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Russian Olympic Committee approves competing as neutrals

MOSCOW — The Russian Olympic Committee formally gave its blessing Tuesday for the country’s athletes to compete under a neutral flag at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games.

Under International Olympic Committee sanctions announced last week in response to Russian doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, Russians will compete under the Olympic flag as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”

Vikings miss chance to clinch division title

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Cam Newton delivered the body blow while Jonathan Stewart provided the knockout punch for Carolina.

Newton's 62-yard run set up Stewart's one-yard touchdown leap—his third TD run of the day—with 1:47 to go to lift the Panthers to a 31-24 victory yesterday afternoon, snapping the Minnesota Vikings' eight-game win streak.

Flames edge Habs

MONTREAL—Missing Matthew Tkachuk to a suspension and having a back-up goalie in net wasn't going to stop the Calgary Flames.

Sean Monahan's second goal of the game 1:14 into overtime, and 35 saves from David Rittich, lifted the Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens last night.