Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom
American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin cemented her status as the World Cup slalom standout Tuesday, winning a night race in Flachau, Austria, 38 days before the same event at the Sochi Olympics in Russia.
Shiffrin posted her third victory this season and seventh overall. The 18-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colo., had a combined time of 1 minute, 45.83 seconds to beat Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.83 seconds before a crowd of 14,100.
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“It’s nice to sing my national anthem a couple of races before the Olympics,” Shiffrin said. “Hopefully, I can sing it again in Sochi.”
Shiffrin joined Perrine Pelen of France and Janica Kostelic of Croatia as women who won seven World Cup slaloms before turning 19.
Clark seeks dismissal of lawsuit
Jack Clark’s comments implying Albert Pujols used steroids were too vague to do any real harm and a court should dismiss the lawsuit pitting the two former St. Louis Cardinals players against each other, said Clark’s attorney, Albert Watkins.
Clark, 58, seeks dismissal of the defamation lawsuit filed by Pujols, 33, in October. The suit came after comments Clark made on his St. Louis radio program, “The King and the Ripper Show,” in August. Clark said he knew “for a fact” Pujols was “a juicer.”
Pujols has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Clark and his WGNU-AM show co-host, Kevin Slaten, were fired within days of the comments, and the station’s owner broadcast a lengthy apology and posted contrite statements on its website.
146 players file for arbitration
Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers are among 146 major-league players who filed for salary arbitration.
Three Mariners filed — first basemen Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison and outfielder Michael Saunders.
Players are set to swap proposed salaries with their teams Friday and hearings will be scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Of the 133 players who filed last year, none went to hearings — the first time since the process began in 1974 every case settled.
Oregon promotes Pellum
Oregon has promoted linebackers coach Don Pellum to defensive coordinator. He replaces Nick Aliotti, who retired last month after 17 seasons.
Pellum, 51, will continue to coach Ducks linebackers. Including time as a linebacker, Pellum has a 30-year association with Oregon.
Stanford duo to enter draft
Free safety Ed Reynolds and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming of Stanford announced they will forgo their final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Reynolds earned Pac-12 first-team honors for the second straight season. Fleming was voted to the 2013 Pac-12 second team by coaches.
Maryland, ACC fight legal battle
Maryland has filed a $157 million counterclaim against the Atlantic Coast Conference, alleging the ACC tried to recruit two Big Ten Conference schools after Maryland announced its intention to leave for the Big Ten.
“Our lawsuit calls the ACC’s ‘exit fee’ what it really is — an antitrust violation and an illegal activity,” Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler said in a statement.
The ACC filed a lawsuit in North Carolina after Maryland announced its planned July 2014 departure, claiming the school was required to pay the full exit fee of approximately $52 million.
U.S. men are training in Brazil
The U.S. men’s team began a 12-day training camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the team will be based during the World Cup, which starts in June. The Americans, with a roster of 26 players mostly from Major League Soccer, are the first of the 32 World Cup nations to arrive in Brazil this year in an effort to get acclimated to the host country.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann said after the team’s first practice session.
• Bo Levi Mitchell, a former Eastern Washington quarterback, has re-signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Mitchell was 3-0 as a starter for Calgary last season, his second in the CFL.
• In the NHL, Patrick Marleau — a former standout for the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds — scored the only goal of the shootout to give San Jose a 2-1 victory over the host Washington Capitals.
• When biathlete Tracy Barnes learned she had made the cut for the U.S. Olympic team, she turned and winked at her twin sister, Lanny. After getting sick during the final qualifying event in Ridnaun, Italy, Lanny Barnes thought her Olympic dreams were over and assumed her sister was telling her she would race for her in Sochi.
Later, Tracy told her what was really on her mind: She would give up her spot on the team so Lanny, a three-time Olympian who finished just behind her, would qualify for the team and compete in Sochi instead.
“She is my hero and this only shows true selflessness and the Olympic spirit,” Lanny, 32, of Durango, Colo., wrote in an email from Italy.
Tracy, in an email, said she believed her sister deserved a spot on the team and that outlook outweighed her own desire to be on the Olympic team.
• Eleven-time winner Stephane Peterhansel won the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally in Chile. The Frenchman is second in the car division — 12 minutes, 10 seconds behind leader Nani Roma of Spain — with four stages left.
In motorbikes, overall leader Marc Coma of Spain won the stage and stretched his advantage over countryman Joan Barreda Bort to 55:36.
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