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Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

The pressure on the 22-year-old to deliver a haul of golds at these Winter Olympics was immense. But now she has time and experience on her side

By no sane metric could Mikaela Shiffrin’s second Olympics, which concluded on Thursday afternoon with her silver medal in the alpine combined to go with last week’s giant slalom gold, be fairly assessed as anything but a success.

She competed in three events in Pyeongchang after the weather conspired to spoil her ambitious bid for a record-breaking five medals in five events. Expectations were warped by months of hype which could only be characterized as unrealistic in the notoriously volatile trade of alpine skiing, where the margins that separate triumph and disaster come down to the most innocuous variables.

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Dirk Nowitzki: harassment and assault claims against Mavericks are 'heartbreaking'

  • SI report details allegations of violence within franchise
  • Owner Mark Cuban has launched independent investigation

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has expressed his dismay after a Sports Illustrated investigation alleged the franchise is a hostile workplace for women.

The story detailed how one team employee had a history of violence against women within the organization while former CEO Terdema Ussery was alleged to have sexually harassed a number of colleagues. One former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men” within the team. None of the allegations were against the playing staff.

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Winter Olympics 2018: curling and biathlon on day 13 in Pyeongchang – live!

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In the other semi-final, for the first time, daylight: USA steal two in the eighth end and lead 4-2!

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Sweden qualify for the men’s curling gold medal match! At the end of the eighth end, with the Swedes holding a 9-3 lead, Switzerland accept the inevitable. They will have a chance of bronze, but still don’t know who they’ll be facing.

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Östersund, the club with 'no history and no ideas' that took on Europe

When Östersund fell into Swedish fourth tier – ‘the lowest of the low’ – in 2010 they tried something new. It’s still working

A film by Copa90 of the Guardian Sport Network

European football can feel very predictable. The same clubs spend their fortunes on the world’s most valuable stars, cruise to the final eight of continental tournaments, and dominate their domestic leagues. In a way, football at the very top has stagnated. But in the geographical centre of Sweden, in an isolated place known to the rest of the country as “up in the mountains of the north,” a new approach has taken root and blossomed on the European stage.

Östersund were in the fourth tier of Swedish football as recently as 2010. They had little by way of vision or resources and were struggling to make football work in a town dominated by winter sports, in a country dominated by clubs in the south, and in a game dominated by money. So how did this club based 240 miles from the Arctic Circle find themselves playing Arsenal in the last 16 of the Europa League?

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Warren Gatland reaches 100 with Wales but admiration remains elusive | Paul Rees

A team once renowned for flakiness and unreliability now take some beating but the Wales coach will leave after the World Cup with praise rather than fanfare or gratitude

Warren Gatland will on Saturday reach 100 Test matches as Wales’s coach. He will get to the landmark 20 years to the day since he took over from Brian Ashton in charge of Ireland: his sacking three years later, in circumstances that read like something from a spy novel, remains the low point in his career, a blot all his success since has not entirely erased.

As the amateur era drifted to its end, the winner of the match between Ireland and Wales tended to avoid the wooden spoon. Between 1986 and 1995 there was only one year when one of them (1994, when Scotland broke the monopoly) was not last or joint bottom. The last time one of them finished below the rest was Wales in 2003 and for most of this decade they have finished in the top half of the table.

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Table tennis trickery, Bobby Moore on street football and showboating | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Elizabeth Swaney’s dreams coming true and Fabio Fognini dropping some magic

1) It is the League Cup final on Sunday. Let’s harp back to 1988 and Arsenal v Luton: “Oh Dear, it’s Gus Caesar”. Also of yesteryear, Obafemi Martins in 2011. For fonder Arsenal League Cup final memories, here’s their win over Liverpool in 1987, which brought their first trophy under George Graham. And for Manchester City fans, here’s Peter Barnes and Dennis Tueart delivering Wembley glory in 1976.

Related: Futsal finals, muddy faceplants and Luís Boa Morte on MTV Cribs

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Football transfer rumours: Roma's Alisson to be Liverpool's new No 1?

Today’s tell-all has just taken three things for the team

Considering the Rumour Mill’s stock-in-trade is high profile players who would rather be somewhere else, it would be a gross dereliction of journalistic duty to not to mention Harry Kane’s appearance on stage at the Brit Awards last night. Prodded centre-stage from the wings alongside Cuban-American songstress Camila Cabello, the Tottenham Hotspur goal-getter could scarcely have looked more awkward as he proceeded to engage in some excruciating forced “banter”, before presenting the gong for Best Male International Male to Kendrick Lamar. Tottenham fans concerned about their star striker being distracted by the fear of being asked to perform the opening monologue on Oscars night will have slept soundly in their beds.

Related: Fred’s free-kick gives Shakhtar Donetsk narrow lead over Roma

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Russian curler stripped of Winter Olympics medal after admitting doping

  • Alexander Krushelnitsky won his bronze medal in mixed doubles
  • Rumours of deal for Russians to have own flag at closing ceremony

The Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of his mixed doubles bronze medal amid rumours that a deal has been struck to allow Russian athletes to march under their country’s flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony.

Krushelnitsky had initially protested his innocence after testing positive for the banned heart drug meldonium, claiming his drink had been spiked. However on Thursday he dropped his appeal before he was officially banned by the court of arbitration for sport.

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USA see off Canada in shootout to capture Olympic women's hockey gold

The United States women’s hockey team ended Canada’s gold medal streak in dramatic fashion on Thursday afternoon, defeating their archrivals in a shootout to capture their first Olympic title since 1998.

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: US beats Canada to women’s ice hockey gold – live!

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