Bronze for US skaters…US men’s hockey team advances…Bosox get Martinez…Fewer mound chats

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani have won the bronze medal in ice dancing with an impressive free skate at the Pyeongchang Games. Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the event to become the first figure skaters to win five Olympic medals. Virtue and Moir scored a record 206.07 points to beat training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. men’s hockey team has advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing 5-1 win against Slovakia, leaving the Americans 2-1-1 in the tournament. The game was scoreless until Ryan Donato and James Wisniewski scored 44 seconds apart in the first 2 ½ minutes of the second period. Donato finished with two goals and Ryan Zapolski stopped 22 shots as the United States earned the right to take on the Czech Republic.

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox and slugger J.D. Martinez have agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract, pending a physical. The 30-year-old Martinez breakthrough season last year, hitting .303 and setting career highs with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs for the Tigers and Diamondbacks. Martinez slammed 29 homers and drove in 65 runs in 62 games with Arizona, including a record-tying four home runs at Los Angeles on Sept. 4.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major league fans won’t see as many mound visits this season in an effort to speed up the game, but a 20-second pitch clock won’t be in place this year. The new rules imposed by MLB include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player. The Major League Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it will not oppose the new rules.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top four remain the same in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll, with top-ranked Virginia followed by Michigan State, Villanova and Xavier. Duke climbed seven spots to fifth, Texas Tech and Gonzaga are tied for sixth, Kansas went from 13th to eighth, Purdue dropped three notches to ninth and North Carolina moved up four places to 10th. Houston, Middle Tennessee and Florida State cracked the top-25 poll and occupy the last three positions.

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