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U.S. men's hockey is 2 wins from Olympic gold

Phil Kessel

(Credit: Phil Kessel and Zach Parise have led the U.S. to a perfect record in Sochi. (MCT/Chuck Myers))

The U.S. men's hockey team is just two wins away from its first Olympic gold medal since the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980 and will look to continue its winning ways Friday morning. After Russia's surprising elimination in Wednesday's quarterfinals, the semifinals will get underway with two excellent matchups, the United States vs. Canada and Finland vs. Sweden.

Here's a look at the semis, along...

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Get into the Winter Olympics spirit with these drinks specials

The Sochi Gold at World Bar

(Credit: The Sochi Gold at World Bar)

The Winter Olympics may be winding down soon, but it's not too late to get into the spirit of the festivities. These Manhattan bars and restaurants are serving up specialty cocktails and deals in honor of the Sochi games. But you can't wait too long -- these specials are available now until the closing ceremony on Sunday.

The World Bar

Located fittingly across from the United Nations,...

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Bode Miller defends interviewer over questions about late brother

Bode Miller at the Winter Olympics on February

(Credit: Bode Miller at the Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. (Getty Images/Alexander Hassenstein))

Winning an Olympic medal is an emotional experience no matter what - but for American alpine racer Bode Miller, who took home the bronze for men's super-G yesterday, the victory was overshadowed by an even more emotional interview.

In a post-race exchange, NBC's Christin Cooper moved Miller to tears with questions about his brother, snowboarder Chelone Miller, who died last April at age 29...

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Al Roker bashes mayor's school decision on Twitter

Al Roker hosts NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's

(Credit: Al Roker (Slaven Vlasic/Getty))

Al Roker was anything but sunny when it came to Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to keep schools open during the nor'easter Thursday.

The "Today" show weatherman, who is at the Sochi Olympics for NBC, showed his fury against hizzoner on Twitter, criticizing him for his decision not to close schools because of earlier weather predictions.

Roker, whose children attend public schools, argued...

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Tom Brokaw reveals cancer diagnosis

Tom Brokaw

(Credit: Getty Images)

Tom Brokaw revealed Tuesday that he is fighting cancer.

The 74-year-old former "NBC Nightly News" anchor revealed on the network's blog that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August. Although Brokaw said he was keeping details about his disease private among his family, he said the prognosis is positive.

"With the exceptional...

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Russia says Sochi Olympics are safe

Volunteers exit Shayba Arena ahead of the Sochi

(Credit: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett)

Russia said on Thursday that its Sochi Olympics were as safe as any place in the West from militant attacks after Washington warned airports and some airlines that toothpaste tubes could be used to smuggle bomb-making materials onto a Russia-bound plane.

Russian forces are on high alert over threats by Islamist militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus to attack the Winter Games,...

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6 winter sports in which U.S. hasn't fared as well

Biathlon

(Credit: The U.S. has never medaled in the Olympic biathlon. (Getty Images/Harry How))

The United States is a Winter Olympics power, but success has been limited in these sports:

Biathlon

The U.S. has yet to medal in this sport, which has been contested since 1960. Expect more of the same.

Cross-country skiing

Bill Koch's men's 30-km silver in 1976 is the only time the U.S. placed in this sport, but that figures to change with Kikkan Randall (women's individual...

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U.S. will excel in these 5 sports at Sochi Olympics

Shani Davis

(Credit: Shani Davis is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. (Getty Images/Atsushi Tomura))

The Winter Olympics are back, with the opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, slated to air Friday night. All of a sudden, the mainstream sports world will find itself enamored with figure skating, skiing and speedskating, as is the case every four years.

But let’s face it, the Olympics are as much about national pride as they are about the spirit of competition. For those Americans seeking to...

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