Flawless: White’s perfect 100 punches ticket for Olympics
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.
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.
White will go for his third gold medal in next month’s Pyeongchang Games, which will be his fourth Olympics.