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    A lawyer for Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov says Switzerland's federal court has dismissed the IOC's appeal against Russian athletes being cleared of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Lawyer Christof Wieschemann says in a statement 'Alexander Legkov can rightly claim: 'My medals are clean!' Congratulations.' The IOC had stripped Legkov of his gold medal in 50-kilometer freestyle and silver in the 4x10-kilometer relay. An Olympic disciplinary panel ruled Legkov was part of a state-backed doping program, detailed by investigator Richard McLaren using evidence from laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov. A Court of Arbitration for Sport panel then upheld appeals by Legkov and some others, and reinstated them days before the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics opened. IOC President Thomas Bach acknowledged last May an appeal to the Swiss supreme court was likely to fail, though said it was necessary to protect 'clean athletes who have finished behind the Russian athletes who have not been declared innocent.' ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Shane Lowry won the Abu Dhabi Championship after being taken to the final hole on Saturday. The 31-year-old Lowry claimed his fourth European Tour title with a one-shot victory over South African Richard Sterne. Lowry had an overnight lead of three shots but that was quickly wiped out as the Irishman faltered and Sterne (69) played the first nine holes in 31. The pair were tied on the 18th tee of the final round, but Sterne's wayward approach to the final green saw Lowry win with a birdie for a 1-under 71. Lowry finished on 18-under 270 overall to clinch his first win since 2015 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. 'I completely thought I was gone to be honest,' Lowry told Sky Sports after being four shots behind Sterne with seven holes to play. 'I just tried to put him under as much pressure as I could. But I didn't think I had that in me today.' The wire-to-wire victory for Lowry, who tied the course record with a 62 in the first round, will lift him back into the world's top 50 and get him into golf's showpiece events in 2019. He is back playing on the European Tour after losing his U.S. PGA Tour card last year and slipping to No. 75 in the rankings. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • So far the older guys are holding court against the new generation at the Australian Open. On Saturday, 31-year-old Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. A day earlier, it was 32-year-old Rafael Nadal defeating 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. And on Sunday night, the elder statesman of the group, 37-year-old Roger Federer, faces 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in a fourth-round match at Rod Laver Arena. It will be Federer's 101st appearance on the tournament's main show court — and Tsitsipas' first. 'It's great to see new faces and it's great to see young players challenging the best players in the world,' Djokovic said. 'I salute that and I respect it a lot.' While Shapovalov and de Minaur professed to having nerves playing two of their idols, and Tsitsipas has said he expects the same against Federer, all three of the youngsters have credentials and a game that earmark them for the sport's future once the Big 3 call it a day. Tsitsipas won his first title last year and his ranking rose from 209 in 2016, to 91 at the end of 2017, to 15 at the end of last season. De Minaur won his first ATP title at the Sydney International last week and also saw his year-end rankings improve from 354 to 208 to 31 of late. Shapovalov made the semifinals at three tournaments in 2018, and his year-end rankings have soared from 250 to 51 to 27. All they need is more experience playing big matches against big players at big venues. Shapovalov got that Saturday. 'It was a little bit difficult for me in terms of it's not every day I'm playing a match against a top guy like this on a stage like that,' Shapovalov said. 'Definitely I was a little bit nervous, a little bit tight on everything, just hesitating a little bit.' The jitters went away eventually and he ended up taking a set from Djokovic. 'That's when I kind of loosened up and started playing my tennis, I just started really just enjoying myself,' Shapovalov said 'I told myself, 'Look, you're already down two sets, so just have fun out there'. That's where I felt like I really started to play my game and really showed what I can do.' 'He's definitely a guy that he doesn't give you much. That's why he's No. 1 in the world. I'm definitely mentally a little bit tired right now. Kind of want to take a nap.' Nadal was impressed with de Minaur, despite the Australian only taking seven games off him. 'He has that extra energy that the young guys have,' Nadal said. De Minaur said the match was a lesson well-learned. 'This is what you want to do,' he said. 'Now I've got to go back and get better. I have plenty of areas to work on and improve. Hopefully next time around I can have a bigger crack.' Tsitsipas gets his turn against Federer. 'I'm happy for him,' Federer said. 'He's playing so well, and I'm looking forward to the matchup with him. I think it's going to be a good one. I like how he mixes up his game and also comes to the net. So I think we will see some athletic attacking tennis being played.' The two have never played an official match, but they did face each other at the Hopman Cup exhibition event two weeks ago. 