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23:10. Russian women's hockey squad wins in match against Sweden 3:1. Russians will play against Switzerland next.
23:06. A bounce from Swedish player's bandy doesn't count as goal. Russia keeps leading 3:1.
23:04. Another puck, and Russia leads 3:1. The winner will play against Switzerland, the other team will play with Finland.
22:28 Hockey match between Russian and Canadian women's squads has already kicked off, and Russia is leading 2:1.
22:02 Russia’s female curlers lost 4-8 to South Korea in Robin Round session 6.
Russian curler Anna Sidorova © AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
21:13 Russian lugers win silver in luge team relay competition.
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21:06 Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko quits his sports career.
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Chinese speed skater Hong Zhang © EPA/VINCENT JANNINK
19:55 Russian figure skater Plushenko pulls out from men's individual tournament due to injury.
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19:29. French Martin Fourcade won gold in men's biathlon 20km individual.
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19:00. Meanwhile, men's figure skating events kicks off in Sochi. All hopes pinned on Evgeni Plushenko.
18:45. The United States trounced Slovakia 7:1 in a preliminary round ice hockey game at the Sochi Olympics.
18:29. Another 2 pucks, and Russia's leading 5:2. Valeri Nichushkin (43:59) and Anton Belov (47:53)!
18:00. Russia still leading in ice hockey match against Slovenia, but rivals have already delivered 2 pucks, making the score 3:2.
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17:14. Russian male curling team has clinched first victory at the Winter Olympics in the southern Russian city of Sochi, beating 7-6 Switzerland’s curling squad.
16:52. Hockey match between Russian and Slovenian squads has already kicked off, and Russia is leading 2:0.
16:27. Li Jianrou of China wins women's 500 meter short track gold medal. Arianna Fontana of Italy got the silver and Park Seung-hi of South Korea won the bronze.
16:02. Russia's speed skaters advance into 5,000 meters relay finals. Russia to pompete with Kazakhstan, China and the Netherlands on Feb. 21.
15:28. South Korea, Italy, Great Britain and China to compete in women's 500 meter short track semi-finals.
15:05. Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland wins gold in women's classical-style cross-country race. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla is second and Therese Johaug of Norway wins the bronze. The best of Russians was Natalya Zhukova, she finished seventh.
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14:42. Germany's women's hockey squad won over Japan with a score of 4:0.
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14:38. The only Kyrgyz athlete who gained the right to compete in Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will not perform over an injury he had got at a training session.
14:09. Finland is ahead 7:4 in men's ice hockey battle with Austria minutes before the end of the game.
14:08. Russia's speed skater Sofya Prosvirnova doesn't make it to the finals in women's 500 meter short track.
14:05. Russia's women hockey squad is capable of beating swedes and taking the first place in the group, says head coach of a Russian hockey club. The game is to take place later today.
13:59. In men's ski slopestyle final the current leader is Joss Christensen of the United States. He was first after the qualification, followed by Andreas Haatveit of Norway and Britain's James Woods.
Joss Christensen of USA in action (c) EPA/Michael Kappeler
13:56. Austria scores in the third period of the ice hockey match against Finland. It makes the current score 6:3 in favour of Finland.
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13:46. Canadian ice hockey players Matthew Duchene and Pernell Karl Subban are not to play in Canada's first Olympic match against Norway.
13:43. Russian freestyler Pavel Korpachev performed in a ski slopestyle qualification round at the Sochi Olympics with a serious injury.
13:35. After the second run in women's skeleton Elizabeth Yarnold of Great Britain is first, Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States second and Elena Nikitina of Russia is is third.
Elena Nikitina of Russia (c) EPA/TOBIAS HASE
13:33. Petri Kontiola scores and Finland is leading 6:2 in men's first ice hockey match against Austria.
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13:11. Finland is ahead by 3 already (5:2) in men's first ice hockey match against Austria.
13:02. And skier Roberto Carcelen from Peru is going to take part in a ski race with a fractured rib. Moreover, he's the first Peruvian to take part in Winter Olympics.
12:50. Finland is leading 4:2 after first period in the match with Austria.
12:49. Russian ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin after a serious fall during training on the K-125 take-off ramp yesterday has a fracture of the eighth rib, and is unlikely to continue participation in the Games.
12:28. Meanwhile, Russian ski coach said biathlete Olga Podchufarova is going to live separately from the rest of the team to avoid acclimatation.
12:26. 2:2! Sami Lepisto scores for Finland in the match with Austria.
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12:24. After 10 minutes of the first period in the ice hockey match with Finland Austria is leading 2:1.
12:20. The first ice hockey match between Finland and Austria has just started and Austria is already leading 1:0!
12:15. After the first run in women's skeleton Elizabeth Yarnold of Great Britain is first, Elena Nikitina of Russia is second and Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States is third.
Elizabeth Yarnold of Great Britain (c)EPA/TOBIAS HASE
11:55. Sweden, Canada and Great Britain won their curling matches against Switzerland, Denmark and China, respectively in group stage of women's Olympic curling tournament.
10:50. Semyon Varlamov to play goaltender in Russia's first Olympic ice hockey match against Slovenia Thursday.
10:06. Over 5,000 fans in the Far East city of Vladivostok will watch Russia's first ice hockey match with Slovenia on a wide screen of 100 square meters.