Headlines from Around the World in Sports
Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates on the podium after winning the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
Cowboy charged after player dies in auto accident
IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident yesterday and teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. yesterday in the Dallas suburb. Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once, Argumaniz said.
Argumaniz says the 25-year-old Brown 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 released by the team. “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.
Jets TE Keller downgraded to out vs. Jaguars
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Jets tight end Dustin Keller will miss New York’s game at Jacksonville today because of a sprained left ankle.
Keller was listed as doubtful Friday after injuring his ankle last Sunday in the Jets’ 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He is second on the team with 28 receptions despite missing four games earlier this season with a hamstring injury. Keller, who sat out practice all week, will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by backup Jeff Cumberland, who has 21 catches this season.
The Jets will also be without backup defensive tackle Damon Harrison, who turned an ankle during practice Thursday.
Backup quarterback Tim Tebow, recovering from two broken ribs, was expected to be a game-time decision.
Bengals activate C Cook off injury list
CINCINNATI – The Bengals activated center Kyle Cook off the injured reserve list, making him eligible to play today against the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium.
Cincinnati also waived receiver Armon Binns on Saturday. Binns played in eight games, starting two, and had 18 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown.
Cook hurt his right ankle during the final preseason game and needed surgery. Under a new rule in the NFL this season, teams can designate one player to return from the injury list. Cook resumed practicing last week and showed no lingering problems with the ankle. He started 50 consecutive games before the injury.
The Bengals (7-5) need a win against the Cowboys (6-6) to stay in the playoff chase.
Cincinnati hires Tuberville as football coach
CINCINNATI – Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville agreed to become Cincinnati’s next football coach.
The agreement came one day after Butch Jones left to become Tennessee’s next football coach, ending a week of uncertainty for the Bearcats (9-3). Cincinnati has won a share of four of the last five Big East titles and will play in the Belk Bowl.
Tuberville resigned as Texas Tech’s coach on Saturday afternoon and was expected to be introduced at Cincinnati later in the day after a basketball game.
Tuberville takes over a program that has been a stepping stone job for the last three head coaches. Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly and Jones all left after three years for bigger programs — Michigan State, Notre Dame and Tennessee.
Mariners officially sign Bay to 1-year deal
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners finalized their one-year contract with outfielder Jason Bay that was agreed upon earlier this week during baseball’s winter meetings.
The Mariners announced the deal yesterday. General Manager Jack Zduriencik says he was happy to be able to bring Bay back to the Pacific Northwest and hopefully revitalize a career that floundered the past three seasons with the New York Mets.
Bay hit just 26 homers and played in only 288 games in his three seasons in New York due to injuries. He was a three-time All-Star in previous stops with Pittsburgh and Boston, and is a low risk move for the Mariners. Bay’s contract with the Mets was terminated last month, but he is still getting paid the $21 million he was owed.
Vonn wins WCup super-G race in Switzerland
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup super-G yesterday to stay unbeaten in four speed races this season.
The American racer timed 1 minute, 2.71 seconds, beating World Cup overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.37 seconds.
Julia Mancuso of the United States was third, 1.01 behind Vonn.
Vonn earned her 57th career World Cup win, second all-time, and her 20th in super-G.
Vonn swept the three-race downhill and super-G program last weekend at Lake Louise, Alberta, but was put under pressure by failing to score here Friday when Maze won the super-combined.
The race was run on a shortened course after a forecast of strong wind up the mountain.
Frenchman Pinturault wins WCup slalom under lights
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 yesterday.
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.
World cup slalom champion Andre Myhrer improved from 12th after the first run to finish fourth.
Pinturault won a parallel slalom race in February in Moscow.
US men’s team wins snowboard event in Austria
MONTAFON, Austria – The United States and Austria won the inaugural team snowboard events, while defending women’s World Cup champion Dominique Maltais of Canada won the first snowboard cross of the season yesterday.
Americans Hagen Kearney and Nate Holland won the team event, which was part of a World Cup snowboard meet for the first time.
They defeated Italy’s Luca Matteotti and Omar Visintin in the final, while Alessandro Haemmerle and Markus Schairer of Austria finished third.
Maltais topped Raffaella Brutto of Italy, Belle Brockhoff of Australia and Nelly Moenne Loccoz of France in the final on the Seebliga course for her eighth career victory.
Austria’s Maria Ramberger and Susanne Moll won the women’s team event ahead of Claire Chapotot and Lorelei Schmitt of France, while another French team of Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Chloe Trespeuch finished third.
The snowboard World Cup moves next week to Telluride, Colo.
Canada’s Maltais wins women’s WCup snowboard cross
MONTAFON, Austria – Defending women’s World Cup champion Dominique Maltais of Canada won the first snowboard cross of the season yesterday for her eighth career victory.
Maltais defeated Raffaella Brutto of Italy, Belle Brockhoff of Australia and Nelly Moenne Loccoz of France in the final at the Seebliga course.
The race was canceled Friday after weather conditions worsened following the men’s event.
Koskela dominates at speedskating World Cup
NAGANO, Japan – Pekka Koskela of Finland won both the 500 and 1,000-meter races yesterday at a speedskating World Cup event.
Koskela clocked 34.64 seconds in the 500 to finish 0.31 seconds ahead of Michel Mulder of the Netherlands. Tucker Fredricks of the United States was third with a time of 35.10.
Koskela won his second title of the day with a time of 1:09.52 in the 1,000 meters to finish 0.17 seconds ahead of Germany’s Samuel Schwarz. Lee Kyou-hyuk of South Korea was third in 1:09.85.
South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa won the women’s 500 with a time of 37.63, 0.33 seconds ahead of Nao Kodaira of Japan, who had a time of 37.96. Heather Richardson of the U.S. finished third in 38.70.