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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 1:06 PM

OLYMPICS

Time to say goodbye

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Competition at the Winter Olympics is over. There were 98 medals up for grabs and all have been accounted for.

The last premier event was the men's gold medal hockey game and the defending champion Canadians beat Sweden 3-0. The gold is Canada's third in the last four Olympics in men's hockey.

Jonathan Toews (tayvz), who plays for the Chicago Blackhawks, scored in the first period and captain Sidney Crosby of the Penguins scored his first goal of the tournament in the second. Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) also scored and Carey Price made 24 saves for Canada. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots for the Swedes.

Sweden had to play without veteran center Nicklas Backstrom, who failed a doping test for a substance found in an allergy medication.

The final medal for the U.S. came in four-man bobsled as the sled piloted by Stephen Holcomb came in third. The bronze by the 2010 Olympic champ gave the U.S. seven sliding medals in Sochi, tops among all countries. He also finished third in the two-man.

A check of the final medal tally shows the host nation on top with 33 and the U.S. second with 28. Broken down, the Americans had nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze.

The Winter Games of 2018 will take place in South Korea.

DAYTONA 500

NASCAR season starts today

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR opens up the 2014 season today with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The pole sitter is Austin Dillon with Martin Truex starting from the No. 2 spot. Dillon is driving for his grandfather, Richard Childress. He is driving the No. 3 Chevrolet, using a number not used on the NASCAR circuit since the death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 race.

The winner a year ago was Jimmie Johnson, who finished the season with six victories. Danica Patrick faded from third to eighth on the final lap for the highest finish ever by a woman in the event.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Thunder hosting Clippers

UNDATED (AP) — The best matchup of the day in the NBA is being played this afternoon in Oklahoma City as the Thunder entertain the Clippers. Oak City leads the Northwest Division while the Clippers top the Pacific.

LeBron James may play in today's home game with Chicago. The league MVP suffered a broken nose against the Thunder and has been sidelined ever since. He shot some baskets during practice yesterday while wearing a large bandage over the bridge of his nose.

In other games tonight the Raptors are home to the Magic, Washington is at Cleveland, the Nuggets are playing host to the Kings, Houston is playing at Phoenix, Brooklyn has a date with the Lakers in Los Angeles and Minnesota is at Portland.

T25 MEN'S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE

Light schedule of games

UNDATED (AP) — Three games make up the Top-25 men's basketball schedule today. In the earliest start, the 20th-ranked Michigan Wolverines are playing host to No. 13 Michigan state. No. 21 Connecticut is home to SMU and tonight No. 11 Creighton is entertaining Seton Hall.

PGA-MATCH PLAY

Last day of play

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — The semifinals and final are being played today at the Match Play Championship in Arizona. In one semi Jason Day is facing Rickie Fowler while in the other Ernie Els is going against Victor Dubuisson (du-BOO'-ih-sohn). The 18-hole championship match starts at 2 p.m. EST.

LPGA-THAILAND

Nordqvist wins

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — Anna Nordqvist of Sweden ended a five-year victory drought when she beat defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea by two strokes to win the LPGA Thailand event. Nordqvist, who held the lead for the last three days, shot a final-round 68 to finish 15-under. Inbee carded a final-round 66.

The victory was Nordqvist's third LPGA title after winning the LPGA Championship and the LPGA Tour Championship in 2009.

The best American finish was fourth by Michelle Wie (wee), who completed play five shots back of the winner.

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