'I learned a lot since my last match with him and I know the patterns that he's using a bit better now,' Tsitsipas said. 'He's serving really well, so I'm going to have to take advantage of my returns as much as possible and be aggressive.' The bottom line for Tsitsipas is it's amost impossible for a 20-year-old to prepare sufficiently for a 20-time Grand Slam singles champion. 'Yeah, he's a legend of our sport,' Tsitsipas said. 'It will be a great day facing him.' ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Austrian skier Ramona Siebenhofer made it back-to-back World Cup downhill victories with another win Saturday, while Lindsey Vonn finished tied for ninth in the second race of her return from injury. Siebenhofer, who had her first career win in Friday's race, finished a slim 0.04 seconds ahead of Austrian teammate Nicole Schmidhofer. 'It's just amazing I did it again,' Siebenhofer said. 'There were many emotions and it was hard to focus on the race again today. ... Sure I had more self-confidence but it was hard to sleep.' Siebenhofer and Schmidhofer, who are roommates, have now claimed four of the five downhills this season. Stephanie Venier, who is also rooming in a triple with Siebenhofer and Schmidhofer, finished third in Friday's race. 'We were lying in bed eating chocolate,' Siebenhofer said. 'That was the celebration.' Added Schmidhofer, 'It was so nice and cool in the room so I thought (I) needed to join in.' Downhill world champion Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia came third Saturday, 0.51 behind, for her fourth straight podium result. Vonn made a slight bobble at the start of her run and then struggled again midway down when she got bounced around on some bumps. She finished 1.36 behind but still moved up six spots from her 15th-placed result from a day earlier. Vonn clearly wasn't satisfied with her performance, holding her arms out wide in frustration at the finish. 'I always hope to win races and when you come down and you're 1.2 off the lead it's not exactly a really positive experience,' she said. 'But at the same time of course I had fun and I love being in the starting gate and I love pushing myself. 'It's just not quite enough in these last two races. But I still have tomorrow and I still have a lot more races this season. It's just taking me a lot longer to get up and running than I expected.' Vonn hyperextended her left knee and sprained a ligament while training in November, delaying the start of her final full season to this weekend. The American needs five more wins to break the all-time World Cup record of 86 held by Swedish standout Ingemar Stenmark before she retires after races in Lake Louise, Alberta, in December. However, Vonn's right knee is permanently damaged from previous crashes. 'I definitely don't trust my right leg as I need to and I can't create the power that I need to,' she said. 'But today was a step in the right direction. Still not my best — far from my best.' Starting with the No. 3 bib, Siebenhofer increased her advantage at every checkpoint. Schmidhofer came down two racers later and was faster at the final two checkpoints but couldn't quite match Siebenhofer on the lower section of the Olympia delle Tofane course. Schmidhofer achieved the first podium result of her career in Cortina six years ago and this was her fourth podium result overall at the Italian resort — albeit without any victories. 'I like the place, the people, the slope. It's my favorite track,' Schmidhofer said, adding that she was looking forward to the world championships which will be held in Cortina in 2021. While conditions were not quite as sunny as on Friday, the entire course was used following Friday's s shortened race. German skiers Kira Weidle and Viktoria Rebensburg finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and Ester Ledecka — the Olympic skiing and snowboarding champion — placed eighth for her best downhill result of season. Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin, who sat out the two downhill races, will return for Sunday's super-G. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AndrewDampf
  • Naomi Osaka had the umpire warning her for spiking her racket in the first set, and checking on her welfare when she tumbled near the baseline in the next. The U.S. Open champion had a topsy-turvy third-round at the Australian Open on Saturday, getting within two games of elimination before finding her range against a tricky Hsieh Su-wei and winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. In her courtside interview, Osaka apologized to the crowd for getting the umpire's warning for smashing the racket, and told them to pretend it didn't happen. 'Hopefully learn from that moment,' she said later. 'I tend to keep a lot of things bottled up. I just felt like in that moment sort of releasing it was easier than just keeping it inside.' It wasn't until she was down a break in the second set that Osaka paused, smiled and figured out a way past the 33-year-old Hsieh, who plays with a double-handed grip on both sides and uses a mixture of spin and slice and drop shots. Hsieh has taken some top 10 players out of majors before, reaching the fourth round last year here after beating Garbine Muguruzu and at Wimbledon, where she beat top-ranked Simona Halep. Hsieh was one point away from a 5-2 lead in the second set, serving at 40-0, when Osaka turned her frustration into something positive and went on a roll to win five consecutive points. She lost only one more game in the remainder of the match. 