LOS ANGELES — Bubba Watson acknowledged he had thoughts of retirement last year after a form slump but they were put on hold after his two-stroke victory at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles on Sunday. Watson holed a bunker shot at the 14th hole to set the stage for achieving his career goal of a 10th PGA Tour title. The long-hitting left-hander carded a closing 69 to finish at 12-under 272 for his third victory at Riviera, after previous successes in 2014 and 2016. Fellow Americans Tony Finau (69) and Kevin Na (69) tied for second on 10-under.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Canada's men's ice hockey team beat South Korea 4-0 on Sunday, Feb. 18, to secure a bye into the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament. Canada went out on top early in the first period with a goal by Christian Thomas but the Koreans, playing before another packed house of cheering, hometown fans, were far more ready to play than in their clubbing by the Swiss a day earlier, and Canada found it hard to get their offense in gear after that.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—A Russian medalist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is suspected of having tested positive for a banned substance, a source at the Games said on Sunday, Feb. 18, in a potential major blow to Russia's efforts to emerge from a drug-cheating scandal. Alexander Krushelnitsky, a bronze-medalist along with his wife in mixed-doubles curling, is suspected of having tested positive for meldonium, the source said. Meldonium increases blood flow which improves exercise capacity in athletes.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Ilya Kovalchuk and Nikolai Prokhorkin each scored twice to earn the Olympic Athletes from Russia a 4-0 win over the U.S. men's ice hockey team on Saturday, Feb. 17, and claim top spot in their preliminary round group. Kovalchuk's two goals came 29 seconds apart on either side of the second intermission. The former NHL all star's first came with one second remaining in the second period and he got his second inside the first 30 seconds of the third, rifling a shot over U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski's left shoulder and into the top of the net.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - - Lindsey Vonn will have to wait for a first medal at the 2018 Olympic Games after a slip and near crash towards the end of the women's super-G cost her time. The American, who won bronze in the event at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 along with downhill gold, was first to go in the race she said she was skiing for her grandfather, who died in November. "I tried," she appeared to mouth at the end of her run. Vonn—the first skier out—slipped into a tie for fifth place.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- The Czech Republic men's ice hockey team edged out South Korea 2-1 on Thursday but had to come from behind against an impressive Olympic debut performance by the host country. The Koreans, ranked 21st in the world, took a surprise 1-0 lead over the sixth-ranked Czechs in the first period. Cho Min-ho took a feed in the slot from Brock Radunske, one of six Canadians on the team, and fired a wrist shot past Czech goalkeeper Pavel Francouz.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American Mikaela Shiffrin put on a show of grace, power and consistency to win her first gold of the Pyeongchang Olympics in the women's giant slalom on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the best possible start to her quest for a handful of medals. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel took silver and Italy's Federica Brignone won the bronze, as the women's Alpine program finally got under way after days of frustrating weather delays.
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury when he was involved in a fatal three-car collision on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but will drop out of a tournament as a result, his manager and local officials said on Wednesday. Haas, a six-time PGA Tour winner, was scheduled to play in the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades that begins Thursday, but will withdraw to recover at his home in Greenville, South Carolina, his manager said.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- A third-period goal by Peter Ceresnak gave Slovakia a shock 3-2 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Wednesday as the gold medal favorites squandered a two-goal lead. Ceresnak capitalized on delay of a game penalty taken by Ivan Telegin, unleashing a slap shot from the point that beat goaltender Vasili Koshechkin to his left with just over 10 minutes to play. The Russians drew first blood as Vladislav Gavrikov and Kirill Kaprizov found the back of the net in the opening four minutes to jump in front 2-0.
Luge: Bayern Express races off with second gold Germany's "Bayern Express", Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, thundered down the ice track to defend their Olympic gold medal in the doubles luge on Wednesday, Feb. 14, underlining their class on the sliding sport's biggest stage. Four years after denying Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger a hat-trick of titles in Sochi, Wendl and Arlt put in two flawless runs at Pyeongchang's Olympic Sliding Centre to edge out silver-winning Austrian duo Peter Penz and Georg Fischler.