Vonn outduels Maze in giant slalom
Lindsey Vonn beat rival Tina Maze on the Slovenian’s home snow and in her best discipline Saturday in Maribor, earning a surprising victory in a giant slalom for her second win in a week. Maze still clinched her third giant slalom discipline title by placing second. Maze had a near-perfect first run, but a poor start to the second cost her valuable time and she finished 0.08 seconds behind Vonn . . . Dominik Paris of Italy won the classic World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, while American Ted Ligety missed a gate and failed to finish. World downhill champion Erik Guay of Canada was second, Austria’s Hannes Reichelt third . . . Eric Frenzel of Germany claimed his third consecutive Nordic combined World Cup event in Klingenthal, Germany, to take the overall lead. Germany’s Tino Edelmann was second, Austria’s Wilhelm Denifl third . . . Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer soared 240 meters in his second jump in Vikersund, Norway, tying Simon Ammann’s record for most ski jumping World Cup victories . . . World bobsled champion and Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries of Canada defended her title in St. Moritz, Switzerland, finishing ahead of Elana Meyers of the United States . . . Overall leaders Mikael Kingsbury and Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada won the men’s and women’s World Cup moguls events in Calgary, Alberta. Dufour-Lapointe finished ahead of her sister, Chloe.
Musial remembered as icon at funeral
Stan Musial was remembered during a funeral and memorial outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis as a Hall of Famer and a St. Louis icon embraced by generations of fans who never had the privilege of watching him play. Broadcaster Bob Costas pointed out during a two-hour Mass that in 92 years of life, Stan the Man never let anyone down. Among those in attendance were baseball commissioner Bud Selig, ex-St. Louis star Albert Pujols, and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Whitey Herzog, and Red Schoendienst, 90, who once roomed with Musial. Joe Torre, a former MVP and manager in St. Louis, ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, and current manager Mike Matheny also attended . . . A person familiar with the negotiations said righthander Jhoulys Chacin and the Rockies agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract . . . Pitcher Carlos Villanueva completed a $10 million, two-year contract with the Cubs, who designated righthander Lendy Castillo for assignment . . . Lefthander Nate Robertson and infielder Jeff Baker agreed to minor league contracts with the Rangers.
Manuel lifts South to Senior Bowl win
Florida State’s E.J. Manuel passed for a touchdown and rushed for another on the South’s first two drives to win MVP honors in a 21-16 victory over the North at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The North squad included Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk (four carries, 9 yards), UConn linebacker Sio Moore and defensive backs Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz . . . The Houston Rockets reinstated suspended rookie forward Royce White and he’s due to report to their developmental league affiliate Feb. 11. White has been on the inactive list all season as he worked on an arrangement with the team to balance his anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule . . . Former Revolution forward Taylor Twellman is among five first-time eligible players on the ballot for the US Soccer Hall of Fame . . . Lucas Matthysse (33-2) stopped Mike Dallas Jr. (19-3-1) with a devastating straight right at 2:36 of the first round in his first defense of the WBC interim super lightweight championship in Las Vegas . . . Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1) defended his flyweight title at UFC Chicago, unanimously outpointing John Dodson (15-6). In a light heavyweight fight, Glover Teixeira (20-2) topped Rampage Jackson (32-11) in a unanimous decision . . . Itsmyluckyday won the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes in Hallandale, Fla., overtaking Eclipse Award-winning favorite Shanghai Bobby and setting the Gulfstream Park record for 1 1/16 miles. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Itsmyluckyday finished in 1 minute 41.81 seconds in the Grade 3 Kentucky Derby prep race. Also at Gulfstream, Cerro, a 3-year-old colt partly owned by 18-time Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps and his former coach Bob Bowman, won the third race.