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Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Americans Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall, the only mom athlete on Team USA, made history on Wednesday by winning gold in the women’s team sprint cross-country event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It’s the first-ever Olympic cross-county gold medal for the United States and the first-ever Olympic medal in the sport for U.S. women.

Diggins, 26, had an incredibly strong push in the last lap and came from behind to win. "In the final stretch, I was just thinking, 'Go, go, go. I'm giving it everything I had, and I've got someone who I really love and care about waiting for me at the finishing line, and I just want to make her proud.’’

Randall, who was on edge watching the final lap, said, "I felt like Charlotte Kalla [of Sweden] and I had a screaming match. Her teammate was coming down and she went, 'Come on.' And I went, 'Diggins,' and I had so much adrenaline as she was coming down.”

“But if there's anybody I'd have 100 percent faith in coming down that finishing stretch as fast as possible, it's Jessie. So that was just a wonderful feeling to take it all in and watch it happen," Randall, 35, added.

Bill Koch won the United States’ first Olympic cross-country medal 42 years ago at the 1976 Olympics, taking home a silver medal in the 30-kilometer (18 miles) event. Cross-country, or Nordic, skiing has been an Olympic event since the games in 1924 in Chamonix, France, but the women’s event wasn’t added until 1952.

Randall, of Alaska, is ending on a career high, earning the gold medal in her fifth and final Olympics. She missed the 2014 Sochi Games because of a strain in her lower back. She also gave birth to her son, Breck, in April 2016.

“It still doesn't feel real,” she said. “It's what I've been working on for 20 years and with this team for the last five years and -- wow."

Diggins, of Minnesota, made her Olympic debut in Sochi four years ago, placing eight in the individual skiathon. But she redeemed herself Wednesday with a strong finish, surpassing her Norwegian competitors at the very end to clench the gold medal.

ABC News contributor Steven Nyman, who competed in three Olympics for the United States and is friends with Randall and Diggins, became emotional watching the event.

“History was truly made tonight -- the first Olympic medal for any American woman in cross-country," Nyman said. "It has been a long time in the making, and no better two to make it happen. Kikkan Randall inspired a whole movement or youth skiers, and for her to win this medal alongside the future of the team and Jessie Diggins was incredible.”


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Tom Pennington/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Veteran skier Lindsey Vonn was the favorite in women's downhill coming into the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She'd won the last three World Cup downhill events coming into the games and has the second-most all-time wins in World Cup events with 81.

But after finishing sixth in the Super-G event, the disappointment continued for Vonn on Wednesday as she placed third in the downhill, earning her a bronze medal.

Vonn finished .47 seconds behind the gold medalist, Italy’s Sofia Goggia, and was in place for the silver until a surprisingly strong run by Norway’s Raghild Mowinkel bumped Vonn into third place. Mowinkel missed out on gold by just nine-one-hundredths of a second.

"I gave it all today, skied a great race. Sofia just skied better than I did," Vonn said.

Vonn couldn’t hide her disappointment and admitted this would likely be her final Olympics.

"It was tough to contemplate, this being my last Olympic downhill. I struggled to try to keep the emotions together, but I left it all on the mountain like I said I would," Vonn said. "I love what I do, but my body just can't take another four years. But I'm proud to be competing for my country, giving it all -- and proud to come away with a medal."

ABC News contributor Steven Nyman, who competed in three Olympics for the U.S., said Vonn may have been charging too hard in her run.

"Lindsey skied well. She was going hard -- maybe a little too hard," Nyman said. "There were a couple sections where she got low on the line and didn’t carry full speed."


"There had to be a lot of emotion in today’s race, and that finally released at the finish," he added. "We know she wanted gold, but bronze works."

Vonn talked about her grandfather, who recently passed away.

"It's been really hard for me not to get emotional for so many reasons, especially because of my grandfather," she said. "I wanted to win so much because of him, but I still think I made him proud."

Vonn, who is a four-time Olympian and a three-time Olympic medalist, did add another record to her accomplished career. The 33-year-old is now the oldest female alpine skier to win an Olympic medal.

"If you think what's happened over the last eight years and what I've been through to get here, I gave it all. And to come away with a medal is a dream come true," Vonn said. "You've got to put things into perspective. Of course, I'd have loved a gold medal, but honestly this is amazing and I'm so proud."

