American men win Olympic curling gold, beat Sweden 10-7

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The American men have won the Olympic gold medal in curling in a decisive upset of Sweden.

John Shuster skipped the United States to a 10-7 victory on Saturday for only the second curling medal in U.S. history. Shuster was part of the other one, too, as the lead thrower on Pete Fenson’s bronze-medal team at the 2006 Turin Games.

The Americans received a good luck call from Mr. T before the match. The King of Sweden was there, as was U.S. presidential daughter Ivanka Trump.

They saw Shuster convert a double-takeout for a five-ender in the eighth — an exceedingly rare score that made it 10-5 and essentially clinched the win.

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Graeme Shinnie can’t play but has done his bit to fire up the Dons ahead of Celtic clash

Skipper Graeme Shinnie is gutted to miss tomorrow’s clash with Celtic but has still played a key role in preparation for the showdown.

Shinnie will miss the visit of the league leaders as he serves the last game of a two-match suspension.

The 26-year-old also missed the 2-0 loss at Hibs last weekend.

Shinnie has done his best to get the Dons fired up for the Hoops after that disappointing Easter Road defeat.

He insists it was mission accomplished as by the end of the first day back in training the Reds had moved on from the Hibs defeat and were focused on ending a nine-game losing run to Celtic.

He said: “There is nothing worse than watching from the stand.

“As skipper it is my job to lift the players.

“I will be honest and say it was quite tough on Monday.

“The boys were hurting and it was also a pretty miserable day weather-wise at training.

“The boys were down and disappointed but we managed to get the spirits back up over the course of the morning.

“You have to keep looking forward in this job.

“We can’t influence the Hibs result any more.

“All we can do is influence what happens against Celtic.

“We have looked over the Hibs game and tried to pick out some points, but moving forward we need to pick ourselves back up as we have a massive game and a massive week ahead.”

Shinnie was hit with a two-game ban for the double header against Celtic and Hibs after exceeding the points threshold for bookings.

He has been yellow carded 13 times this season, the most of any Premiership player.

Shinnie said: “This is the first time I have ever had a two-match ban for my bookings.

“It has been tough.

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Athletics: Ali has busy race schedule as she looks forward to Metro return and more marathons

Ali Matthews is looking forward to winning more honours in Metro Aberdeen colours when she returns to the north-east on a permanent basis next month.

She and husband Paul regularly turned out for the city club prior to work commitments taking them to Norway in 2010, then on to Teeside in 2015.

The couple are relocating back to Aberdeen and Ali is excited about rejoining what is already a very strong Metro women’s squad.

She demonstrated her good form by winning the women’s division of the Kinloss to Lossiemoth half marathon during a brief visit last weekend.

Matthews, who was representing her current club, Darlington Harriers, overhauled Garioch’s Marie Baxter in the closing stages to take the title with a personal best time of 1hr 24min 53secs.

She said: “We have been up in Aberdeen house-hunting and I decided to fit in a race while we were here.

“I only entered a few days before so it was very much a last-minute decision.

“I’m training for the Manchester marathon in April, so this fitted in quite well. But I really didn’t expect to win.

“Marie had led all the way and I didn’t overtake her until about the 10th or 11th mile.

“She had set off quite fast so I was pleased I managed to catch her. I knew she ran a fast time here a couple of years ago.”

Matthews has a busy racing schedule coming up.

She said: “I’m looking forward to representing Metro in the near future.

“We’re going to be living in Aberdeen for the next two years at least, so I’ll definitely be back with the club.”

Her preparations for Manchester continue tomorrow with another race in the Borders.

She said: “I’m doing the Glentress trail half marathon then we’ll be away on holiday for 10 days.

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