Flaw­less: White’s per­fect 100 punches ticket for Olympics

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The Pyeongchang Games won’t be with­out one of Amer­ica’s most pop­u­lar win­ter ath­letes.

Shaun White made the U.S. Olympic team in grand fash­ion — scor­ing a per­fect 100 at the U.S. Grand Prix event in Snow­mass, Colo., to set him­self up as a fa­vorite to win a third gold medal.

White’s win­ning run Satur­day in­cluded two of the tough­est tricks on the half­pipe — the Dou­ble McTwist 1260 that he patented and the frontside dou­ble cork 1440.

Ben Fer­gu­son fin­ished fifth to se­cure his spot; he’ll join White and Jake Pates on the Olympic team. Danny Davis is among those now com­pet­ing for a pos­si­ble fourth spot.

Spain’s Quer­alt Castel­let won the women’s events, fol­lowed by Chloe Kim, Mad­die Mas­tro and Kelly Clark. Kim has al­ready qual­i­fied, while Mas­tro and Clark have the edge for the other two spots head­ing into next week­end’s fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing event.

Lau­ren Gibbs and Aja Evans were picked as the push ath­letes who will join pi­lots Elana Mey­ers Tay­lor and Jamie Greubel Poser on the U.S. Olympic women’s bob­sled team.

Gibbs will be in Mey­ers Tay­lor’s sled. Evans will push for Greubel Poser, a com­bi­na­tion that earned the U.S. a bronze medal at the Sochi Games four years ago.

Lolo Jones, who pushed Mey­ers Tay­lor to a World Cup gold ear­lier Satur­day in St. Moritz, Switzer­land, did not make the team. She was bid­ding to be­come a four­time Olympian — twice in the sum­mer as a hur­dler, twice in the win­ter as a bob­sled­der.

In ski­ing, Fed­er­ica Brignone won the penul­ti­mate women’s World Cup su­per-G be­fore the Olympics, while Amer­i­can Lind­sey Vonn fin­ished in ninth place, a day af­ter she con­sid­ered skip­ping the race to avoid the risk of in­jury on the weak­ened course at Bad Kleinkirch­h­heim, Aus­tria.

On the men’s side, Beat Feuz won the Lauber­horn down­hill in Wengen, Switzer­land.

Base­ball: All-Star closer Brad Hand and the San Diego Padres agreed to a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion re­port­edly worth $19.75 mil­lion, pend­ing the left-han­der pass­ing a phys­i­cal. Hand went 3-4 with 21 saves and a 2.16 ERA last sea­son.

Out­fielder-first base­man Scott Van Slyke signed a mi­nor-league con­tract with the Mi­ami Mar­lins af­ter spend­ing the past six sea­sons with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers. For­mer Giants left-han­der Mike Kick­ham and righthanded pitch­ers Jumbo Diaz, Javy Guerra and Tyler Cloyd and also signed mi­nor-league deals with the Mar­lins.

Soc­cer: Harry Kane over­took Teddy Sher­ing­ham as Tot­ten­ham’s all-time scorer in the English Pre­mier League era (since 1992) with a sec­ond-half dou­ble in a 4-0 win over Ever­ton. The Eng­land striker has 98 goals, one more than Sher­ing­ham, and has 20 goals in the league for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year.

Also, Chelsea was held 0-0 at home by Le­ices­ter.

Madrid’s strug­gles in the Span­ish league con­tin­ued when it lost to Vil­lar­real 1-0.

Matthew Stockman / Getty Im­ages

Shaun White com­petes in his fi­nal run dur­ing the men’s snow­board half­pipe fi­nal at the U.S. Grand Prix in Snow­mass, Colo. White, 31, has been snow­board­ing since he was 6.

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White will go for his third gold medal in next month’s Pyeongchang Games, which will be his fourth Olympics.

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