Game loses legends Musial, Weaver
Stan Musial, one of baseball’s greatest hitters and a lifetime Cardinal, and Earl Weaver, the Hall of Fame manager of the Orioles, have died. Musial was 92, Weaver 82. The Cardinals said the Hall of Fame outfielder/first baseman, who spent his entire 22-year career with St. Louis, died Saturday evening at his home, surrounded by family. He won three MVPs and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s. Weaver, who led the Orioles to five 100-win seasons, four American League pennants, and the 1970 World Series championship, died Friday night. Weaver’s marketing agent said he died on a Caribbean cruise sponsored by the team, and that the cause of death had not been determined. (Musial obituary, B11; Weaver, B5) . . . The Mets and first baseman Ike Davis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3.125 million, ESPN New York reported . . . The Cubs announced a five-year, $300 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field at their annual Cubs convention.
Vonn back on top; first win in 5 weeks
Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill for her first victory in more than five weeks. The four-time overall World Cup champion, who took 27 days off recently to regain her strength following an intestinal ailment, clocked 1 minute, 38.25 seconds down the sun-drenched Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Current overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia finished second, 0.43 seconds behind, and Vonn’s American teammate Leanne Smith was third, 0.89 back
Americans sweep speedskating event
Americans Shani Davis (men’s 1,000-meter) and Heather Richardson (women’s 1,000-meter) won World Cup speedskating races in Calgary, Alberta. Davis, the world record-holder in the event, finished with a time of 1:7.49. Richardson won in 1:13.09 and finished second in the 500 . . . Two-time world champion David Moeller edged Olympic gold medalist Felix Loch in a 1-2 German finish at a men’s luge World Cup event in Winterberg, Germany . . . In Wengen, Switzerland, Christof Innerhofer of Italy won the classic Lauberhorn downhill, and Johan Clarey of France set a World Cup speed record of 100.6 m.p.h . . . In Seefeld, Austria, Eric Frenzel of Germany won a Nordic combined World Cup event for his first victory of the season and fifth overall . . . Alexey Poltoranin (men’s 15-kilometer classical-style) and Marit Bjoergen (women’s 10k) won cross-country World Cup races in La Clusaz, France . . . Martins Dukurs of Latvia retained the European skeleton title with his seventh World Cup win of the season in Igls, Austria.
Hawks’ Williams (ACL) out for season
Lou Williams, the Hawks’ third-leading scorer, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL suffered Friday night at Brooklyn . . . Mavericks forward Shawn Marion was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating. Marion was quoted after the Mavericks’ 117-114 overtime loss to Oklahoma City on Friday as saying that ‘‘it’s hard to beat anybody when you’re playing five on eight.’’
Full recovery expected for Dominguez
The agent for jockey Ramon Dominguez said doctors are optimistic that the nation’s leading rider will fully recover from a fractured skull. Steve Rushing spoke with Dominguez’s wife, Sharon, who said the jockey is doing much better after going down Friday at Aqueduct . . . Wise Dan beat out Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another for Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards. Wise Dan, winner of 5 of 6, won the Breeders’ Cup Mile in course-record time . . . Terry Madden, former chief of the US Anti-Doping Agency, said a representative of Lance Armstrong offered the agency a donation in the range of $200,000 to $250,000 in 2004 and the agency immediately rejected it. In an interview last week, Armstrong said his camp made no such offer . . . Greek league leader Olympiakos fired coach Leonardo Jardim. The defending champions are 10 points ahead of second-place PAOK, but fans have not been satisfied with the team’s play, and attendance is markedly down from last year . . . Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier received an extension . . . Worried about his long-term health, 31-year-old former middleweight champion boxer Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) announced his retirement.