Vonn set for surgery, will miss Olympics
• Expected to be one of the biggest stars at the upcoming Sochi Games, Lindsey Vonn announced Tuesday — exactly one month before the opening ceremony — she won’t be able to race in Russia.
In a Facebook posting, Vonn said she is “devastated” to miss the Olympics, “but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.”
Her personal publicist, Lewis Kay, said in a statement the 29-year-old from Vail, Colo., will have knee surgery again “shortly.”
Kay said Tuesday an MRI “showed an MCL sprain, which coupled with the torn ACL, has made it impossible to stabilize her knee and be ready to safely ski again next month.”
Ex-Seminoles star, 35, is found dead
• Former Florida State and NFL offensive tackle Todd Williams was found dead in a Tampa Bay area hotel. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to the Sarasota Suites late Monday morning, just hours before the Seminoles won a national championship. The 35-year-old Bradenton native had reportedly complained to his mother of feeling sick on Friday. She found his body Monday. An autopsy will be performed.
• Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson says he’s leaving for the NFL Draft. Robinson posted on his Twitter page on Tuesday that he is turning pro. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Robinson is a third-year sophomore.
• Missouri junior running back Henry Josey declared for the NFL Draft, four days after he was the offensive player of the game for the Tigers’ Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State. Josey ran for three touchdowns.
• The Big Ten suspended Iowa coach Fran McCaffery for one game and fined Iowa $10,000 for his outburst during a loss at Wisconsin. McCaffery received back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials midway through the second half of Sunday’s game. McCaffery will sit out Thursday’s home game against Northwestern and assistant coach Kirk Speraw will take his place.
• UTEP said it has kicked McKenzie Moore, Justin Crosgile and Jalen Ragland off the team after the players bet on at least one sporting event.
Athletics, Chavez agree on contract
• Right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez reached agreement on a $775,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. He went 2-4 with a career-low 3.92 ERA and one save in 35 appearances over two 2013 stints with the two-time defending AL West champions.
• Infielder Robert Andino agreed to a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 29-year-old hit .302 with nine RBIs in 25 games with Triple-A Indianapolis last year after being acquired by the Pirates in July.
• Former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals. The 37-year-old is a career .263 hitter in 15 seasons in the majors.
Messi is set to play again for Barcelona
• Lionel Messi is set to return from a two-month injury layoff after being cleared by Barcelona team doctors and included in the squad for the Copa del Rey match tonight against Getafe.
• Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson testified before a Jamaican disciplinary panel in Kingston that she never intentionally took a banned substance and blamed her positive doping test on a newly hired trainer who provided her with supplements. Before a three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, the Olympic 4x100-relay gold medalist insisted she wasn’t a “cheat.” She testified that a supplement provided by trainer Christopher Xuereb of Canada was responsible for the result.
• Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will be out 4-5 months.
• Nani Roma of Spain won the third stage of the Dakar Rally, which also pulled him into the overall lead in the car division. In bikes, Joan Barreda Bort took the overall lead with a victory in the third stage.
— From wire reports