Celski gets ready for Olympics by winning 5 of 6 finals at trials
Short-track legend Apolo Anton Ohno of Seattle tabbed J.R. Celski of Federal Way as a future star four years ago.
With Ohno retired and doing TV commentary these days, the 23-year-old Celski has stepped into the void as the sport’s leading man in the United States.
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Celski won the 1,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday in Kearns, Utah, giving him three individual events to compete in at the Sochi Games next month in Russia.
Celski heads to his second Olympics looking to add to the two bronze medals he won at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
“I’ve gotten the experience, but this time is completely different for me,” Celski said. “Mentally, physically, I’m healthy.
“I’m going to ride that momentum. I look forward to doing some damage over there.”
Celski competed in six finals — two each at 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters — from Friday through Sunday and won five times. He can skate at each of those distances in the Olympics.
On Sunday, he lost to Chris Creveling by 0.017 seconds in the first final at 1,000 meters. Celski responded by winning the second final by 0.543 seconds over runner-up John-Henry Krueger.
Celski will be joined on the U.S. men’s Olympic team by Creveling, 2010 Olympian Jordan Malone, Eddy Alvarez and Kyle Carr.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better team than this,” Celski said. “I’m so happy to bring these guys and go to Sochi and represent.”
Jessica Smith of Melvindale, Mich., heads a U.S. women’s Olympic team that also includes Emily Scott and 2010 Olympian Alyson Dudek.
Superstar Eusebio dies at 71
Portuguese great Eusebio died in Lisbon, reportedly of heart failure, at age 71.
Eusebio was Europe’s player of the year in 1965 and was the continent’s top scorer in 1968 and 1973. In 1998, a panel of 100 experts gathered by world governing body FIFA voted Eusebio one of the 10 best players of all time.
The “Black Panther,” who was born in Mozambique, was playing for Portugal when North Korea took a 3-0 lead in a 1966 World Cup match. Eusebio scored four goals as Portugal rallied for a 5-3 victory.
According to FIFA, Eusebio scored 733 goals in 745 professional matches.
Man U is ousted from FA Cup
Manchester United was knocked out in the third round of England’s FA Cup, losing 2-1 at home to fellow Premier League team Swansea.
Wilfried Bony scored a last-minute goal on a header for Swansea.
Meanwhile, Premier League team West Ham sent out a squad of youngsters and reserve players at second-tier Nottingham Forest. Nottingham Forest won the third-round match 5-0.
Broadcaster Coleman dies at 89
Jerry Coleman, who became the lead radio broadcaster for the San Diego Padres in 1972 and called some of the team’s games as recently as last season, died at a hospital. He was 89.
Coleman suffered head injuries in a fall last month and reportedly had two operations.
“We’re losing a San Diego icon,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He’s going to be missed.”
Coleman’s streak of broadcasting games was interrupted in 1980 because he was the Padres’ manager, going 73-89.
Coleman was a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and in the Korean War. According to Padres officials, he flew 120 missions and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Coleman was an infielder for the New York Yankees from 1949 through 1957 and batted .263. He hit .275 in six World Series and helped the Yankees win four titles. In 1950, Coleman was selected to the American League All-Star team and voted World Series most valuable player.
His broadcasting honors included the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. “Oh, Doctor!” was among his best-known expressions during games.
Coleman also gained notoriety for on-air malaprops, such as “Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen.”
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Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy told The Associated Press that French investigators are taking steps to obtain a copy of a smartphone video cited in a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel.
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