Houvenaghel retires from cycling - Northern Ireland's Wendy Houvenaghel retires from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games with injury. Giants beat Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings (Yahoo Sports) - PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night. Headley wins it in 14th inning of Yankees debut (Yahoo Sports) - Chase Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's franchise record for doubles, and the Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after both rookie starters entered with a 5.10 ERA. J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yankees responded with Brett Gardner's leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury's tying single off closer Joakim Soria in the bottom half. Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals (Yahoo Sports) - Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the Rays' season-high sixth straight win. St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four earned, in 4 2-3 innings. Wainwright (12-5) was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL. Lucroy hits walkoff homer to give Brewers 4-3 win (Yahoo Sports) - Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. It was Lucroy's second homer of the game and 11th of the season. It was his second career walkoff homer and both were against the Reds. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure. CEO: Clippers coach to quit if Sterling stays (Yahoo Sports) - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. CEO Richard Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling's wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements. ''If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.'' Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who heads the NBA players union. Polanco, Walker lift Pirates over Dodgers 12-7 (Yahoo Sports) - Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a solo home run and a tiebreaking two-run single, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Polanco, hitting just .133 in his previous 11 games, smacked a bases-loaded single with two outs in the sixth to put Pittsburgh in front for good. Neil Walker went 2 for 4 with his 15th homer and three RBIs. Ike Davis finished with three hits, including his sixth home run. Clippers' Sterling targets wife, NBA in new suit (Yahoo Sports) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to retain the team and derail a potential $2 billion sale. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. They include Sterling's assertion that he's the team's sole owner, that his wife deceived him in persuading him to get mental examinations and that the NBA and Ballmer colluded to deprive him of his rights as owner. Yankees acquire 3B Chase Headley from Padres (Yahoo Sports) - Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley was on his way to Yankee Stadium, but was not expected to arrive until just after the scheduled start of New York's game against Texas. The Yankees hoped to have him in uniform by about 7:30 p.m. and available off the bench. After that, he'll become the everyday starter at a spot that's been a question mark for New York all year following the season-long suspension of Alex Rodriguez. Selig still waiting on Tommy John report (Yahoo Sports) - PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is ''anxious'' to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers.

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Russian Starykh banned for two years for doping (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 16, 2014, 5:53 pm]
Russian Irina Starykh, who won the women’s 7.5-km sprint at the 2013 European biathlon championship, has been banned for two years for doping, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said on Wednesday. "Irina Starykh is ineligible to compete for a period of two years, commencing from December 23, 2013," the IBU said in a statement. "All Irina Starykh's competition results obtained from the date the sample was collected are struck off with the resulting consequences." The case can be appealed within 21 days at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Slovenia probes Mae's Olympic qualifying races (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 11, 2014, 1:55 pm]
By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Four Slovenian officials have been suspended for 'irregularities' in Alpine ski races used by pop violinist Vanessa Mae to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics, the national skiing association said on Friday. "We discovered there were a number of irregularities in the competition in which Vanessa Mae qualified," Slovenian Ski Association head Jurij Zurej told Reuters on Friday. "We have no indication whatsoever that Vanessa Mae or any other skier would be involved in those irregularities," said Zurej, who added that the matter had been placed in the hands of the local police.

4 suspended for rigging Vanessa-Mae results (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 11, 2014, 10:03 am]
Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Competing in Sochi for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father, she finished a distant last among the 67 racers who completed the two runs in the Olympic giant slalom. To earn enough points to be eligible for the games in February, she had to compete in official races in Sweden, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland. The Slovenian Ski Association said Friday it found evidence indicating that the races it hosted in January were ''fixed at the behest of Thai ski officials to meet her qualifying criteria for Sochi.'' The Slovenian association president, Jurij Zurej, said the suspected irregularities included falsification of times and rankings.

Slovenia: Violinist's pre-Sochi ski results rigged (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 11, 2014, 8:34 am]
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenia has suspended four of its ski officials for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Kasper re-elected president of world ski body (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: June 6, 2014, 12:10 pm]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Gian Franco Kasper of Switzerland has been re-elected unopposed as president of the International Ski Federation.

FIS picks Are, Sweden to host 2019 Alpine worlds (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: June 5, 2014, 5:18 pm]
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The International Ski Federation has chosen Are in Sweden to host the Alpine skiing world championships in 2019.

Schleper returns to slopes, will ski for Mexico (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: June 2, 2014, 9:38 pm]
Sarah Schleper has one stringent rule around her house these days: The family must speak in Spanish and that even applies to her 1-year-old daughter, who's quickly learned to say ''Hola!'' Just a way for the longtime American skier to become more fluent in the language of her recently adopted country. The Colorado skier just became a citizen of Mexico, where her husband is from. The International Ski Federation signed off on her decision to compete for Mexico, too, approving her release from the U.S. squad. ''I love the United States - it is an honor and a privilege to be born here, so many people want that, but it feels amazing to be a dual citizen of Mexico.

2-time Olympic ski champ Maze hires coach Ghirardi (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: May 23, 2014, 12:09 pm]
MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) -- Two-time Olympic champion Tina Maze has added Italian coach Valerio Ghirardi to her team for the next World Cup season.

