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Cook makes third Olympic team in aerials
Freestyle skier Emily Cook is going to her third Olympics after landing a spot on the U.S. team yesterday.
The 35-year-old aerialist finished 19th at the 2010 Games and 11th in 2006. She also was nominated to the 2002 team but missed because of an injury. She was given a spot on this year’s freestyle team after the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association went through dozens of calculations and possibilities.
Several spots are awarded based on how athletes finish in qualifying events. A few are held out for those who don’t qualify based on their results but are still considered potential medalists based on their history and current performances. Cook got one of the discretionary picks, in part because she has finished in the top 10 and been the top American finisher in the last four World Cup events.
Also on the aerials team is Ashley Caldwell, who finished 10th at the 2010 Games.
Another discretionary spot on the freestyle team went to halfpipe skier Torin Yater-Wallace, who broke his ribs while training for the first qualifying event and hasn’t skied competitively since. Wallace is a three-time X Games medalist and is expected to be healthy for Sochi.
Also added to the team yesterday were Hanover’s Julia Krass, Annalisa Drew (halfpipe), Joss Christensen (men’s slopestyle) and 15-year-old Maggie Voisin (women’s slopestyle). John Teller earned a skicross spot by winning a World Cup event last week.
Source: Bills’ Pettine meeting again with Browns
CLEVELAND – Adam Gase has told the Browns not to wait for him.
The team is moving forward with its coaching search and will conduct a second interview with Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine last night, a person familiar with the Browns’ plans told the Associated Press.
Pettine interviewed with owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner last week and had his second meeting last night in Mobile, Ala., said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting during its search. Pettine is at the Senior Bowl in Mobile with other members of Buffalo’s staff.
Pettine just completed his first year with the Bills and was responsible for the defense’s improvement. Though the Bills still struggled against the run, they finished second in the NFL with a franchise-record 57 sacks. Pettine had his first interview with the Browns on Jan. 16.
Earlier, Gase, Denver’s highly regarded offensive coordinator, called Haslam and informed him he was withdrawing his name and would not interview after the Super Bowl.
The 35-year-old Gase, who will lead the Broncos’ high-powered offense against Seattle, was the first candidate contacted by the Browns. Gase declined an initial interview request because he wanted to concentrate on the playoffs, and the Browns, would have had to wait until after Feb. 2 to speak with him.
Ex-Cowboys player’s crash case goes to jury
DALLAS – The jury deciding the intoxication manslaughter case against former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent finished its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.
Jurors deliberated for about three-and-a-half hours yesterday and are expected to continue discussing it today.
Brent faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.
Phillies sign OF Abreu
PHILADELPHIA – Outfielder Bobby Abreu signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training.
The 39-year-old Abreu was a two-time All-Star with the Phillies in 2004 and ’05. He was traded to the New York Yankees in 2006 and didn’t play in the majors last year.
Abreu could fill Philadelphia’s need for a left-handed hitter off the bench. He hit .322 in 50 games in the Venezuelan Winter League in 2013.
Source: Players wanted A-Rod out of union
NEW YORK – Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.
The players spoke Jan. 13 during a Major League Baseball Players Association conference call after Rodriguez sued the union and Major League Baseball to overturn an arbitrator’s decision suspending him for the 2014 season and postseason.
Details were first reported yesterday by Yahoo Sports and later confirmed to the Associated Press by a person familiar with the call. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Mariners to scan fans for 2014 season
SEATTLE – Fans attending Seattle Mariners games at Safeco Field will have to walk through metal detectors starting with the 2014 season opener.
The Mariners announced the additional security screenings yesterday. They comply with a mandate from Major League Baseball that all teams have a screening program in place by the start of the 2015 season.
The Mariners will have fans use walk-through magnetometers when their tickets are scanned at all public entrances. Fans who do not want to use the walk-through metal detectors will have the option of being checked with a hand-held device.
Gallinari undergoes second ACL operation
DENVER – Danilo Gallinari underwent another operation to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season, the Denver Nuggets said.
It’s a major setback for the shooting forward and the Nuggets, who had hoped to have him back in the lineup later this season.
Gallinari hasn’t played since blowing out his knee in a game against Dallas last April 4.
Red Wings, U.S. goalie Howard out at least a week
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was ruled out for at least a week after injuring his left knee again.
Howard was hurt Monday night during the second period against the St. Louis Blues.
Howard sprained a ligament in his left knee two months ago and missed eight games. He returned in time to be named to the U.S. team for the Winter Olympics. Howard insists he is not concerned about missing the Sochi Games.
Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, who ranks among the NHL’s best goalies this season, would likely replace Howard if he isn’t healthy enough when the Americans have to set their final roster on Feb. 11.
Hurricanes, Flyers postponed because of snow
PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Flyers postponed last night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes because of the snowstorm that has clobbered the Northeast.
A makeup date is not yet set. The Hurricanes already are scheduled to play tomorrow and Friday nights. The Flyers play again tomorrow.
Flyers fans with tickets to last night’s game at the Wells Fargo Center will be able to use them on the rescheduled date.