Sports, November 19th

VONN CRASHES AT COPPER MOUNTAIN

DENVER (AP) – Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has crashed while training ahead of her return to racing following major knee surgery. U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly says Tuesday that Vonn is being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope at Copper Mountain, Colo., on a sled. Kelly says he is not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee.  He adds: “We have no reason to believe it's anything significant right now.” The four-time overall World Cup champion tore her ACL and MCL in a crash at the world championships in February. She has been aiming to return to Word Cup competition next week in Beaver Creek. The Sochi Games are in February.

BRONCOS/CHIEFS GAME ATTRACTS BIG AUDIENCE

NEW YORK (AP) – The Broncos' win over the previously undefeated Chiefs drew the largest television audience for a prime-time November game in 17 years.
Denver's 27-17 victory averaged 26.9 million viewers Sunday on NBC. The network said Tuesday that was up 48 percent from last season's Week 11 “Sunday Night Football” game between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.It was the most for a November prime-time NFL game since 31.5 million people watched the defending Super Bowl champion Cowboys beat Brett Favre and the Packers on “Monday Night Football” on ABC in 1996, when the population was smaller.

FORMER ROCKIES’ PITCHER RETURNS TO DENVER

DENVER (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says reliever LaTroy Hawkins has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.  The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal has yet to be announced and is pending a physical.  Hawkins returns to Colorado after spending the 2007 season with the Rockies and helping the team make its run to the World Series, where Colorado was swept by the Boston Red Sox.  The right-hander spent last season with the New York Mets, going 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 13 saves.  Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will be in contention for the closer role with Rex Brothers. On his Twitter account Tuesday, Hawkins posted a thank you to the Mets organization and fans.

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