Ray Lewis Avoids Talk of Report on Deer Spray
NEW ORLEANS -- Of all the topics Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis might have been prepared to talk about at Super Bowl media day, deer-antler spray probably was not among them.
He declined to directly address a Sports Illustrated report that he sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis was the NFL's leading tackler in the playoffs after missing 10 regular-season games with the injury.
The company says its deer-antler substance contains a byproduct of human growth hormone.
Lewis dismissed the report Tuesday as "stupidity." He said: "There's never been a question of if I ever even thought about using" a banned substance.
The 37-year-old Lewis plans to retire after Sunday's Super Bowl. He was the MVP of the 2001 title game.
Snowmobiler's Condition Deteriorating After Crash
DENVER -- Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was in critical condition Tuesday in a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn't hopeful about the 25-year-old's chances for survival.
Moore was performing a flip Thursday when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars and landed face first into the snow. The snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked off with help and went to a hospital with a concussion.
Moore later developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to a hospital in Grand Junction for surgery. The family later said that Moore, of Krum, Texas, also had a complication involving his brain.
"Caleb is not doing good at all." Caleb's grandfather Charles Moore told The Denver Post. "The prognosis is not good at all. It's almost certain he's not going to make it."
A separate accident on Sunday left Moore's younger brother, Colten, with a separated pelvis at Winter X, an increasingly popular event that showcases the world's best action sports athletes in a festival atmosphere.
The safety of the snowmobile events has fallen under scrutiny with several recent accidents and mishaps. In addition to the crashes by the Moore brothers, there also was a scary scene when a runaway sled veered into the crowd Sunday night after the rider fell off during a jump gone wrong.
In that incident, snowmobiling newcomer Jackson Strong tumbled off his machine during the best trick competition. The throttle stuck on the 450-pound sled and it swerved straight toward the crowd as fans scurried out of the way.
2008 Olympic Captain Sacramone Retires
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gymnast Alicia Sacramone is retiring after setting a U.S. record with 10 medals at the world championships.
The 25-year-old Winchester, Mass., native had called it quits after the Beijing Olympics, where she was captain of the U.S. team that won the silver medal. But she returned in 2010 and won three more medals at the world championships, including gold on vault. It was her second world title, following her floor exercise gold in 2005.
Sacramone's 10th medal broke a tie with Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin for most by a U.S. gymnast, and it came without her on the floor. Sacramone ruptured her Achilles tendon during training at the 2011 worlds, where the Americans went on to win the team title.
Sacramone made a comeback last summer, but failed to make the team for the London Olympics.
U.S. Player Target of Racist Chants in Dutch Cup Game
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- U.S. striker Jozy Altidore was the target of racist chants Tuesday during a Dutch Cup game.
Altidore plays for AZ Alkmaar, and the taunts came during a quarterfinal against second-tier FC Den Bosch.
AZ director Earnie Stewart, a former U.S. midfielder, said Den Bosch officials are "ashamed" of the fans involved. The club repeatedly urged its fans to halt the chants, to no avail.
Referee Reinold Wiedemeijer wanted to stop the match in the first half because of "jungle sounds chanted at Altidore," according to AZ's official twitter feed. But AZ players, including Altidore, who is black, persuaded him not to.
Altidore scored one goal in AZ's 5-0 victory. Den Bosch finished with nine men after two players were sent off.