'For me, it was a moment like I walked into the match knowing that she was going to do a lot of strange things, no offense,' Osaka said, smiling. 'But she was just playing so well, and I think I got overwhelmed. And then early in the second set I tried doing things that I know isn't necessarily my game. 'Then after a while, I just started thinking that I'm in a Grand Slam. I shouldn't be sad, I'm playing against a really great player, so I should just enjoy my time and try and put all my energy into doing the best that I can on every point.' Her only trip up from there was genuine. She rolled her ankle early in the game where she was serving for the second set and was sprawled on the court. Umpire Manuel Absolu called out to see if she was OK. She said no, but later signaled a thumbs-up. 'Yeah, that's just funny to me,' she said. 'He was like, 'Naomi, are you OK?' I mean, I was, but I wanted to see his reaction if I said no.' The 21-year-old Osaka's public profile has grown exponentially since she beat Serena Williams in the final in New York. She's still cultivating her image and humor is a key. So expect some more. Until the U.S. Open last September, Osaka's run at Melbourne Park last year had been her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament. She would have considered anything less than reaching the second week as a setback. 'I'm happy with how I fought,' Osaka said. 'For me, that's, like, one of the biggest things I always thought I could improve, because it sort of seems like before I would accept defeat in a way.' Osaka said she'd have to regroup quickly for her fourth-round match against No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova, who she beat in three sets in the Brisbane International quarterfinals in the first week of the season. Sevastova beat No. 21 Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3. Osaka has steadily improved under the coaching of Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner of Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki. But she's also open to advice from one of the greats, particularly when she's training at Chris Evert's tennis academy in Boca Raton. Asked what words of wisdom Evert had imparted, Osaka saw a chance to stir things up. 'Not that I'm, like, ragging on Sascha, but it's a bit more ... it feels like I should listen to her more, in a way, because — oh, I'm going to get so much hate — you know, because I have seen what she did, and she's also played,' Osaka said. 'So it's a little bit more believable.' Next practice session with Bajin should be fun. ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received good news this week, as his recent MRI results after cancer surgery came back clean, WROC reported. >> Read more trending news  Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls during his 11-year NFL career, underwent surgery last fall after he had surgery for oral cancer. In an Instagram post, Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, said 'We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI ... CLEAN! Thank GOD! It took a bit longer than usual because of all the reconstruction Jim has had inside his mouth. They wanted to be certain that all was good ...' Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns during his NFL career from 1986 to 1996. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Maybe Roger Federer isn't as famous as we thought. Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he's try to go at the Australian Open. Rules are rules, after all. So what if Federer is a six-time champion at Melbourne Park ... the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles in all ... a man who's spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other ... and one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet? A video showing Federer stopped by a security guard in a hallway outside a locker room at the Grand Slam tournament made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, drawing a mix of amazement and amusement. In the clip, the guard is seen indicating to Federer that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass. Players, coaches, officials, members of the media and others are given lanyards with badges that have a name, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints. Federer didn't argue. He stood patiently, waiting until he was joined by members of his entourage. That's when he was allowed to proceed and go through the door. Saturday was a practice day for Federer at Melbourne Park. He is scheduled to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on Sunday. ___ More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • DeMarcus Cousins couldn't wipe the smile off his face. The usually scowling big man was back Friday night after being sidelined for nearly a year. He scored 14 points in his Warriors debut, a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. 'I felt like a kid on Christmas,' Cousins said. 'This was probably one of the best days of my life being back on the floor playing the game that I love.' His new teammates were glad to have him, too, even if he lasted just 15 minutes before fouling out. They gave him a standing ovation when he got whistled for his sixth foul at 8:51 of the fourth. Cousins smiled and high-fived his way to the bench. