PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury when he was involved in a fatal three-car collision on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but will drop out of a tournament as a result, his manager and local officials said on Wednesday. Haas, a six-time PGA Tour winner, was scheduled to play in the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades that begins Thursday, but will withdraw to recover at his home in Greenville, South Carolina, his manager said.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Slovenia came from two goals down in the third period to beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the opening round of the men's Olympic hockey tournament.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — American Redmond Gerard claimed the United States' first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Sunday, Feb. 11, with his victory in the snowboarding slopestyle competition. Gerard scored a run of 87.16 to hold off Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, who finished second and third. The 17-year-old Gerard, the youngest in the competition, landed a perfect backside triple cork 1440 on his final run and despite Parrot landing the same trick on the final run of the day the judges favoured the American.
MINNEAPOLIS — Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles was selected the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LII after throwing for 373 yards in leading the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night in Minneapolis. Foles capped one of the more improbable storylines for a Super Bowl MVP, completing 28 of 43 passes while also becoming the first quarterback in Super Bowl history catch a touchdown pass.
WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing. "The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea," Sanders wrote in a tweet. "The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues."
LOS ANGELES - Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash on Friday in New Jersey, his label confirmed. He was 50. According to a statement issued by Average Joes Entertainment, the crash took place at approximately 1 p.m. in Medford, N.J. Additional details of the crash are currently unknown.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, siding with Democrats over his fellow Republicans, said he agreed on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with lawmakers to pass an extension of the U.S. debt limit until Dec. 15, potentially avoiding an unprecedented default on U.S. government debt. After meeting with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House, Trump said he also agreed on a funding bill until mid-December that would avert a government shutdown, and disaster aid for Hurricane Harvey victims.
MAUI, Hawaii — Walter Becker, co-founder of the influential jazz-rock band Steely Dan, died on Sunday, Sept. 3, at age 67, according to his website, which did not disclose the cause of death. Becker, who played lead guitar, formed Steely Dan with Donald Fagen, its keyboardist and lead vocalist. In its heyday in the 1970s, the band scored hits with "Reelin' in the Years," "Do It Again," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Deacon Blues."
LOS ANGELES - Actor Jay Thomas, best known for his roles in the classic sitcoms "Murphy Brown" and "Cheers," has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 69. "Jay Thomas was one of the funniest and kindest men I have had the honor to call both client and friend for 25 years-plus," his publicist Thomas Estey told Variety. "He will be dearly missed by so many."
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan on Monday night as part of a new strategy for the region, arguing against a hasty withdrawal from America's longest military conflict. Trump, in a prime-time televised address, said his new approach was aimed at preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for Islamist militants bent on attacking the United States. He also laid out a tougher approach to U.S. policy toward Pakistan.