Natl. Sports Headlines for Tuesday, February 13th:
Kim gets gold for US…Cavs top poll…Kennedy leaving Ole Miss…Kukors speaks of assault
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Chloe Kim put on a dominant display in winning the women’s halfpipe and giving the U.S. its third gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olmpics. The 17-year-old Californian put up a score of 93.75 on the first of her three finals runs and then bettered it with a near-perfect 98.75 on her last run with the gold already well in hand. American Arielle Gold edged teammate and three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark for bronze. Canada has beaten Finland 4-1 in pursuit of the country’s fifth straight gold medal in women’s hockey
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Virginia has ascended to No. 1 in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll despite Saturday’s one-point loss against visiting Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers received 30 of 65 first-place votes to reach the top of the poll for the first time since December 1982. Second-ranked Michigan State is second in the poll with 21 first-place votes and is followed in the poll by former No. 1 Villanova, Xavier and Cincinnati.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy says he will step down at the end of the season. The decision comes two days after Ole Miss lost at LSU to extend its losing streak to five and drop to 11-14 overall, 4-8 in the SEC. Kennedy is the winningest coach at Ole Miss with 245 wins, ranking 18th in SEC history.
NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors says her former coach “stole so much” from her in the decade she alleges he sexually abused her starting when she was 13. Kukors told The Associated Press in an emotional interview that she can’t get that time back but can speak out so others recognize signs of abuse. Sean Hutchison has denied abusing Kukors. He has said they were in a consensual relationship after the 2012 Olympics, when she was 23.
BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Former National League Rookie of the Year Wally Moon has died at 87. Moon was the 1954 NL Rookie of the Year after hitting .304 with 12 homers and 76 RBIs. He also won three World Series with the Dodgers from 1959-65. Moon batted .289 with a .371 on-base percentage, 142 homers and 661 RBS in 1,457 career regular-season games.
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