Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. All times EST.
– KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Sage Kotsenburg tamed the treacherous slopestyle course at the Extreme Park, grabbing the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics. And he did it with a run that left the 20-year-old American who talks like a surfer and rides like a purist momentarily stunned in disbelief.
– SOCHI, Russia – Hilary Knight scored 53 seconds into the opener of the Olympic women’s hockey tournament, and Jesse Vetter needed only 14 saves to lead the United States to a 3-1 victory over Finland. Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
– SOCHI, Russia – World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White quickstepped their way to victory in the team short dance. The Americans earned 75.98 points, lifting the U.S. into the medals hunt. Defending champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada were second even though she bobbled during their early set of twizzles, hurting the couple’s synchronicity. They still received 72.98 points.
– PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker were tied for the lead going into the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
– OAKLAND, Calif. – With a shortened swing and newfound swagger following his most rigorous offseason of training yet that helped him pack on 15 pounds of muscle, Yoenis Cespedes wants to forget all the frustrations of last year.
– DALLAS – Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and SMU, undefeated at home and already with two upset victories over Top 25 teams since moving into the renovated Moody Coliseum last month, host No. 7 Cincinnati.
– SAO PAULO – Workers at a World Cup stadium in the jungle city of Manaus are threatening to go on strike to demand better conditions following a third recent construction-related death at the venue. A walkout could further delay the completion of the Arena da Amazonia just months before the start of soccer’s showcase tournament.