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U.S. blanks Canada in sledge hockey semifinals; Paralympic roundup

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Declan Farmer scored twice, and Steve Cash notched a shutout to lift the U.S. past Canada 3-0 in the Paralympic sledge hockey semifinals Thursday.

The defending Paralympic champion U.S. advanced to Saturday’s gold-medal game where it will face Russia, a 4-0 winner over Norway in an earlier semifinal in Sochi.

It’s a rematch of a group-play game won by the Russians, who are competing in the event for the first time at the Paralympics.

Farmer scored two goals in a five-minute span in the first period against Canada. Josh Pauls added a second-period goal, which was more than enough cushion for Cash, who stopped all 11 shots.

Also Thursday, the U.S. wheelchair curling team lost 8-7 to Great Britain in its final game of the tournament. It finished 4-5 and failed to advance to the semifinals.

Three sets of medals were awarded in Alpine skiing, but no Americans made the podium in sitting, standing or visually impaired slalom.

The U.S. has eight medals, but no gold, with three days of competition left. Russia leads the medal table — by a mile — with 50 medals and 18 golds.

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Canadian Olympic Committee president quits amid sexual harassment inquiry

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MONTREAL (AP) — Marcel Aubut has resigned as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee while under investigation for a sexual harassment complaint.

The committee said in a statement Saturday its investigation now ends. Since the original complaint, two other women made allegations against Aubut.

The committee calls the matter “deeply concerning,” saying it has had a “profound impact on our Olympic family.” The committee adds that its board will begin the process of appointing an interim president in the coming days.

Aubut already had temporarily stepped aside as committee president and chairman of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. The committee had retained a former chief justice of the Quebec Superior Court to investigate the initial complaint.

The 67-year-old Aubut was CEO of the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques until the team moved to Colorado in 1995. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

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China becomes ninth team in Olympic men’s basketball field

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China is set to play in its ninth straight Olympic men’s basketball tournament after beating the Philippines 78-67 in the FIBA Asia Championship on Saturday.

The Chinese were guided by former NBA power forward Yi Jianlian, a three-time Olympian who led the team in scoring and rebounding at the last Olympics. Yi scored 11 points with 15 rebounds Saturday.

Yi and company kept the Philippines, with former NBA forward Andray Blatche, from qualifying for the Olympics for the first time since 1972. Blatche scored a team-leading 17 points.

China went 0-5 at London 2012, failing to win a game at an Olympics for the first time since 1992. Now-retired Yao Ming led the team in 2000, 2004 and 2008, but the nation has never reached the Olympic semifinals.

The 2016 Olympic men’s basketball field:

Brazil — Host nation
U.S. — 2014 World champion
Australia — Oceania champion
Nigeria — Africa champion
Argentina — Americas finalist
Venezuela — Americas finalist
Spain — Europe finalist
Lithuania — Europe finalist
China — Asia champion
Three winners of three July global, last-chance qualifying tournaments

The three last-chance qualifying tournament fields will be six nations each, including three to-be-named, wild-card nations, plus these 15 nations:

Serbia — 2014 World silver medalist
— 2014 World bronze medalist
Greece — last Olympics: 2008
Italy — last Olympics: 2004
Czech Republic — last Olympics: Never
Puerto Rico — last Olympics: 2004
Canada — last Olympics: 2000
Mexico — last Olympics: 1976
Iran — last Olympics: 2008
Japan — last Olympics: 1976
Philippines — last Olympics: 1972
Tunisia — only Olympic appearance was 2012
Angola — last Olympics: 2008
Senegal — last Olympics: 1980
New Zealand — last Olympics: 2004

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