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United States' Christen Press (23) celebrates her goal against Australia with Lauren Holiday (12) during a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer match in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monday, June 8, 2015. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

U.S. shakes off jitters; Obama talks scandal

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Forgive the United States for some opening night jitters. The team got off to a slow start — several players called it “choppy” — but broke open a 1-all tie with Australia after the first half for a 3-1 victory in the World Cup opener on Monday night. Megan Rapinoe scored twice for the U.S. women. “It was the first game, and there are some players out there who haven’t played in a big tournament before,” midfielder Carli Lloyd said. “I think we’ll get better and better as each game goes on.” The win gives the second-ranked Americans three points to start … 0

F-bombs, shouting: Uncivil discourse on Boston bid

Sunday, May 31, 2015

BOSTON — If there were an Olympic medal for acrimony, Boston would take the gold. The debate over the city’s embattled bid to host the 2024 Summer Games has featured F-bombs at public hearings, shouting matches and online abuse in both directions. Regardless of whether the bid advances, some say the venom and vitriol represent a new low in a city where political … 0

Boston’s Olympic chief confident in bid

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — It would be one thing to persuade the International Olympic Committee to choose Boston over other powerhouse world cities to host the 2024 Summer Games. But it’s quite another to win over a skeptical populace in its own backyard. “We have to dream big,” Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2024, the group spearheading the city’s bid, said in a … 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

Chip Scoggins: Enjoy NHL stars in the Olympics while you can

Monday, February 17, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Ryan Kesler saw Ilya Kovalchuk load up for a slap shot and instinctively threw his body into the shooting lane, unafraid of being drilled by a fast-moving puck. That’s what hockey players do. Kovalchuk’s rocket nailed Kesler in the hand, sending him off the ice … 0

Germany wins team gold in Olympic ski jumping

Monday, February 17, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — With the gold medal on the line, Severin Freund made his final jump, then hoped it would be enough to give Germany victory in the team large hill ski jumping competition Monday at the … 0