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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Sport: Luge, Sprint Cars, and the NBA



Saturday Sport
The godfather of luge, Georg Hackl

Winter sports is very much on tap this weekend, with skating, luge, bobsled, skiing, all in international competition.  Figure Skating is being contested this Saturday in the Four Continents Championships pairs free competition in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. Four Continents Championships men's free skate competition will also be held in Gangneung, South Korea.

Also in South Korea, the Luge World Cup from Pyeongchang.  Pyeongchang hosts an International Luge Federation (FIL) World Cup for the first time this weekend, with the sliders set to take on the Alpensia Sliding Centre track, only the second officially certified track in Asia.  The  Luge World Cup on  Saturday includes final rounds of the men's event followed by the team relay event.   World Cup competition is due to take place over two days at the venue, which will host 7,000 spectators during next year’s Olympics.



In Germany, Bobsledding will be contest today at the IBSF World Championships.  The 2 man bobsleigh competition will be held today, in  Königssee in Bavaria. 

 In the USA, in College Basketball:  the Kansas Jayhawks will travel to the Baylor Bears. These nationally-ranked teams met on Feb. 1, with the Jayhawks winning 73-68 in Lawrence, Kansas. Kansas has won nine straight in the series.  The Colorado Buffaloes will meet the Oregon Ducks in Oregon. Colorado beat Oregon a few weeks ago in Boulder.  Oregon had won 17 straight before the loss.  The Kentucky Wildcats will travel to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. On January 31st, the Bulldogs pushed Kentucky to overtime before succumbing 90-81.


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ramps up this weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona gets the season started at Daytona International Speedway. The elite field for the 75-lap event includes last year's polesitters and playoff  drivers, plus former Daytona 500 and Clash winners.

The National Basketball Association All Star Weekend will include many events tonight from New Orleans.  Tonight's NBA Events in the buildup to tomorrow's big game in New Orleans include the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest and Skills Challenge, won last year by Zach LaVine, Klay Thompson and Karl-Anthony Towns

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