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February 25, 2018 - 4:45 pm

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TOP STORIES

OLY--PYEONGCHANG OLYMPICS END

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path away from conflict. By Ted Anthony. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

OLY--OOHS AND UGHS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Wind, snow, ice or shine, the Winter Games had its share of golden moments that will forever be etched in Olympic lore. The American men's so-called Miracurl on Ice. Alina Zagitova. Ester Ledecka. Chloe Kim. The U.S. women's hockey team. There were also several not-so-spectacular performances in South Korea — and will be equally as memorable. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BBA--ASTROS-SPRINGER'S SPIRIT

JUPITER, Fla. — A.J. Hinch was attempting to answer a question about what he likes best about George Springer when the Houston Astros manager was drowned out by a faraway but exuberant bellow. The sound was the World Series MVP who was excitedly interacting with his teammates, illustrating what Hinch was about to say: the best thing about Springer is his spirit and the energy he brings to the Astros every day. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words. Expected by 5 p.m.

COMMENTARY

OLY--PAUL NEWBERRY-FALLING SHORT

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They had their moments, without a doubt. From a nerve-wracking victory in women's hockey to the fun-loving guys over at the curling sheet to Shaun White's spiraling run of redemption, the American athletes gave the folks back home some compelling reasons to stay up to all hours of the night. Yet there were far more times when flipping the channel was the better option. No amount of soaring visuals or tear-jerking features or hokey patriotism could gloss over this reality: Team USA did not live up to expectations at the 2018 Winter Olympics. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. SENT: 850 words, photos.

OLYMPICS

OLY--USOC-MEDALS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The U.S. Olympic team will leave Pyeongchang with its lowest medal haul in 20 years — a number even worse than it looks because of all the new, American-friendly sports that have been added to the program over the past two decades. The U.S. finished with 23 medals. It's the poorest showing since 1998, four years before a home Olympics in Salt Lake City sparked a renaissance for the country's winter sports program. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 600 words, photo.

OLY--HKO-REDEEMING FINAL

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — This was an Olympic men's hockey tournament played without NHL stars, to mostly half-empty arenas and with tepid interest in North America and in a host country still getting to know the sport. Until the final, perhaps. When the Russians beat Germany 4-3 in an overtime thriller to win the gold medal, they did so in an almost-full Gangneung Hockey Centre amid an atmosphere that built with the tension of the back-and-forth game. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OLY--RUSSIAN RETURN

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They weren't allowed to fly their flag or play their anthem. That didn't mean there were no celebrations for the Russians in Pyeongchang. A drought-breaking hockey victory and a women's figure skating title provided a prestige boost for a team of athletes who arrived at the Winter Games amid the humiliation of International Olympic Committee sanctions for a doping scheme in Sochi four years earlier. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— Also:

— OLY--XXC-WRONG WAY SKIER — Austrian cross-country skier Teresa Stadlober was well on her way to a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Games. Then came a mental hiccup that cost her a spot on the podium but earned her a place in Olympic history. By Steve Reed. SENT: 400 words.

— OLY--LEDECKA'S LAUNCH — Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic arrived in South Korea a month ago as close to a star as a snowboarder who races instead of soars can get — which is to say, not much of one at all. She'll leave with two gold medals. By Will Graves. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— OLY--OLYMPIC SACRIFICES — You see them everywhere after the Olympics, the beaming faces and chiseled physiques of superstar athletes on everything from cereal boxes to athletic shoe ads. Here is what you don't see: The countless other Olympians who will never get a lucrative endorsement deal, who toil in relative obscurity, who struggle to pay their bills and balance work schedules with intense training just for a chance to compete with the best. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

— OLY--OLYMPICS ROUNDUP — Russian men win hockey; Marit Bjoergen, Norway get gold again. By Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— OLY--ARMCHAIR OLYMPICS — NBC celebrates an unlikely gold medal with the members of the American men's curling team. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBN--PADRES-YOUNG

PEORIA, Ariz. —There's some living history in the San Diego Padres' clubhouse this spring. Chris Young, now 38, is back with the Padres and trying to earn a spot on the staff, whether it's in the rotation or in the bullpen. Young is the last Padres pitcher to win a playoff game, 12 years ago. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 700 words

— Also:

— BBO--SPRING TRAINING RDP — Roundup of exhibition games in Florida and Arizona. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 9 p.m.

