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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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Ryan Lochte: Katie Ledecky beats me in practice

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We already knew Katie Ledecky can beat the boys in practice, even an Olympic champion.

One of the many takeaways from this week’s Sports Illustrated profile of Ledecky is that she has beaten 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in practice.

Ledecky and Lochte may rep different swim clubs — Ledecky in Washington, D.C., and Lochte in Charlotte — but they both take trips to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for altitude training.

“She swims like a guy,” Lochte said after training with Ledecky in Colorado Springs in March, according to SI. “I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. … Her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m like, What’s going on?

When Ledecky broke the women’s 1500m freestyle world record for the third time at the August 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, her time of 15:28.36 was .01 faster than Lochte’s 1500m free time at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free).

Ledecky has since re-broken the women’s 1500m free world record twice more, bringing it down to 15:25.48.

“I trained with her in Colorado once, and she made me look like I was stopping,” Lochte reportedly told media on his 31st birthday, Aug. 3 at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “She flew by me.”

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Jennie Finch to manage baseball team for one day

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Athens Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent minor-league baseball team on Sunday and, reportedly, become the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team.

Finch, a pitcher, retired from softball in 2010, two years after her sport’s Olympic farewell in Beijing, where she and the U.S. took silver behind Japan.

Finch has been an advocate for softball’s return to the Olympics, which could happen in Tokyo 2020.

The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if baseball and softball, among four other sports, will be added for the Tokyo Games.

Finch, who is married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle, is also known for having struck out Albert Pujols.

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Looking fwd to guest managing the Bridgeport Bluefish this Sunday! ⚾️ #Baseball #BridgeportBluefish

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