SKIING: Vonn cleared for training
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Lindsey Vonn was cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, the latest step as she works to return from a right knee injury and get ready for the Sochi Olympics.
The four-time overall World Cup champion and reigning Olympic downhill gold medalist is expected to start 10th in today’s first official training session at Lake Louise.
The U.S. Ski team added that a decision would not be made until Thursday on whether Vonn will return to competition at Lake Louise this weekend.
UCLA’s Mora gets extension
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA agreed to a six-year extension with football coach Jim Mora, putting him under contract through 2019.
The Bruins moved swiftly to fend off any potential advances from Washington, where Mora was a walk-on defensive back and a graduate assistant more than 30 years ago. The Huskies have a coaching vacancy after Steve Sarkisian left Monday for USC.
UCLA is 18-8 in two seasons under Mora.
Oregon QB will return next year
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Marcus Mariota has announced that he will return to Oregon for his junior season.
There had been speculation that Mariota might declare himself eligible for the NFL.
But the school announced on its website that Mariota would stay, along with junior Hroniss Grasu, a three-year starter at center.
Former Chiefs players file suit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL.
The lawsuit was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court on behalf of former players Leonard Griffin, Chris Martin, Joe Phillips, Alexander Louis Cooper and Kevin Porter, all of whom played on defense. It seeks more than $15,000 in actual and punitive damages.
Burton hired as NBC broadcaster
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jeff Burton became NBC Sports Group’s first hire for the broadcast booth when the network decided the respected driver was a must-have analyst for its upcoming NASCAR coverage.
NBCUniversal has the exclusive rights to select NASCAR events and other live content also beginning in 2015.
• LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Stewart said ExxonMobil renewed its multiyear sponsorship of both the three-time NASCAR champion and Stewart-Haas Racing.
PSU loses two football coaches
STATE COLLEGE (AP) — Penn State quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden have resigned.
Coach Bill O’Brien announced the moves on Tuesday. Vanderlinden was a holdover from former coach Joe Paterno’s staff and was the Nittany Lions’ linebackers coach since 2001. Fisher was the quarterbacks coach the past two seasons.
O’Brien said he will begin an immediate search to fill the two positions.