— BBA--OBIT-HAMILTON — Jack Hamilton, whose errant inside pitch damaged the eyesight of Boston's Tony Conigliaro in 1967 and caused a premature end to the career of the Red Sox star, has died. He was 79. SENT: 500 words.

GOLF

GLF--HONDA CLASSIC

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Luke List has a one-shot lead over Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson going into the final round of the Honda Classic. Tiger Woods was seven behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

— Also:

— GLF--QATAR MASTERS — Eddie Pepperell survived a tense finish to win the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club for his first European Tour title. SENT: 450 words.

— GLF--LPGA THAILAND — Florida's Jessica Korda set a tournament record to win the LPGA Thailand at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course. SENT: 300 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--T25-TOP 25-THIS WEEK

Kansas usually has a high turnover rate every season because of all the one-and-done players coach Bill Self recruits. One thing has remained the same the past 14 years: A Big 12 championship when it's over. By John Marshall. UPCOMNIG: 700 words by 8 p.m.

NBA

BKN--SPURS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND — LeBron James and the Cavaliers begin a stretch of five consecutive home games with a tough test — the San Antonio Spurs, who have dropped four straight. Cleveland has won five of six and the Cavs have been invigorated by the addition of four new players acquired before the trade deadline. By Tom Withers. Game time 3:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

NHL

HKN--TRADE RDP

About 30 hours before the NHL trade deadline, the New York Rangers dealt Rick Nash as part of a multiplayer deal with the Boston Bruins. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.

— Also:

— HKN--BRUINS-SABRES — Rick Nash will have the opportunity to make his debut with the Boston Bruins in their game at the Buffalo Sabres. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

AUTO RACING

CAR--NASCAR-ATLANTA

HAMPTON, Ga. — Kyle Busch will be on the pole for the second race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season when rain will be a major concern. Other drivers to watch will include Kevin Harvick, who was dominant in Saturday's Xfinity win, and Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., who will become the first black Cup driver in Atlanta since 2006. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Race scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--LEAGUE CUP FINAL

LONDON — Manchester City's old guard combined to give manager Pep Guardiola his first trophy at the club with a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final. Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva scored the goals that demonstrated the enduring value of the veterans at City. By Global Soccer Writer ROB HARRIS. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TENNIS

— TEN--OPEN 13 — Big-serving Karen Khachanov secured the second ATP title of his career after beating Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the Open 13 final. SENT: 350 words.

— TEN--DELRAY BEACH — American wild card Frances Tiafoe plays in his first career ATP final when he faces Peter Gojowczyk of Germany for the title at the Delray Beach Open. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

CAPSULES

— BKN--NBA CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

— BKC--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

— BKW--T25-TOP 25 CAPSULES

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Sunday's Time Schedule (EST)

NHL

St. Louis at Nashville, Noon

Boston at Buffalo, 5 p.m.

Detroit at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

San Jose at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Vancouver at Arizona, 9:30 p.m.

NBA

Detroit at Charlotte, 1 p.m.

New Orleans at Milwaukee, 3 p.m.

San Antonio at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Washington, 8 p.m.

Houston at Denver, 8 p.m.

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 2 Michigan State at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.

No. 9 Purdue vs. Minnesota, 4 p.m.

No. 11 Cincinnati vs. Tulsa, Noon

No. 20 Nevada vs. Colorado State, 4 p.m.

No. 23 Houston vs. East Carolina, 3 p.m.

No. 25 Florida State at N.C. State, 6 p.m.

Women

No. 2 Mississippi State at Kentucky, Noon

No. 4 Louisville vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 21 N.C. State, 2 p.m.

No. 7 South Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee, 4 p.m.

No. 8 Oregon at Arizona, 2 p.m.

No. 9 Florida State vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m.

No. 11 Missouri at No. 17 Texas A&M, 4 p.m.

No. 12 Oregon State at Arizona State, 4 p.m.

No. 13 Maryland vs. Nebraska, Noon

No. 14 Ohio State at Penn State, Noon

No. 16 Stanford at Washington State, 4 p.m.

No. 19 Georgia vs. Florida, Noon

No. 20 Duke vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m.

No. 22 Green Bay vs. Detroit, 2 p.m.

No. 24 LSU vs. Alabama, 3 p.m.

Exhibition Baseball

Houston vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit (ss) at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit (ss) vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Miami vs. NY Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Cincinnati (ss) vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

San Diego vs. LA Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

LA Dodgers vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.

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