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National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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  • National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    NHL brass still leaning against Olympic shutdown in 2018

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL is likely to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics unless something big changes in the next few months. The league’s owners are still leaning against allowing the world’s top hockey players to participate in the Olympics next year, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday. In the league’s most strident comments […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, Bobby Brown, of the United States, competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Brown, who has recovered from multiple injuries sustained during competitions, will take part in the Winter X Games this weekend in Aspen, Colo. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, file)

    Meditation gave freeskier Bobby Brown another chance at gold

    ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Freeskier Bobby Brown has recovered from wipeouts that have rendered him almost motionless. He’s broken his back, pelvis and both ankles. What broke after the 2014 Sochi Olympics was his spirit. Injuries transformed his lead-in to the 2014 Games into a brutal contest against both the clock and his own body […]
  • Nathan Chen waves to the crowd after his score was announced in the men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Chen dominates men’s short program at US nationals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hyped as the future of men’s skating, Nathan Chen put the sport on notice that his time is now. Chen dazzled and dominated as he stamped himself as a future Olympic medalist contender, connecting on a pair of quads and slaying the competition with a short program record score of […]
  • Japan says isle name on 2018 Olympic website ‘unacceptable.”

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says it is “unacceptable” that the official website for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics refers to disputed isles in the Sea of Japan under the South Korean name “Dokdo.” The website introduces the islets by saying, “Dokdo holds a special place in the hearts of Koreans as they […]
  • FILE - A Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 file photo showing Ted Ligety, of the United States, competing during the first run of an alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom, in Soelden, Austria. World champion Ted Ligety will undergo back surgery and is not seeking a fourth straight giant slalom gold medal at St. Moritz next month. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File)

    Ligety, Svindal miss ski world championships with injury

    GENEVA (AP) — Two of skiing’s biggest stars will miss next month’s world championships because of season-ending surgery. Ted Ligety of the United States and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway — each with five career world titles — both announced in Instagram posts on Tuesday they will now focus on returning for next season. Ligety’s […]
  • FILE - In this March 1, 2015 file photo Julia Mancuso of the United States competes during the second run of an alpine ski World Cup women's super-combined event, in Bansko, Bulgaria. Returning to World Cup after 22 months, Mancuso feels she has found a new balance in her life. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca, file)

    Returning from hip surgery, Julia Mancuso has new balance

    ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Returning to World Cup skiing after 22 months, Julia Mancuso has found a new balance in her life. And it’s not just the surgically repaired right hip the 2006 Olympic champion is referring to. “The year off just helped me to reset,” Mancuso told The Associated Press ahead of Saturday’s downhill, […]
  • Suspensions lifted for 4 Russians in skeleton

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Four Russians have been allowed to resume competing in skeleton even though they are under investigation for alleged doping rule breaches at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said Sunday. The IBSF had issued provisional suspensions to the four, including Olympic gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov, on Dec. […]
  • FILE - A Saturday, Jan. 6, 1996 photo from files of Jean Vuarnet, center, former French ski champion and business tycoon accompanied by his sons Pierre, left, and Alain, right, at Morzine, France, during the funeral of his wife Edith and his son Patrick. Olympic skiing champion Jean Vuarnet, who helped pioneer the aerodynamic tuck position for downhill racers but suffered tragedy with the deaths of his wife and son in a doomsday cult murder-suicide, has died, the French Olympic Committee announced Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo/Donald Stampfli, File)

    Skier Jean Vuarnet, who struck gold with tuck position, dies

    PARIS (AP) — Olympic skiing champion Jean Vuarnet, who helped pioneer the aerodynamic tuck position for downhill racers but suffered tragedy with the deaths of his wife and son in a doomsday cult murder-suicide, has died, the French Olympic Committee announced Monday. He was 83. Vuarnet died of a stroke, a statement by the committee […]
  • Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, left, congratulates teammate center Devin Shore (17) after Shore scored a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. The Stars won 4-2. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    NHL still searching for reason to play at 2018 Winter Games

    TORONTO (AP) — If the NHL needs a compelling reason to compete in the next Winter Olympics, Bill Daly says the league hasn’t found one yet. And the NHL deputy commissioner added Friday that he’s not going speculate on what it might take to convince a majority of the NHL’s board of governors that the […]
  • FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016  file photo of France's Alexis Pinturault wearing a Shred helmet  crosses the finish line of an alpine ski, men's World Cup combined in Santa Caterina, Italy. Ten years after founding Shred _ the ski helmet, eyewear and accessory company known for its 1980s-style fluorescent colors and designs Ted Ligety the Olympic and two-time world champion in giant slalom  has been watching as a proud spectator lately. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File)

    Ligety finds a new way to win _ by sponsoring his rivals

    SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy (AP) — Slowed by injuries, Ted Ligety is finding a new way to win. By sponsoring some of his biggest rivals. Ten years after founding Shred – the ski helmet, eyewear and accessory company known for its 1980s-style fluorescent colors and designs — Ligety has been watching as a proud spectator […]