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Norway surpasses US’ medal record

Norway’s Alpine skiing team yesterday won a bronze in the inaugural team event to give the Scandinavian country 38 medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, the most won by one nation at a single Winter Olympics. The tally of 37 won by theFULL STORY

France end rugby winless streak

France on Friday overpowered Italy 34-17 to end an eight-game winless streak and claim their first victory in this year’s Six Nations Championship. Les Bleus, who had not won a game since beating Wales in the same competition in March last year, prevailed thanks to triesFULL STORY

Gymnasts tell of sport rife with abuse

They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they are women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders. They are the other victims of USA Gymnastics. Thirteen former US gymnasts and three coaches interviewed by TheFULL STORY

Kyle Busch wins Atlanta pole; Wallace in spotlight

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr was the hot topic on Friday even as Kyle Busch won the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. Busch is to start in front today in the second race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season after edging Ryan NewmanFULL STORY

Woods behind; Lovemark, List lead at Honda Classic

Even with a tee shot into the water for another double bogey, Tiger Woods could see the big picture in the PGA Honda Classic in Florida. Luke List delivered a round not many others found possible in such difficult conditions on Friday, a four-under 66 thatFULL STORY

Hsieh, Peng into women’s doubles finals in Dubai

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and her doubles partner Peng Shuai of China were one match away from the women’s doubles title at the Dubai Championships after an intense semi-final match on Friday. The fourth-seed Hsieh and Peng faced off against the first-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and ElenaFULL STORY

Taiwan’s women’s team defeated at London table tennis

The Taiwan women’s table tennis team on Friday suffered a crushing defeat to North Korea in the quarter-finals of the International Table Tennis Federation Team World Cup in London. Taiwan’s Chen Szu-yu, Cheng Hsien-tzu and Cheng I-ching played in a doubles and two singles matches. InFULL STORY

US, Czechs to snub Russian biathlon

US and Czech biathlon competitors are to snub the World Cup final next month in Russia in protest against Russia’s doping affairs, team officials from both nations announced on Friday. “The International Biathlon Union’s [IBU] recent decision to move forward with the World Cup Final inFULL STORY

Padres’ Tatis homers in his second spring at-bat

Fernando Tatis Jr wasted no time in showing the San Diego Padres how much talent he has. One of baseball’s top prospects and the son of a former major leaguer, Tatis on Friday hit a monster opposite-field home run in his second at-bat in the Padres’FULL STORY

Curling is in Scotland’s blood, and its stone

Scotland’s tight-knit curling community on Friday pledged to come back stronger after their Olympians saw their chance of a gold medal evaporate in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The women’s team were defeated by Sweden in the semi-final. The men’s team were knocked out earlier. Curling is literally partFULL STORY

Former Dolphin detained after Instagram post

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who has struggled with mental health issues after a 2013 bullying scandal that shook the NFL, was on Friday questioned by Los Angeles police after a threatening Instagram post on his account mentioned two former teammates who hadFULL STORY

Penguins defeat Hurricanes 6-1 for sixth straight win

Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin each had two goals and an assist on Friday, and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 for their season-best sixth straight victory. Jake Guentzel had a goal and two assists, Sidney Crosby scored a late goal andFULL STORY

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SOCCER Guardiola charged over ribbon The English Football Association has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon in support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because ofFULL STORY

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