BAY HILL, Fla.—Rory McIlroy staged a spectacular back nine charge to claim a three shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, March 18, collecting his first PGA Tour win since 2016 and putting himself among the red-hot favorites for the U.S. Masters. Two back of overnight leader Henrik Stenson when the day began, McIlroy overhauled the Swede with a brilliant error-free final round eight-under 64.
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.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The United States ended Canada's bid for a fourth consecutive men's Olympic curling gold medal with gritty 5-3 semi-final win over their northern neighbors on Thursday, Feb. 22, to set up a final showdown with Sweden. It marked the second time the team from the Duluth Curling Club beat Canada in a week — and now will face Sweden in the gold-medal game at 12:30 a.m. Central time on Saturday.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Minnesota Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney made 29 saves, plus four stops in a shootout as the United States beat Canada 3-2 on Thursday to win their first gold medal in women's Olympic ice hockey since 1998 and snap a streak of four consecutive golds for their arch-rivals. The U.S. prevailed 3-2 in the shootout after the teams were tied 2-2 after regulation and a 20-minute overtime period. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winner in the shootout's sixth round and the 20-year-old Rooney followed with a stop of Canada's Meghan Agosta.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea—Ryan Donato scored twice to help the United States ease to a 5-1 win over Slovakia and book a spot in the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals on Tuesday. After a scoreless first period, the U.S. raced clear with three goals in the second as Donato set the ball rolling when he snapped in a loose puck past goaltender Jan Laco after Troy Terry's errant shot had come back off the boards.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—A Russian medalist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is suspected of having tested positive for a banned substance, a source at the Games said on Sunday, Feb. 18, in a potential major blow to Russia's efforts to emerge from a drug-cheating scandal. Alexander Krushelnitsky, a bronze-medalist along with his wife in mixed-doubles curling, is suspected of having tested positive for meldonium, the source said. Meldonium increases blood flow which improves exercise capacity in athletes.
Sportscaster Keith Jackson, who brought a folksy, excitable demeanor and down-home exclamations such as "Whoa, Nellie!" to 40 seasons of play-by-play calling as the authoritative voice of college football for ABC Sports, died at age 89, his employer ABC reported on Saturday, Jan. 13. The legendary sportscaster died late on Friday surrounded by family. "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co , which owns ABC.
LAKE FOREST, Ill.—Two weeks after a late meltdown, Marc Leishman avoided a repeat performance as he staved off a challenge from Justin Rose to win the BMW Championship by five strokes outside Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 17. Leishman began the final round with a five-shot lead, and was seven strokes in front of Englishman Rose, who twice cut the margin to two shots on the back nine. But Leishman would not be denied, the Australian riding a hot putter to birdie the 15th and 16th holes and put the tournament out of reach at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill.
CHICAGO—Dillon Gee allowed two hits in six innings and Jorge Polanco, Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton and Jason Castro homered as the Minnesota Twins picked up a doubleheader split against the Chicago White Sox with a 10-2 win on Monday night. In his first start since being acquired from the Texas Rangers earlier this season, Gee threw four perfect innings before allowing a solo home run and a sixth-inning double. Gee (1-0) got more than enough offensive support, including the four homers.