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Tourists wear masks as they pause for photos with the New National Stadium, a venue for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) **FILE**

Tokyo Olympic organizers downplay cancellation talk

- Associated Press

Tokyo Olympic organizers and the Japanese government went on the offensive Wednesday after a senior IOC member said the 2020 Games were being threatened by the spread of a viral outbreak, with their fate probably decided in the next three months.

Washington Redskins vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Kyle Smith stresses Redskins on ‘same page’ under Rivera

- The Washington Times

Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine, Smith said the Redskins have identified their core players and needs for the coming months ahead. And while light on specifics at times, the 35-year-old stressed Washington would be on “the same page.”

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia; Ovechkin's wife, Nastya, right; and son Sergei, center, watch the video screen on the scoreboard during a ceremony to honor Ovechkin for his 700th goal, before the team's NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ovechkin honored at 700 goal ceremony, then scores No. 701

- The Washington Times

The Washington Capitals celebrated Alex Ovechkin reaching 700 career goals in a ceremony before Tuesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, which included a video montage of Wayne Gretzky and the other living members of the 700 goals club congratulating the Russian.

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Patrick Marleau (12) is defended by Los Angeles Kings' Trevor Moore, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Lizotte, Kings send Penguins to 4th straight loss, 2-1

- Associated Press

Blake Lizotte had a power-play goal and an assist, Cal Petersen made 36 saves and the Los Angeles Kings spoiled the Penguins debuts of Patrick Marleau and two more deadline acquisitions with a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

Lawsuit: Black officer who was fired faced harassment

- Associated Press

A black corrections officer in southeastern New Mexico faced constant harassment and was eventually fired after he called in sick and was later spotted at a high school basketball game, court documents said.

Minnesota's Isaiah Ihnen trips Maryland's Anthony Cowan Jr. (1) as they go for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Morsell's late 3 lifts No. 9 Maryland past Minnesota 74-73

- Associated Press

Down by double digits for most of the game and trailing by eight points near the two-minute mark, Maryland could've chalked up an off night at Minnesota to the rigor of Big Ten road play and still returned home in first place.