PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Paul Casey was always going to savor his second win on the PGA Tour, but beating Tiger Woods made his victory at the Valspar Championship even more special. Casey charged from five strokes behind in the final round on Sunday, March 11, to overhaul Woods and Patrick Reed by one shot in a compelling finale at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. "It's been too long," the 40-year-old Englishman said after ending a nine-year PGA Tour victory drought following his maiden success at the 2009 Houston Open.
LAS VEGAS — If it seemed like Kevin Harvick was dominant last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway on his way to Victory Lane, Sunday, March 4, at Las Vegas was even more impressive. He won the race, leading 214 of the 267 laps in the Pennzoil 400, the 39th win of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup career. He won the first two stages and he already has mopped up 14 playoff points three races into the season.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Justin Thomas improved to third in the world rankings and enhanced his reputation as clutch performer when he won the Honda Classic in a playoff against Luke List in Florida on Sunday, Feb. 25. Thomas birdied the first extra hole, sinking a 3-foot putt at the par-5 18th at PGA National to edge Thomas as darkness descended rapidly over Palm Beach Gardens. Earlier, Thomas (68) and fellow American List (69) finished regulation at 8-under 272, one stroke ahead of Swede Alex Noren (67).
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Rappers, Spiderman and a sultry tiger took to the ice on Sunday, Feb. 25, as the world's top skaters let their creativity take over in a gala exhibition, the final figure skating event at the Pyeongchang Games. Galas are a traditional part of any major figure skating competition, allowing fans to glimpse a different side of the skaters, who do moves and routines not usually permitted under competition rules. Each skater works up a separate routine that they use all year. Props and original costumes are also permitted.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea—Kirill Kaprizov scored in overtime to lead the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) past a feisty Germany 4-3 on Sunday, Feb. 25, to win the men's ice hockey gold before joining his teammates to defy a ban by singing the Russian national anthem during the medal ceremony.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—South Korea brought the curtain down on its "Peace Games" on Sunday, Feb. 25, with winter sports athletes dancing and singing together at a vibrant closing ceremony, though there was little warmth between dignitaries from the United States and North Korea. South Korea President Moon Jae-in, who hopes to use these Games as an opportunity to engage with the North, warmly greeted U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka before offering a brief handshake to North Korean delegation leader Kim Yong Chol.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — One of the national characteristics the Finnish people are most proud of is what they call "sisu" - fighting spirit—and cross-country skier Iivo Niskanen displayed plenty of it to win the grueling 50km Olympic mass start race on Saturday. The 26-year-old Finn made an early break and engaged in a frenetic battle over the last 15 kilometers with Alexander Bolshunov before surging away to take Finland's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday, feb. 24, the penultimate day of competition.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Andrew Ebbett and Chris Kelly both scored twice as Canada beat the Czech Republic 6-4 on Saturday, Feb. 24, to claim bronze in the men's Olympic hockey tournament. With the win, the Canadians have now earned a hockey medal in three straight Winter Olympics, although Saturday's bronze will look dull in their eyes next to the golds they captured in Sochi and Vancouver. "We didn't want to finish in that fourth-place position; get the third, get the bronze and it's something you'll cherish forever," Ebbett said.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Canada's Olympic curling nightmare was completed on Friday, Feb. 24, when the men's team — gold medalists in the last three Games — lost 7-5 to Switzerland in the bronze medal match. Canada's men were battling for bronze having missed out on the final for the first time since the event was reintroduced to the Games in 1998 and their defeat followed the failure of the Canadian women's team to win a medal for the first time since 1998.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Germany shocked defending men's ice hockey champions Canada 4-3 on Friday, Feb. 23, beating the Canadian men on Olympic ice for the first time to reach their first gold medal game. The Germans, who knocked out Sweden in the quarters, relied on a scrappy defence and opportunistic offence to squeeze past a Canadian team who had looked on course for a third straight Olympic final appearance even without their NHL players. The win set up a gold medal game against the Russians, who beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Friday's first semi-final.