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Canada's Kelsey Serwa has raced to victory in women's skicross, giving her a gold medal to go with the silver she won in Sochi four years ago.

Serwa raced to the lead early in the final and was well in front by the time she reached the bottom of the course at Phoenix Snow Park. Canadian teammate Brittany Phelan made an impressive pass late in the run to finish second.

Serwa's victory came two days after Canada's Brady Leman took gold in the men's event

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The U.S. women's hockey team has ended Canada's run of Olympic gold medals, but it took a shootout to do it.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the first extra round of the first shootout tiebreaker in Olympic women's hockey history to give the Americans the gold medal with a 3-2 victory over their arch-rivals. Lamoureux's twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Morando extended the game by scoring with about six minutes left in regulation.

It was the second straight overtime in the gold medal game for these two teams, but the first shootout in Olympic women's hockey history.

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Lindsey Vonn fell short of winning her second women's Olympic downhill gold medal.

The American came away with the bronze finishing 0.47 seconds behind the gold medal-winning Sofia Goggia of Italy. The 33-year-old Vonn becomes the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games.

Goggia finished in a time of 1 minute, 39.22 seconds to hold off Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel by 0.09 seconds.

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American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani took the bronze medal with a strong free skate.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have made ice dancing history, while an American team captured the bronze medal in the event at the Pyeongchang Games.

Virtue and Moir have won the gold medal to become the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history with their third gold and fifth medal overall. The Canadian pair scored a record 206.07 points to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

Virtue and Moir had been tied with Russia's Evgeni Plushenko and Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom for most medals among figure skaters.

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NBA-ALL-STAR GAME

LeBron James got the better of Stephen Curry in the NBA All-Star game at Los Angeles.

James scored 10 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead, finger-roll layup with 34.5 seconds left to lead Team LeBron to a 148-145 win over Team Stephen. James was named the game MVP for the third time, and the first since the league broke with tradition by having the team captains select their rosters.

Russell Westbrook hit a layup to put Team LeBron ahead by three in the closing seconds. Team Stephen couldn't get a good look for a tying three at the buzzer.

Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan each had 21 points to lead Team Stephen.

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OLYMPICS-DAY 7

American Mikaela Shiffrin was unable to become the first skier to successfully defend an Olympic gold in the slalom.

Shiffrin finished fourth as Sweden's Frida Hansdotter overtook first-run leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland to win the gold. The 22-year-old Shiffrin was fourth after the opening run and couldn't make up enough time to earn a second straight medal at the Pyeongchang Games.

Shiffrin was coming off a victory in the giant slalom the previous day.

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OLYMPICS- DAY 5

Shaun White has become the first American male to win gold at three Winter Olympics.

White put together an epic final run to capture the halfpipe with a score of 97.75. The 31-year-old White trailed Japan's Ayumu Hirano going into the last of the three runs in the 12-man final. The Flying Tomato closed with a daring set that included consecutive 1440-degree spins.

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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour playing debut next month in the Dominican Republic.  The lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports has received a sponsor exemption to play in the inaugural Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 22-25. The tournament is held the same week as the Dell Technologies Match Play and will not feature any of the top 64 players in the world. Romo has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open three times. He advanced to the final stage of qualifying in 2010 but had to withdraw.

Ali: A Life

Feb 7, 2018

He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man on the planet.

But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, radically reshapes our understanding of the complicated man who was Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He conducted more than 500 interviews and uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Collectively, they tell Ali’s story like never before—the story of a man who was flawed and uncertain and brave beyond belief.

Jonathan Eig is the author of five books, three of them New York Times best sellers. His newest book is Ali: A Life.

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Sunday, February 4 is Super Bowl LII pitting the Philadelphia Eagles against the defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots. The 2018 Winter Olympics also get underway February 7. Here to discuss these sporting events and more are Mark McGuire of The Daily Gazette, Ashley Miller of NewsChannel 13 and Keith Strudler of Montclair State University. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The New York Giants have hired Dave Gettleman as their new general manager and will introduce him at a news conference Friday.

The 66-year-old Gettleman spent 15 years in the Giants front office before becoming Carolina's GM from 2013-2016. He replaces Jerry Reese, who was fired earlier this month after 11 seasons at the helm.

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SOCCER-WORLD CUP-MUTKO

A top Russian official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in the Russian doping program says he will step down as head of the organizing committee of the 2018 soccer World Cup.

Vitaly Mutko told Russian news agencies on Wednesday that he would be replaced by another World Cup organizer, Alexei Sorokin.

Boston College will take on Iowa in the New Era Pinstripe bowl at 5:15 p.m. today at Yankee Stadium.

Zach Moss rushed for 150 yards and Tyler Huntley scored on a pair of two-yard keepers as Utah rolled to a 30-14 win over West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Jake Elliott kicked a 48-yard field goal with 22 seconds left, and the Philadelphia Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs with a sloppy 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders last night. The Eagles went to the Super Bowl and lost to New England the last time they had home-field advantage following the 2004 season.

LeBron James will be in action at 3 against Golden State on Christmas.
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The NFC South title is going to go down to the final weekend, but at least the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers now know they are going to the playoffs. The 11-4 Saints will be no worse than a wild-card team after a 23-13 victory over the Falcons Sunday.  Drew Brees threw for 239 yards and joined Peyton Manning and Brett Favre as the only NFL quarterbacks to pass for over 70,000 yards in their career.