Vonn tweeted about claiming the bronze medal, saying it "felt like gold."

The veteran does have one more chance to medal in Pyeongchang as she competes in the alpine combined -- a combination of one downhill run and one slalom run -- on Thursday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Philadelphia 3, Montreal 2
Tampa Bay 4, Washington 2
Columbus 2, New Jersey 1
Toronto 1, Florida 0
Nashville 3, Detroit 2
San Jose 3, St. Louis 2
L.A. Kings 4, Winnipeg 3
Boston 3, Edmonton 2
Colorado 5, Vancouver 4

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(2) Michigan St. 81, Illinois 61
(16) Ohio St. 79, Rutgers 52
(18) Rhode Island 95, La Salle 93
(21) West Virginia 71, Baylor 60

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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The running back once nicknamed "the muscle hamster" will be looking for a new home next season. Tuesday the Buccaneers announced they release running back Doug Martin. Martin was due to make seven million dollars next season.

Martin burst onto the scene in 2012 as a first round draft pick out of Boise State and amassed 1,454 yards on the ground and 11 rushing touchdowns in 16 games played. He only played a combined 17 games in 2013 and 2014, but came back with another 1,400 rushing yard season in 2015, where he once again played all 16 games.

In the last two years, however, Martin only played in 19 games and ran for a combined 827 yards. He also had some off the field issues, being suspended at the end of 2016 for four games for violating the NFL's drug policy, which carried over into the start of last season. As a result, the Buccaneers weren't on the hook for any of the $15 million of guaranteed money in the five-year, $35.75 million deal he signed in 2016.

He only averaged 2.9 yards per carry in 2017, was a healthy scartch against Saints in Week 15 for violating  a team rule, and was benched in favor of second-year running back Peyton Barber at the end of the year.

"I want to thank the Glazer family, Jason Licht, Coach Koetter, Coach Schiano, Mark Dominik, and the Tampa Bay organization," the 29-year-old said on his Instagram. "You made my childhood dream of being an NFL player come to fruition when you drafted me and you afforded me financial independence when you awarded me my second contract. I am grateful for the impact you have had on my life."

Despite his struggles lately, Martin says he's ready for the 2018 season. "I am in the best shape of my life physically and mentally and my best football is ahead of me," he said. "I look forward to the next stage of my career, while wishing everyone in Tampa Bay the very best."

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Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- The Louisville men's basketball program won the NCAA Championship in 2013, but there will soon be no record of it. The NCAA ruled Tuesday that the team will have to vacate its 2013 title and 2012 Final Four appearance, despite an appeal to what the school called "Draconian penalties" placed on them last year.

"I cannot say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong," Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement. "We disagree with the NCAA ruling for reasons we clearly stated in our appeal. And we made a strong case -- based on NCAA precedent -- that supported our argument."

The penalties are a result of an investigation that included allegations that a former Louisville staff member arranged for striptease dances and sex acts for players and recruits during parties at an on-campus dormitory from 2011 to 2015. This same investigation led to the firing of legendary head coach Rick Pitino, who denied any knowledge of the incidents, athletic director Tom Jurich and university President James Ramsey's resignation.

Louisville will be the first NCAA Division I men's basketball program to vacate a national title during the Final Four era, but in a news conference after the announcement, interim athletics director Vince Tyra said the wins will not be forgotten.

"We'll remove the official recognition, but it won't remove it from our hearts and minds," Tyra said. "It brings closure to one of these situations. It's not going to bring closure to the successes and memories our teams had. I'm sad for our players and certainly our staff members."

What's next for Louisville? Postel says it's time to put this behind them and move forward as a program and university.

"This dark cloud has hung over our heads for more than two years, and it has had a negative impact on our athletics program, our fans and the entire university family," he said. "While we disagree with the NCAA's decision, it is time for the university to close this chapter and move forward with a stronger commitment to excellence on and off the court."

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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- A Slovenian hockey player has been expelled from the Olympic Games after allegedly testing positive for a banned substance, the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said Tuesday.

Ziga Jeglic, who played on the Slovenian team that beat Team USA last week, was tested on match day, according to Team Slovenia press officer Brane Dmitrovic.

He was told to leave Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday within 24 hours, the CAS said in a statement. Jeglic is the third athlete in the Winter Games who has been accused of doping.

