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Sochi Olympic Daily Recap & Medal Count: Day 8

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It took 60 minutes of regulation, five minutes of overtime, and an eight-round shootout, but the U.S. men’s hockey team got the win over Russia in a classic that will be remembered for some time to come.

With international hockey allowing the same shooters to be used multiple times in a shootout, the U.S. chose T.J. Oshie to go six times. He scored four goals in the SO, including the game-winner, to lift the Americans over the Russians, 3-2.

Russia appeared to have taken their own 3-2 lead late in the third period, as a shot from Fedor Tyutin got past U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick. But the net was ruled to have been off of its pegs and the goal was disallowed. In overtime, Patrick Kane’s breakaway attempt was denied by Russia goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to set up the shootout…

VIDEO: Team USA’s highlights from Day 8

Here are recaps of the other men’s hockey contests today:

In women’s hockey quarterfinal action, Sweden beat Finland, 4-2, and Switzerland blanked Russia, 2-0. The Swedes get the U.S. in the semifinals, while the Swiss now prepare for Canada in the same round…

Meanwhile, the U.S. speedskaters continued to struggle. The team gained permission to swap their new racing suits for old ones but still finished out of the medals in the men’s 1500m. Afterwards, star skater Shani Davis wondered if a medal-less Sochi Olympics was the ultimate fate for himself and his comrades…

Their short track brethren didn’t have things any better. None of the three Americans in the men’s 1000m made it out of the quarterfinals, with two of them – J.R. Celski and Eddy Alvarez – crashing out (Russia’s Victor An got the gold). In the women’s 1500m, Emily Scott was able to advance into the final but she was also collected in a crash (she was credited with fifth)…

On the slopes, Team USA’s Julia Mancuso was unable to claim her fifth Olympic medal in the women’s super-G, finishing eighth in the event that was won by Austria’s Anna Fenninger…

Over at Sanki Sliding Center, Matt Antoine became the first American men’s skeleton racer to claim a medal since Jim Shea won in 2002 at Salt Lake City, earning the bronze after teammate John Daly was unable to recover from an ill-fated start. Russia’s Aleksandr Tretiyakov gave the host nation its fourth gold so far in Sochi…

In other medal events, Charlotte Kalla’s blazing final leg gave Sweden the win in the women’s cross country 4x5km relay, while Kamil Stoch became the third man to win both individual ski jumping events in a single Winter Olympics by claiming the large hill title

Out of competition, Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova suffered a fractured vertebrae in her back in a training crash this morning at Rosa Khutor. Russian officials later reported that she had undergone successful surgery that lasted for six and a half hours…

Today’s Olympic medalists did not receive a piece of the Russian meteorite that exploded over the Chelyabinsk region one year ago…

U.S. skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace received her silver medal after last night’s emotional run at Sanki

The top U.S. women’s bobsled sustained front-end damage in an incident that took place after it had set the fastest training time…

After being unable to attend the Opening Ceremony, Billie Jean King will be part of the American delegation for the Closing Ceremony next weekend…

Thanks to a fellow traveler, snowboard slopestyle gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg was able to go home and see his parents

And one of the Sochi mascots, the Polar Bear, had his own Olympic competition today – trying to fit his head into a minivan

(Country – Gold/Silver/Bronze – Total Medals)

1. Germany – 7/3/2 – 12
2. Switzerland – 5/1/1 – 7
3. Russia – 4/6/5 – 15
4. Canada – 4/5/3 – 12
5. Netherlands – 4/4/6 – 14
6. United States – 4/3/7 – 14
7. Norway – 4/3/6 – 13
8. Poland – 4/0/0 – 4
9. China – 3/2/0 – 5
10. Belarus – 3/0/1 – 4
11. Austria – 2/4/1 – 7
12. France – 2/0/2 – 4
13. Sweden – 1/5/2 – 8
14. Japan – 1/3/1 – 5
15. Slovenia – 1/1/3 – 5
16. Korea – 1/1/1 – 3
17. Great Britain – 1/0/1 – 2
18. Slovakia – 1/0/0 – 1
19. Italy – 0/2/3 – 5
20. Czech Republic – 0/2/1 – 3
21. Finland – 0/2/0 – 2
22. Latvia – 0/1/2 – 3
23. Australia – 0/1/1 – 2
24. Croatia – 0/1/0 – 1
T-25. Kazakhstan – 0/0/1 – 1
T-25. Ukraine – 0/0/1 – 1

