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Julia Mancuso, of Squaw Valley, Calif., winks as she is embraced by a fan after her second run of the women's giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. Mancuso won the women's giant slalom. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this arrest photo release Wednesday March 20, 2013, by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, shows former NFL player Mark Duper. Duper was released from jail Thursday after he was charged with allegedly beating his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home. (AP Photo/Jacksonville Sherriff's Office)
Mancuso races to record 16th US title
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. – Julia Mancuso raced to her record 16th title in the U.S. Alpine Championships, winning the giant slalom yesterday in her hometown.
The Olympic gold medalist beat World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.88 seconds in the opening event in the four-day competition at the 1960 Olympic mountain.
Megan McJames was third in the race that was shortened from the planned start because of inconsistent snow after heavy snowfall Wednesday.
Police: Former Dolphin Duper beat son unconscious
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper is facing charges he beat up his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home.
The Jacksonville police said the 54-year-old Duper, following his arrest Wednesday, spent the night in jail before posting a $5,000 bail and being released yesterday afternoon. The police say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times Wednesday night, twice knocking him out.
Duper told The Miami Herald that the fight was “a family matter.”
Former Dolphins defensive end Hugh Green said he witnessed the brawls and that Marcus Duper started the fight and his father acted in self-defense.
Titans agree to 1-year deal with safety Pollard
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year contract yesterday with safety Bernard Pollard, the second safety the team has added in free agency this offseason.
A seven-year veteran, Pollard spent the past two seasons with Baltimore. The 6-foot-1 Pollard also has played with Kansas City and Houston, starting 85 of his 105 career games with nine interceptions, nine sacks, 10 forced fumbles and seven recovered fumbles.
Dodgers’ Ramirez expected to be out eight weeks
TUCSON, Ariz. – Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery today on his injured right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.
The Dodgers said yesterday that an MRI indicated that a ligament in Ramirez’s thumb was torn.
Ramirez suffered the injury Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.
Bulls’ Rose still not sure when he’ll return
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose still isn’t sure when he’ll come back from his knee injury.
The former MVP point guard said he’s still experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired left knee but hasn’t experienced any setbacks. He also says he hasn’t set a target date for his return, adding it “could be tomorrow and I feel like I can play next game. Nobody knows but God.”
Rose spoke at yesterday’s shootaround before Chicago hosted Portland.
Maple Leafs’ Lupul suspended two games for hit to head
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The NHL suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul for two games without pay for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.
The league’s department of player safety issued the ruling yesterday, while Toronto prepared to play at Buffalo. The hit occurred a day earlier in the third period of Toronto’s 4-2 win.
Shortly after Hedman passed the puck in the neutral zone, Lupul left his feet while lunging into Hedman from the side. Lupul’s lower left shoulder struck Hedman in the side of the head.
Battery, stalk charges for ex-star Capriati
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. – Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati was charged after the police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine’s Day while he was working out at a gym.
Palm Beach County court records show Capriati was charged by prosecutors Wednesday. She has been issued a summons to appear before a judge April 17 on stalking and battery charges, though she has not been arrested. No attorney for Capriati was listed.
North Palm Beach police say Ivan Brannan was working out when the 36-year-old Capriati approached him and yelled at him. Brannan told the police that he tried to get away by walking to the men’s locker room, but Capriati blocked his path and punched him in the chest.
Serena advances at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Playing again at No. 1, Serena Williams routed Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 6-1, 6-1, yesterday in the second round of the Sony Open.
Williams is playing her first tournament since she regained the No. 1 ranking at the Qatar Open. Williams lost the Doha final to Victoria Azarenka, but overtook her for the top ranking the week of Feb. 11.
Sloane Stephens rallied to beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. Stephens is ranked 16th, the highest-ranked American after Williams.
League fines New England’s Toja, Chivas USA’s Fleita
NEW YORK – New England Revolution midfielder Juan Toja was fined an undisclosed amount yesterday for embellishment intended to deceive the referee in a game against the Philadelphia Union.
MLS also fined Chivas USA assistant coach Walter Fleita $500 for irresponsible behavior in the technical area during a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Fleita’s dismissal from the sideline carries an automatic one-game suspension and $500 fine. He will serve the suspension during Chivas USA’s game against the Chicago Fire on Sunday and his total fine is $1,000.