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Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Women’s event to stay in Games, says IIHF

SOCHI, Russia Feb 18 (Reuters) – Women’s ice hockey, which has come under fire for lacking competitiveness, will never be dropped from the Winter Olympics, the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said on Tuesday.

IIHF chief Rene Fasel’s comments came after National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league would be “distressed” if women’s ice hockey was chopped from the Olympic programme.

Feb 18, 2014

NHL holds fire on whether to release players for 2018 Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The National Hockey League (NHL) was non-committal about players’ future participation in the Olympics on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility that the Sochi Games might be the last to showcase the world’s best players.

The three most powerful men in hockey – Rene Fasel, head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association chief Donald Fehr – had no firm answers for reporters when asked whether NHL players would be back in four years’ time.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-NHL holds fire on whether to release players for 2018 Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The National Hockey League (NHL) was non-committal about players’ future participation in the Olympics on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility that the Sochi Games might be the last to showcase the world’s best players.

The three most powerful men in hockey – Rene Fasel, head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association chief Donald Fehr – had no firm answers for reporters when asked whether NHL players would be back in four years’ time.

Feb 17, 2014

China soon to be swept away by curling

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – China’s men’s curlers swept into the semi-finals of the Olympic curling competition on Monday poised to emerge as the sport’s new power.

With only five curling rinks and approximately 300 registered curlers in the world’s most populous nation, curling is such a fringe sport in China that even their Canadian coach knows very little about the game’s past or future there.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-China soon to be swept away by curling

SOCHI, Russia Feb 17 (Reuters) – China’s men’s curlers swept into the semi-finals of the Olympic curling competition on Monday poised to emerge as the sport’s new power.

With only five curling rinks and approximately 300 registered curlers in the world’s most populous nation, curling is such a fringe sport in China that even their Canadian coach knows very little about the game’s past or future there.

Feb 17, 2014

Swiss roll on as Britain take back door to semis

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Switzerland and Britain claimed the last two semi-final berths in the Olympic women’s curling competition in contrasting fashion on Monday while Canada rolled through the round-robin phase unbeaten.

With Canada and Sweden having already booked places in the final four, Britain (5-3), China (4-4), Japan (4-4) and Switzerland (4-4) stepped on to the sheets at the Ice Cube Curling Centre ready for a battle royale for the two remaining berths.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Curling-Swiss roll on as Britain take back door to semis

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Switzerland and Britain claimed the last two semi-final berths in the Olympic women’s curling competition in contrasting fashion on Monday while Canada rolled through the round-robin phase unbeaten.

With Canada and Sweden having already booked places in the final four, Britain (5-3), China (4-4), Japan (4-4) and Switzerland (4-4) stepped on to the sheets at the Ice Cube Curling Centre ready for a battle royale for the two remaining berths.

Feb 17, 2014

Curling: China advance, Britain and Norway in tie-breaker

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – China won a 6-5 thriller over Britain to clinch a place in the Olympic men’s curling semifinals on Monday but defeat for Norway means the Britons will get another chance to play for a medal.

The final men’s session of the round-robin began with world champions Sweden and Olympic champions Canada having already secured spots in the final four leaving China, Britain and Norway to scrap for the two remaining berths.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Curling-China advance, Britain and Norway in tie-breaker

SOCHI, Russia Feb 17 (Reuters) – China won a 6-5 thriller over Britain to clinch a place in the Olympic men’s curling semifinals on Monday but defeat for Norway means the Britons will get another chance to play for a medal.

The final men’s session of the round-robin began with world champions Sweden and Olympic champions Canada having already secured spots in the final four leaving China, Britain and Norway to scrap for the two remaining berths.

Feb 16, 2014

Doughty powers Canada into quarters

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Drew Doughty scored the overtime winner as Canada edged Finland 2-1 to close the preliminary round of the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Sunday and keep their gold medal defense on course.

By taking top spot in Group B ahead of the Finns, unbeaten Canada will have a more direct route to the gold medal final than they did four years ago on home ice in Vancouver when they were forced to play an elimination game.