DAILY LINKS: Mirai Nagasu first American woman to land triple axel at an Olympics

Mirai Nagasu first American woman to land triple axel at an Olympics – ESPN
Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman — and third overall — to land a triple axel in the Olympics, accomplishing the rare feat in the women’s free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang.

The 24-year-old from Arcadia, California, skated first of the five women and led her routine with the triple axel 21 seconds in. The feat drew huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Some Ridiculous Winds Couldn’t Keep Jamie Anderson From Another Slopestyle Gold – Deadspin
The snowboarding women’s slopestyle final at this Olympics was a frustrating, unfair event, marked by high winds that cancelled the qualifying round and screwed with pretty much every competitor in the final. Still, despite the awful conditions that even cut down on the number of runs each woman could make (two instead of three), it was the best in the world who took home gold: California native Jamie Anderson.

Rekindled fire: Shaun White rediscovers his love for snowboarding – San Diego Union-Tribune
Of all White’s obstacles to return to a fourth Olympics – an ankle that required surgery; a grisly crash last fall in New Zealand that required him to be airlifted off the mountain, 62 stitches in his face and five days in ICU; a lawsuit (ultimately settled) with a female drummer in his rock band that turned ugly with graphic sexual harassment allegations; a slew of young riders taking the sport to unseen heights; an awkward rift with other U.S. snowboards – the greatest was inside his head. It was not an image or words, but a single character: ?

LeBron’s New Cast Spoils Paul Pierce’s Jersey Retirement Night in Blowout Over Celtics – Sports Illustrated
The newest members of the Cavs provided some optimism for the rest of the season as the Cavs blew out the Celtics on Paul Pierce’s special night.

Eagles OC Frank Reich named new Colts coach – ESPN
Reich replaces Chuck Pagano as coach after a search that took a few twists and turns. Indianapolis announced that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had agreed to take the job on Feb. 6 and scheduled an introductory news conference for the next day. McDaniels called Colts general manager Chris Ballard later that evening and reneged on the agreement, saying he decided to stay with New England. Ballard took the blame for the team’s announcing the agreement with McDaniels before he signed the contract.

Johnny Manziel: Alcohol, bipolar disorder nearly ruined me – New York Post
The former first-round draft pick opened up about his battles with alcohol and said he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in an interview with “Good Morning America.” It’s been two years since the Cleveland Browns cut the quarterback following a flurry of off-field issues, including substance abuse and allegations of domestic violence.

Pick Six on Sunday – SanDiegoGulls.com
San Diego won a season-high sixth consecutive game following a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Barracuda today at SAP Center. The six consecutive wins surpassed the previous season high of five set from Dec. 9-23 and tie the second longest win streak in franchise history set from Jan. 25-Feb.7, 2017. The Gulls (26-17-1-0, 53 pts., 602%) have also won five consecutive road games dating back to Jan. 3, tied for the longest road win streak in San Diego history (Jan. 25-Feb. 7, 2017). San Diego swept the weekend back-to-back over the Barracuda after scoring four unanswered goals to mark the second comeback win on the weekend and 13th overall this season.

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