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December 7, 2018

FORMER MLB PLAYERS KILLED

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a car crash following a winter league game in Venezuela.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league.

The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game in the capital, Caracas.

Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on Aug. 7. He hit .226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.

Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. He had a .254 average with 39 home runs.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA TECH-COLLINS

Georgia Tech hires Temple’s Geoff Collins to replace Johnson

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has hired Temple coach Geoff Collins to replace Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets coach.

Collins, a Conyers, Georgia native, is a former Florida and Mississippi State defensive coordinator who was 15-10 in two seasons at Temple.

Georgia Tech announced the hire on Friday and planned a news conference for later in the day.

Collins met with Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury in New York earlier this week and with the university president in Atlanta on Thursday.

Collins had an 8-4 record with a 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference this season. He took over for his close friend Matt Rhule last year, when Rhule left for Baylor.

Before his time at Florida (2015-16) and Mississippi State (2011-14), Collins was a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech under coach George O’Leary. He also spent a season as director of player personal at Alabama in 2007, Nick Saban’s first season leading the Crimson Tide.

T25 FOOTBALL-ARMY-NAVY-TRUMP

Political football: Trump to handle coin toss at Army-Navy

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President Donald Trump will officiate the coin toss before the Army-Navy game on Saturday.

West Point made the announcement on Friday leading to the game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where the No. 22 Black Knights (9-2) play the Midshipmen (3-9).

This will be Trump’s first Army-Navy game as president. He was at the 2016 game as president-elect.

He will be the 10th sitting president to attend, a tradition that began with Theodore Roosevelt in 1901. Presidents, by custom, sit on the Army side of the stadium for one half and the Navy side for the other.

Army will try to win for the third straight time in the series after losing the previous 14. The rivalry between the service academies began in 1890.

WORLD CUP-BOBSLED

Jamanka wins 1st women’s World Cup bobsled race of season

SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany teamed with Annika Drazek to win the first World Cup women’s bobsled race of the season.

Jamanka finished her two runs in 1 minute, 42.68 seconds. Russia’s Nadezhda Sergeeva won her first World Cup medal, taking silver with Yulia Belomestnykh in 1:43.29, and Germany took third with Anna Koehler and Lisa Sophie Gericke finishing in 1:43.50.

The top U.S. finish was a fifth-place showing for driver Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs, who were 1.39 seconds off the lead. Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and rookie Sylvia Hoffmann were disqualified after being third in the first run because their sled was too light.

Only 10 sleds entered the race and eight finished.

WORLD CUP-WINNER INVESTIGATED

German skier risks losing 1st win for getting extra oxygen

OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — Days after getting his first career World Cup win, Stefan Luitz could be disqualified for breaking skiing’s doping rules by using an oxygen mask.

The International Ski Federation says it is investigating an incident in Beaver Creek on Sunday.

Racing started at an altitude of 10,340 feet and the 26-year-old German won the giant slalom by retaining his first-run lead. The victory ended Marcel Hirscher’s five-race winning streak in the event.

Hirscher, the Olympic champion in giant slalom, could yet be awarded his 60th World Cup race win.

FIS anti-doping rules state oxygen tanks cannot be brought to race venues, and “competition results achieved after the use of the equipment shall be automatically disqualified.”

DOPING-GONZALEZ

Olympic race walk silver medalist tests positive for steroid

MONACO (AP) — Olympic race walk silver medalist Lupita Gonzalez has tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

The IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit says Gonzalez tested positive for trenbolone and has been provisionally suspended.

The 29-year-old Mexican faces a ban of up to four years.

Gonzalez took silver in the 20-kilometer walk at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, losing to Liu Hong of China by two seconds, and at the 2017 world championships in London.

She won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

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