CAS, the Switzerland-based body that reviews the evidence in such cases, said it has started an investigation.

Kei Saito, a Japanese short-track speed skater, was sent home after allegedly testing positive last week for acetazolamide, a diuretic and masking agent.

Russian Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, the bronze medalist in mixed pairs curling, allegedly had meldonium in his blood samples and has also left the games.

Meldonium appears to work by inhibiting the synthesis of a substance called carnitine, which the cells in the body need to burn fat to produce energy. The Russians argue that it wouldn’t help them.

Published studies say meldonium may be effective in treating heart ailments, strokes, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as in improving people’s moods. But some experts said the evidence for such claims was scant and that it was not even clear whether the drug improves athletic performance.

Krushelnitsky, in a statement published on the Russian Curling Federation’s website, said he has never used any banned substances in his career.

"I can declare openly that never have I used banned substances or resorted to any other unsportsmanlike methods over the time I have been in sport," Krushelnitsky wrote.

The Russian National Committee is banned from the Pyeongchang games because of widespread, systematic doping during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Only athletes who were viewed to have not participated in any doping scheme were invited to attend these Olympics after careful vetting.

They participate under a neutral banner, the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR). If Krushnelnitckii is found to have purposefully taken the drug to enhance his performance, it could jeopardize Russia’s efforts to be reinstated into the Olympic family.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) today said it will launch a comprehensive investigation into the incident to establish the details. “The concentration of meldonium found in the sample indicates that it was a single dose of the drug, which is not used for medical purposes, and it is absolutely meaningless from the point of view of achieving any therapeutic effect on the human body,” the ROC said in a statement.

Krushelnitckii, who trained in Japan before arriving in South Korea for the competition, has reportedly told officials that somebody must have laced his food or drink with the banned substance. Meldonium has been a banned substance for athletes in competitions since 2016.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declined to comment on the ongoing investigation until it is complete, but said the new strict procedures will catch violators.

“It is always disappointing when these things happen, but it shows the systems are working here,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. The Russian Curling Federation is fully backing its curler’s claim of innocence and rallying to show support for the OAR curling squad.

"Today, practically all members of the Russian Curling Federation are flying to Pyeongchang to attend the CAS session,” Dmitry Svishchev, President of the Russia Curling Federation, told Russian news agency TASS. “We cannot leave these guys all alone in this situation." CAS has indicated it will release its ruling on Krushelnitckii by Thursday. The Olympic closing ceremonies will take place Sunday when the Russian athletes hope they will be allowed to march under the Russian flag.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Once starter Yu Darvish was signed by the Cubs and first baseman Eric Hosmer was picked up by the San Diego Padres, the feeling was that more big name MLB free agents would start coming off the board. Now, J.D. Martinez is off the market.

The outfielder has agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal with the Boston Red Sox with an opt out after two seasons. $50 million of the $110 will be paid over the first two season.

Martinez will supply the Red Sox with a power bat in the middle of their order, which is much needed after Boston finished last in the American League in home runs in 2017. Boston reportedly offered Martinez a five-year, $100 million deal earlier in the month.

The 30-year-old was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle of last season, and put on a performance that some said was worthy of MVP consideration despite only playing 62 games in the National League. After hitting 16 home runs and 39 RBIs with Detroit in 57 games, Martinez came to Arizona and hit .302 with 29 homers with 65 RBIs in just 62 games. In September alone, Martinez hit .404 with 16 home runs (a National League record) and 36 RBIs in 24 games.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- You'll be seeing less visits to the mound this baseball season. This part of Major League Baseball's effort to speed up the nine-inning game which was on average a record three hours and five minutes last season.

The league announced Monday there will be a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change. This means any visit by a coach, manager or player.

Under this rule, each team will get an additional mound visit without a pitching change per extra inning. If there are no visits remaining, the home plate umpire can grant permission for the catcher to go out and talk to the pitcher if there's a cross-up on pitch signals.

MLB is also eliminated rules guaranteeing eight warm-up pitches before a half-inning in an effort to keep inning breaks shorter. The goal is 2:05 for most games, 2:25 for national TV games during the regular season and 2:55 for postseason games. There are, of course, exceptions if there are injuries or if the pitcher or catcher is on base, at bat or on deck during that time.

