Chris Mazdzer's weekend started with a celebration in honor of his Olympic silver medal and was followed by four World Cup luge races. And more medals. And more celebration.
Mazdzer, the busiest slider on the planet this winter, as he competes as both a singles and doubles entrant for USA Luge on the World Cup circuit, teamed with Jayson Terdiman for a silver medal in the doubles sprint race Sunday at Lake Placid, N.Y., one of two medals won by the Americans at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Mazdzer also had fourth- and sixth-place finishes Saturday and is believed to be the first person to record four top-six finishes in the same World Cup luge weekend. He said he's enjoying the hectic workload.
"I'm one of those people who needs a lot of practice, so it definitely helps," he said.
Summer Britcher grabbed a silver in the women's sprint for the U.S., making her the lone non-German woman to medal on the weekend.
Germans stand out
• Francesco Friedrich drove his four-man sled to a World Cup victory in Winterberg, Germany, continuing Germany's perfect start to the bobsled season. Germany has won gold medals in all six World Cup bobsled races this season, winning 13 of 18 medals.
FIU back won't go to bowl
Florida International running back Shawndarrius Phillips, who controversially played the entire regular season despite having a warrant out for his arrest on a domestic violence charge, will not accompany the team to the Bahamas Bowl this week.
Phillips was arrested Tuesday, nearly six months after he allegedly choked a woman in Florida's Broward Cunty. A warrant for his arrest was issue Aug. 24.
Mets land catcher Ramos
The New York Mets agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Ramos, 31, is a two-time All-Star who batted .306 with 15 home runs and an .845 OPS last season.
Yankees to meet with Machado
All-Star infielder Manny Machado will be in New York on Wednesday to meet with the Yankees, a source said.
Vonn plots January return
Lindsey Vonn is hoping to return from injury next month and resume her pursuit of the all-time World Cup wins record, according to the U.S. Ski Team's head coach.
"That's what we're hopeful for. That's the plan," Paul Kristofic said.
Vonn sprained a knee ligament Nov. 19. January would be an opportune time to return, because of its three consecutive weekends of speed races, which are Vonn's specialties.
Hirscher wins again
• Marcel Hirscher won the Alta Badia giant slalom for a sixth straight year in La Villa, Italy, and reclaimed the overall World Cup lead. Hirscher finished a massive 2.53 seconds ahead of Thomas Fanara of France. Hirscher is the first man to win six successive GS races at a single ski resort.
• Swiss skier Marc Gisin has broken bones but no serious injury to his skull after a dramatic crash Saturday in a World Cup downhill in Selva di val Gardena, Italy. A team statement said Gisin, 30, fractured several ribs on his right side, injured his right lung, dented his pelvis and has what the team called non-serious spinal fractures.
AROUND THE HORN
Soccer: Liverpool dominated its greatest rival, beating visiting Manchester United 3-1. The gap in the Premier League standings between Liverpool in first place and United in sixth place extended to 19 points after just 17 games. … Arsenal's 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end with a 3-2 loss at Southampton in the Premier League.
Golf: Davis Love III and Dru Love closed with a 16-under 56 in a scramble format to win the PNC Father-Son Challenge by three shots in Orlando.
• Owatonna senior running back Jason Williamson, a Gophers recruit, was named Minnesota's Mr. Football on Sunday. Williamson, who on Friday was named the Minnesota Player of the Year by Associated Press, was the honorary captain and part of the coin toss at the Vikings game on Sunday.