Sports Headlines - Feb. 7

Winter Olympics officially start

The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off last night in Sochi and it was headlined by the debut of the team figure skating event and snowboarding slopestyle.

U.S. Olympic veterans Bode Miller and Hannah Kearney got off to a great start by finishing on top in qualification and training runs.

The U.S., Canada and Russia are expected to finish in the top spots in most figure skating events, but home crowd favorite Yevgeny Plushenko showed age is no factor, claiming the second qualifying spot in his fourth Olympics. He was topped by Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, but many said Plushenko was the crowd favorite of the night and should have no trouble making it to the podium in men’s short program.

The opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics will air tonight.

Thunder send three into All-Star events other than the main game

The Oklahoma City have named three players to All-Star competitions other than the All-Star game itself.

Durant will take a spot in the Shooting Stars competition where he will compete with Jazz legend Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins from the Tulsa Shock. Durant’s team will face off against three other teams headlined by Steph Curry, Chris Bosh and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Reggie Jackson will make his All-Star event debut with the Skills Challenge which has quickly become on the most competitive events even though it has only been a part of the All-Star lineup since 2003. Jackson will team up with the Suns’ Goran Dragic representing one half of the Western Conference team.

Steven Adams will make his first trip to the All-Star events as a draw player for Team Weber in the Rising Star Challenge. Adams might not get a chance to play if his remaining teammates on the a team stay healthy and decide to play, but he will make an appearance nonetheless.

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