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NBC’s Katie Couric is in hot water with the Dutch, who really don’t skate everywhere

It takes a lot to anger the Dutch, but NBC’s Katie Couric managed to strike a nerve over comments she made during the Opening Ceremonies. Now, most people just watch the color and pageantry rather than focusing on the announcers, but Couric’s reasoning for why the Netherlands is so dominant in speedskating stopped everyone. Couric […]

‘The whole thing could just pop off’: South Korean figure skater battles wardrobe malfunction

Perhaps, next time, two hooks would be a good idea. Yura Min was on thin ice during the team figure skating team short dance when, skating with partner Alexander Gamelin for South Korea, Min experienced a nightmare. “Five seconds into the routine, my hook came undone,” Min, who was born in California and has dual […]

Could Jim Harbaugh make nice and hire Jim McElwain at Michigan?

Well now, wouldn’t this be fun? Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh is either the most forgiving man in football or the most forgetful because he reportedly is considering Jim McElwain, the former Florida coach with whom he  famously has feuded, as the Wolverines’ wide receivers coach. Or maybe it’s just that football can make for strange […]

The Mexican Olympic ski team’s Day of the Dead uniforms will haunt you

Mexico’s Olympic ski team in PyeongChang may be small, but it is mighty. That will happen when Death is your companion on the slopes. The country’s two Alpine skiers in the Winter Games are wearing fabulous outfits that carry a “Day of the Dead” theme, an homage to the country’s famous Dia de los Muertos, […]

NBC’s Olympic tape delay has the Internet pretty riled up

No, events at the PyeongChang Olympics are not all televised live. And, yes, that means you sometimes will find a result before you see it on TV. Exhibit A: American Red Gerard won the United States’ first medal of the Games in the snowboard slopestyle, but NBC didn’t air it until about a half-hour later. […]

North Korea sent cheerleaders to the Olympics. Here’s what they’re saying.

North Korea’s squad of parka-wearing cheerleaders has grabbed early headlines at the PyeongChang Olympics as part of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s charm offensive North and South Korean athletes marched under a unification flag during the Opening Ceremonies. Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un’s sister, had lunch with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the executive […]

Who owns the New England Patriots? Google says, ‘Nick Foles.’

Google’s search algorithms are at it again, allowing the sports world a good laugh at the New England Patriots’ expense and glorifying the legend that is Nicholas Edward Foles. Type “New England Patriots owner” or “Who owns the Patriots” into Google and the search engine returns “Nick Foles.” Nick Foles does not in fact own […]

The Rockets are stacking depth. Could they really make a run at the Warriors?

After a quiet trade deadline, the Houston Rockets made two savvy additions to their already-stacked roster, with Joe Johnson being the latest to commit to sign with the team after his contract buyout with the Sacramento Kings was completed Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The 36-year-old will be reunited with Mike D ’Antoni, who coached […]

Yu Darvish reportedly signs with Cubs on a six-year, $126 million deal

The Chicago Cubs reportedly have agreed to a six-year, $126 million contract deal with free agent starter Yu Darvish, according to the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reports the deal could reach $150 million, but noted the chances of the deal reaching that point is “quite slim,” with Darvish needing to hit incentives including multiple Cy Young Award wins. The […]

Robert Johansson and his amazing mustache win bronze in Olympic ski jumping

Sitting in 10th place after Saturday’s first round of the men’s normal-hill ski-jumping competition at the PyeongChang Olympics, Robert Johansson knew he had to summon a super-human effort to reach the medal podium, which he did. With a final jump of 113 meters and 129.8 points, Johansson was able to scrape his way to the bronze medal behind […]

From a country of 1.3 billion, Indian Olympic luger Shiva Keshavan slides alone

India’s Shiva Keshavan almost certainly won’t medal in men’s luge at the PyeongChang Olympics. Again. He finished in 36th place in Saturday’s first run at the Alpensia Sliding Center, his time of 50.578 seconds nearly three full seconds behind the leader, Austria’s David Gleirscher. In other words, an eternity, which is pretty much how long Keshavan, 36, […]

Boston sports-talk host suspended for racist bit about Tom Brady’s agent

On Friday, Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges was suspended after he was duped by text messages from someone impersonating Don Yee, Tom Brady’s agent. Also Friday, Boston sports-talk radio host Christian Fauria was suspended.?.?. for impersonating Don Yee. It was quite a Friday for Boston sports media and people impersonating Don Yee. Discussing the Borges […]

Fan invades Olympic Opening Ceremonies stage twice before being ejected

An intruder twice invaded the stage at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Friday. A spectator slid down an icy chute serving as a backdrop to the main stage. He first approach a performer singing a historic Korean folk song, then dancers during a portion celebrating Korea’s technological innovation, before he was wrestled […]

During Opening Ceremonies, PyeongChang Organizing Committee computer servers hacked

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — As the Winter Olympics formally opened with Friday’s Opening Ceremonies, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee said its servers were being hacked by an unidentified attacker. A spokesman offered few details at a news conference Saturday morning, and said the committee is “investigating the cause of the issues.” “There were some issues that […]

Boston Herald columnist suspended after being duped by radio listener posing as Tom Brady’s agent

The text messages from Tom Brady’s agent came from out of the blue and were too good to be true. If only Boston Herald sports columnist Ron Borges would have done a little more digging. A radio listener, “Nick in Boston,” found Borges’s cellphone number on Twitter and texted the columnist on Jan. 20, posing […]

Tic-tac-toe rules, strategy prove too challenging for two fans at a Trail Blazers game

Portland Trail Blazers fans Morgan and Grace were called down to the court to play a game of tic-tac-toe during a break in Thursday’s game against the Hornets. The rules were exactly the same as regular tic-tac-toe, only the contestants had to make a layup before marking their spot. In other words, it’s basically the […]

At the PyeongChang Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Korea unifies for a historic selfie

South Korea and North Korea are still technically at war, the 1950-53 war over the divided peninsula ending with an armistice and not a lasting peace treaty. But for a couple of hours Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea, the two nations joined to march under a unified flag at the Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies. This […]

The well-oiled Tongan from Rio is in PyeongChang and still well-oiled

Remember Pita Taufatofua from the Summer Olympics in Rio? Of course, you do. The shirtless Tongan athlete with the nicely oiled torso and native garb crushed the Internet when he carried the country’s flag during the Opening Ceremonies. Well, he’s back — in the Winter Olympics in South Korea and he did not disappoint. Temperatures may have been […]

Winter Olympics 2018: Opening ceremonies bring pageantry, patriotism and a little controversy

NBC is streaming the Opening Ceremonies live (you can follow along here) beginning at 6 a.m. EST and will televise them in prime time, beginning at 8 p.m. EST. The Winter Olympics officially begin with the Opening Ceremonies in PyeongChang on Friday morning and there’s often a bit of controversy when it comes to picking […]

The Post’s least-fashionable employee reviews the 2018 Winter Olympic uniforms

It’s time for another Olympics, which means it’s once again time for the world’s finest athletes to parade about in a bunch of flag-themed outerwear. My boss thought it would be a good idea to give an overview of what these proud Olympians will be wearing in PyeongChang, even though I shop at places that […]

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