.41 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 71 innings in 2013.

MLB-TWINS

Twins' GM has cancer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General manager Terry Ryan of the Minnesota Twins has been diagnosed with cancer. He will miss the start of spring training, focusing on treatment and recovery. In a statement the club said a lump was found in his neck by the team physician during a routine annual physical. Ryan says further tests indicated the cancer appeared to be confined to his neck and had not spread. He goes on to say he has been assured his condition is treatable.

ASTROS-COSART/TWEET

Astros hurler apologizes for Bieber tweet

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart has apologized after he reportedly used a gay slur to describe pop star Justin Bieber when he tweeted a message to a former teammate.

Cosart deleted the offensive tweet from his account and apologized for "a very poor choice of words." He also says in a tweet that the earlier post does not reflect who he is as a person.

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