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February 14, 2018 - 3:23 pm

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TOP STORIES

OLY--SBD-SHAUN WHITE-LAWSUIT DETAILS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White has apologized after dismissing the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a 2016 lawsuit as "gossip" shortly after winning his third Olympic gold medal in the men's halfpipe. As White was competing, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit by a former drummer in White's rock band, Bad Things. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.

OLY--HKO-US-SLOVENIA

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The United States blew a two-goal lead and lost a 3-2 stunner in overtime in the Olympic opener for both teams. Slovenia captain Jan Mursak scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and the winner 38 seconds into overtime. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates throughout day.

SPORTS SHOWCASE

BKN--WARRIORS-WELTS' VISION

SAN FRANCISCO — Standing in the rain seven stories above the concrete, construction workers, steel and mud, Rick Welts is beaming at an arena project that is absolutely his baby. The Warriors COO has been entrusted by owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber to be the unofficial foreman as Chase Center goes up in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco for a scheduled opening of late summer 2019. And with a goal of becoming one of the top-notch entertainment venues in the world, right up with The O2 in London and Madison Square Garden for attracting the best music shows. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 950 words, photos.

COMMENTARY:

OLY--PAUL NEWBERRY-HOCKEY IN LIMBO

GANGNEUNE, South Korea — There's no Cold War intrigue, no "Miracle on Ice" in the making, no chance of relishing the best players in the world. Men's hockey is in limbo at these Winter Olympics. That's not a good place to be. The NHL is sitting out the games for the first time since 1994, a shortsighted decision that left the 12 teams to cobble their rosters together from a hodgepodge of European professionals, minor leaguers and college players. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--2026 WINTER OLYMPICS BIDDING

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Getting bidders for the Olympics used to be easy, but no longer. That's particularly true for the Winter Olympics. Just four cities have expressed interest in the 2026 Winter Games: Stockholm; Calgary, Canada; Sion, Switzerland; and Sapporo, Japan. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OLY--SLIDING LONGSHOTS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — When A.J. Edelman tells people in Israel what he does for a living, his countrymen always tend to respond by saying the same thing. "Lama?" That's "why?" in Hebrew. And it's a fair question. Until now, Israel hasn't had one of its own jump onto a sled and throw himself headfirst down an icy mountainside track in pursuit of Olympic success. But that's the road Edelman took to the Pyeongchang Olympics, where he is one of many athletes who took a rather unusual route to sliding events at these games. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--HKW-FAMILY BRANDT

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Supporting one daughter playing women's hockey in the Olympics isn't exactly easy. Especially when the other daughter, a fellow Olympian, wants no yelling. So Greg and Robin Brandt sat as quietly as possible Wednesday watching Marissa play for Korea with Hannah, a forward for the United States, sitting beside them. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--HKO-SWEDEN-DAHLIN

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Rasmus Dahlin sees the ice better than he sees his future. Everyone else is doing that for him. All eyes are on the smooth-skating, offensively gifted 17-year-old defenseman at the Olympics with the entire hockey community aware that he's almost a lock to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft this June. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words.

— Also:

— OLY--OLYMPICS ROUNDUP — Shaun White received heaps of praise for his gold medal, but also criticism on social media and questions in a news conference about a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016. White dismissed the allegations as "gossip" before apologizing for his "poor choice of words" later in the day; Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for multiple medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics was delayed once again when the women's slalom was postponed because of strong winds. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

— OLY--ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS — By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBO--SPRING BEGINS

With most major league teams having their first workouts for pitchers and catchers, Wednesday marks an official start date of sorts for spring training. The Astros, Yankees and Dodgers are among the teams having workouts. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBO--FREE AGENTS

About 15 players attended the first day of workouts at the free-agent training camp arranged by the players' association and a scout was escorted away. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BBA--ANGELS-OHTANI'S FIRST DAY

