National Sports

Young look will be on display

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Never before has one race displayed NASCAR’s rapidly changing look more than this year’s Daytona 500. Three drivers under age 25 will start in the first two rows, new rules will make the cars difficult to drive and NASCAR’s ...

City of Angels turning into weekend of stars

The Associated Press The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the basketball court and all around it. The NBA’s All-Star festivities are back at Staples Center, with the usual events on All-Star Saturday night and a new format for the game Sunday. Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry ...

Stars of today changing the sponsorship game

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A gold medal used to be the golden ticket for lucrative endorsements — think Mary Lou Retton on a Wheaties box. But in the age of social media, athletes are making a name for themselves well ahead of time. Even more so than in Rio in 2016 and Sochi in ...

Tough day for US’ top competitors

The Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — It was a rough day in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen. The 22-year-old Shiffrin finished fourth in the women’s Olympic slalom on Friday, failing to win her second medal in as many days. She won gold in the giant slalom on ...

US men vs. Russia for hockey fans

The Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — We’ve made it to the second week of the Olympics. We’d say things are heating up — and yes, the weather is a bit warmer — but remember these are still the Winter Games. There’s lots of action on the ice and snow scheduled for today ...

Russian chemist apologizes to ‘clean’ athletes for cheating

The Associated Press An apology for Russia’s doping scheme is now ready to be issued. Not by the state which ordered the systematic cover-up but by the chemist who helped Russian athletes trick the system. “I am very sorry to all the clean athletes we cheated,” former Russian ...

Shiffrin’s wait was worth gold

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The nervous energy accumulated for Mikaela Shiffrin while she waited, waited, waited for these Olympics — the ones that so many are expecting to be HER Olympics — to finally get started. First one race was postponed. ...

Blaney gives Team Penske another sweep

The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Roger Penske has a car capable of winning the Daytona 500. Maybe even three of them. Penske again went 1-2 at Daytona International Speedway for its second sweep of Speedweeks. This time, Ryan Blaney went to victory lane after winning the first ...

Austria’s Mayer wins men’s super-G

JEONGSEON, South Korea — Matthias Mayer of Austria won the Olympic men’s super-G on Friday, breaking Norway’s 16-year grip on the title. Mayer won the speed race by 0.13 seconds ahead of Beat Feuz of Switzerland, who added the silver medal to his bronze from downhill on ...

Figure skating, skiing today’s TV highlights

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Happy New Year! South Korea is celebrating its biggest holiday today with fireworks, cultural events and more curling. There will be lots of other Olympic feats of greatness. Here’s what to look for: Figure skating Prime time means prime competition tonight ...

Phenoms set for Rising Stars

By Brian Mahoney The Associated Press Ben Simmons thought he should be an All-Star by now. Yet each time Commissioner Adam Silver needed to tab an injury replacement from the Eastern Conference, he looked in another direction, to Simmons’ disappointment. Simmons expressed ...

Sports at a glance

Saunders, Woods start reasonably LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods lost a ball in a tree early in his round, played from the wrong hole late and ended his return to Riviera with a reasonable start in the Genesis Open. It was more of the same for Sam Saunders, and hope that it will get better as ...

Flynn takes home best in show award

NEW YORK — At 11:42 p.m. Tuesday evening, Flynn the bichon frise won the best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The choice was a surprise to most of the crowd at Madison Square Garden, with many fans falling silent when the white powder puff was picked. Flynn had previously ...

Johnson wouldn’t mind a big parade

The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jimmie Johnson has never hitched a ride for an afternoon on a champion’s float that snakes down closed city streets. The professional sports teams bask in the celebration of hundreds of thousands of fans screaming in adulation and spraying beer ...

Mazdzer makes history

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Chris Mazdzer threw a fist in the air, grabbed an American flag from the stands and let out a scream of absolute jubilation. Not even a month ago, he was at rock bottom. On Sunday night, he made history for USA Luge. For the first time, the United States has a ...

Bowman rides familiar No. 88 to Daytona 500 pole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Alex Bowman put a familiar car atop the Daytona 500 leaderboard. Bowman won the pole for “The Great American Race” in his debut as the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet, piloted until last season by NASCAR rock star Dale Earnhardt Jr. Six of Earnhardt’s 17 career ...

Red seeing gold: Gerard picks up top prize for US

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The grand plan when Red Gerard and his brothers set down rails and attached a tow rope to a dirt bike to fashion a snowboard park in their backyard wasn’t all that grand. “Just having fun snowboarding,” Gerard explained. Look where all that fun landed ...

US skaters must rebound from 2014 Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They can’t blame the suits. Or their training methods. No more excuses. It’s time for America’s most decorated Winter Olympics program to step up in South Korea. “I don’t think there’s a more motivated bunch of athletes here,” Brittany Bowe said. ...

US drops coin on flag bearer

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Shani Davis would’ve been a fitting choice to carry the American flag into the Olympic opening ceremony, a superb athlete who helped break racial barriers at the Winter Games. Someone sure dropped the coin on this one. The U.S. Olympic Committee, an ...

Johnson shares Pebble Beach lead

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Three days of good golf, great weather and plenty of laughs has put Dustin Johnson in a tie for the lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Now it’s time for the No. 1 player to get to work. At stake on Sunday is a shot at his third victory at Pebble Beach that ...