Oscar Pistorius’ family upset with delays in possible release

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SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius‘ family criticized South African authorities on Tuesday for delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest, saying his rights were being “undermined” because of the publicity surrounding his case.

The family also reacted to parole officials’ recommendation that the double-amputee runner undergo psychotherapy, saying he was already receiving “regular and ongoing” psychotherapy from both his personal and prison psychologists.

The Pistorius family spoke out in a written statement after his early release — which had been granted in June — was canceled Monday and ordered to be reconsidered.

“This experience leaves us with the uncomfortable conclusion that the public, political and media hype that was allowed to develop around Oscar’s trial has undermined his right to be treated like any other prisoner,” Pistorius’ family said.

The family expressed concerns over the “legality” of canceling Pistorius’ release.

Pistorius was approved to be released on Aug. 21 after serving 10 months of his five-year manslaughter sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In a fairly common procedure in South Africa for offenders sentenced to five years or less, he would have been moved from jail after one-sixth of the sentence to serve the remainder under correctional supervision at home.

But the justice minister intervened two days before Pistorius was to leave jail and ordered a review on a legal technicality, saying the parole board met two months too early. After a seven-week delay, officials reviewing Pistorius’ case on Monday sent it back to that original parole board to consider all over again.

“We cannot understand … why the matter is now to be referred back to the parole board that has no reason to make a different decision from the one that was made in the first place,” the Pistorius family said.

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Carolina Kostner wants to return to competition

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MILAN (AP) — With her suspension coming to an end, Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner already has her sights set on the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang.

The Italian figure skater will be eligible to return to competition on Jan. 1 after serving a suspension for helping her ex-boyfriend evade doping controls.

”The desire is there, and it includes also obviously a possible Olympics,” the 28-year-old Kostner said Tuesday.

Kostner received clearance this week from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to return to competition next year after agreeing to have her 16-month suspension extended by five months, but then backdated, freeing her to skate earlier than anticipated.

As part of the agreement, Kostner also agreed to act as a spokeswoman against doping, her lawyer said.

But Kostner said it was too soon to lay out a program for her comeback.

”Knowing that I can return to competition in 2016 gives me great strength and great serenity to make a decision,” Kostner said.

Italian skating federation president Andrea Gioss said it would be difficult for Kostner to qualify for the European Championships from Jan. 25-31 because of time constraints. She would have time to qualify for the World Championships in Boston in March by picking up points at sanctioned international competitions.

As she has in the past, Kostner admitted she ”made an error,” by helping her ex-boyfriend, Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer, evade a doping test and other infractions. She has said she was unaware he was doping.

”This period for me was a moment of great growth and maturation,” she said, adding she has broken off all contact with Schwazer but did not wish him ill.

Kostner, who missed out on the Worlds last year but won bronze at the Sochi Olympics, said she has been concentrating on the artistic aspects of skating since the suspension took effect in January, and will be able to return to full training in federation-sanctioned rinks from Nov. 1. In the meantime, she is preparing for an ice show in Verona this week, and spent last winter in a dance studio practicing ballet.

Kostner said she misses competing but that she had nothing to prove by returning to the rink.

”I have a big trove of experience, Olympics that have gone well, Olympics gone badly, falls, getting back up,” Kostner said. ”In a certain sense, I feel the desire and need to give it all meaning, if only to be part of a team and have the young future Italian champion turn to me and ask advice, `You, at those moments, what did you do?”’

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