Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn crashed Tuesday while training in Copper Mountain, Colo., and suffered an undisclosed injury. US Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said Vonn was taken down the hill on a sled, which he noted was ‘‘normal protocol’’ in such cases. Kelly said he was not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee in the fall at the team’s speed training center. ‘‘We have no reason to believe it’s anything significant right now,’’ Kelly said. A spokesman for Vonn, Lewis Kay, issued a statement saying the ski racer was not admitted to a hospital and instead went home to Vail to be evaluated by the doctor who performed her knee surgery. She has been aiming to return to World Cup competition next week in Beaver Creek, Colo. . . . Two-time US figure skating champion Alissa Czisny’s hopes of competing at the Sochi Olympics are over after withdrawing from a qualifier for nationals. She says she’s not ‘‘completely prepared to be competitive’’ following a hip injury that sidelined her last season. The US Championships are Jan. 9-12 at TD Garden.
Hempel, Van Alstyne claim Helmets
Harvard quarterback Conner Hempel and Framingham State tailback Melikke Van Alstyne of Salem received this week’s Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmets from the New England Football Writers. Hempel tossed a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another in a 38-30 win over Penn. With his 138-yard rushing performance in a 36-0 victory over Worcester State, Van Alstyne became just the third Division 3 player in New England to surpass 6,000 rushing yards, joining Steve Tardiff and Jim Bower, both of Maine Maritime . . . Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has submitted a request to be readmitted to the university. Coach Brian Kelly said he expects to learn in mid-December if Golson will be allowed to return . . . Tallahassee city manager Anita Favors says authorities investigated allegations of sexual assault against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston after a complaint was filed, but put the case on hold because the victim later decided she did not want to press charges.
Grizzlies’ Allen suspended for kicking
The league suspended Grizzlies guard Tony Allen for one game without pay for kicking Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face Monday night. Allen was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected after his left leg caught Paul’s face with 1:51 left in the first quarter of Memphis’s 106-102 win in Los Angeles . . . Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will not play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night because of a ‘‘mild concussion.’’ Curry was injured in Golden State’s 98-87 victory at Utah on Monday night.
Cano’s agents meet with Mets brass
Agents for free agent second baseman Robinson Cano met with top officials of the New York Mets Monday night. The five-time All-Star is seeking a 10-year contract for $300 million from the Yankees. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last week he doubted the Mets would offer any nine-figure contracts. Meanwhile, Yankees president Randy Levine told ESPN that Cano’s demands are too steep. “We want Robbie back,” Levine said. “But we have no interest in doing any 10-year deals and no interest in paying $300 million to any player. Until he gets a little more realistic, we have nothing to talk about.’’ . . . Levine also testified at Alex Rodriguez’s grievance hearing and denied conspiring with MLB on the 211-game suspension given to the third baseman in the Biogenesis doping scandal, according to a person with knowledge of the proceedings. Levine denied having any gain personally from the suspension or from the Yankees falling under the luxury tax threshold . . . Righthander Josh Johnson and the Padres agreed to a one-year contract. Johnson, 29, was acquired by Toronto in a blockbuster trade with Miami last offseason, but went 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 appearances. He missed significant time with a triceps injury and had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow at the end of the season . . . Reliever LaTroy Hawkins agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Rockies . . . The Indians are close to signing free agent outfielder David Murphy to a two-year contract, according to several media outlets.
Ex-cycling boss rebuts Armstrong
Former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen called Lance Armstrong’s claim that he helped cover up the rider’s doping at the 1999 Tour de France a ‘‘ridiculous story’’ and said he has nothing to fear from an independent investigation. Armstrong alleged collusion by Verbruggen in an interview in Britain’s Daily Mail . . . Former Boston University defenseman Adrian Aucoin retired from the NHL after 17 seasons . . . Golf’s governing bodies, the USGA and Royal & Ancient, announced a new rule, declaring there will be no penalty if a player’s ball moves while at rest if the movement is only detected by enhanced pictures.