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Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg has died at age 82, according to his daughter, Nicole.

Enberg retired in October 2016 after a 60-year career — and countless calls of "Oh my!" in describing a play that nearly defied description. He got his big break with UCLA basketball and went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics and Final Fours, along with Angels and Padres baseball games.

His daughter said the family became concerned when he didn't arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday, and that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed.

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LOCAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men’s Scores:

UAlbany was defeated by Louisville 70 to 68.

Georgia State topped UMass 71 to 63.

Memphis beat Siena 70 to 66.

And on the Women’s side:

Kansas beat Iona 72 to 58.

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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-1,000 WINS

Just two women's basketball coaches had earned 1,000 career victories before Tuesday. That number has doubled as Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Syliva Hatchell of North Carolina reached the milestone to join Pat Summitt and Tara Vanderveer.

Auriemma improved to 1,000-135 at UConn as the top-ranked Huskies cruised past Oklahoma 88-64. Napheesa Collier had a game-high 21 points to help Auriemma become the fastest coach to win 1,000 games.

KOBE BRYANT

Kobe Bryant received a double honor at halftime of the Los Angeles Lakers 116-114 overtime loss against the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers retired each of his uniform numbers last night. He scored 16,777 points while wearing No. 8, and 16,866 points in No. 24. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss explained the double-retirement by saying, "If you separated each of the accomplishments under those numbers, each of those players would qualify for the Hall of Fame."

NFL-PANTHERS OWNER-MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has announced that he will sell the NFL team after the season.

The decision comes amid a growing investigation that accuses him of sexual misconduct and using racist language at work.

The team made the announcement on Twitter and linked a five-paragraph letter by the Panthers' only owner. He said he believed it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership and hoped the organization would be firmly focused on playing and winning the Super Bowl. However, the letter didn't directly address the investigation or allegations against him.

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NASCAR-STEWART-WARD

A federal judge has ruled the family of a race car driver fatally injured when struck by Tony Stewart's sprint car can pursue its claims against the former NASCAR star.

U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd dismissed Stewart's counterclaim and said the case was best left to a jury.

Michael Rapaport, actor, Top 50 podcaster, award-winning film maker, and sports fanatic, is here to set the world straight on the greatest and downright worst athletes, players, teams, and jerseys—while refusing to mention statistics, analytics, or anything else that isn’t pure hustle.

In This Book Has Balls, Rapaport uses his signature smack-talk style and in-your-face humor to discuss everything from why LeBron will never be like Mike, that Tiger needs the ladies to get his golf game back, and how he once thought Mary Lou Retton was his true love. And, of course, why next year will be the year the New York Knicks win the championship. This book is a series of rants—some controversial, some affectionate, but all incredibly hilarious.

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NFL

An NFL spokesman says Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the league. Spokesman Joe Lockhart says Goodell "has been clear that he views this as his last contract" and that it will allow him to -- quote -- "deal with some of the important issues that we know are on the horizon." They include a labor deal and TV contracts.

Keith Strudler: Roll Tide

Dec 13, 2017

Let’s face it, there’s one topic too big to ignore today. It’s on everybody’s mind, and it harkens thoughts of fairness and respect. It’s about winning and scoreboards and state and regional pride. It’s about the state of Alabama. I’m talking, of course, about the University of Alabama being selected as the last of four teams to make the College Football Playoff, joining Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia in the quest to become the number one football team in the country, a decision that nearly split the college football world and was truly up for grabs until the final decision. And yes, I am making a direct parallel with the election of Doug Jones in the same state, although I’d hate to suggest a senatorial campaign is nearly as exciting as a college football season.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says on Instagram that he has been "medically cleared to return" to action after missing seven games with a broken right collarbone. Rodgers was hurt during a loss to Minnesota on Oct. 15 and had surgery five days later. He could suit up for Sunday's big game against Carolina as the 7-6 Packers try to grab a playoff berth.

The Packers went 3-4 in Brett Hundley's seven starts, including back-to-back overtime wins over Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

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MLB STANTON

The New York Yankees have acquired NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

The Yankees announced the trade Monday, getting the slugger and cash from Miami for Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers, right-hander Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers.

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BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.

Morris and Trammell were chosen Sunday by a 16-man panel that considered candidates from the sport's modern era.

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DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

A judge has sentenced a Michigan sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

The criminal case was one of three against former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports physician Dr. Larry Nassar, who also admits assaulting female gymnasts.

Separately, the 54-year-old has pleaded guilty to molesting gymnasts with his hands in the Lansing, Michigan, area under the guise of treatment. He'll be sentenced in those cases in January.

NBA-NEWS

The defending NBA champs will be spending a few games without their two-time NBA most valuable player.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss a minimum of two weeks after an MRI exam revealed a sprained right ankle. Curry was injured while scoring 31 points in Monday's win at New Orleans.

Curry is averaging 26.3 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.

Golden State says its leading scorer will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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IOC-RUSSIAN-DOPING

The International Olympic Committee says Russians will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea as neutral athletes, despite orchestrated doping at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

The IOC today ruled that some Russians will be invited to compete under the designation "Olympic Athlete from Russia," but without their national flag or anthem.

Russia could still refuse the offer and boycott the games.

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