Vonn, Woods lean on each other through rehab (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: May 13, 2014, 8:22 pm]
DENVER (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods are leaning on each other as they come back from injuries.

Komissarova appeals for financial help to continue treatment (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: May 12, 2014, 3:06 pm]
Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who suffered a broken back during a training session at the Sochi Olympics, is appealing for financial help to continue her treatment and rehabilitation.  \"I am training in a clinic in Spain and the doctor gave me a 90 percent chance that I would be able to stand on my legs again, when others did not even give me a one percent chance,\" the 23-year-old Komissarova wrote on her Instagram page on Monday. \"Those who care about my destiny, I am asking you for financial help. I need in the region of 27 million roubles ($765,000).\" The Russian freestyle skiing Federation said last week on its website (www.ffr-ski.ru) that Komissarova's treatment could be \"paid for by the charity fund 'Ostrova' (Islands) and direct donations to Maria through her website (www.maria-komissarova.com).\" Komissarova, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a fall during training on Feb. 15, had already spent two months in Germany undergoing a series of operations.

Former world slalom champion Pranger retires (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: May 9, 2014, 9:01 am]
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) -- Austrian slalom skier Manfred Pranger says he is retiring, five injury-marred years after winning the world title.

Hoedlmoser replaces fired Evers with US ski team (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: May 7, 2014, 8:01 pm]
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Alex Hoedlmoser is the new men's speed coach for the U.S. Alpine skiing team, replacing Andreas Evers, who was fired last month after being found guilty in Austria of money laundering.

Alpine skiing-Injured Komissarova to continue treatment in Spain (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: May 7, 2014, 4:10 pm]
The Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who suffered a broken back during the Sochi Winter Olympics, is set to continue her treatment in Spain. Komissarova, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a fall during training on Feb. 15, had already spent two months in Germany undergoing a series of operations. "Following Maria's return from Germany, we offered the chance to undertake a rehabilitation course at a specialist center called Goluboe Ozero (Light Blue Lake) not far from Moscow and also at a rehabilitation center in Moscow," the head doctor of the Russian Freestyle Federation, Mirzali Samedov, said. "The Russian medics who were looking after Komissarova believed this would be the best course to take.

Norwegian Northug crashes car under influence of alcohol (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: May 4, 2014, 10:06 pm]
Norway's former Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug has told police he was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his car in Trondheim in the early hours of Sunday, his manager Are Soerum Langaas said in a statement. "Petter Northug has confirmed to the police in Trondheim that it was he who drove the car that was involved in an accident on Sunday morning," Langaas said on Sunday. "Northug also explained that he was under the influence of alcohol when the accident happened," he said, adding that the athlete deeply regretted the incident.

Olympics-Injured skier Komissarova back in Russia to continue treatment (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: April 28, 2014, 1:20 pm]
Freestyle skier Maria Komissarova has returned to Russia from a German clinic to continue her rehabilitation after breaking her back in training at the Sochi Olympics. "Her treatment programme in Germany went exactly to plan and was undertaken by Russian and German doctors," Russian Freestyle Federation's spokesman Mikhail Verzhba told Reuters on Monday. Tomorrow it is likely that the doctors will decide the next steps in her continued rehabilitation programme." (Reporting by Dmitry Rogovitskiy;

Champion Canadian skier John Kucera retiring (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 8:04 pm]
Canadian skier John Kucera is retiring after a career in which he won a world downhill title and was sidelined three seasons by a broken leg. The 29-year-old Kucera won three World Cup medals, two of them in Lake Louise, Alberta. Kucera ski at the Sochi Olympics because of a severe inner ear condition that prevented him from racing.

US ski coach gets 4 months for money laundering (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 24, 2014, 4:11 pm]
A regional court in Austria has sentenced the downhill coach of the U.S. Alpine ski team to four months in prison plus 20 months on probation for his role in a money laundering scheme involving his former girlfriend in Austria. The Salzburg court has found Andreas Evers guilty of the laundering of 1.7 million euros ($2.35 million), which his ex-girlfriend allegedly stole from a computer company she worked for from 2001-05. Evers, who has partly confessed to the laundering according to his attorney Kurt Jelinek, can appeal the verdict.

Skier Miller, son's mom make custody pact, for now (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 6:07 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Olympic skier Bode (BOH'-dee) Miller and former Marine Sara McKenna have reached a temporary truce in their New York custody fight over their 14-month-old son.

Flavio Roda stays in charge of sports federation (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 12, 2014, 6:23 pm]
Flavio Roda has been re-elected president of the Italian Winter Sports Federation, winning over half the votes. Roda, who is Alberto Tomba's former coach, received 57,279 votes on Saturday, against 27,868 for Pietro Marocco and 12,173 for Manuela Di Centa. The 65-year-old says ''there is a large number of associates who still believe I can still do something good for this federation.'' Roda, who has been in charge for the past two years, will remain in the post until 2018. Roda was Tomba's coach from 1996-98 during the final seasons of the three-time Olympic champion's career.

Andreas Puelacher becomes Austria men's head coach (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 11, 2014, 11:38 am]
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) -- The Austrian ski federation has appointed Andreas Puelacher as head coach of the men's Alpine team, replacing Mathias Berthold.

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