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  • IOC official: Slopestyle injuries “unacceptable” Apr 12, 2014 3:41 PM
    Maybe Shaun White was right all along. An International Olympic Committee official charged with monitoring injury rates at the games says the new discipline of slopestyle produced an “unacceptably high” number of injuries in its debut at the Sochi Olympics and should be dropped in future if that doesn’t improve.

     
  • Prosecutor: Pistorius' story doesn't add up Apr 11, 2014 6:06 PM
    The prosecutor cross-examining Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial Friday tried to shred his version of events on the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, saying they do not add up and go completely against how people would react in the situation the double-amputee Olympian has described. Instead, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the “only reasonable explanation” for what happened was that Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet door from around three meters away as they argued.

     
  • Prosecutor mocks Pistorius’ version of events Apr 10, 2014 7:12 PM
    The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete’s murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized — then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.

     
  • Jamaican sprinter banned for doping Apr 10, 2014 2:51 PM
    A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.

     
  • Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover Apr 9, 2014 9:01 PM
    A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.”

     
  • Pistorius sobs while recalling shooting Apr 8, 2014 7:28 PM
    A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the moments when he says he realized he shot his girlfriend through a closed toilet door.

     
  • Meet U.S. Olympian Bozek at Special Olympics fundraiser Apr 2, 2014 7:27 PM
    U.S. Olympian Megan Bozek will meet and pose for pictures with fans Friday at a fundraiser in Buffalo Grove to benefit Special Olympics. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Continental Restaurant, 788 Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove.

     
  • Bozek honored in Buffalo Grove Mar 24, 2014 9:57 PM
    Olympic silver medalist and Buffalo Grove resident Megan Bozek was honored Monday night at the Buffalo Grove Park District board of commissioners meeting. “Because of her success on the hockey team we wanted to honor her accomplishments.” Dan Schimmel, executive-director for the Buffalo Grove Park District said.

     
  • U.S. beats Russia in Paralympics hockey final Mar 15, 2014 5:22 PM
    Lining up on the Sochi ice to receive their gold medals, members of the American ice sledge hockey team anticipated abuse from the Russian crowd. It never came. Just cheers and applause. However serious the Ukraine-related tensions between the U.S. and Russia are in the backdrop of these Winter Paralympics, they weren’t evident in the Shayba Arena on Saturday.

     
  • Pistorius trial: Bullet-holed toilet door in court Mar 12, 2014 2:29 PM
    Kneeling, a South African police officer on Wednesday swung a cricket bat at a toilet door erected in the courtroom at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, using two key pieces of evidence to partially re-enact the night the athlete killed his girlfriend by shooting her through the same door more than a year ago.

     
  • Olympian Megan Bozek returns to Stevenson High Mar 12, 2014 2:52 PM
    Olympic hockey player and Stevenson High School alumna Megan Bozek returned to her alma mater Wednesday for the first time since winning a silver medal in Sochi. Bozek, of Buffalo Grove, received a standing ovation from more than 100 students, teachers, coaches and administrators when she took the stage in an auditorium.

     
  • Friend: ‘Mad’ Pistorius shot gun out car sunroof Mar 11, 2014 2:30 PM
    Oscar Pistorius’ friend testified Tuesday that the Olympian twice fired guns in public in the six months before he killed his girlfriend, once without warning through the sunroof of a moving car following an angry altercation with a policeman who had handled Pistorius’ pistol. Darren Fresco said he asked Pistorius immediately after the sunroof shooting if he was “mad” and the world-famous runner “just laughed” at him.

     
  • Olympic women’s goalie practices with Oilers Mar 5, 2014 6:16 PM
    Olympic champion women’s goalie Shannon Szabados took the ice with the Edmonton Oilers at practice Wednesday. The Team Canada goalie filled in at practice for the National Hockey League while the Oilers waited for Viktor Fasth to arrive after a trade with Anaheim.

     
  • Skier’s Indiana hometown cheers his Olympic medal Feb 26, 2014 9:13 AM
    Hundreds of students and others filled the high school gymnasium in slopestyle skier Nick Goepper’s southeastern Indiana hometown to celebrate his Olympic bronze medal win. The rally Tuesday at Lawrenceburg High School came hours after the 19-year-old Goepper arrived back home nearly two weeks after he and two other Americans swept the slopestyle medals in Sochi. Goepper told the crowd he was proud to hear Lawrenceburg announced as his hometown at the Olympics and other events. He says he hopes other young skiers in the Midwest are inspired by his story of skiing at the small Perfect North Slopes near his home until he was 15 and practicing on AstroTurf in his backyard during the summer. Goepper says he hopes to compete in future Winter Olympics.

     
  • Buffalo Grove plans to celebrate Olympian Megan Bozek Feb 26, 2014 12:51 PM
    Buffalo Grove officials intend to honor Stevenson High School grad Megan Bozek, a U.S. women's hockey team player who received a silver medal in the Sochi Olympics. Buffalo Grove Village Manager Dane Bragg said the plan is to recognize Bozek and her family when they are available. He said the honor would come at a village board meeting.

     
  • Olympian Jason Brown honored, thanks supporters at Highland Park High Feb 25, 2014 9:29 PM
    Figure skater Jason Brown’s enthusiasm that connected with spectators at the Sochi Winter Olympics was evident Tuesday when he stopped in his hometown of Highland Park for a elebration of his achievements. Brown, 19, who won a bronze medal in the team competition and placed ninth on the individual side in his Olympics debut, attended two pep assemblies before a combined 2,000 pupils at Highland Park High School.

     
  • Canada’s Olympic hockey win could be NHL farewell Feb 24, 2014 4:56 PM
    The NHL is thinking seriously about abandoning the Olympics, which has hosted the world’s best since 1998. For all the excitement, attention and phenomenal hockey in Sochi, several owners still seethe at their multimillion-dollar investments playing for free — and sometimes getting injured — while their arenas sit empty for three weeks in February. But most players believe nothing can replace the Olympics.

     
  • Team USA members stop in O’Hare Feb 24, 2014 6:21 PM
    Cheers and chants of “U-S-A!” erupted in Terminal 1 of O’Hare International Airport Monday afternoon as roughly 20 Olympic athletes from Team USA — including four medalist — came through Chicago on their way home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "It’s good to be home,” said silver medalist speed skater Eduardo “Eddy” Alvarez, of Salt Lake City, the first Cuban-American male to make an American Olympic skating team.

     
  • Austrian Olympic Committee:Skier positive for EPO Feb 23, 2014 1:32 AM
    Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after testing positive for EPO, the country’s Olympic committee said Sunday. It is the fifth doping case of the Olympics and the first involving the blood-boosting drug EPO.

     
  • Images: Winter Olympics, Sunday, February 23 Feb 23, 2014 5:28 PM
    The 2014 Olymics in Sochi, Russia held closing ceremonies after the final day of events that included the men's hockey, bobsledding and cross-country skiing. Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal in hockey and USA-1 won the bronze in four-man bobsledding.

     
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