TEMPE, Ariz. — As a small group of Japanese fans cheered and waved their flag, Shohei Ohtani walked to a back field at Tempe Diablo Stadium and got to work with the rest of the pitchers and catchers on a dreary Day 1 of spring training. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— BBO--Esteban Loaiza-Drug Charges. SENT: 450 words.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA-HENDRICK

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Rick Hendrick threw a glamorous party last fall when he formally introduced his 2018 driver lineup. It was a lavish car unveiling that used lasers, spotlights and an emcee to celebrate a Hendrick Motorsports roster that had undergone a dramatic makeover. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 700 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-EARNHARDT-GOODYEAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ralph Earnhardt died in 1973, almost a full year before his grandson was born. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had seen photos of his grandfather and listened to stories about the first racer in the family, but he never felt as if he knew the man. Then Dale Earnhardt Sr. discovered footage the Earnhardts believe is the only known video of Ralph Earnhardt speaking on film. Earnhardt recalled that moment with his father, watching the grandfather he never met, in an interview with The Associated Press about a new Goodyear commercial that will air during the Daytona 500 on Sunday. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 700 words.

— With:

— CAR--NASCAR-Daytona 500-The Latest — Updates on Daytona 500 media day.

NBA

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-REMEMBERING FLIP

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves wouldn't be in first place in the Northwest Division, tracking toward their first appearance in the playoffs in 14 years, without Flip Saunders. The Wolves will honor the beloved former head coach and front office boss on Thursday when they host the Los Angeles Lakers. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

The NBA will reach the All-Star break with conference races that are too close to call. In fact, they could be closer than ever at the league's showcase event. The Toronto Raptors take a one-game lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference into the last full night of play before a week off. In the West, the Golden State Warriors' lead is down to a half-game over the surging Houston Rockets, who have won nine in a row. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 750 words.

GOLF

GLF--GENESIS OPEN

LOS ANGELES — The biggest issue for Tiger Woods this week might not be his back or even rust from having played so infrequently. It's Riviera, home of the Genesis Open, the course where Woods could never win even when he was never losing. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— Also:

— LOS ANGELES — Fatal Crash-Golfer Injured. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 400 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. — No. 10 Auburn hosts Kentucky, with the Tigers aiming to move a step closer to a Southeastern Conference title against the preseason favorites. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 9 p.m.

— Also:

— AUSTIN, Texas — BKC--Texas-Smart's Struggles. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 650 words.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

BBC--MLB-BLACK COLLEGE TOURNAMENT

Black college coaches and players who've participated in a New Orleans tournament sponsored by Major League Baseball say success shouldn't be measured by how many players who wind up in the big leagues. That number is zero for the decade-old tournament. But MLB executives remain committed and have renamed it after Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson, who played for a historically black university. Dawson says the nationally broadcast tournament shows black athletes a path to college through baseball. By Brett Martel. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SOCCER:

SOC--REAL MADRID-PSG

MADRID — Two-time defending champion Real Madrid takes on high-spending Paris Saint-Germain in a first-leg match in the last 16 of the Champions League. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING 600 words, photos. Match starts 2:45 p.m.

— Also:

— SOC--SheBelieves Cup. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 450 words.

ALSO:

— FBO--Manziel-Comeback. Johnny Manziel announced that he will participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. The league confirmed Manziel will participate. SENT: 250 words.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Wednesday's Time Schedule (EST)

NBA

Atlanta at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Charlotte at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Boston, 8 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Houston, 8 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m.

Golden State at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Columbus at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

Florida at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 3 Villanova at Providence, 7 p.m.

No. 4 Xavier vs. Seton Hall, 9 p.m.

No. 10 Auburn vs. Kentucky, 9 p.m.

No. 11 Clemson at Florida State, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Duke vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m.

No. 22 Michigan vs. Iowa, 6:30 p.m.

No. 24 Nevada at Boise State, 11 p.m.

Women

No. 6 Texas vs. Texas Tech, 8 p.m.

No. 22 South Florida vs. SMU, 7 p.m.

No. 23 Michigan at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

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