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  • Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin held on to a comfortable first-run lead to win a women's World Cup night slalom on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Enrico Schiavi)

    Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin held on to a comfortable first-run lead to win a women's World Cup night slalom on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Enrico Schiavi)

  • Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, competes on her way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

    Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, competes on her way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

  • This Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 photo provided by the Chicago Cubs shows Clark, the team's first mascot, hugging children during his debut at Advocate Illinois Masonic’s Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago. Clark, a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and backward blue baseball cap, is named after the North Side Chicago street on which Wrigley Field is located. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Chicago Cubs, Steve Green)

    This Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 photo provided by the Chicago Cubs shows Clark, the team's first mascot, hugging children during his debut at Advocate Illinois Masonic’s Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago. Clark, a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and backward blue baseball cap, is named after the North Side Chicago street on which Wrigley Field is located. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Chicago Cubs, Steve Green)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2013, file photo, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell walks onto the field as his team warms up during an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans. A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Lions have hired coach Caldwell. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2013, file photo, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell walks onto the field as his team warms up during an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans. A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Lions have hired coach Caldwell. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

  • Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin held on to a comfortable first-run lead to win a women's World Cup night slalom on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Enrico Schiavi)

    Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin held on to a comfortable first-run lead to win a women's World Cup night slalom on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Enrico Schiavi)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Delmon Young rounds the bases on a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Delmon Young rounds the bases on a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin held on to a comfortable first-run lead to win a women's World Cup night slalom on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Enrico Schiavi)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, competes on her way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
  • This Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 photo provided by the Chicago Cubs shows Clark, the team's first mascot, hugging children during his debut at Advocate Illinois Masonic’s Pediatric Developmental Center in Chicago. Clark, a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and backward blue baseball cap, is named after the North Side Chicago street on which Wrigley Field is located. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Chicago Cubs, Steve Green)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2013, file photo, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell walks onto the field as his team warms up during an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans. A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Lions have hired coach Caldwell. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin held on to a comfortable first-run lead to win a women's World Cup night slalom on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Enrico Schiavi)
  • Tampa Bay Rays' Delmon Young rounds the bases on a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NFL

Judge rules $765M might not cover concussion claims; more data requested

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge is slowing down the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, questioning if there’s enough money to cover 20,000 retired players.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody denied preliminary approval of the plan yesterday because she’s worried the money could run out sooner than expected. She also raised concerns that anyone who gets concussion damages from the NFL would be barred from suing the NCAA or other amateur football leagues.

“I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) ... will be paid,” the judge wrote.

The proposed settlement, negotiated over several months, is designed to last at least 65 years.

The awards would vary based on an ex-player’s age and diagnosis. A younger retiree with Lou Gehrig’s disease would get $5 million, those with serious dementia cases would get $3 million and an 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000. Retirees without symptoms would get baseline screening and follow-up care if needed.

She asked for more raw financial data before scheduling a fairness hearing this year, when objectors can question the plan. The objectors could later decide to opt out of it.

Law professor Gabe Feldman, who directs the sports law program at the Tulane University Law School, called the ruling a setback but said “there’s no reason to panic.”

NFL

Lions hire ex-Colts coach Caldwell

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions wanted to replace Jim Schwartz with someone with experience as a head coach.

The Lions landed one, though he appears to be Plan B.

The team said yesterday that Jim Caldwell was hired as the new coach and will be introduced at a news conference today. San Diego Chargers assistant and former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was seemingly Detroit’s top choice, but he chose to take the head coaching job at Tennessee on Monday night.

The Lions are giving Caldwell another chance to be an NFL head coach. He helped the Indianapolis Colts reach the Super Bowl after his debut season in 2009, but was fired two years later after a 2-14 season while Peyton Manning was injured, dropping his three-year mark to 26-22.

Caldwell was hired by Baltimore two years ago to be their quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator late in the 2012 season. The Ravens went on to win the last Super Bowl.

BASEBALL

Ex-Cardinal Clark wants Pujols’s suit tossed

ST. LOUIS – Former Cardinals first baseman Jack Clark is asking a court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by fellow former St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols.

The lawsuit followed comments Clark made on his St. Louis radio show in August. Clark said he knew for a fact that Pujols “was a juicer.” Pujols has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

WGNU radio has canceled the radio show hosted by Clark and Kevin Slaten, and the station’s owner broadcast a lengthy apology and posted similarly contrite statements on its website.

In a court motion filed Monday, Clark argued that the lawsuit fails to make the case that Pujols was defamed.

BASEBALL

Roberts, Yankees finalize $2 million deal

NEW YORK – Second baseman Brian Roberts and the New York Yankees completed their $2 million, one-year contract.

The deal was agreed to on Dec. 17 and finalized yesterday, three days after a spot on the 40-man roster opened when Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the season for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

The 36-year-old Roberts, an All-Star in 2005 and 2007, is an option to replace Robinson Cano, who signed with Seattle. Roberts, who had spent his entire 13-year major league career with Baltimore, has not played a full season since 2009 because of injuries; he hit 249 with eight homers and 39 RBI in 77 games last year.

BASEBALL

Young, Orioles agree on minor league deal

BALTIMORE – Outfielder Delmon Young and the Baltimore Orioles agreed to a minor league contract.

Young split time with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay last season, hitting a combined .260 with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 103 games.

The 28-year-old, who will report to big league training camp, has played eight seasons in the majors. His best season was in 2010, when he batted .298 with 21 homers and 112 RBI in 153 games for Minnesota.

ALPINE SKIING

U.S. teen Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom

FLACHAU, Austria – American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin cemented her status as the best slalom skier in the women’s World Cup yesterday, winning a night race just 38 days before the same event at the Sochi Olympics.

Shiffrin held on to a commanding 0.90-second first-run lead to earn her third victory this season and seventh overall.

The 18-year-old racer from Eagle-Vail, Colo., overcame two mistakes in her final run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 45.83 seconds and beat Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.83. Another Swede, Maria Pietilae-Holmner, was 1.14 back in third.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who leads the overall standings, came in fourth, 1.40 off the lead. Defending overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia was 2.22 behind in 12th.

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