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Putin's Games end under a Crimean cloud

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Triumphant in the midst of global condemnation, Vladimir Putin clinked his champagne flute with leading sports officials, toasting the success of his pet project in Sochi.

Under chandeliers in ornate surroundings, the wine was flowing over lunch during the Paralympics this week as the Russian president saluted the transformational effect of his nation's six-week sporting extravaganza. For Putin, the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics were a validation of modern Russia's place on the world stage and "our invariably kind attitude toward friends."

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Overshadowed by the international crisis over Ukraine, Russia is welcoming the sporting world back to Sochi this week for Winter Paralympics that will be snubbed by some politicians and will struggle to match the successful Winter Olympics that ended less than two weeks ago in the Black Sea resort.

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Shuster earns 4th Olympic curling berth, Roth claims 1st

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — John Shuster earned a fourth trip to the Olympics on Saturday night, leading his team to a 7-5 victory over Heath McCormick's team in the U.S. curling trials.

Also on the team is Matt Hamilton, whose sister Becca qualified for Pyeongchang as a member of Nina Roth's rink earlier Saturday. Becca and Matt Hamilton are siblings who have also qualified for next month's U.S. trials in mixed curling.

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Shuster earns 4th Olympic curling berth, Roth claims 1st

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — John Shuster earned a fourth trip to the Olympics on Saturday night, leading his team to a 7-5 victory over Heath McCormick's team in the U.S. curling trials.

Also on the team is Matt Hamilton, whose sister Becca qualified for Pyeongchang as a member of Nina Roth's rink earlier Saturday. Becca and Matt Hamilton are siblings who have also qualified for next month's U.S. trials in mixed curling.