Olympics roundup: U.S. women’s hockey falls to Canada

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By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by beating the United States 2-1 in what could be a preview of the gold-medal women’s hockey game.
Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse scored for Canada and Genevieve Lacasse made 44 saves, including stopping Hilary Knight at the post with less than 90 seconds remaining. Kendall Coyne scored for the Americans. Brianne Decker hit the post two times, including once in the final seconds of the game before the rivals ended up in a scrum. Officials reviewed the play and ruled no goal.
Canada and the United States are the only two countries to ever win Olympic gold. Canada has won the past four Olympics ; the United States won in 1998.

Go figure
Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot jumped from fourth place to Olympic gold in pairs figure skating after a record-setting free skate.
Savchenko and Massot scored 159.31 points in their program, which gave them 235.90 points overall. It is Germany’s first pairs gold since 1952.
China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong were the leaders coming into the day but slipped to silver after a slow start in their free skate. Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford earned bronze.

More medals
• Pierre Vaultier of France defended his title in men’s snowboardcross. Vaultier barely qualified for the final after crashing during the semifinals but recovered to win his second Olympic gold medal. Australia’s Jarryd Hughes won silver and Spain’s Regino Hernandez got bronze. Americans Nick Baumgartner and Mick Dierdorff made the final but finished well back of the leaders.
• Norway’s Ragnhild Haga won her first gold medal in the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle, topping the field by more than 20 seconds. Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla won silver for her second medal of the Pyeongchang Games. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski finished tied for bronze with identical times of 25 minutes, 32.4 seconds.
• Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada won the 10,000 meters in an Olympic-record time of 12 minutes, 39.77 seconds. Defending champion Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands took silver in 12:41.99. Nicola Tumolero of Italy earned bronze in 12:54.32. Dutchman Sven Kramer finished a surprising sixth. He had dominated the distance race at every competition except the Olympics, where he has never won it.
• Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe won his first gold medal of the Winter Games in the 20-kilometer race after the world’s top biathlete, Frenchman Martin Fourcade, surprisingly missed on his final two shots. Slovania’s Jakov Fak took home the silver. Austrian Dominik Landertinger earned bronze.
• Germany won the luge team relay, which was a history-making victory for Natalie Geisenberger. The German team of Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig and the doubles pairing of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt prevailed in 2 minutes, 24.517 seconds. Canada won silver and Austria won bronze. The U.S. finished fourth, missing a medal by about one-tenth of a second.



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