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Column: Kim Jong Un plays the Olympics like a champion
(Yonhap via AP, File)
By JOHN LEICESTER
From Associated Press
January 17, 2018 4:10 PM EST

North Korea suddenly making nice for the duration of next month's Olympic Games in South Korea, putting seven decades of enmity on hold for 16 days with its offers to send athletes and entertainers across their heavily militarized border, won't fundamentally change what happens next.

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will become the new chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee starting next season, and three new Power Five ADs will join the 13-member panel.

NEW YORK (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a leg injury. Leonard has played in just nine games after missing the beginning of the season because of right quadriceps tendinopathy.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, bringing back Brian Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most successful in the NFL.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on talks between North and South Korea (all times local): 4:45 a.m. The White House says it hopes for a "small taste of freedom" for the North Korean athletes participating on a joint Olympic team with South Korea.

Police on Wednesday were interviewing Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski's friends and people who knew him to try to learn why he apparently took his life.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the "Bold North."

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea won't be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Marta Kostyuk was such a perfectionist when she started playing tennis as a child, she'd blow up in anger if she missed even a single ball.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce says he has "unfinished business" with the New York Mets. Bruce was back at Citi Field on Wednesday, a day after finalizing a $39 million, three-year deal to bring his big bat back to Queens.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was quite a predicament for Grigor Dimitrov, still basking in his triumph at the ATP Finals as he entered his second-round match at the Australian Open against a young American who had never won a tour-level match before qualifying for the first major of the season.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mackenzie McDonald knew he was ready to turn pro after his junior year at UCLA. He had just won the NCAA singles and doubles titles and believed he was ready to take the next step.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the Australian Open (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov has scraped into the third round of the Australian Open — just — with a tough five-set win over 186th-ranked qualifier Mackenzie McDonald, a former U.S collegiate champion from Los Angeles.

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn led by a large margin in the opening training session for a World Cup downhill on the Olympia delle Tofane course Wednesday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The winter has been cruel to the injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets. Three of the team's top forwards and a defenseman went down in December, followed by another key forward this month.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was asked in London last week about fining misbehaving players, and even he acknowledged the penalties aren't much of a deterrent.

BOSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans eventually were too big for the Boston Celtics. Davis had 45 points and 16 rebounds as he and DeMarcus Cousins controlled the lane and led the Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory on Tuesday night, ending the Celtics' seven-game winning streak.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette escaped injury after he was involved in what authorities say was a minor three-car crash.

GRETNA, La. (AP) — The trial in a road-rage shooting that took the life of former NFL football player Joe McKnight began Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb, where a judge and attorneys were questioning dozens of potential jurors.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA has spoken to Clippers star Blake Griffin as well as other players from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children, including one who warned that girls eventually "grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

DETROIT (AP) — IndyCar unveiled its 2018 race car — and Mario Andretti is evidently a fan. "I hear a lot of positives, and there is a negative in all this," the 77-year-old Andretti said playfully.