Gymnast Alicia Sacramone, 25, is retiring after earning a U.S.-record 10 medals at the world championships in her career.
Sacramone retires after earning
U.S.-record 10 medals at worlds
Alicia Sacramone is retiring after setting a U.S. record with 10 medals at the world championships.
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The 25-year-old had called it quits after the Beijing Olympics, where she was captain of the U.S. team that won the silver medal. But she returned in 2010 and won three more medals at worlds, including a gold on vault. It was her second world title, after her floor-exercise gold in 2005.
Sacramone’s 10th world medal snapped a tie with Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin for most by a U.S. gymnast. Sacramone attempted a comeback last summer, but failed to make the team for the London Olympics.
Kelly discusses Te’o episode
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o didn’t show signs of being affected by the girlfriend hoax leading up to the BCS National Championship Game, but his play indicates it might have taken a toll, coach Brian Kelly said.
“Hindsight is 20-20. I didn’t think going into the game he was affected by it. But he didn’t play his best. Alabama had something to do with that, clearly. But I really don’t know,” Kelly said.
“It’s a lot to weigh on the shoulders of somebody. I think we can make the leap that maybe it did. But I think Manti would know for sure.”
Te’o said in an interview with ESPN after the news of the hoax broke that it did not affect his performance in Alabama’s 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish.
Kelly said so far everything that has come out about the girlfriend hoax matches up with what Te’o told him when he called him Dec. 26. Kelly contacted athletic director Jack Swarbrick immediately after Te’o told him what happened.
“It just sounded so crazy that the first thing I wanted to make sure we did was get the right people on top of this immediately,” he said. “That was my first thought, to find out what the heck is going on here.”
Te’o had described the girlfriend, who supposedly died of leukemia last fall, as the love of his life. But Te’o got a call from the person posing as the girlfriend Dec. 6 to say she hadn’t died. He continued to talk about her when questioned at the Heisman Trophy ceremony Dec. 8. and told Kelly about the situation 18 days later.
Lazor to leave Virginia for NFL
Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is leaving the program, reportedly to join coach Chip Kelly’s new NFL Philadelphia Eagles staff.
Lazor, 40, is a former Seahawks quarterbacks coach.
U.S., Canada play to scoreless tie
The U.S. men’s team prepped for its opening game in the final round of World Cup qualifying with a rather dull 0-0 tie against Canada in Houston as defender Omar Gonzalez returned to the U.S. lineup after a two-year absence.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann changed all 11 starters from November’s 2-2 tie at Russia and is likely to change the entire lineup again for the Feb. 6 qualifier against Honduras in San Pedro Sula. These players were believed to be auditioning for backup roles on next week’s trip.
The United States started an all-Major League Soccer lineup for the first time since January 2007 against Denmark.
Altidore hears racist chants
American forward Jozy Altidore was the target of racist chants during AZ Alkmaar’s 5-0 victory over second-tier Den Boscha in the quarterfinals of the Dutch Cup.
Altidore, who is black, said he had never faced such serious abuse from the stands.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” the 23-year-old said. “All I can do is pray for them and hope they can become better people.”
Shea to play in England
Stoke officials say they have reached an agreement to acquire American midfielder Brek Shea, 22, from Major League Soccer team FC Dallas.
Shea must obtain a British work permit to play for the English Premier League team.
Defending champ Zambia exits
Defending champion Zambia failed to advance past the first round of the African Cup of Nations when it was held to a 0-0 draw by Burkina Faso in South Africa.
No. 3 UConn women rise to 19-1
Stefanie Dolson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 3 Connecticut over Villanova 76-43 in Hartford, Conn.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 points for the Huskies (19-1 overall, 6-1 Big East Conference).
Jesse Carey led Villanova (16-4, 5-2) with nine points.
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• Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is leaving the International Olympic Committee as he prepares to become king.
“The Prince has asked the president of the IOC to relieve him of his duties as IOC member in the Netherlands,” the Dutch government said in a statement.
The announcement came a day after Willem-Alexander’s mother, Queen Beatrix, announced she is abdicating in the prince’s favor April 30. Willem-Alexander has been an IOC member since 1998.
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