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant cracked up. 'Probably the fakest love I ever received in my life,' Cousins said. Durant said: 'Hopefully that's the last time we give him a standing ovation when he fouls out.' Curry led the Warriors with 28 points, Durant added 24 and Golden State won its seventh in a row and sixth straight on the road. The Warriors shot just 9 of 37 on 3-pointers on a night when Curry made only three from long range. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson missed all four of his 3-point attempts. The hours leading up to his first game since Jan. 26, 2018, were the worst for Cousins. He texted friends and talked to his brother and sister who reminded him that he's been playing basketball for years. Still, it wasn't until the ball tipped that the butterflies went away. 'My teammates made it as smooth and easy as possible,' Cousins said. 'It's a great group of guys. Nothing but love in the room.' Cousins shot 5 for 11 from the floor and finished with six rebounds and three assists. After rupturing his left Achilles tendon in a game for New Orleans he missed the rest of last season, including nine playoff games for the Pelicans. The Warriors signed him last July. With Cousins finally in the lineup, Golden State became the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season. 'We haven't really practiced together,' Cousins said. 'We can get a whole lot better. We've got a lot of potential.' Cousins missed his first shot but came right back with a one-handed slam off Durant's bounce pass for the Warriors' first basket. Cousins was called for two fouls in the first three minutes and sat down. 'I'm just glad to know I can still dunk,' he said. 'That felt good.' Cousins picked up his third foul 32 seconds into the second quarter. Then he hit a 3-pointer for the Warriors' first basket of the period, bringing loud cheers from their many fans at Staples Center. Curry scored 14 of Golden State's 29 points in the third, including their final eight for an 81-72 lead. Cousins went out with a bang. He got his fifth foul just 30 seconds into the fourth and then made two consecutive 3-pointers — throwing up three fingers — that extended the Warriors' lead to 87-72. 'He looked good. He looked strong and quick,' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. 'I was really impressed.' Tobias Harris led the short-handed Clippers with 28 points in their season-worst fifth straight loss. Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied his career high with 24. Los Angeles played without injured Lou Williams, and Danilo Gallinari left with lower back spasms. 'The change of the game was in the third quarter. Them scoring off our turnovers changed the momentum of the game for us,' Harris said. The Warriors took their first double-digit lead in the first four minutes of the third when the Clippers missed their initial six shots. Golden State opened on a 14-2 run with five different players scoring, including a basket by Cousins before getting his fourth foul, to go up 66-53. Draymond Green got two technical fouls in the second quarter, the second one for swinging from the basket after a high-flying dunk that sent the Warriors into halftime leading 52-51. TIP-INS Warriors: They're in LA for five days. 'I unpacked my bag for the first time ever on a road trip,' said Kerr, who plans to catch up with friends from San Diego during the down time. ... Durant got a technical in the third. ... They've had 10 turnovers in each of their last four games. ... Lead the season series 2-1. ... G Shaun Livingston, drafted fourth overall by the Clippers in 2004, visited retiring Clippers play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler before the game. ... Golden State's longest win streak of the season is eight games from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5. Clippers: Had just 11 assists. ... Gallinari scored one point in eight minutes and is day-to-day. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Gallinari is unlikely to play the next couple of games. ... Williams has a sore right hamstring. He's the NBA's leading bench scorer at 18.7 points per game. He missed four games last month with a sore left hamstring. ... Rivers got a technical for the second straight game. ... Patrick Beverley earned a technical while on the bench. ... The teams' last regular-season meeting is April 7. ... Coolio performed at halftime. Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner (who sat with team owner Steve Ballmer), Ellen Pompeo and Billy Crystal attended. ALL-STARS AT EVERY POSITION With Cousins joining Curry, Thompson, Durant and Green in the lineup, the Warriors became the first team since the Celtics in 1975-76 to play five All-Stars from the previous season at the same time. Boston's Jo Jo White, Charlie Scott, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and John Havlicek started two games together that season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. HE SAID IT 'I said, 'Good for him.' He has a chance to rehabilitate his image as well. It's a good spot for him. Then I thought, wow, that's not right.' — Rivers on hearing the Warriors had signed Cousins. UP NEXT Warriors: Play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday before heading East for the rest of a five-game trip. Clippers: At the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday to begin a four-game trip. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Bowling a perfect game is a tough feat, but to have two high school teammates do it during the same match -- back to back, on the same lanes -- is extraordinary. >> Read more trending news  La Salle High School senior Jacob Toelke rolled the second 300 game in the program’s history Thursday night -- he scored the first one two years ago -- and seconds later sophomore teammate Nolan Blessing wrapped up perfect game No. 3, WKRC reported. The two teammates shared the same lanes at Western Bowl against Oak Hills High School. Toelke preceded his perfect game with a 235 total, while Blessing rolled a 256, the television station reported. The Lancers improved to 11-2 after winning the match. Toelke is averaging 224.4 this season, while Blessing sports a 217.7 average, WKRC reported.
  • Oregon coach Kelly Graves knew his team would find out what Baylor, Louisville and Stanford already learned in close calls against Arizona State. Beating the Sun Devils wouldn't come without a measure of discomfort for the Ducks. Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 points and No. 5 Oregon fought off a late 3-point barrage and outlasted No. 19 Arizona State 77-71 on Friday night. 'I told the team before the game, it's like going to the dentist,' Graves said, 'because they work their butts off, they never give up, they're talented, they play great defense and they don't make anything easy. 'They didn't tonight and that's why it came down to the last minute.' Maite Cazorla added 16 points and Ruthy Hebard had 14 for the Ducks (16-1, 5-0 Pac-12), who won their ninth game in a row to keep pace atop the conference standings. Oregon made its last six free throws to put the game away. 'They're a tough team and we knew that,' Cazorla said. 'We had to play tough for 40 minutes, and at the end we did the job. 'We won, that's what matters.' Kianna Ibis had 22 points to lead the Sun Devils (12-5, 3-3), who scored 15 of their final 17 points from beyond the arc. Jamie Ruden added 12 points off the bench. After making only three 3-pointers in the first 35 minutes, ASU connected from deep five times in the final 5 minutes. Taya Olson had made two and was lining up a third from the corner that would have tied the score when Oregon's Satou Sabally swooped in for the last of her four blocks. Ibis scored inside moments later to cut it to 69-68 with 1:45 left, but Sabally's hustle play had lit into the Ducks. 'That was a huge play,' Graves said. 'We needed it at that moment.' 'A transition 3 like that could have changed the game,' Ionescu added, 'and Satou chased that ball down from half-court and got a big block, and that's what she does for us.' Ionescu had 18 points in the second half and 12 in the final quarter. After shooting 55.2 percent in the opening half to build a 38-29 lead, the Ducks finished 28 of 56 for 50 percent with only nine assists on 28 field goals, well off their season average of 20.7 assists per game. However, for the fourth time this season, the Sun Devils let another highly ranked opponent off the hook. 'We'd like to close it out,' ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said. 'It was a one-possession game and it would have been nice to have a few of my timeouts. We were close, we're right there, just a few possessions we need to clean up. 'We know we can play with anybody in the country. We've got to get 40 minutes and when we get 40 minutes, there's no doubt that we'll be on top. We're not quite there yet, but I thought this was a good effort by our team.' Oregon led by 13 twice in the second half and was up 65-55 with 6:05 left before ASU used three 3-pointers during an 11-2 run to close to 67-66. Cazorla's step-back jumper and Ionescu's two free throws made it 73-68 before Courtney Ekmark's 3 ended the Sun Devils' scoring and they had to resort to fouling. Charnea Johnson-Chapman had 10 points, all in the third quarter, and nine rebounds to help give ASU a 36-31 edge on the boards. BIG PICTURE Arizona State now has four losses to teams ranked in the top six by an average of 5.3 points, with Friday night's six-point margin the largest. The Sun Devils are in a run of four games against ranked opponents, including three in the top 10. Oregon's superior firepower as the nation's highest-scoring team took a backseat to timely defense in the final three minutes to hold off the Sun Devils. The Ducks finished 14 points off their 91.1-point average. POLL IMPLICATIONS Oregon needs help to crack the top four again, so hanging at No. 5 after a close call may be the best it can expect. Arizona State could get a bump in the next poll if it can give No. 10 Oregon State all it can handle. STAT OF THE NIGHT The Ducks, who lead the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.85), had only nine assists to eight turnovers. HIGHLIGHT REEL Satou Sabally's soaring block into the stands on a corner 3-point try sent the crowd of 6,769 into a frenzy and ignited an Oregon defense that forced a shot-clock violation and two airballs in the final three minutes. SHE SAID IT About the Ducks' scoring power, Turner Thorne said: 'I think they've got to be the best offensive team in the country. I know UConn is good, so maybe between (those two) and Notre Dame, but they're the real deal.' UP NEXT Arizona State: At No. 10 Oregon State on Sunday. Oregon: Hosts Arizona on Sunday. ___ More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25