PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American Redmond Gerard claimed the United States' first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Sunday, Feb. 11, with his victory in the snowboarding slopestyle competition. Gerard scored a run of 87.16 to hold off Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, who finished second and third. The 17-year-old Gerard, the youngest in the competition, landed a perfect backside triple cork 1440 on his final run and despite Parrot landing the same trick on the final run of the day the judges favoured the American.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Lim Hyojun won gold in the 1500m short track speed skating to give Olympic hosts South Korea their first medal at the Pyeongchang Games in front of a jubilant crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday, Feb. 10. In an unusually crowded final with nine skaters, the 21-year-old took over after defending Olympic champion Charles Hamelin fell out of the lead early and incurred a penalty. Lim finished first in 2:10.485. "I was overwhelmed because it's my home country," Lim told a news conference.
BOSTON - Super Bowl weekend brought a one-two of bad news for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose home was burgled following the team's upset loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, police said on Tuesday. "Mr. Gronkowski was the victim of a residential burglary last night," Foxborough Police Chief William Baker told reporters. "Whether you're Rob Gronkowski or Bill Baker, being the victim of a crime like that is unpleasant."
MINNEAPOLIS — Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles was selected the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LII after throwing for 373 yards in leading the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night in Minneapolis. Foles capped one of the more improbable storylines for a Super Bowl MVP, completing 28 of 43 passes while also becoming the first quarterback in Super Bowl history catch a touchdown pass.
NEW YORK - The Cleveland Indians baseball team agreed to remove the longtime logo of a smiling "Chief Wahoo" from their uniforms, starting with the 2019 season, Major League Baseball announced on Monday, Jan. 29. “Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo."
The remaining directors of USA Gymnastics will resign following revelations that the former national team doctor sexually abused female athletes, complying with a demand from the U.S. Olympic Committee, a spokeswoman for gymnastics group said on Friday. The doctor, Larry Nassar, was handed an effective life prison sentence this week, following days of emotional statements by gymnasts, including Olympic medalists Aly Raisman and Simone Biles.
LA JOLLA, California - Tiger Woods made a respectable return to the PGA Tour on Thursday, shooting even-par 72 in the first round at the Farmers Insurance Open. In his first official start since this time last year, Woods took a while to dust off the rust, but the quality of his shotmaking improved as the round progressed on the South course at Torrey Pines. He trails American leader Tony Finau by seven strokes and expressed mild satisfaction with his performance, while at the same time adding that there was plenty of room for improvement.
The XFL, a short-lived football league that sought to fuse the sport with the over-the-top theatrics of pro wrestling, will return to the gridiron in 2020, World Wrestling Entertainment founder and Chairman Vince McMahon said on Thursday. McMahon said the XFL, which originally launched in 2001 and lasted only one season, will kick off with eight teams and will play a "shorter, faster-paced, family-friendly and easier to understand" brand of the game during the NFL's offseason.
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Spain's Jon Rahm survived four playoff holes to capture the CareerBuilder Challenge in southern California on Sunday. Rahm shot a 5-under-par 67 to post a combined 22-under and force extra holes with American Andrew Landry, who fired a final round 68. Rahm birdied the par-4 18th hole, the fourth of the playoff, to seal the win. The 23-year-old won the DP World Tour Championship in November and Sunday's victory was his second on the PGA Tour.
MELBOURNE — Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open by dumping last year's finalist Venus Williams out of the first round with an impressive 6-3 7-5 win on Monday, Jan. 15. The 20-year-old Swiss played the 37-year-old American great to perfection, soaking up the fifth-seed's firepower and attacking her wavering serve with abandon under the roof at Rod Laver Arena.