Volvo Ocean Race leaves Newport, headed for Cardiff, Wales

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) The Volvo Ocean Race has left Newport, Rhode Island, for Cardiff, Wales, on the ninth leg of its trip around the world. Seven sailboats headed out on Narragansett Bay on Sunday for the 3,300-nautical mile journey to back Europe, where the race began in October. It is expected to take eight or nine days. The Spanish MAPFRE and the Chinese Dongfeng boats lead in the overall race standings with three legs remaining. The Atlantic crossing is worth double points. Article continues below … Held every three years,…

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Viktor Axelsen leads Denmark’s title defense at Thomas Cup

BANGKOK (AP) World badminton champion Viktor Axelsen will lead Denmark’s title defense at the Thomas and Uber Cup which begins on Sunday. Fresh from being crowned European Championships winner last month after being sidelined since January with an ankle injury, Axelsen will be seeking a repeat of the 2016 final when he led Denmark to a 3-2 victory over Indonesia for its first Thomas Cup win. ”Winning the European Championships title gives me confidence coming to this tournament,” Axelsen said. ”It will be tough to win again as there are…

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Round-the-world sailing race works to protect its racetrack

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Between the kitesurfing and the paddling and the three times sailing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, Liz Wardley figures she spends more time on the water than on land. And she’s worried about what she sees. Plastic bottles floating by. Food wrappers. Fishing nets. And perhaps most troublesome: Microplastics that take thousands of years to degrade – a scourge for sea life and everything on up the food chain – permeating even the most remote oceans on earth. Article continues below … ”We rely…

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ISU to discuss limiting quads in free skate programs

The International Skating Union will discuss limiting the number of quadruple jumps in a free skate routine, and will consider raising the minimum age to compete on the senior level from 15 to 17. The ISU will hold its congress in Seville, Spain, from June 4-8. With top-level men’s skaters loading their free programs with quads – world champion Nathan Chen has done six – the governing body has several concerns. It fears the sport is becoming too much of a jumping contest, shoving artistry and other technical elements aside.…

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US pairs champions to begin training with Olympic champion

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Two-time U.S. pairs champions Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim have decided to change their coaches and will work with Olympic gold medalist Aliona Savchenko and her group beginning this summer. Scimeca-Knierim and Knierim, who represented the U.S. at the Pyeongchang Olympics, had been working with Dalilah Sappenfield in Colorado Springs for the past five-plus years. Now, the married couple will be working alongside a six-time world pairs champion in Savchenko, who captured her long-elusive Olympic gold medal with Bruno Massot in South Korea. The entire group…

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Skating coach Gambill switching training site to Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Figure skating coach Tammy Gambill, who works with Olympians Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou, will move her training base to the World Arena Ice Hall in Colorado Springs. Gambill has coached multiple international medalists in her career, working out of IceTown in Riverside, California since 1997. She will relocate this summer. ”I want to be in an environment that includes all of the resources that the Olympic Training Center has to offer,” Gambill said Wednesday. Article continues below … ”I really enjoyed working with Christy (Krall)…

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Gold medal-winning Olympic curler George ‘stepping away’

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) The U.S. men’s curling team that won the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics is shuffling its lineup after vice-skip Tyler George decided he wants to take a break from competing. The team led by John Shuster will replace George with 2010 Olympian Chris Plys. Joe Polo had been an alternate at this year’s Winter Games, but he is scheduled for shoulder surgery. Shuster, George, Polo, John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton earned the first Olympic curling gold medal in U.S. history when they rallied from the…

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MAPFRE stuns Team Brunel to win Leg 8 of Volvo Ocean Race

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet ghosting toward the finish of Leg 8 in light, shifty wind, Spanish team MAPFRE emerged from the fog at dawn Tuesday, trailing Team Brunel with about 550 yards to go. MAPFRE caught a puff of breeze on the approach to the final turning mark and passed Team Brunel to win the leg and cap a stunning comeback. MAPFRE crossed the line 1 minute, 1 second ahead of Team Brunel, a remarkable result after sailing 5,700 nautical miles in 16 days from…

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Russian star Evgenia Medvedeva to train with Brian Orser

TORONTO (AP) Two-time Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva is leaving longtime coach Eteri Tutberidze to work with Brian Orser, the Canadian coach who has guided Yuna Kim and Yuzuru Hanyu to Olympic titles. Medvedeva announced the change Monday in a statement from the Figure Skating Federation of Russia. The 18-year-old Medvedeva was favored to win gold at the Pyeongchang Games earlier this year after she captured the past two world titles. But despite flawless routines in the short program and free skate, she was edged by her close friend and…

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Russian biathlete banned for doping in McLaren case

MOSCOW (AP) A Russian biathlete who competed at the Sochi Olympics has been banned for two years for doping. The International Biathlon Union said Friday it found Ekaterina Glazyrina guilty of using a banned substance, and said it would reveal further details of the case on Monday. The decision follows an investigation based on the McLaren report into Russian doping and cover-ups, and appears to be the first case based on that report to result in a ban for a winter sports athlete. Article continues below … All of Glazyrina’s…

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