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Where is everybody? Swaths of empty seats are visible at the early events of the Sochi Olympics, even at some of the traditional glamour events, frustrating organizers who want to sell the excitement of the Winter Games. A women’s ice hockey match between Sweden and Japan drew fewer than 3,000 people on Sunday at Shayba Arena, which holds 7,000. The United States beat Finland a day earlier in front of a little more than 4,000, still well short of capacity. That's according to Sochi 2014 VP of communications Aleksandra Kosterina, who explains that people who bought tickets are missing events because they're actually arriving too late to get through security.
Alexandra Saitova of Russia in action during the round robin match on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, where Russia beat Denmark 7-4 at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi. Both the men’s and women’s tournaments include 10 nations whose teams will play each other once in the round-robin stage over the next seven days. Curling tournament finals conclude on February 20th.
The Detroit Pistons are in the mix for a playoff spot this season. So it's time for another new coach to step in and see if he can help this franchise shake out of its extended funk. Detroit fired Maurice Cheeks on Sunday after less than a year as coach, with the Pistons languishing well below .500 despite offseason moves aimed at putting the struggling franchise back in contention. Detroit is 21-29, and although the Pistons still have a decent chance to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, their new roster has performed erratically.
Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel all scored within 55 seconds in the first period as the United States romped to a 9-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday to all-but clinch a spot in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals. Kessel, Lamoureux and Kendall Coyne all scored twice for the Americans, and Molly Schaus made 10 saves in her Sochi debut. At 2-0, the U.S. is in position for a spot in the medal round regardless of what happens on Wednesday in the game against Canada, the marquee matchup of the round-robin.