Notes: Russians protest no-goal call in US-Russia game

After a heated US-Russia hockey match on Saturday, many Russian spectators have decided the cold war is back — and not just on the ice.

Demonstrators gathered in Moscow on Monday to protest a referee’s call that disallowed a Russian goal in the match that Russia ultimately lost in a shootout.

The protesters, organized by the Kremlin party’s youth group, donned Russian hockey jerseys and shouted, ‘‘Make soap out of the ref!’’ — a common expression among Russian soccer fans.


Wielding a banner with a photograph of the American referee, Brad Meier, the protesters used a cheese grater to grate soap into buckets.

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The goal, which would have given Russia to a 3-2 lead with less than five minutes on the clock, was disallowed after officials ruled that the net had come loose from the ice before the goal was scored. Russian fans, who had leapt to their feet in celebration, howled with rage as the call was announced.

The referee supervisor for the International Ice Hockey Federation, Konstantin Komissarov, confirmed the ruling made by the referees was correct and that video review had been properly used to make the call.

Fog postpones races

Thick fog lingering over the mountains caused the biggest weather disruptions of the Sochi Olympics so far, with a biathlon race and a snowboard event both postponed until Tuesday.

The fog rolled in over the mountains in Krasnaya Polyana Sunday night and was still shrouding some of the Olympic skiing venues by late Monday afternoon. That prompted organizers to call off the men’s biathlon mass-start race and men’s snowboardcross almost simultaneously.

Backing Bode


American skier Bode Miller is responding to criticism of an NBC postrace interview by saying it was a ‘‘crazy emotional moment.’’

The interview, conducted after Miller won a bronze medal in the men’s super-G race, turned to his emotions given the passing of his younger brother, Chelone, who died last year. A visibly emotional Miller began crying during the interview.

The moment drew backlash toward interviewer Christin Cooper, who pressed Miller about his brother, and NBC, which aired the full tape-delayed interview in prime time in the United States several hours later.

‘‘I appreciate everyone sticking up for me,’’ Miller tweeted on Monday. ‘‘Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment’’

Costas to return

Bob Costas returns as host for NBC’s prime-time coverage Tuesday night, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during a six-day absence. ‘‘The doctors told me the infection has to run its course, which is two to three weeks, which covers the entire Olympics. It’s the all-time perfect bad timing, but what can you do? It’s a curveball and you've got to go with it,’’ Costas said . . . Aksel Lund Svindal is skipping his last race at the Olympics because of allergies he thinks are ‘‘from the concrete that’s in the air.’’ After training Monday, the Norwegian decided not to enter Wednesday’s giant slalom. ‘‘There’s a lot of athletes that have some kind of allergy against something here,’’ Svindal said. ‘‘I think it’s something from the concrete that’s in the air, like some fine dust. The doctors knew exactly what it was, because they gave me allergy medicine right away. It helps, but it’s kind of draining.’’ Svindal won three medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games and was expected to be a star in Sochi, but he failed to win a medal in three races . . . The Norwegian cross-country skier whose brother died on the eve of the Olympics returned to Norway and will skip the remaining events. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen didn’t want to stay another week to compete in Saturday’s 30-kilometer freestyle race. Jacobsen’s brother Sten Anders died Feb. 7.