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Bylsma changes his focus

Coach Dan Bylsma knows the disappointing finish by the U.S. Olympic men’s team in Sochi, Russia, will linger.

But he has shifted his focus back to the Pittsburgh Penguins and looks to get his Eastern Conference-leading team to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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“I don’t think you get rid of the disappointment,” Bylsma said Tuesday. “But you have to put it behind you. The task at hand is coming back here and playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and I think that’s the best way to put it behind you.”

The U.S. team earned the silver medal at the Vancouver Games in 2010. This year, the United States lost 1-0 in the semifinal round to Canada — which went on to repeat as Olympic champion — and 5-0 to Finland in Saturday’s bronze-medal game.

“The bronze-medal game was a tough one for us to rebound and get to,” Bylsma said. “That’s the biggest disappointment of the tournament.”

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was Canada’s captain at the Olympics.


Manchester United loses

Just as Manchester United perhaps thought its troubled season couldn’t get worse, it did.

The English team lost 2-0 at Olympiakos of Greece in its round-of-16 UEFA Champions League opener, leaving United manager David Moyes — hired in May to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired — on the brink of a trophyless first season.

“It was a very poor performance, and we didn’t deserve to get anything,” Moyes said. “To a man, there was nothing. I take responsibility. It’s my team, and we didn’t play well.”

The second and final leg of the total-goals series is in Manchester on March 19.

In another Champions League match, Robert Lewandowski scored twice and led Borussia Dortmund of Germany to a 4-2 victory at Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia. Dortmund will host a March 19 match.

Adidas to get less risqué

Adidas will stop selling World Cup products that used sex appeal to promote host Brazil, a move that came after a formal complaint from the government.

Adidas made the announcement hours after Brazil’s tourism board released a statement condemning some T-shirts that were being sold on the company’s website, including one that said “Lookin’ to Score,” with a woman in a bikini in front of the word “Brazil.”

Adidas, a World Cup sponsor and supplier of the official soccer ball for the tournament, said in a statement the products were limited-edition T-shirts available only in the United States.

The tourism board said the Brazilian government is “vehemently” against anything that “links Brazil’s image to sex appeal” and said officials are working to repress “sexual tourism” during the Cup.


Carolina’s Gross to retire

Carolina offensive tackle Jordan Gross, 33, is retiring after 11 seasons. He is a three-time Pro Bowl performer.

Report: Hernandez conflict

Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez has been involved in an altercation at the Bristol County House of Corrections, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said.

Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of 27-year-old semipro player Odin Lloyd in June.

College football

Michigan is investigated

The federal government is looking at how Michigan officials responded to a reported 2009 violation of the school’s sexual-misconduct policy.

The Detroit News reported the probe by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights began after federal officials received complaints related to the expulsion of kicker Brendan Gibbons, who is no longer enrolled. Gibbons has not been charged with a crime.


• Utah redshirt freshman Moana Ofahengaue, a defensive lineman, is in critical condition with a head injury after an accident on a motorized bike Sunday.

Craig James is complaining to Texas officials that his firing as a college-football analyst by Fox Sports Southwest was an act of religious discrimination. James, 53, alleges a national Fox Sports spokesman told The Dallas Morning News that James was terminated from Fox Sports Southwest for religious beliefs against same-sex marriage.

• Australian golfer Steve Elkington, who won the 1995 PGA Championship, caused outrage on Twitter when he made a disparaging remark about Missouri defensive end Michael Sam while trying to criticize media coverage that refers to the NFL prospect as gay.

Elkington first tweeted ESPN’s coverage of Sam, who has announced he is gay, was “embarrassing.”

He followed with this tweet: “ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine … No one else expected to throw today.”

Elkington later deleted his tweet, and tried to clarify his position. He posted a reply: “I’m for Sam I’m against ESPN telling me he’s gay….”

• Former WBA champion boxer Antonio Cermeno, 44, was kidnapped and found shot to death in his native Venezuela, police said.

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