Shani Davis Flops at Sochi

first_imgSOCHI, Russia – For the Dutch, another gold medal at the speedskating oval. For Shani Davis, a stunning defeat.Davis’ shot at Olympic history ended Feb. 12 at Adler Arena when Stefan Groothuis won gold for the Netherlands in the 1,000 meters, ending the American’s hopes of becoming the first male speedskater to win the same event at three straight Olympics.After Davis completed the first full lap of the 2½-lap race, it was clear his reign was over. He crossed the line more than seventh-tenths of a second behind Groothuis’ winning time of 1 minute, 8.39 seconds.On the cool-down lap from a performance that would leave him in eighth place, Davis simply stared at the ice, his skates far apart. When the final pair was done, he went over to Groothuis and gave him a congratulatory slap on the back.Groothuis, who has struggled with depression and once contemplated suicide, earned the fourth gold medal in five speedskating events for the Dutch at these Winter Games.For good measure, 500 champion Michel Mulder took the bronze, giving the Netherlands 10 out of a possible 15 medals overall through the first five events — a dominating performance that sets them up to crush the record for most speedskating medals by a country at a single Olympics.Canada’s Denny Morrison took the silver in 1:08.43. He wasn’t even scheduled to compete in the event, but got in when a teammate gave up his spot. Mulder was third in 1:08.74.Davis’ time was 1:09.12 — a bitter disappointment for an American team that came to Sochi with high hopes but has yet to earn a spot on the podium. Brian Hansen of Glenview, Ill., was ninth and broke down in tears afterward. Joey Mantia of Ocala, Fla., was 15th and Jonathan Garcia of Houston 28th.(Paul Newberry, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Moustakas Leads Royal Rout Of Giants

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares KANSAS CITY, MO – Mike Moustakas doubled home the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning, and his Kansas City Royals never looked back.  They added another eight runs to make it 9-0 against the San Francisco Giants, by the bottom of the seventh when, for good measure Moustakas added another, with a solo home run to right center field.Coming off a demoralizing loss to Giants’ ace Madison Baumgarner on Sunday night in San Francisco, to cap off a three-game weekend homestand for the National League champion Giants, who won two of three to take a 3-2 World Series league, the games moved back to Kansas City Tuesday night, as the Royals rebounded in grand fashion.  They easily could have rolled over and caved to the veteran West Coast team, but the upstart Royals, who win on pitching and defense, found a way to do it with their bats, too.The final score was Royals. The Series is now tied 3-3, with the 7th and deciding game Wednesday night in Kansas City once again.last_img read more