SPORTS, NOVEMBER 30TH

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) – The first training session for a
World Cup downhill race on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek
was canceled Tuesday so workers could shave down sections of the
hill to help control speed.
The jury elected to skip the run on a clear-blue day because
racers were getting too much air on a portion of the course.
Another training session is scheduled for Wednesday. But it
could be windy as the leading edge of a storm passes through the
area. Snow is expected to fall on Thursday.
Racers have to squeeze in at least one training run before
competing in the downhill race on Friday.

MEN’S WORLD CUP-SULLIVAN’S RETURN
Sullivan rounding back into form after concussion
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) – Three years ago, Marco Sullivan broke
through for his first World Cup win in what he figured would be a
string of them.
Now, still stuck on one, the U.S. skier realizes what’s been
holding him back – himself.
After his downhill win in Chamonix, France, Sullivan became a
little complacent and figured that his talent, not so much his work
ethic, would carry him to the top.
It took sitting at home most of last season, sidelined with a
concussion after a bad crash, to realize something needed to
change. That he had to get his edge back.
Fully healthy for the first time in a while, Sullivan is even
more determined this season than ever.

DOPING-ALLEN
USADA bans boxer for 6 months after drug test
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Boxer Damon Allen has been
suspended for six months by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Colorado Springs-based USADA (yoo-SAH’-dah) says the 19-year-old
lightweight from Philadelphia tested positive for a banned diuretic
in July.
Allen’s suspension began on Sept. 1, but he loses all results
from July 19 onward.
Allen is a student at Northern Michigan University and won a
silver medal in the 2010 National Golden Gloves.

MIAMI (AP) – An NBA spokesman said yesterday that effective
tomorrow; players will be welcome to return to team facilities. Tim
Frank says the league sent a memo to clubs Tuesday announcing the
move, and that teams were given permission to begin speaking with
agents today. Despite the fact training camps will not open until
Dec. 9, teams may host “voluntary player workouts” and physicals.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Fourth-ranked Syracuse had its first game
last night since assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid
allegations of child molestation. The Orange defeated Eastern
Michigan, 84-48. Head coach Jim Boeheim (BAY’-hym) was greeted by a
standing ovation when he walked onto the court.

UNDATED (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have reportedly chosen Bobby
Valentine to be their next manager. A person familiar with the
decision spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity
last night because no announcement had been made. Hall of Fame
manager Tommy Lasorda told the AP that he had spoken with Valentine
and said, “He’s got it.”

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – There’s a top-10 matchup in men’s
basketball this evening. In Chapel Hill, N.C, the fifth-ranked
North Carolina Tar Heels are playing host to No. 9 Wisconsin. The
Heels enter the game 5-and-1 while the Badgers are unbeaten in six
games.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Yesterday was quite a day for fans of
the Jacksonville Jaguars. In rapid order the Jags fired coach Jack
Del Rio, replaced him on an interim basis with defensive
coordinator Mel Tucker, signed general manager Gene Smith to a
three-year contract extension and announced the franchise was being
sold to an Illinois businessman. Del Rio’s final record with
Jacksonville was 69-and-73.

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