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J.R. Celski of Federal Way makes his 2nd short-track speedskating Olympic team

J.R. Celski, who is from Federal Way, made the Olympic short-track team by winning two 1,500-meter finals at the U.S. trials in Kearns, Utah.


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Short-track speedskating

Celski wins twice, qualifies for Olympics

J.R. Celski, who is from Federal Way, qualified for his second Olympic team by dominating in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. trials Friday night in Kearns, Utah.

Celski won both the “A” and “B” finals. He threw both arms in the air at the end of the second final.

“To cross the line and realize I got a spot for Sochi was amazing,” Celski said. “There was definitely a little bit more pressure than last time. But I’m taking it more serious than last time, as well.”

Celski, 23, won two bronze medals at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.

Five men and three women will make the U.S. team for next month’s Sochi Olympics in Russia.

Jessica Smith of Melvindale, Mich., made her first Olympic team when she won the women’s 1,500 “A” final and finished second to Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo., in the “B” final.

Auto racing

Fans show support for Schumacher

Michael Schumacher’s friends and family took turns by his hospital bed as about 100 fans rallied outside the hospital in Grenoble, France, to support the critically injured Formula One great on his 45th birthday.

Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since Sunday, when he fell while skiing and struck his head on a rock. His manager, Sabine Kehm, said Schumacher’s condition is stable but critical.

Some fans used a projector to screen the words “STAY STRONG!” and “KEEP FIGHTING!” on the hospital’s wall.

Schumacher, who won seven F1 championships, retired in 2012.

Motorcycle racing

Villopoto of Poulsbo prepares to defend title

Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo opens defense of his three consecutive AMA Supercross championships on Saturday night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in California in the first event of a 17-race season.

Baseball

Loney to stay with Rays

First baseman James Loney has finalized a $21 million, three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Loney, 29, hit .299 with 13 homers and 75 runs batted in for the Rays last year.

Monfort apologizes

Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to two years of supervised probation, during which his alcohol use will be monitored.

The plea stemmed from his arrest Nov. 4 in Windsor, Colo., where police say he was pulled over and found to be driving with a breath alcohol concentration level more than three times the legal limit.

Monfort, 54, reportedly has been in alcohol treatment for the past two months. Outside court, Monfort said “every day is a battle” with alcohol abuse.

Tennis

Williams advances

American Serena Williams, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, extended her winning streak against Russian Maria Sharapova to 14 matches with a 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) semifinal victory at the Brisbane International in Australia.

Defending champion Williams will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in Saturday’s final. Azarenka beat Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams — Serena’s older sister — will face Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the title match at the WTA tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.

In men’s action, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Gael Monfils of France won semifinal matches in the Qatar Open in Doha.

ELSEWHERE

• Brazil has given special training for more than 10,000 members of an elite federal security force to help better control demonstrations expected during the World Cup later this year, the Justice Ministry and a top security official said.

Col. Alexandre Augusto Aragon, who heads the National Security Force, said 10,000 riot troops selected from state-police forces throughout Brazil will be deployed in the 12 cities that will host World Cup matches from June 12 to July 13.

Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann of Switzerland won a World Cup two-man bobsled competition in Winterberg, Germany, ending American pilot Steven Holcomb’s seven-race overall winning streak to start the season.

Holcomb and teammate Steve Langton finished seventh.

Patrick Sharp scored three goals to lead the defending NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 victory over host New Jersey. The Blackhawks lead the league with 66 points.

• In men’s college basketball, reserve Taurean Prince scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half, leading No. 9 Baylor to an 80-50 victory over visiting Savannah State. Cory Jefferson added 13 points for the Bears (12-1).

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