Photo: Sochi bear creeps on U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team

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The Sochi bear’s been all over the place during the 2014 Olympics, so you can give him (or her?) a little leeway in trying to barge into the U.S. men’s hockey team’s bench on Saturday:

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The bear should be glad that Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn’t on the U.S. bench (for various reasons), as that might have ended almost as poorly as the time he/she couldn’t fit into a minivan.


The U.S. team looked a little sad themselves going into the second intermission down 2-0 against Finland in Saturday’s bronze medal game. Watch the game here.

MEN’S HOCKEY – Bronze medal game

United States vs. Finland: 10 a.m. ET (NBCSN) – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

MORE: Ted Ligety recovers to finish fifth in first race in 9 months