Crosby to captain Canada in Sochi
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who lifted his home country to gold in Vancouver four years ago, will captain the Canadian hockey team in Sochi. ''You hear names being kind of thrown around,'' Crosby said. ''There's so many leaders and so many guys capable of leading by example. It's just an honor.'' The 26-year-old currently leads the NHL in scoring and has become the face of both the NHL and hockey in Canada. The Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and the Nashville Predators' Shea Weber will be alternate captains, Hockey Canada announced Sunday.
Shaun White is ready to three-peat. The two-time Olympic halfpipe champion locked up a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in his signature event by winning the final qualifier on Sunday. White posted a score of 96.6 to edge Danny Davis by 1.6 points. Ben Ferguson finished third. White, Taylor Gold and 2010 Olympian Greg Bretz earned automatic berths on the four-man team. White qualified for Sochi in slopestyle on Thursday. The event is making its Olympic debut.
Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have been selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month's Sochi Olympics. They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who helped the U.S. win a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the London Games. Jones is a two-time veteran of the summer games in the 100-meter hurdles, missing out on gold in Beijing after a late stumble. Jones is in her second season of bobsledding, then recruited Williams to the sport last year. They will join Aja Evans, another Winter Olympic first-timer, as the push athletes in Sochi, along with drivers Jamie Greubel, Elana Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator.
Christopher Chataway, a former 5,000-meter world record-holder who helped Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile, has died. He was 82. Chataway, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995, died Sunday at a hospice in London after more than two years fighting cancer, his son Mark said. The middle-distance runner competed at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, and acted as a pacemaker to help Bannister become the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954.
No. 1 UConn cruises past Rutgers
Bria Hartley scored a career-high 30 points and Breanna Stewart added 23 to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 94-64 win over No. 23 Rutgers on...