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OLYMPICS
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- The U.S. sits fourth in the overall Olympic medal count after claiming one gold and one bronze in Sochi.
Idaho's Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the 2014 Games, taking first in the men's snowboarding slopestyle. Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely made the finals, took bronze.
In women's moguls, American Hannah Kearney (KAHR'-nee) won the bronze with a score of 21.49, placing her behind Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe.
The U.S. women's hockey team got off on the right foot, defeating Finland 3-1 in the opening game. Hilary Knight scored 53 seconds into the opener of the women's hockey tournament. Jesse Vetter needed only 14 saves.
The U.S. stands in third place after the free skate portion of the new team figure skating competition. The Russians are first with Canada second. Italy and Japan also advanced to Sunday's final.
Coming up Sunday will be the men's and women's free skates and the free dance.
Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won his seventh career Olympic gold medal in the 10-kilomter biathlon sprint. At 40 he is the oldest winner of an individual biathlon competition at the Olympics.

OLYMPICS-DOWNHILL
Miller to go for gold
SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- One of the premier events of any Winter Olympics is set for Sunday when the men's downhill takes place. Bode (BOH'-dee) Miller of the U.S. is one of the medal favorites along with Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal. They finished 1-2 in the final downhill training run. The 36-year-old Miller is a five-time Olympic medalist.

OLYMPICS-HOCKEY
Finns, Slovaks lose NHL players
(AP) -- Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (MEE'-koh KOY'-voo) will not be able to play for Finland in the Olympics, deciding that his surgically repaired right ankle has not healed enough. Koivu had surgery after fracturing his right ankle while blocking a shot on Jan. 4.
Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovzky (LOO'-boh-meer vihz-NAHF'-skee) says he hasn't been cleared to play for Slovakia. The 37-year-old veteran has recovered from an Oct. 19 concussion, but Slovakia's GM says Visnovky still didn't feel fit enough to play at the Olympics.
And Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty was confident he can play for the U.S. after sustaining a lower-body injury against Carolina on Saturday night OLYMPICS-US

NBA-SCHEDULE
Spurs, Blazers win
(AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers were able to move a little closer to the NBA's Western Conference lead.
Patty Mills scored 18 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter as the Spurs won for the fourth time in five games, a 104-100 triumph at Charlotte. Mills was 10 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 5 in the fourth quarter.
Tim Duncan finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his 22nd double-double of the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half of Portland's 117-110 win at Minnesota. Aldridge had six points during Portland's game-deciding 13-1 run in the fourth quarter.
Wesley Matthews added 21 points against the Timberwolves, who played without All-Star Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin.
The outcomes put the Spurs 2 1/2 games behind West-leading Oklahoma City. The Trail Blazers are 3 1/2 games back.

Also in the NBA:
-- Marvin Williams scored 23 points and rookie Trey Burke hit a jumper with 24 seconds remaining to lift Utah past Miami 94-89. LeBron James was 4 of 13 from the field for 13 points, his lowest scoring total since he had 13 points in a 104-88 win over Atlanta on Nov. 19.
-- Goran Dragic scored 13 of his career-high 34 points in the final seven minutes as Phoenix Suns pulled away to beat Golden State 122-109. Gerald Green added 25 points and P.J. Tucker had 16 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for Phoenix.
-- Dwight Howard hit three clutch free throws in the closing seconds and finished with 27 points as Houston topped the Bucks 101-95 in Milwaukee. James Harden finished with 22 points and Jeremy Lin added 18 in the Rockets' fifth straight victory, tying their longest winning streak of the season.
-- Memphis got 20 points from Zach Randolph in a 79-76 victory in Atlanta. The Grizzlies ended a two-game skid by holding the Hawks to 25 points over the second and third periods.
-- Brandon Jennings had a season-high 35 points to go with 12 assists as Detroit outscored Denver 126-109. Eleven players scored in double figures, with Josh Smith finishing with 30 and Rodney Stuckey adding 18 for the Pistons.

T25 BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE
Ejim sets Big 12 scoring mark
(AP) -- Fourth-ranked Wichita State remains one of the only two unbeaten teams left in Division I men's basketball.
Tekele Cotton dropped in 18 points and the Shockers improved to 12-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference by winning at Northern Iowa, 82-73. Cleanthony Early had all 16 of his points in the first half for the Shockers, who are the first team to open 25-0 since Derrick Rose helped Memphis win its first 26 games in 2007-08.

