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February 16, 2019


Shiffrin fight illness, wins 4th straight slalom at worlds

ARE, Sweden (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin fought through sickness to win an unprecedented fourth straight slalom title at the world championships after one of the most resilient performances of her career.

No Alpine skier, male or female, had previously won the same discipline at four successive worlds.

The 23-year-old American, who was low on energy because of a chest cold, improved from third place after the first run to win by 0.58 seconds over Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia took the bronze medal.

Clearly suffering from the effects of her illness, Shiffrin collapsed to the snow for a while in the finish area after a second run. She looked emotional when her win was confirmed after Wendy Holdener, the leader after the first run, went off the course early in her second.

It was a second gold of these championships for Shiffrin after winning the super-G. She also took bronze in the giant slalom.

She has won five golds at the words, and seven medals in total — putting her just one off the American record held by Lindsey Vonn.


Basketball Hall of Fame announces finalists for 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Paul Westphal, Jack Sikma, Marques Johnson and Ben Wallace are first-time finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The rest of the 13 finalists announced Friday have been considered before. They include five-time All-Stars Chris Webber and Sidney Moncrief, eight-time first-team defensive player Bobby Jones, two-time NBA coach of the year Bill Fitch, women’s basketball pioneer Teresa Weatherspoon and four-time college coach of the year Eddie Sutton.

Also selected as finalists were Leta Andrews, who won a high-school-record 1,416 games in more than 50 years on the sidelines in Texas; Hugh Evans, a referee in the NBA for 28 years; and Barbara Stevens, the longtime coach at perennial Division II power Bentley and a winner of more than 1,000 games.


John Collins: Favorite dunker is Hawks teammate Vince Carter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — John Collins has a favorite dunker. Not surprisingly, it’s his Atlanta teammate Vince Carter.

Collins will represent the Hawks in the dunk contest, one of the events during All-Star Saturday Night. The 3-point contest and skills competition are also on the evening docket.

Collins had perhaps the best dunk of the Rising Stars game Friday night, going with a pass off the backboard to himself for a slam over Dallas’ Luka Doncic. He says he’s got three or four dunks ready to go for Saturday night.

He won’t reveal what to expect: “No hints,” he said Saturday morning.


Ballpark mustard maker drops Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo

(Information in the following story is from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com )

CLEVELAND (AP) — The maker of Cleveland’s ballpark mustard is removing the Chief Wahoo logo from its branding and packaging to maintain longstanding ties with the Cleveland Indians baseball team.

Cleveland.com reports the Indians have told official partners like Bertman Foods Co., the maker of Bertman Original Ballpark Mustard, those relationships can’t continue unless they stop using Chief Wahoo. The caricature is widely seen as racist and offensive to Native Americans.

The Indians will stop using Chief Wahoo on player uniforms starting this season. The club had been phasing out the logo for years and struck an agreement with Major League Baseball last year to discontinue its use altogether.

The team will continue to sell a few Chief Wahoo items at team shops to retain its trademark.