U.S., Rus­sia fall in men’s hockey

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Sports - By Jake Seiner The As­so­ci­ated Press

Jan Mur­sak scored the ty­ing goal in the fi­nal min­utes of reg­u­la­tion and the win­ner in over­time as Slove­nia stunned the United States, 3-2. Also, the fa­vored Russians opened with a 3-2 loss to Slo­vakia.

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA » Jan Mur­sak scored the ty­ing goal in the fi­nal min­utes of reg­u­la­tion and the win­ner in over­time as Slove­nia came back to stun the United States, 3-2.

Mur­sak, Slove­nia’s only player with NHL ex­pe­ri­ence, scored with goal­tender Gasper Kroselj pulled for the ex­tra at­tacker with 1:37 left in the third pe­riod and scored the win­ner 38 se­conds into over­time.

Brian O’Neill and Jor­dan Green­way scored for the Amer­i­cans.

It wasn’t the only sur­prise of the night, though the U.S., like all the other teams, is play­ing with­out NHL play­ers for the first time since 1994. Across town, the fa­vored Russians opened Olympic play with a 3-2 loss to Slo­vakia.

White apol­o­gizes

Shaun White has apol­o­gized after re­fer­ring to a sex­ual mis­con­duct law­suit filed against him in 2016 as “gos­sip” dur­ing a news con­fer­ence fol­low­ing his his­toric gold medal in the men’s half­pipe.

White is­sued the apol­ogy on NBC’s “To­day” show on Feb. 14. He said he used “a poor choice of words to de­scribe such a sen­si­tive sub­ject” and he’s “truly sorry.”

The snow­boarder’s post­gold news con­fer­ence got con­tentious when re­porters ques­tioned him about the law­suit. Lena Zawaideh, a for­mer drum­mer in his band, claimed in the law­suit White sex­u­ally ha­rassed her, forced her to watch pornog­ra­phy and re­fused to pay her after she was fired. The suit was set­tled last spring.

White was asked if the al­le­ga­tions might tar­nish his rep­u­ta­tion.

“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gos­sip and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think so.”

Re­porters at­tempted to fol­low up about the law­suit, but U.S. Snow­board­ing and Freeski­ing event di­rec­tor Nick Alex­akos shut them down.

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