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Switzerland's Lara Gut checks her time after finishing her run during the women's World Cup downhill skiing event, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Switzerland's Lara Gut checks her time after finishing her run during the women's World Cup downhill skiing event, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


Vonn trains, eyes Canada return

VAIL, Colo. – Lindsey Vonn is energized by her progress in recovering from a knee injury and might be in the starting gate next week in Canada.

Vonn spoke with the Associated Press yesterday after three early super-G training runs. This was her first big test since she crashed during training at Copper Mountain last week and partially tore a reconstructed ligament in her right knee.

Asked about her readiness for Lake Louise, Vonn said: “I’m not sure yet. As it looks right now, yeah.”

She concedes there’s plenty more work to do to get into shape.

“I’m taking it day by day. I’m not pushing it that hard yet,” Vonn said. “Today, I was just kind of feeling it out. But the last run was better. It was more like normal. I’m skiing in my clothes and seeing how things go so far. I’m not taking unnecessary risks yet.”


Gut wins season-opening downhill

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Lara Gut of Switzerland won her second World Cup event of the season, taking the season-opening downhill yesterday.

Gut was nearly flawless along the new Beaver Creek course, finishing in 1 minute, 41.26 seconds. She beat Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein by 0.47 seconds. Elena Fanchini of Italy finished third.

Gut had the fastest time in two of three training sessions this week on the demanding course.


Chiefs’ Hali to play vs. Denver

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali pronounced himself close to 100 percent for tomorrow’s game against Denver, while fellow pass rusher Justin Houston is week to week with an elbow injury.

Hali went through practice yesterday without feeling pain from a sprained right ankle sustained in last Sunday’s loss to San Diego. He initially thought that the injury was much more serious, but he received treatment early in the week and will play against the Broncos.

Houston dislocated his right elbow against the Chargers and it’s unclear when he’ll return.


Panthers defensive end Johnson out; running back Williams questionable

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson will miss his second straight game with a sprained knee, and DeAngelo Williams and two other Carolina running backs are questionable for tomorrow’s game against Tampa Bay.

Of the three running backs, Williams remains the biggest concern with a thigh contusion. He has not practiced all week.

Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are also questionable, but both practiced yesterday on a limited basis. If Williams can’t play, rookie Kenjon Barner from Oregon likely would be activated.


Defensive end Pierre-Paul, three others out for Giants at Redskins

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerback Trumaine McBride have been ruled out for tomorrow night’s road game against the Washington Redskins.

Coach Tom Coughlin announced after practice yesterday that backup running back Brandon Jacobs and cornerback Corey Webster also will miss the game.

Receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed last week’s game with Dallas, practiced fully and is probable for the game.

Pierre-Paul, the NFC defensive player of the week after a clinching interception return against Green Bay earlier this month, reinjured his shoulder. He took 24 snaps against Dallas and did not practice this week. Mathias Kiwanuka will start for him.


Left-hander Lilly decides to retire after 15 seasons due to injuries

OAKLAND, Calif. – Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back.

The 37-year-old left-hander is a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, he had a 130-113 record with a 4.14 ERA.

Lilly recently went to winter ball in Venezuela, hoping to strengthen himself and land a job in the majors in 2014. Instead, he experienced further problems.


Righty Vogelsong agrees to one-year contract with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO – Ryan Vogelsong is staying put with the San Francisco Giants, reaching agreement on a one-year contract yesterday.

The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong’s $6.5 million option for 2014 on Nov. 4, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road.

Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2/3 innings during an injury-shortened season.


Royals give GM Moore two-year extension following 86-76 season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals gave General Manager Dayton Moore a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season after the team had its best record in more than 20 years.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Moore joined the Royals in 2006, taking over a franchise that had become a laughingstock. But he rebuilt a depleted farm system, and his work has begun to pay off. Several homegrown players contributed to an 86-76 season this past year.


Randall of U.S. second in Cup race

KUUSAMO, Finland – Kikkan Randall of the United States finished runner-up yesterday in a World Cup cross-country race won by Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. Eirik Brandsdal of Norway was the men’s winner.

Kowalczyk captured the 1.4-kilometer sprint in 3 minutes, 6.14 seconds. Randall was 1.69 seconds behind, with Denise Herrmann of Germany in third place, trailing the winner by 2.9 seconds.

In the men’s 1.4K race, Brandsdal won in 2:40.74. He beat Anton Gafarov of Russia by 0.06 seconds. Teodor Peterson of Sweden was third, 0.1 seconds behind the winner.


Austria’s Schlierenzauer wins World Cup event

KUUSAMO, Finland – Defending ski jump World Cup champion Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria won for the first time this season.

With a second jump of 143 meters yesterday he beat Germany’s Marinus Kraus by a half point. Schlierenzauer had been 15th after managing only 128 meters in the first round, but he had the day’s longest jump in the second round to finish with 273.2 points.

Kraus was eyeing his first World Cup victory. He led after the first round after a jump of 136 meters before going 133 meters in the second. Austria’s Thomas Morgenstern was ninth after the first round and finished third. Kraus finished with 272.7 points while Morgenstern had 272.3.

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