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4:21pm

Fri February 21, 2014
Sports

It's Winner-Take-All In NASCAR's New Chase

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:53 pm

Jimmie Johnson, celebrating a win in July, is a six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ. He says the playoff changes should still result in a top driver taking the title.
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NASCAR's old point system was a mathematical labyrinth concerned with consistency: Drivers didn't have to actually win a race to make the playoffs, as long as they were in the top 10 often enough.

Even NASCAR CEO Brian France has joked that fans needed a computer next to them to figure it out. Take this announcement at a race in Richmond, Va., last year:

"Joey Logano is still barely clinging to that 10th spot in points, but he's 25th two laps down. Jeff Gordon only 2 points behind him."

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3:35pm

Fri February 21, 2014
The Edge

Finally: U.S. Speedskaters Break Drought, Win Silver In New Race Suits

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:27 pm

From left to right, America's J.R. Celski, Jordan Malone, Christopher Creveling and Eduardo Alvarez celebrate taking silver in the men's short track 5,000-meter relay at the Iceberg Skating Palace in the Sochi Winter Olympics Friday.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

It took far longer than many people expected. But the American Speedskating team that came to Sochi with high expectations has finally won an Olympic medal. The men's short track relay team finished second to Russia Friday, two days before the Winter Games come to an end.

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2:12pm

Fri February 21, 2014
The Edge

U.S. Loses To Canada 1-0; Will Play in Bronze Hockey Match

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 3:50 pm

Canada's Jamie Benn (right) and Corey Perry celebrate a goal against America and goalie Jonathan Quick during the men's hockey semifinals in Sochi Friday.
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Canada beat the U.S. men 1-0 in Olympic hockey Friday, winning a tense game that saw strong goalie play and stout defensive work. Despite numerous chances, the Americans weren't able to challenge Canadian goalie Carey Price.

The game was a rematch between two teams that played for gold at the Vancouver 2010 Games. That contest went to overtime before Canada's Sidney Crosby scored an artful golden goal that dashed the Americans' dreams of repeating as gold medalists — something they haven't done since the famed 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympics.

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1:27pm

Fri February 21, 2014
The Edge

Questions About Scoring Overshadow Women's Figure Skating

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:36 pm

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova (center) celebrates after receiving her gold medal in women's figure skating Thursday. South Korea's Yuna Kim (left) took silver, and Italy's Carolina Kostner won bronze.
Antonin Thuillier AFP/Getty Images

It wouldn't be a Winter Olympics without a figure skating scandal, and the Sochi Olympics hasn't disappointed.

When defending gold medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea took to the ice in the women's long program Thursday night, there was much anticipation. The audience had already seen 23 great performances, and Kim was the last to skate.

She landed six triple jumps in what looked to be a flawless program, one she'd skated many times before. In the stands, her teammates and skaters from other countries seemed amazed.

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12:40pm

Fri February 21, 2014
The Edge

Team USA's Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Skiing Gold

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 6:06 am

She's a winner: Team USA's Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates after taking gold in the women's slalom at the Sochi Games.
Olivier Morin AFP/Getty Images

Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin has lived up to her reputation as the pre-race favorite by winning the gold medal in women's slalom at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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11:59am

Fri February 21, 2014
Barbershop

Are The Barbershop Guys Sorry They Are Not Idris Elba?

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 12:11 pm

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7:56am

Fri February 21, 2014
The Edge

Oh No! When U.S. And Canada Face Off, 'Loser Keeps Bieber'

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 8:53 am

The stakes are high.
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Sure, a chance to play in Sunday's gold medal game is at stake when the men's hockey teams from the U.S. and Canada face off Friday in Sochi. Game time: noon ET. NBC Sports Network is broadcasting it in the U.S.

But while Olympics glory is up for grabs, a shipping company in Skokie, Ill., has pushed the stakes even higher:

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6:29am

Fri February 21, 2014
Sports

World's Best Slalom Skier Prepares For Olympic Event

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:29 am

Eighteen-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin is the favorite in Friday's women's slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Three other Americans are also in the field of 88.

4:23pm

Thu February 20, 2014
Sports

Hometown Hero Triumphs In Women's Figure Skating

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

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4:23pm

Thu February 20, 2014
Sports

Canada Stuns U.S. Women In Comeback Win

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 8:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

The Winter Olympics gave us a match for the ages today: The U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams spot for gold. The rivalry between them has been intense and the final game lived up to its billing. The Canadians won in overtime, 3-to-2.

NPR's Tamara Keith was in the Bolshoi Ice Dome in Sochi and joins us now. Hey there, Tamara.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

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