Weir retires, joins NBC
Known as much for his outrageous costumes and comments as his intriguing skating, Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth.
The three-time U.S. champion retired from competition Wednesday — he still plans to skate in shows — and will join NBC for its coverage of the Sochi Games.
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Weir spent 16 years in the sport, going to two Olympics. Weir won the 2004, ’05 and ’06 U.S. titles and finished fifth at the 2006 Games and sixth in 2010.
Smith cleared to play
Georgetown said the NCAA has cleared center Josh Smith to play immediately, starting with the Hoyas’ opener against Oregon in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 8.
Georgetown said Smith, from Kentwood High School, was granted a waiver for last season, when he played in six games before transferring from UCLA, meaning he has two years of eligibility remaining.
Coach John Thompson III said Smith, listed at 6 feet 10 and 350 pounds in the Hoyas’ media guide, “has to maintain a high level of commitment on and off the court.”
Vonn delays comeback
Still recovering from right-knee surgery, Lindsey Vonn has decided to skip Saturday’s season-opening race in Austria, preferring to return next month.
Vonn has been training on the glacier in Soelden for the last week and made her decision Wednesday. She’ll return at the races in Beaver Creek, Colo., from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
Vonn shredded her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in a crash at the world championships in Schladming last February.
The Olympic downhill champion and four-time overall World Cup winner hopes to be back in top form for the Sochi Olympics in February.
Alvaro Saborio and Joao Plata each scored in the second half to help host Real Salt Lake overcome a slow start to earn a 2-1 victory over Chivas USA.
Real Salt Lake (16-10-8) clinched a top-two seed heading into the MLS playoffs. RSL can clinch the top seed in the West if Chivas (6-19-8) beats or draws with Portland on Saturday.
Eric Kronberg earned his third shutout in four group matches and host Sporting Kansas City withstood two disallowed goals to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a scoreless draw against Honduras’ CD Olimpia.
Chris Wondolowski scored to lead the host San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 victory over Guatemalan side CD Heredia to win Group 5 of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic warmed up for their World Cup playoffs meeting with big games for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Ronaldo had two goals in Madrid’s 2-1 home victory over Juventus in the marquee matchup of the day, and Ibrahimovic scored four times — including an unstoppable long-range strike — to help PSG outclass Anderlecht 5-0 in Brussels.
United States defender Oguchi Onyewu signed with second-tier English club Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer after his release by Sporting Lisbon.
• Dallas Stars left wing Ryan Garbutt was suspended for five games by the NHL for charging Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner.
• Jelena Jankovic of Serbia topped second-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-4, 6-3 in her first match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Fifth-ranked Li Na of China edged Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
• John Isner of the United States edged Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2) at the Valencia Open in Spain.
• Hometown favorite Roger Federer rallied past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
• Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel broke his left leg when he was thrown from his mount, Sonic Dancer, after it broke down at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
• Fort Larned will defend his title in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race he led all the way in winning as a 9-1 longshot last year. He is one of 172 horses, including nine defending champions, which were pre-entered for the $27 million, 14-race Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2.
• Tracing a route that limits the strengths of defending champion Chris Froome, the 2014 Tour de France will rattle over bone-jarring cobblestones, pay homage to World War I battlefields, climb unfamiliar mountains in the east of France and have only one time trial.
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