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Sports news briefs — Jan. 11

Compiled from wire reports

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winter sports

Gold captures gold at U.S. nationals

• Gracie Gold won her first U.S. figure skating title Saturday night in Boston and all but guaranteed herself a spot at the Olympics. Still to be decided is who joins her in Sochi after two-time defending champ Ashley Wagner finished a distant fourth after a mistake-marred free skate.

Fifteen-year-old Polina Edmunds was second, and 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu was third in a resurgent performance.

Defending Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned their sixth consecutive national ice dance title.

They finished with 200.19 points for a cushion of almost 20 points over the second-place team of Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

Their sixth national championship broke the record for ice dance set by Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.

• Kaetlyn Osmond won her second consecutive Canadian women’s figure skating title to earn a spot in the Sochi Olympics. Coming off ankle and hamstring injuries, the 18-year-old Osmond finished with 207.28 points in Ottawa, Ont.

• Felix Neureuther overcame a big first-run deficit to win a World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, for his second consecutive victory.

• Elisabeth Goergl beat Anna Fenninger for an Austrian 1-2 finish at a women’s World Cup downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria.

• Sergey Ustiugov of Russia won his first World Cup cross-country sprint while Kikkan Randall of the United States dominated the women’s race in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.

• Noriaki Kasai of Japan became the oldest winner of a ski jump World Cup competition at the age of 41 after upsetting the favorites in a ski flying event in Tauplitz, Austria.

• Canada’s Kaillie Humphries won a women’s World Cup bobsled race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, with a dazzling second run, rallying from being only 10th-fastest at the midpoint of the competition.

• Tatjana Huefner of Germany won a World Cup luge race in Oberhof, Germany.

• Three-time Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern remains in stable condition in Salzburg, Austria, a day after the Austrian suffered skull injuries and a bruised lung in a ski flying crash.

baseball

Yankees’ Rodriguez banished for season

• Alex Rodriguez was dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball’s drug agreement when an arbitrator ruled the New York Yankees third baseman is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. The decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, announced Saturday, cut the suspension issued Aug. 5 by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig from 211 games to this year’s entire 162-game regular-season schedule plus any postseason games.

• Pitcher Stephen Strasburg agreed to a one-year, $3,975,000 deal with the Washington Nationals. Strasburg avoided arbitration by agreeing to the contract. The 25-year-old right-hander is 29-19 over four seasons, including 8-9 last year with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts.

• Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez is recovering from an emergency appendectomy after intense stomach pain sent him to a Denver hospital Friday night.

other SPORTS

Penn State hires Franklin as coach

• Penn State hired James Franklin as its next head football coach. Franklin, 41, who led Vanderbilt to bowls in all three of his seasons, replaces Bill O’Brien, who left to become coach of the Houston Texans.

• Midnight Hawk battled Kristo around the track before taking the lead coming out of the stretch in a 1¾-length victory in the $100,000 Sham Stakes in Arcadia, Calif., Santa Anita’s first 3-year-old prep of the year.

• Chelsea moved provisionally to the top of the English Premier League by beating Hull 2-0.

— From wire reports


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