Update on the latest sports
Vonn moves up retirement
UNDATED (AP) – Lindsey Vonn says she will retire from ski racing after this month’s world championships in Sweden.
The women’s all-time leader in World Cup wins had been planning to retire in December. But she is changing her plans because of persistent pain in both of her knees, which she fully realized after failing to finish a race in Italy last month.
Vonn writes on Instagram that “my body is broken beyond repair and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of.”
She says she has accepted that she cannot continue ski racing, so the downhill and super-G at the world championships “will be the final races of my career.”
The worlds open with the women’s super-G on Tuesday. The women’s downhill is scheduled for Feb. 10.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S GS
Shiffrin, Vlhova share victory in last GS before worlds
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) – Mikaela Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova shared victory Friday in the final women’s World Cup giant slalom before the world championships.
Shiffrin, the Olympic champion in the event, held a lead of 0.48 seconds over Vlhova after the opening run, but the Slovakian skier posted the fastest time in the final run and made up the difference. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway finished 0.93 seconds behind in third. The rest of the field was at least 1.29 seconds off the pace.
The victory is Shiffrin’s 55th career win and ninth in giant slalom, matching the United States women’s record of World Cup GS wins set by Tamara McKinney in the 1980s.
Holland, Diamondbacks finalize $3.25 million deal
PHOENIX (AP) – Reliever Greg Holland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized their $3.25 million, one-year contract.
Arizona announced the agreement with the 33-year-old right-hander Thursday. To clear a roster spot, right-hander Jake Barrett was designated for assignment.
Holland was 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA with St. Louis and Washington last season, when he earned $14 million. He has a 2.83 ERA in eight major league seasons.
OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR
Ohio State rejects mediators from other sex misconduct cases
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Men alleging Ohio State ignored or failed to stop sexual misconduct by a team doctor are recommending their lawsuits be handled by one of the mediation teams used in nationally known cases involving Michigan State and Penn State.
But Ohio State says it won’t agree to that because the handling of those cases led to controversy. The university is recommending that a former federal judge or a federal appeals court mediator be used instead in the two lawsuits against it.
The suits were brought by dozens of the 150-plus men who say they experienced sexual misconduct by Dr. Richard Strauss during his two decades at the school, mostly in the 1980s and 90’s. A law firm is investigating for the university.
Strauss died in 2005. No one has publicly defended him.
NHL-BLACK HISTORY MONTH
NHL to celebrate Black History Month for 1st time
UNDATED (AP) – The NHL will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, shifting its focus in February from its wide-ranging “Hockey Is For Everyone” campaign to emphasize racial diversity in the sport.
The joint initiative of the league and NHL Players’ Association will include a traveling mobile museum devoted to the history of minorities in hockey. The museum will debut outside Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday.
Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, one of several black stars who will be the subject of video specials this month, said “important conversations and perspectives will be shared as part of the Black History Month celebration.”
There are roughly 20 black players currently on NHL rosters, though executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs Kim Davis said there is strong minority representation at youth levels.
SUPER BOWL-GLADYS KNIGHT
Gladys Knight on why she’ll sing the anthem at Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) – Gladys Knight says her singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl will bring people together.
NBC’s “Today” show says Knight wrestled with whether to join a boycott over the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.
Kaepernick attorney Mark Geragos said the performers are “crossing an intellectual picket line; they’re saying to themselves, ‘I care more about my career than whether what I’m doing is right.”‘
Knight said she’s been working for civil rights and singing the anthem since she was a little girl.
Knight says everyone has an opinion, “but once we get into that love thing, it all comes together and goes wherever and we end up clapping and having a good time.”