"I am pleased that we were able to reach an understanding with the players association," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "My strong preference is to continue to have ongoing dialogue with players on this topic to find mutually acceptable solutions."

Understanding is the key word, because the MLB Players Association refused to agree to the changes, but also signed an agreement to not oppose the rules. There were also discussions about 20-second pitch clocks, but that was not implemented.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- LeBron James says he didn't know who Laura Ingraham was until she started an NBA-like trash-talking feud with him on her Fox News show by telling him "shut up and dribble" in response to his bashing of President Trump.

But the 33-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers star said Ingraham couldn't have picked a better time than NBA All-Star weekend to launch her attempt to silence his social commentary.

"I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, equality and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to 'shut up and dribble,'" James said at a news conference ahead of Sunday night's NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles. "So, thank you, whatever her name is. I don't even know her name."

On Sunday, the 54-year-old conservative host of "The Ingraham Angle" defended her on-air comments about James, in which she slammed his "barely intelligible, not to mention ungrammatical take on President Trump" in a podcast. She said people who described her comments as racists in an avalanche of social media posts took them wrong.

"In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called 'Shut Up & Sing,' in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to 'Shut Up & Act,' Jimmy Kimmel to 'Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,' and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to 'Shut up & Coach,'" she said in a statement to ABC News.

"If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks -- false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."

Ingraham's brouhaha with James started Thursday night when she aired part of a segment from the podcast "Uninterrupted," hosted by ESPN's Cari Champion, in which James and fellow NBA star Kevin Durant talked basketball and social issues while riding in an Uber.

"I feel like our team, as a country, is not ran by a great coach," Durant tells James in the piece.

James responds: "It's not even a surprise when he (Trump) says something. It's laughable and it's scary."

Referring to Trump, Champion added: "I shouldn't be numb to your racist comments. I shouldn't be numb to your behavior."

When the camera cut back to her, Ingraham said, "I'm numb to this commentary" before slamming James, specifically.

"Must they run their mouth like that?" she said. "Unfortunately, a lot of kids, and some adults, take these ignorant comments seriously.

"Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids," she continued. "This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred-million-dollars a year to bounce a ball. Oh, and LeBron and Kevin, you're great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble."

During his news conference Saturday with reporters from around the world, James said, "We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that."

"I also wish she did a little bit more fact checking because I actually did finish high school and didn't leave early. I graduated high school," James said. "You know, to be an African-American kid and grow up in the inner city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable, and to make it to where I've made it today, I think I've defeated the odds and I want every kid to know that and everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well."

Pointing to his two young sons sitting near him, James said he feels an obligation to speak out on subjects other than basketball.

"I will not just shut up and dribble because I mean too much to my two boys here, their best friend right here, my daughter that's at home, my wife, my family, and all these other kids that look up to me for inspiration and trying to find a way out, and find some leeway on how they can become as great as they can be and how those dreams can become reality," he said.

As for Ingraham, he added: "I would have had a little bit more respect for her if she would have actually wrote those words. She probably said it right off a teleprompter."

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Leon Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro battled it out in the NBA dunk contest.

Larry Nance Jr. dressed in his father's old uniform and also had his father, who won the contest in 1984,  help him with one of his dunks.  But Nance's nostalgia was no match for Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz rookie.

Mitchell's show at the Staples Center won him the slam dunk contest and capped off NBA All Star Saturday.

Mitchell sealed his victory over Nance Jr. with the 360 degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.

"I wanted this so badly," Mitchell said. "This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend. To not only be in it, but to win it, it's crazy."

Before making his winning dunk, Mitchell peeled off his Jazz jersey to reveal a vintage Carter jersey from the Toronto Raptors.

Mitchell needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.

Nance had earned a perfect 50 with a slam off a double alley-oop off the glass.

Mitchell advanced to the finals with a creative dunk in the first round that used his sister, Jordan, as well as Kevin Hart and the comedian's son as props.

Mitchell's sister, Hart and the comedian's son, crouched in a line in front of the basket. Mitchell had an assistant toss the ball off the side of the backboard. He caught it and did a one-handed tomahawk dunk as he jumped over his sister, Hart and his son.

For that dunk, Mitchell wore a Darrell Griffith Jazz jersey. Griffith participated in the first slam dunk contest in 1984.

It earned a perfect 50.

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