The Russian team of Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov won gold in the pairs competition Thursday at the European championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic, for their first Continental title.
Leading after the short program, the Russians performed to “Music” by John Miles in the free skate. Without visible flaws, their performance was enough to finish first over Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany.
No Penalties Yet in Kansas Rape Inquiry
Kansas Coach Bill Self said that a police investigation of a reported rape at his team’s dormitory had given him no reason yet to discipline any players as the second-ranked Jayhawks prepared to play at No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday.
Self acknowledged that the investigation, following a report last month regarding a 16-year-old girl, was a “major distraction.” No charges have been filed, although five of Self’s players were listed as witnesses on the police report.
GONZAGA 79, SAN DIEGO 43 Nigel Williams-Goss scored 25 points as undefeated and third-ranked Gonzaga (21-0, 9-0 West Coast Conference) beat visiting San Diego (10-11, 3-6). Johnathan Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga, the only undefeated Division I men’s team.
NORTH CAROLINA 91, VIRGINIA TECH 72 Justin Jackson scored 26 points, and No. 9 North Carolina (19-3, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit a season-high 14 3-pointers to beat visiting Virginia Tech (15-5, 4-4).
WOMEN’S GAMES Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 14 points to lead No. 3 Maryland (20-1, 8-0 Big Ten) to a 94-49 win over host Illinois (8-13, 3-5). A’ja Wilson scored 19 points to help No. 5 South Carolina (18-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) to a 62-44 victory over host Georgia (10-10, 2-5). Shakayla Thomas scored 17 points and No. 6 Florida State (20-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its seventh straight game with a 69-63 road victory over Georgia Tech (13-7, 2-5). Brianna Turner had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Notre Dame (19-3, 7-1 A.C.C.) held off No. 14 Duke (17-4, 5-3) with a 62-58 win in South Bend, Ind.
Rondo Fires Back at His Teammates
Bulls guard Rajon Rondo criticized Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler in an Instagram rant for questioning the team’s desire, firing back one day after Chicago’s stars spoke out following a rough loss to Atlanta. Rondo’s post accompanied a photo of him with his former Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Often using the term “my vets,” Rondo said they would “never go to the media.”
THUNDER 109, MAVERICKS 98 Russell Westbrook scored 45 points to help host Oklahoma City beat Dallas, but Thunder forward Enes Kanter will be out of action indefinitely after fracturing his right forearm while punching a chair.
Isles Snap Losing Streak to Canadiens
Andrew Ladd scored twice to lead the Islanders to a 3-1 victory over Montreal at Barclays Center that ended a seven-game losing streak to the Canadiens. Josh Bailey also had a goal, and Thomas Greiss stopped 21 shots.
CAPITALS 5, DEVILS 2 Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Washington beat the Devils in Newark to head into the All-Star break with the most points in the N.H.L.
FAMILY MATTER KEEPS COACH FROM ALL-STAR GAME John Tortorella, the coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, has returned to Ohio because of a family emergency that will keep him out of the N.H.L. All-Star Game this weekend.
Lincicome Leads L.P.G.A. Opener
Brittany Lincicome’s nine-under-par 64 gave her the first-round lead in the L.P.G.A. Tour’s season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on Paradise Island. Stacy Lewis, Megan Khang and P. K. Kongkraphan were two shots back.
Power Is Cut Off at Macaranã Stadium
Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium is without power after a dispute over unpaid electricity bills.
The electric utility company Light said that power had been cut off at the stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup soccer final and the opening and closing ceremonies of last year’s Rio Olympics.
The company said it was owed 3 million reais (about $940,000), with 1.3 million of that owed by a consortium managing the stadium. The rest, it said, was owed by the Rio 2016 Olympic organizers.
UNITED REACHES ENGLISH FINAL Manchester United reached the English League Cup final after a 2-1 loss to Hull in the second leg of its semifinal. United, which won the first leg, 2-0, advanced with a 3-2 win on aggregate and will play Southampton in the final.
BARCELONA IN SEMIFINALS ONCE AGAIN Lionel Messi scored one goal and played a role in the other four as Barcelona routed Real Sociedad, 5-2, to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for the seventh straight season. Denis Suárez scored twice as Barcelona advanced, 6-2, on aggregate.