Vonn Will Skip Ceremony To Introduce Ski Team
VAIL, Colo. -- Lindsey Vonn will not attend a ceremony to introduce the U.S. Ski Team on Thursday.
Vonn was released from a hospital in Colorado on Wednesday, but details of her illness remain unclear and there is no indication of when she will return to skiing.
Vonn's publicist, Lewis Kay, recently said the four-time overall World Cup champion and Olympic downhill gold medalist was "awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain."
Before her illness, Vonn was set to be among the skiers showing up for the festivities in Vail, where she lives. Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso are expected to attend.
Health permitting, Vonn's next scheduled races are the giant slalom and slalom in Aspen on Thanksgiving weekend, followed by speed events in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Former Texans Punter Sues Stadium Tenant Over Turf
HOUSTON -- Former Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann has sued the county agency that operates Reliant Stadium, blaming "unsafe turf" for a possibly career-ending knee injury.
The 6-foot-2 Hartmann signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in July 2011. He played in the first 12 games last season before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament and fracturing a bone in Houston's 17-10 win over Atlanta on Dec. 4.
Hartmann's attorneys filed the lawsuit Thursday in Harris County District Court. It doesn't name the Texans, but includes past comments critical of the stadium's surface by nose tackle Shaun Cody, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and former Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy.
Overeem Set To Return Next Year
Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer said he will not stand in the way of UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem reapplying for a license and fighting early next year in Las Vegas, if his application is approved.
Overeem was suspended for nine months after results from his random prefight test taken March 27 revealed a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 14-to-1, according to Kizer. Fighters must not exceed a T/E ratio of 6-to-1.
Overeem can submit an application for a fighter's license subsequent to Dec. 27.
The former Strikeforce champion was scheduled to face UFC heavyweight titleholder Junior dos Santos in May at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, but was subsequently pulled from the bout after failing his prefight drug test.
He is tentatively scheduled to face Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva at UFC 156 on Feb. 2 in Las Vegas. The 6-5, 255-pound Overeem has a 36-11 pro record.
Overeem, a former kickboxing champion, earned a title shot against dos Santos in December 2011 when he defeated former UFC champion Brock Lesnar by first-round TKO. He has not appeared in the cage since.
Hope Fading for Deal To Save Season
TORONTO -- Forget optimism, hope is nearly gone as the NHL lockout drags on.
With no negotiations scheduled, and overall communication shutting down, too, the NHL appears to be getting close to calling off more games, putting the entire hockey season in jeopardy.
"I hope not, but I'm more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday.
The sides put on a push to make an agreement last week when they met over six consecutive days in New York. However, Friday's session ended with a heated exchange, and talks lasted only about an hour on Sunday.