2018 Paralympics: Skier Andrew Kurka shifts focus after breaking back in Sochi

CLOSE With the Paralympic Games about to get underway, we asked a number of athletes how they found the sport they love. USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Kurka is expected to ski five events at the Pyeongchang Paralympics. (Photo: Jeffrey Swinger, USA TODAY Sports)

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Toys ‘R’ Us could go out of business next week. That’s bad news for Lego and Barbie

Bankrupt retailer Toys “R” Us may shut all its US stores as soon as next week, according to several reports.

That’s terrible news for the two biggest publicly traded toy companies. Investors are clearly preparing for the worst. Shares of Hasbro (HAS) fell 3.5% Friday morning while Mattel (MAT) plun …
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Valspar Championship: Tiger Woods fires his best round of 2018 with 3-under effort

At 4 under, Tiger Woods co-led the Valspar Championship at the time his second round ended. I repeat, it’s 2018, Woods is four tournaments into his most recent comeback and he led for much of the morning in Palm Harbor, Florida, on Friday during Round 2. It remains to be seen whether his 4-under 138 …
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Paralympics 2018: Contested Islands on Flag Kept the Two Koreas From Marching Together

Despite the historic announcement Thursday that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plan to meet and discuss nuclear weapons, not everything is always rosy in North Korea’s new détente with the outside world.

After marching together for the beginning of the Winter Olympics, N …
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The Warriors — and by extension, the NBA — hinge on the health of Stephen Curry’s ankles

Stephen Curry’s latest ankle injury reinforces how his health will determine much of what happens this NBA season. (Kyle Terada/USA Today)

So much has changed for the Golden State Warriors, and the NBA as a whole, since the franchise exploded overnight into a championship contender at the start o …
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How science fiction films like ‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ embrace femininity

In the first act of “Annihilation,” Natalie Portman’s character, a biologist and Army veteran named Lena, joins a crew planning to venture into Area X, a mysterious stretch of land surrounded by a translucent rainbow entity called the Shimmer. Multiple investigative teams have entered the Shimmer be …
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