In other top-25 action:
-- Third-ranked Florida won its 15th straight with a 78-69 decision over Alabama. Scottie Wilbekin scored 16 points in the win, which upped the Gators record to 21-2 and 10-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The Gators handled the Tide for the second time in 16 days and extended a school record for consecutive home wins to 29.
-- Zavier Thames scored 17 points and Winston Sheppard added 16 to lead fifth-ranked San Diego State to a 73-58 win against Nevada. The Aztecs shot 52 percent and improved to 20-1 overall, 9-0 in the Mountain West Conference.
-- Nick Russell had 15 points and SMU stayed undefeated at home with a 76-55 victory over No. 7 Cincinnati, ending the Bearcats' 15-game winning streak. The Mustangs scored 11 straight points in the second half to take a 59-41 lead.
-- Eighth-ranked Kansas is 9-1 in the Big 12 after Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points and Wayne Seldon added 17 in the Jayhawks' 83-69 win against West Virginia. The Jayhawks closed on a 14-4 run and moved two games ahead of Texas in the Conference race.
-- Freshman Jabari Parker set season highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds as No. 11 Duke blasted Boston College 89-68. Quinn Cook hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points for the Blue Devils.
-- No. 13 Saint Louis was a 65-63 winner at La Salle behind Jordair Jett's game-high 25 points. Jett had 19 points in the second half, including the game-winner with four seconds left.
-- Marcus Foster scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-16 shooting and Kansas State beat No. 15 Texas 74-57, ending the Longhorns' seven-game winning streak. Will Spradling added nine points for the 16-7 Wildcats, who earned their 12th straight win.
-- Melvin Ejim (EH'-jihm) set a Big 12 Conference record by scoring 48 points in leading 16th-ranked Iowa State to an 84-69 win against TCU. Ejim hit 20 of his 24 shots, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and scored 20 straight Iowa State points at one point in the second half.
-- No. 17 Iowa beat 10th-ranked Michigan 85-67 as Roy Devyn Marble scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half for the Hawkeyes. Aaron White added 11 points and eight rebounds for Iowa, which is 18-6.
-- Julius Randle scored 16 points, James Young added 11 and No. 18 Kentucky beat Mississippi State 69-59. The Wildcats, who have won three straight, are 18-5 and 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play.
-- Texas Tech downed No. 19 Oklahoma State 65-61 with Jave Crockett leading the Red Raiders with 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Cowboys are 16-7 overall but just 4-6 in the Big 12.
-- Sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds as No. 20 Virginia broke open a tight game with a huge late run for a 64-45 victory over Georgia Tech. The 19-5 Cavaliers trailed 44-42 before closing their seventh straight victory with a 22-1 run.
-- Isaiah Cousins scored 15 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to help No. 21 Oklahoma beat Baylor 88-72.
-- No. 23 Memphis downed No. 24 Gonzaga 60-54 despite Sam Dower's 18 points on 9 of 12 shooting for the Bulldogs. Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon Jr. each had a team-high 11 points for the Tigers.
-- Cameron Wright scored four of his 18 points in the second overtime to help No. 25 Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech 62-57.

NHL-SCHEDULE
B's, Blues win
(AP) -- The Boston Bruins are five points behind the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins heading into the NHL's Olympic break.
Team Canada forward Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) had two goals and an assist as the Bruins ripped Ottawa 7-2. Brad Marchand added a goal and two assists for the B's, who outshot the Senators 42-28 and chased netminder Craig Anderson after Milan Lucic (LOO'-cheech) scored early in the third period to make it 5-1.

Elsewhere on ice:
-- Anaheim leads the Western Conference by three points over St. Louis and Chicago after Jonas Hiller turned back 36 shots in the Ducks' 5-2 victory in Nashville. Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-laf) had two goals and an assist as the Ducks ended a three-game skid.
-- T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a shootout to lift St. Louis past Winnipeg 4-3. The Blues moved into a first-place tie with Chicago in the Central after improving to 15-0-1 against Central Division rivals.
-- David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') scored twice and Montreal picked up its third straight win by downing the Hurricanes 4-1 in Carolina. Ryan White and Brian Gionta also scored and Carey Price finished with 31 saves for the Canadiens.
-- Vancouver's losing streak is up to seven games after Toronto scored three times in a 4:42 span of the third period to beat the Canucks 3-1. Phil Kessel (KES'-ul) had a goal and an assist to back Jonathan Bernier (BURN'-yay), who stopped 26 shots and blanked the Canucks after the first period.
-- Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN') scored a pair of second-period goals to give Colorado a 3-0 lead in a 5-2 verdict over the New York Islanders. Gabriel Landeskog (LAN'-dehs-kahg) added an empty-net goal and an assist to help the Avalanche finish 2-2 on their four-game road swing.
-- Philadelphia enters the break on a four-game winning streak after Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell scored in the Flyers' 2-1 triumph against Calgary. Ray Emery turned back 32 shots in his first start since Jan. 23.
-- Detroit was a loser in the 6,000th game in club history as Alex Killorn scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:11 left to push Tampa Bay past the Red Wings 4-2. Ondrej Palat (AHN'-dray pah-LAHT') had two goals to help the Lightning improve to 4-0 versus the Wings this season.
-- Ray Whitney and Valeri Nichushkin scored for Dallas in a 2-1 win against Phoenix. Kari Lehtonen (KAH'-ree LEH'-toh-nehn) stopped 26 shots and was perfect until Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tah) scored on a power play with 16 seconds left.
-- Julien Brouilette's first NHL goal snapped a scoreless tie midway through the third period of Washington's 3-0 shutout of New Jersey. Braden Holtby turned back 25 shots in his third shutout of the season and 10th of his career.
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MLB-ARBITRATION
Cashner cashes in
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner has won his arbitration case and will make $2.4 million in 2014. The 27-year-old right-hander was 10-9 with a 3.09 earned run average in 26 starts and five relief appearances last year.
Also in the majors:
-- The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year $1.5 million contact with left-hander Paul Maholm (mah-HAH'-luhm). The 31-year-old pitcher was 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA in 26 starts for the Atlanta Braves last season.
-- Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR'-juh) has agreed to a one-year, $5,345,000 contract, avoiding arbitration. Samardzija went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA last year.

PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM
Walker in charge
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Jimmy Walker has taken control of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Walker fired a 4-under 67 to get to minus-13 for the tournament, six shots ahead of Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) and Tim Wilkinson when play was suspended.
Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth (speeth) has fallen nine strokes back following back-to-back 67s. Spieth was 5-over on the day with three holes remaining when the round was halted.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP
Allen grabs the lead after two
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Allen has the lead after two rounds of the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour. He shot a 3-under-69 to finish play at 15-under, one shot in front of Scott Dunlap and Chien Soon Lu.


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