Skidding Ducks fire their coach...Vonn takes bronze in her final race...NASCAR ejects 3 car chiefs
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have fired coach Randy Carlyle amid a seven-game losing streak. Carlyle, the winningest coach in Ducks history, led Anaheim to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007 and three appearances in the Western Conference Final. The Ducks made the playoffs in seven of Carlyle’s eight full seasons with the team, but have lost 19 of their last 21 games. The Ducks say general manager Bob Murray will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the regular season.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Free agent guard Wesley Matthews has officially signed with the Indiana Pacers. The move was first reported following Thursday’s trade deadline, but the Pacers couldn’t announce it until today. Matthews was waived by the Knicks after a deal that sent Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) to Dallas and cleared waivers yesterday. Matthews will help fill the void left by All-Star guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh), who will miss the rest of this season with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee.
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn has won the bronze medal in the world championship downhill, the final race of her career. She becomes the first female skier to win medals at six different world championships. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia won gold with a virtually flawless run, becoming the first woman to retain the world downhill title since Maria Walliser in 1989. Corinne Suter of Switzerland finished second.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — An American has won bronze in the men’s Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Vincent Zhou led after the short program and had some technical errors during his free skate. 2018 Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan won gold after successfully landing three quadruple jumps during last night’s free skate. Defending champion Boyang Jin of China finished second.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has ejected the car chiefs for Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon through the Daytona 500 for repeated inspection failures before qualifying for the race. The drivers also were docked 15 minutes from the final Cup practice before next Sunday’s race. NASCAR has cracked down this season on inspection failures and will disqualify race-winning cars that break the rules.