National Roundup: Vonn wins Super-G
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | December 09,2012
MORITZ, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup Super-G on Saturday to stay unbeaten in four speed races this season, and American teammate Julia Mancuso finished third.
Vonn timed 1 minute, 2.71 seconds to beat World Cup overall leader Tina Maze by 0.37 seconds. Mancuso was 1.01 behind the winner.
“I’m struggling with my strength,” Vonn said. “I came down with everything I have.”
Maze’s victory in the super-combined Friday put some pressure on Vonn, who was hospitalized last month with intestinal issues. Vonn scored 100 points Saturday to trail Maze by 167 for third place in the overall standings.
Vonn’s 57th career World Cup win, the second-most in history, was her 20th in Super-G. She is the four-time defending champion in the event.
The 28-year-old American’s celebration after crossing the finish line provoked some debate.
Vonn acknowledged she used a curse word in a release of emotion in taking the lead — but had not directed it at Maze, as her coaches had alleged.
“They think I said something very bad about her when I came to the finish and that is absolutely not true,” Vonn said. “I swore and I shouldn’t have done that.”
Vonn spoke after seeking out Maze, and said she had told her: “I hope you trust me enough to believe me.”
“Apparently they don’t. It definitely hurts,” Vonn said. “I would never say anything bad about another athlete at the finish.”
International Ski Federation spokeswoman Riikka Rakic told The Associated Press that the race jury studied footage of Vonn’s post-race reactions and found nothing wrong.
killed in crash,
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident Saturday and teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas suburb. Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once, Argumaniz said.
Argumaniz said the 25-year-old Brown — also Brent’s teammate at the University of Illinois for three seasons — was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at a hospital.
The police spokesman said officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and arrested him. The charge was upgraded after Brown was pronounced dead.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.”
The team said in a statement that Brent was not on the team flight to Cincinnati, where the Cowboys play the Bengals on Sunday.
Argumaniz said Brent was being held without bond. Brent is named as Joshua Price-Brent in the police news release. Argumaniz also said Brent missed a 10 a.m. Saturday booking session with a judge because he was intoxicated. He did not know if Brent had an attorney.
VAL D’ISERE, France — Alexis Pinturault of France produced a brilliant second run under floodlights to improve from sixth and win a World Cup slalom race on Saturday.
He flew down the Stade Olympique de Bellevarde course to capture the second event of his career in front of home fans in Val d’Isere. The second run was pushed back to the evening and held under floodlights because of heavy snowfall at the resort.
The 21-year-old held off defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who led after the first run but dropped to third behind Germany’s Felix Neureuther.
“It’s just amazing,” Pinturault said. “It’s a great feeling to win in front of your home fans. I felt a bit stressed, but I managed to channel that.”
World cup slalom champion Andre Myhrer improved from 12th after the first run to finish fourth. American Ted Ligety finished 12th.
SOCHI, Russia — Mao Asada of Japan won the Grand Prix Final on Saturday, topping American Ashley Wagner in a clean free program that ranged from sprightly to quietly refined.
Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the men’s gold, despite falling on his opening quad. Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won silver, edging Patrick Chan of Canada.
Wagner was just a half point behind Asada heading into the free skate, but fell twice and ended up a distant second. Akiko Suzuki of Japan was third at the Iceberg arena, which will host figure skating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the ice dancing gold, beating Canadian world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France took bronze.
Young to Phillies
PHILADELPHIA — Michael Young chose a full-time role over staying home.
A person familiar with the trade said the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired the seven-time All-Star infielder from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers.
Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause on Saturday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young’s salary for 2013. Young is due to earn $16 million, and reports stated the Phillies will pay him only about $6 million of it.
Young, who has spent all 12 of his seasons in the majors with the Rangers, leaves as the club’s career leader in hits (2,230) and other categories, including runs, doubles and triples. He has a .301 career average with 177 homers, 984 RBIs and a .347 on-base percentage.
The Phillies sent right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers to get Young, who fills a void at third base. Lindblom was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31 for two-time All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino.
Young batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBIs in 2012, a down year for him. In the nine previous seasons, Young hit at least .300 seven times and averaged 17 homers and 90 RBIs.
A former AL Gold Glove winner at shortstop, Young hasn’t play third base regularly since 2010. Seven Phillies started at third base last year, including often-injured former All-Star Placido Polanco.
Young was a leader on a Rangers team that reached the World Series in 2010 and 2011. He agreed to the trade rather than accept a utility role in Texas.