Sports, December 13th

BODE MILLER PUTS OFF SKIING FOR A WHILE

VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) – Bode Miller likely won’t start his season until February as part of his cautious return from left knee surgery. There’s also a chance he might sit out the entire season. U.S. Ski Team head coach Sasha Rearick tells The Associated Press that Miller is scheduled to fly to Europe in early January to begin training. Rearick says: “Let’s train first. Step by step. The first step is to get on the skis, then the race skis, then train. … I would love to have him race as soon as possible, but let’s look long-term. Let’s look ahead to Sochi, let’s look ahead to the (next) World Cup season.”
Miller’s knee bothered him last winter on an icy hill in Sochi during a test race for the 2014 Olympics.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Tonight’s NFL game is being played in Philadelphia as the Eagles play host to the Bengals. Cincinnati starts the day with a 7-6 record, still very much alive in the AFC playoff picture. This has not been a good year for the Eagles as they are just 4-9.

NEW YORK (AP) – The Knicks and Lakers renew acquaintances tonight with a game in New York. The game brings Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni back to the place he was coaching last season, until he resigned as the Knicks coach in March. The Knicks are 16-5 while the Lakers, who have lost three straight, are 9-13.

UNDATED (AP) – There are two games in men’s top-25 basketball this evening. In Las Vegas No. 20 UNLV is facing La Verne, while 23rd-ranked Wichita State is at Tennessee.

NEW YORK (AP) – Tom Watson will captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2014. The Americans have lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups and have not won away from home since 1993.

NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL and the players’ association took part in talks yesterday with mediators but never met face to face. In short, the federal mediators couldn’t even get the two sides to sit down with each other.

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