SPEEDSKATING Cheek wins speedskating 500 TURIN, Italy (AP) - Joey Cheek won the men's speedskating 500, the second straight Olympics an American has won the race. Cheek was the only skater to break 35 seconds in the two-race event, and he did it both times around the track. His times of 34-point-82 and 34-point-94 seconds gave him a total time of one minute, nine-point-76 seconds. Dmitry Dorofeyev (dih-MEE'-tree doh-ROH'-fay-ev) of Russia won the silver, finishing 65-hundredths of a second behind Cheek. Lee Kang Seok of South Korea earned a bronze.
SNOWBOARDING U-S women take two in halfpipe BARDONECCHIA, Italy (AP) - The U-S women matched the men in the halfpipe. Americans Hannah Teter (TEE'-ter) and Gretchen Bleiler (BLY'-ler) grabbed the gold and silver medals in the women's halfpipe, matching the U-S sweep of the top two spots in the men's event. Shaun White and Danny Kass were one-two in yesterday's men's event. Americans also took the fourth spot in both events. Kelly Clark, the 2002 gold medalist, got bumped out of the women's third spot after Norway's Kjersti Buaas (SHUR'-stee BOO'-ahs) had one of the runs of her life.
SKIING Kildow hospitalized overnight SAN SICARIO, Italy (AP) - American skier Lindsey Kildow has a severe hip or pelvic bruise. The U-S Olympic Committee Web site says Kildow will be hospitalized overnight as a precaution. Kildow was going about 50 miles an hour when she fell during downhill training today at the Winter Olympics. An orthopedic surgeon on the team's staff says she doesn't appear to have any other injuries, though she is "pretty banged up and she's pretty sore." Dr. Bill Starrett says Kildow did not lose consciousness when she fell. Defending gold medalist Carole Montillet-Carles (mahn-tih-YAY'-kahrl) also crashed during her run. Four racers in all fell during today's session
FIGURE SKATING Pairs figure skating to wrap up TURIN, Italy (AP) - Pairs figure skating is wrapping up. Russians Tatiana Totmianina (tah-tee-AH'-nah taht-mee-ah-NEE'-nah) and Maxim Marinin (MAKS'-im MEHR'-ih-nin) are heavy favorites. Americans Rena Inoue (REH'-nah IN'-oo-way) and John Baldwin recorded a personal best score for their performance, but they're not in position to claim a medal.
HOCKEY Women's hockey semifinal berths filled TURIN, Italy (AP) - Sweden and Finland both won in women's hockey today, and all four semifinal berths are filled even though each team has one game left. The Swedes and Finns will join the U-S and Canada as the final four teams.
CURLING Curling begins PINEROLO, Italy (AP) - Curling has begun. The U-S men got off to an excellent start by beating defending champion Norway 11-to-5, but the Americans then lost to Finland 4-to-3. The U-S women were beaten by Norway 11-to-6.
LUGE Zablocki fourth halfway through luge final CESANA, Italy (AP) - The U-S has another shot at its first-ever Olympic medal in luge. Courtney Zablocki is in fourth place after today's first two runs in the women's singles. The final two runs are tomorrow. Germans hold the top three spots. Zablocki is four-thousandths of a second out of third place and about a half-second out of first.
BIATHLON Russia picks up two CESANA SAN SICARIO, Italy (AP) - Russia took gold and silver in the women's 15-kilometer biathlon. Germany got the bronze. (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)