A gold for the U.S. ski halfpipe
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — David Wise of Northstar, Calif., won the gold medal in the men's ski halfpipe. Wise finished 1.40 points in front of silver medalist Mike Riddle of Canada while Kevin Rolland of France took the bronze.
Wise came into the Sochi (SOH'-chee) Olympics with three straight Winter X Games titles to his credit. The 23-year old scored a 92 on his first run through heavy snow to secure the gold.
Aaron Blunck of Crested Butte, Colo., had the next best finish for the U.S., seventh.
— Alex Deibold (DEE'-bohld) of Manchester, Vt., won the bronze medal in men's snowboard cross. The race took place in slushy, soggy conditions. The winner was France's Pierre Vaultier with Russia's Nikolay Olyunin second.
Gold-medal favorite Nate Holland of the U.S. didn't make it out of the opening round of elimination after mistiming a jump.
The event was pushed back from Monday to Tuesday due to heavy fog.
— The best American finish in the women's giant slalom was a fifth by 18-year old Mikaela (mih-KAY'-luh) Shiffrin. She missed getting a medal by 0.23 seconds. Fellow American Julia Mancuso, the events gold medal winner eight years ago, skied out midway down the last slope in her final event in Russia.
The gold was grabbed by Slovenia's Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh), giving her two first-place finishes in Russia. She led the GS from start to finish and celebrated her win by doing a belly-flop onto the wet snow and pretending to swim the breaststroke.
For her part, Shiffrin says she learned from the experience and plans to be much improved by the next Olympics.
— Defending gold medalist Billy Demong (deh-MONG') of Park City, Utah, finished a disappointing 31st in the Nordic combined large hill competition. The best U.S. finish was 20th by Taylor Fletcher of Steamboat Springs, Colo. The winner and runnerup were from Norway.
— The goalies for Wednesday's men's quarterfinal hockey games for the U.S. and Canada have been announced. The Americans plan to start Jonathan Quick, not Ryan Miller, against the Czech Republic. The Canadians are going with Carey Price, not Roberto Luongo (loh-AHN'-goh), when they square off against Latvia.
Quick started two games in the preliminary round, including the 3-2 shootout win over the host Russians. Price was also in net for two of Canada's first three games.
— Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in different sports at the Summer and Winter Olympics. Both women raced for the U.S. in the women's bobsled event that started Tuesday. Williams won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash at Athens in 2004, was fourth in that race at Beijing in 2008 and helped the U.S. win a gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay at London in 2012. Jones competed in the 100-meter hurdles at Beijing and London.
— The U.S. now has 20 medals, tied with the Netherlands for most at the Winter Olympics. Broken down, Team U.S.A. has six gold, four silver and 10 bronze while the Dutch have six gold, six silver and eight bronze.
Back to business
UNDATED (A) — The NBA's All-Star break is over and play resumes this evening with nine games.
Without doubt, the best matchup of the night is being played in Los Angeles as the first-place Clippers entertain the first-place Spurs. L.A. tops the Pacific Division by five games with a record of 37-18 while the Spurs lead the Southwest by two games with a mark of 38-15.
Other division leaders with a game tonight are Miami, Toronto and Indiana. The Southeast Division leading Heat are on the road for a game at Dallas while the Central leading Pacers are home to the Hawks and the Atlantic leading Raptors are at Washington.
The other games tonight have the Cavaliers and All-Star MVP Kyrie (ky-REE') Irving playing the Sixers in Philadelphia, Detroit is home to Charlotte, the Magic are playing the Bucks in Milwaukee, New York is at Memphis and Phoenix is at Denver.
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Duke leads the schedule
UNDATED (AP) — The fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils are the highest ranked team in action tonight in men's college basketball. The team coached by Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) is on the road for a game at Georgia Tech. In other Top-10 games tonight, No. 6 San Diego State is entertaining Utah State, eighth-ranked Kansas is at Texas Tech and No. 9 Villanova is at Providence.
Completing tonight's busy schedule of Top-25 action, eleventh-ranked Louisville is home to South Florida, 14th-ranked Virginia is at rival Virginia Tech, Indiana is home to No. 15 Iowa, 17th-ranked Iowa State is playing host to 19th-ranked Texas in the lone game featuring two ranked schools, and 18th-ranked Kentucky is at Mississippi.
Cleveland agrees with pitcher
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract worth $9,762,500, thus avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. The agreement is $162,500 below the midpoint of the $11.8 million he had asked for and the $8.05 million Cleveland had offered.
Masterson, a 28-year-old right-hander, led the Indians in wins last year when he went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA. He will be eligible for free agency after this season.
Another surgery for Poile
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General manager David Poile (poyl) of the Nashville Predators is recovering from a third surgery after being hit in the face by an errant puck. The accident broke his nose and cracked bone around one of his eyes. Poile was supposed to be in Sochi (SOH'-chee), Russia, for the Olympics as general manager of the U.S. team but was unable to make the trip because of the accident.
He was hurt while standing in a tunnel behind the bench in Minnesota during a Predators' pregame skate.
Say goodbye to Marino and Sharpe
NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime analysts Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe will not return to the CBS NFL pregame show. Marino leaves after 13 seasons with CBS, while Sharpe joined for the 2004 season, giving him a decade on the show. CBS says recently retired star tight end Tony Gonzalez will join the network as an analyst for "The NFL Today" as well as other programming.