LOS ANGELES - Over the past few Olympics, NBC has shown more live coverage over the Internet than it has on TV. For the upcoming Winter Games, Comcast's Xfinity TV subscribers will be able to tap the breadth of that online coverage on their big screens.
For the first time, subscribers who use Comcast Corp.'s latest-generation X1 video set-top box will be able to access content that had once been "digital only."
That includes use of the NBC Sports Live Extra app on big-screen TVs. This year, the app will include a buffed-up version of a live program called "Gold Zone." It will cut in and out of medal events and recap highlights. Live streaming of events and other coverage will also be available on the TV through the X1 box.
Winter X Games
Gold medals in snowboardcross at the Winter X Games went to a pair of familiar faces Friday: Lindsey Jacobellis and Nate Holland.
The perfect way to head over to Sochi, where both will be on the U.S. Olympic team.
Jacobellis won her eighth title. She is back to 100 percent after a pair of knee operations over the last two years.
Jacobellis finished fifth in Vancouver and second in Turin after giving away the gold when she fell on a celebratory jump near the bottom of the course.
Holland is still nursing a broken collarbone back to full strength. He overcame the flu to win his seventh title in an event that was taken off the program for 2013 but returned this year. Holland finished 14th and fourth at the last two Olympics.
When Stacey Cook completed her downhill run Friday, she raised both arms to the sky and flashed her pink mouth guard in a wide smile.
The fastest racer to that point with the No. 13 bib, Cook ended up fifth to match Lindsey Vonn for the best result by the U.S. women's speed team this season.
With Vonn out injured, it was a big breakthrough two weeks before the Sochi Olympics - both for Cook and for a team that has struggled this season.
Cook was joined by teammates Julia Mancuso in ninth and rookie Jacqueline Wiles in 15th for her first World Cup points. Laurenne Ross was 17th for her best result this season.
World Cup slalom
Felix Neureuther of Germany won the slalom of the classic Hahnenkamm event in heavy snow on Friday after first-run leader Marcel Hirscher failed to finish.
Neureuther, who trailed Hirscher by 0.38 seconds, avoided mistakes in his second run and finished in 1 minute, 53.23 seconds.
As the final racer on the course, Hirscher initially extended his lead over the German to 0.40 before straddling a gate. Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was 0.57 back in second, and Patrick Thaler of Italy finished third, 0.82 behind Neureuther.
Evan Lysacek will be in Sochi after all.
No, he won't be defending his gold medal after injuries curtailed his comeback last year. Instead, the Vancouver Olympic champion will be "wearing many hats" in Russia, and he might be more exhausted after these games than he was after competing four years ago.
Lysacek, whose younger sister, Christina Lysacek, was a College of Charleston graduate, will work as an analyst on NBC's "Today Show" for the men's and team figure skating events. He'll be involved with several of his sponsors, such as Citi with the "Every Step Of The Way" program in which he will raise funds for Figure Skating in Harlem, one of his favorite organizations.
Lysacek is aiding Procter and Gamble with its "Thank You Mom" campaign through which his mother "was able to get pampered, which she doesn't get to do too often," for the Vancouver Games.
After the Olympics, he'll serve as a sports envoy for the U.S. State Department, journeying to St. Petersburg to work with some Russian sports organizations.
Ross skips Cup
Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross will skip the American Cup in March in Greensboro, N.C., because of a back injury.
Ross, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team that won gold in London, will be replaced by Elizabeth Price.
Price served as an alternate in London two years ago and won a World Cup event in Germany last month. The 17-year-old struggled with injuries after London but bounced back to win the World Cup event in Stuttgart for the second straight year.
South African skier
Teenager Sive Speelman might have been South Africa's version of "Eric the Eel" at the Sochi Olympics, the feel-good story of the games.
The 18-year-old slalom skier is from a rural and impoverished corner of a country where snow is rare and Alpine skiers even rarer - especially ones that are black. But despite qualifying for a place at the Winter Games, he won't be competing.
South Africa's national Olympic committee has decided that Speelman isn't good enough, denying him a chance to ski alongside the best in the world in Sochi even though he was invited by the IOC.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee's decision to deny Speelman his place is being fiercely criticized at home, with SASCOC accused of crushing a young athlete's dreams and ignoring the Olympic ideal.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, aged 76, was officially appointed head of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic organizing committee on Friday.
Mori initially rejected the request, citing his age, but agreed to accept the post after no other suitable candidates from the Japan business community came forward.
Instead of downplaying his age and history of verbal gaffes, Mori raised eyebrows by admitting he may not even be alive in 2020. "If all goes well, I'm destined to live maybe five or six more years," Mori was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency after agreeing to accept the post.
Mori also is president of the Japan Rugby Football Union, which is organizing the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
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