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  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts in St. Louis. Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He was 64.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts in St. Louis. Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He was 64. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

  • Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, reacts in the finish area following her run in the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

    Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, reacts in the finish area following her run in the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts in St. Louis. Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He was 64.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts in St. Louis. Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He was 64. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts in St. Louis. Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He was 64.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
  • Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, reacts in the finish area following her run in the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts in St. Louis. Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He was 64.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

College basketball

Ex-Utah coach Majerus
dies at 64 of heart failure

LOS ANGELES – Rick Majerus, the jovial coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died yesterday. He was 64.

Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach’s longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.

Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn’t return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition. He ended the school’s 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire. The Billikens were ranked for the first time since 1994-95.

Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble and the school announced he was on leave in late August.

ALPINE SKIING

Vonn, Cook finish 1-2 at
second Lake Louise downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lindsey Vonn raced to her 13th World Cup victory at Lake Louise yesterday, leading another 1-2 U.S. sweep in the second downhill at the Canadian resort.

Vonn finished in 1 minute, 52.9 seconds to edge teammate Stacey Cook by 0.52 seconds. On Friday in the season-opening downhill, Vonn beat Cook by 1.73 seconds.

Switzerland’s Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden was third in 1:53.52.

ALPINE SKIING

Marsaglia of Italy captures first World Cup race

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Matteo Marsaglia of Italy took big risks on a challenging super-G course for his first World Cup victory.

Finding speed in sections of the hill where others were slowing, Marsaglia finished in 1 minute, 14.68 seconds to edge Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway by 0.27 seconds yesterday. Hannes Reichelt of Austria was third and Ted Ligety of the U.S. took fourth.

MOTORSPORTS

Penske offers Stewart
Indy 500 ride for 2013

LAS VEGAS – If Tony Stewart wants to run the Indianapolis 500 next season, Roger Penske will give him a car.

Penske twice Friday night offered Stewart the chance to enter next year’s race and insisted he’s serious about the opportunity. Penske-owned cars have won the race 15 times, but not since Helio Castroneves’s 2009 victory.

The Indy 500 is Stewart’s favorite race, but he hasn’t entered it since 2001, when he finished sixth.

Penske first offered Stewart the chance while delivering his speech as the winning team owner for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship in Friday night’s awards ceremony. He later reiterated it was an official offer.

NORDIC SKIING

Legkov, Bjorgen win
World Cup races

KUUSAMO, Finland – Russia’s Alexander Legkov and Norway’s Marit Bjorgen won World Cup cross-country races yesterday.

Legkov captured the 10-kilometer freestyle, beating Petter Northug of Norway and Maurice Manificat of France. Legkov finished in 21 minutes, 52.8 seconds. Northug was 6.8 seconds behind and Manificat trailed by 7.9.

Bjorgen dominated the women’s 5-kilometer freestyle in 12 minutes, 2.9 seconds. Kikkan Randall of the U.S. was 22.7 seconds behind and Russia’s Yulia Tchekaleva was third, 24.5 seconds off the pace. Norwegians took the next five places.

NORDIC COMBINED

Lamy Chappuis wins,
leads overall standings

KUUSAMO, Finland – Jason Lamy Chappuis of France took the lead in the Nordic Combined World Cup by winning the 10-kilometer skiing race yesterday, ahead of Magnus Krog of Norway and Sebastian Lacroix of France.

The defending overall champion’s winning time was 26 minutes, 49.5 seconds. Krog was 13 seconds behind and Lacroix trailed by 13.2.

Lamy Chappuis leads the overall standings with 230 points, 23 ahead of Norway’s Magnus Moan. Haavard Klemetsen, also from Norway, is 89 points behind the leader before the ski jumping today.

LUGE

Wendl, Arlt lead German
1-2 finish at World Cup

KOENIGSSEE, Germany – Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt led a German 1-2 finish yesterday to maintain a perfect start to the season with their second luge World Cup win.

Wendl and Arlt timed 1 minute, 40.977 seconds over two heats to beat compatriots Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken by 0.415 seconds – a repeat result from the opening men’s doubles race of the season at Igls, Austria.

It was Wendl and Arlt’s 15th World Cup victory overall.

Defending World Cup champions, brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger, were third, 0.949 behind the winners.

SPEEDSKATING

Britain’s Christie, Russia’s An win at short track

NAGOYA, Japan – Britain’s Elise Christie and Russia’s Victor An won 1,000-meter races yesterday in World Cup short-track speedskating, while South Korean women swept the 1,500.

Christie, the World Cup leader, was timed in 1 minute, 30.489 seconds. She was followed by two South Koreans – Kim Min-jung in 1:31.371 and Lee So-youn in 1:31.443.

An won in 1:28.344, edging J.R. Celski of the U.S. by 0.073 seconds.

Golf

McDowell clings to a
2-shot lead at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Graeme McDowell rolled in two long putts early and kept bogeys off his card to keep the lead in the World Challenge yesterday.

McDowell, trying to win at Sherwood for the second time in three years, had a 4-under 68 for a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley (67). Tiger Woods failed to birdie any of the five par 5s at Sherwood, though the tournament host and defending champion stayed in the game with enough birdies late in his round for a 69. He was five shots behind, along with Bo Van Pelt (70).

McDowell hasn’t won anywhere in the world since he beat Woods in a playoff at the World Challenge at the end of the 2010 season.

GOLF

Langer wins seniors’
Nedbank Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa – Bernhard Langer won the Nedbank Champions Challenge seniors tournament by two strokes yesterday despite closing with a 2-over 74.

The German had a three-round total of 7-under 209. He dropped shots at Nos. 5, 7, 13 and 17 but had enough of an advantage going into the round to win.

Jay Haas was the runner-up. He had two bogeys and two birdies on the front nine and pars on all of the back nine. Son Bill Haas was contending in the main Nedbank Challenge event midway through his third round.

BASEBALL

Rays trade RHP Badenhop
to Brewers for Mondesi Jr.

MILWAUKEE – The Tampa Bay Rays traded right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr. yesterday.

Badenhop turns 30 on Feb. 8. He was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 games last season. He has been a full-time reliever for the last three seasons and is 16-17 with two saves and a 4.08 ERA in his career with the Marlins and Rays.

The 20-year-old Mondesi, son of a former All-Star outfielder, hit .231 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 68 games at rookie league Helena.

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