Your midday sports snack.
Starting tomorrow, Hot Buttered Post will publish every morning for the duration of the Olympics to provide you with all the overnight highlights from Pyeongchang. Check in every day to read about the events you shouldn’t miss, see which Canadians are in action and find out where you can watch them compete.
• While all teams are allowed to make deals before the NBA’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, the day belongs to the Cavaliers, who made a frenzy of deals meant to stop their slide down the Eastern Conference standings. Cleveland refashioned the bulk of its roster by shipping Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah, Iman Shumpert to Sacramento, and Dwyane Wade — one of LeBron James’ best friends — back to Miami. In return, they’re getting George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson.
The Thomas era is ending after just 15 games; ESPN and AP are both reporting the point guard is heading to L.A. along with Frye and a first-round draft pick for Nance Jr., and Clarkson. The Cavaliers will obtain a second-rounder for Wade, who played in Miami for 13 seasons before leaving in 2016 to sign with Chicago. The 36-year-old is averaging just 11.2 points off the bench this season. And in a three-team deal, ESPN says Cleveland is sending Crowder and Rose to Utah, the Jazz will send Joe Johnson to Sacramento, and Cleveland gets Hood from the Jazz and Hill from the Kings. Phew.
• The Raptors got into the action by parting with longtime project Bruno Caboclo, sending him to Sacramento for second-year shooting guard Malachi Richardson, according to Yahoo. Masai Ujiri, who was the Raptors’ GM in 2014, shocked the league by selecting Caboclo, an unheard-of Brazilian, with the 20th pick of the draft. Caboclo has played in 25 games over four seasons, accounting for 113 minutes of NBA court action. He was averaging 14.4 points and 6.5 rebounds this season with Raptors 905 in the G League.
• Senators forward Alex Burrows received a 10-game suspension last night for his antics in a confrontation with New Jersey’s Taylor Hall this week. The NHL was not amused by Burrows’ knees to Hall’s head while they rolled on the ice.
• The IOC banned Russia’s Olympic Committee from participating in Pyeongchang — which is why Russians are competing officially as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” — but it appears it’s not a blanket ban for all officials. The Associated Press reports that ROC vice-president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is accredited as the head of the OAR delegation.
While it may appear they found a loophole, the IOC says it did so to ensure the Russian athletes had “proper support” in their quest for medals. Only the ROC’s top two officials, the president and general secretary, were banned from taking part as a result of the investigation into Russia’s doping manipulations in Sochi in 2014.
• Someone has some egg-splaining to do. The Indianapolis Star reports that a Google Translate mistake caused a Korean supplier to send Norway’s Olympic delegation 15,000 eggs instead of the requested 1,500. Norway only has 109 athletes in Pyeongchang. “There was literally no end to the delivery,” Norway’s chef told the newspaper Aftenposten, per the Star. The Korean supplier allowed the surplus to be returned.
• U.S. speed skater Shani Davis used Twitter to express his displeasure over the selection of the team’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremony.
After finishing in a tie with luger Erin Hamlin in voting by representatives of the individual sport federations, Davis lost the assignment on a coin flip. Hamlin won the first luge medal for the U.S. in 2014. Davis, meanwhile, has two Olympic gold and two silver medals dating back to 2006.
• The Blue Jays added bullpen depth by signing right-hander Jake Petricka to a minor-league deal on Thursday. The 29-year-old threw 25.2 innings for the White Sox last season and has a 3.84 ERA in 178 innings over five major league seasons.
• Quarterback Russell Wilson was traded last night, but not by the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson was swapped by baseball’s Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees. Wilson has been kicking around baseball since he was drafted in the fourth round by the Rockies in 2010 and played a couple of seasons in the low minors while in college. For fun, the Rangers picked him up through the Rule 5 draft in 2013 and Wilson visited their spring training site a couple of times. Now the Yankees will invite the Super Bowl winner to camp, where he will work out as a member of the Double-A roster.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman told the AP. “After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp.”
• Tony Romo, the former Cowboys quarterback who made a splash in his first season as the lead NFL game analyst at CBS, has been granted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic from March 22-25. Romo has a handicap of +0.3, the Tour said on its website, one of only three amateur players in the U.S. with a so-called zero handicap. The Punta Cana event will have a lesser field than usual because it runs the same weekend as the World Golf Championship Match Play event.
Competition at the Winter Olympics began Thursday morning in Pyeongchang (last night here) with mixed doubles curling. Before the medals start being awarded, here’s a look at Canada’s breakdown by winter sport.
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The Olympics are almost ready for takeoff.
• Before Vancouver 2010, Canada was ignominiously known for having failed to win a single gold at home in the Olympics — twice. But on the eve of the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, Team Canada isn’t merely hoping for a strong showing in the medal table. It has come to expect one. In our top story of the day, Scott Stinson delves into this development: How did Canada become a five-ring juggernaut?
Some other standout Olympic stories from today:
• Nick Faris previewed the hockey tournaments, where no one needs NHLers around to have fun.
• Dustin Parkes has a primer on speed skating, where Canada’s best chance to beat the Dutch is … a transplanted Dutchman.
• Dan Barnes set the scene for the figure skating team event, where Canada’s reservoir of stars could propel them to gold.
• And Christie Blatchford wrote about Russia’s 11th-hour effort to clear athletes banned for doping offences to compete.
All times Eastern
6:30 p.m. Olympic curling: Mixed doubles, Canada vs. China TSN1,3,4
7 p.m. Olympic Primetime CBC
7 p.m. NHL
— Montreal at Philadelphia TSN2, RDS
— Calgary at New Jersey SN West
— NY Islanders at Buffalo TVAS
7:30 p.m. NHL
— Vancouver at Tampa Bay Sportsnet
— Nashville at Ottawa TSN5, RDS2
7:30 p.m. NBA: New York at Toronto SN One
8:30 p.m. Olympic freestyle skiing: Women’s moguls qualifying TSN1,3,4
9:45 p.m. Olympic freestyle skiing: Men’s moguls qualifying TSN1,3,4
10 p.m. NBA: Charlotte at Portland NBATV
10:30 p.m. Olympic figure skating: Team event, short program TSN1,3,4 (joined in progress)
10:30 p.m. NBA
— Dallas at Golden State TSN2
— Oklahoma City at LA Lakers SN One
11:30 p.m. Olympic curling: Mixed doubles, Canada vs. Finland TSN1,3-5
5:30 a.m. Olympic Overnight CBC
6 a.m. Olympics opening ceremony CBC, TSN, Sportsnet
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