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Soccer coming to Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, CNBC, E!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. — Soccer is coming to some U.S. television networks better known for reality shows, dramas or financial news. NBCUniversal said Wednesday that it will simultaneously broadcast all 10 matches from the Premier League’s May 11 season finale on its different channels. Along with NBC and NBCSN, the games from England will air on Bravo, Syfy, Oxygen, USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Esquire Network and E! The “Championship Sunday” telecasts will … 0

American Paralympian reunited with Russian mom

Sunday, March 9, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Pushing through pain in her debut at the Winter Paralympics, Tatyana McFadden only had to remember who was watching to draw inspiration on this emotional homecoming. Together in the stands at the cross-country skiing were McFadden’s Russian birth mother and the American who adopted her as an ailing child. … 0

Putin declares Sochi Winter Paralympics open

Monday, March 10, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — With a solitary Ukrainian athlete taking part in the opening ceremony, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Paralympics in Sochi on Friday against the backdrop of his country’s military action in Crimea. Ukraine delivered a pointed message by sending out only a single flag-bearer to represent the 23-strong team … 0

Now the real work begins for U.S. men’s hockey team

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. men’s hockey team was designed to be fast and hard to play against and it was all of that in the preliminary round of the Sochi Olympic tournament, sandwiching a dramatic shootout victory over Russia between routs of Slovakia and Slovenia. But as … 0

David Wise of U.S. makes history with ski halfpipe gold

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — For Christy Wise and her younger brother David, it wasn’t enough just to watch the movie “Mary Poppins.” The kids from Reno wanted to live it and decided to jump off the roof with an umbrella. Christy’s twin sister, Jessica, wisely let them take the … 0

Mikaela Shiffrin can’t quite sneak by veterans for a medal in women’s giant slalom

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Youth was not served Tuesday. Instead, age was served on a rain-soaked platter. The four women who ruined 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin’s red-carpet debut had a 33-year total age advantage on the young American. The top three finishers in the giant slalom were Olympic champions before … 0

Linda Robertson: Lauryn Williams’ wild ride but Olympian at brink of history

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lauryn Williams is a bobsledding rookie on the brink of winning a gold medal. She could make all kinds of Olympic history Wednesday if she and driver Elana Meyers hold on to first place. But Williams doesn’t want to get ahead of herself, especially … 0

Bill Plaschke: Johnny Weir is just being his out, open self

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The surprise American star of these Olympics is walking through a rainstorm, not a drop on his black leggings and ankle-high boots, not a splotch on his styled hair and pale makeup, when suddenly he stops. “Wait, I want to finish saying this,” says Johnny … 0

Czechs beat Slovakia 5-3, play US in quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to give the Czech Republic a four-goal lead, and it went on to beat Slovakia 5-3 on Tuesday and advance to an Olympic … 0

Latvia holds off Swiss 3-1 to reach quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Latvia’s reward for its first Olympic victory in 12 years is a quarterfinal date with defending champion Canada. That sobering realization couldn’t dampen the thrill for coach Ted Nolan and his underdog players after they … 0

Disallowed goal revs up Russian hockey fans

Monday, February 17, 2014

MOSCOW — After a heated U.S.-Russia hockey match at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday, many Russian spectators have decided the cold war is back — and not just on the ice. Demonstrators gathered in Moscow on Monday to … 0

Gay-rights activist detained at Olympic Park in Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — An Italian activist shouting “It’s OK to be gay” and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. Vladimir Luxuria, a … 0

Bill Plaschke: Meryl Davis, Charlie White grow older and golder

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — His shaggy blond hair flew, her porcelain body floated, the two old friends leaned on each other, spun off each other and moved together in the synchronicity of a lifetime. On a chilling Monday night at the Winter Olympics, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White … 0