American skier Shiffrin wins record 83rd World Cup race
SAN VIGILIO DI MAREBBE, Italy (AP) — American skier Mikaela Shiffrin has won a record 83rd World Cup race. Shiffrin’s giant slalom victory broke a tie on the all-time women’s list with former American teammate Lindsey Vonn. Vonn retired four years ago when injuries cut her career short. Shiffrin now needs only three more wins to match Ingemar Stenmark’s overall mark between men and women of 86 victories. Stenmark competed in the 1970s and 80s. Shiffrin says “I don’t think there are words to explain all the feelings.” Shiffrin can quickly add to her record total in another giant slalom at Kronplatz on Wednesday.
49ers’ Omenihu arrested after domestic violence allegation
San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Charles Omenihu has been arrested after a domestic violence allegation. San Jose police say Omenihu was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for misdemeanor domestic violence. Omenihu has posted bail and is no longer in custody. The case will be submitted to the district attorney for possible charges. The 49ers said they are aware of the arrest and are “in the process of gathering further information.”
Are bad shots, blown leads at Australian Open ‘choking’?
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The term “choke” is often used when describing a tennis player who misses what looks like an easy shot or loses a match at the Australian Open and other tournaments. The attention falls on one athlete when there are no teammates to cover for mistakes or provide help at key junctures in an individual sport. That means plenty of praise for the winners and accusations of “choking” lobbed at the losers. Sometimes it’s used when a high-ranked player is defeated by someone much lower-ranked that they’re “supposed” to beat. Or when someone throws away a big lead. It is not surprising that most players are not fans of the term.
Chiefs’ decision to trade Hill opened future for success
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs could have paid Tyreek Hill handsomely and gone all-in on another championship run. Instead, they dealt him to the Dolphins for a package of draft picks and some financial flexibility. In doing so, they took a championship window that might have lasted a few years and extended it by several more. It was a difficult choice, though, and one their opponent in Sunday’s AFC title game will soon face. The Bengals intend to pay quarterback Joe Burrow handsomely as soon as this offseason, and that will mean tough decisions on free agents such as Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates III.
Shiffrin’s record follows 2 decades of US skiing success
Mikaela Shiffrin’s record 83rd World Cup victory is only the latest exploit by an American team that has been producing success after success on the circuit since Daron Rahlves and Bode Miller started it all off more than 20 years ago. Then Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso burst onto the scene on the women’s circuit. Ted Ligety won a surprise Olympic gold medal long before he became the World Cup’s leading giant slalom skier. And Miller, Ligety, Vonn and Mancuso were all still racing when Shiffrin emerged as the team’s and eventually the world’s next top skier.
From the start, Shiffrin showed she was the skier to beat
Mikaela Shiffrin has done quite a lot in only 12 years. Shiffrin raced to a record-breaking 83rd win on Tuesday in her 238th race on the World Cup circuit. Shiffrin won a giant slalom in Italy to move ahead of former United States teammate Lindsey Vonn. Shiffrin also has won two Olympic gold medals and six world championship titles. Shiffrin’s racing career on the World Cup circuit started two days before her 16th birthday in March 2011 in the Czech Republic. She will still be only 30 when the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics roll around. Women’s races are scheduled for the Italian resort where she won four medals at the 2021 world championships.
2-time Australian champ Azarenka tops Pegula, talks anxiety
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka has defeated Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Australian Open semifinals for the first time in a decade. Azarenka displayed the same confident brand of hard-hitting baseline tennis that carried her to championships at Melbourne Park in 2012 and 2013. Azarenka’s semifinal opponent will be reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. She beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4. Karen Khachanov moved into his first Australian Open semifinal when Sebastian Korda stopped playing in the third set because of an injured right wrist. Khachanov will face No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a berth in the final.
Tennessee gives Josh Heupel big pay raise to $9 million
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has given coach Josh Heupel a big raise that puts him among the highest-paid coaches in college football. The new contract comes after Heupel led the Volunteers to their best season in more than 20 years. Heupel will make $9 million per year through the 2028 football season under the extension announced by the school Tuesday and signed Jan. 19. That’s an increase from the $5 million extension signed last July that pushed his deal through 2027. That’s an increase from the $5 million extension Heupel signed last July. Heupel is 18-8 in his two seasons, including 11-2 last season.
Analysis: Trying to play good NBA defense ‘wild, hot mess’
DENVER (AP) — Someone will win Defensive Player of the Year this spring, even after a season where no one seems to be able to stop or even slow down anyone with the ball. It’s almost certain that more players will average 20 points per game than ever before. A decade ago, there were a dozen or so players. This season, 50 isn’t out of the question. Players still are playing defense in the NBA. Really, they are. But a combination of rule changes, style-of-play alterations, the ongoing addiction to the 3-point shot and more all adds up to the game favoring the offensive player. Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle adeptly described trying to guard anyone in the NBA these days as a “wild, hot mess.”
Indigenous hockey cards shed light on First Nations players
The newest series of hockey cards features Indigenous players at a time Native American and First Nations influences on the sport are receiving renewed attention. Upper Deck this month released First Peoples Rookie Cards to shine a spotlight on Canadian Indigenous players who didn’t previously get the chance to be featured in an official NHL set. The idea sprung from an Indigenous card collector who thought some players were missing. A board of community members picked Dan Frawley, Jason Simon, Ted Nolan, Bill LeCaine, Rocky Trottier, Victor Mercredi, Danny Hodgson and Johnny Harms for cards. They won’t be sold but instead distributed at camps and other Indigenous hockey events.