Lindsey Vonn's quest to race against men in a World Cup event remains on hold for the moment.
U.S. Ski and Snowboard presented its proposal to the International Ski Federation's Alpine executive board Tuesday, with the topic being tabled until the spring. Vonn, the all-time winningest female World Cup racer, is hoping to race a downhill vs. men during the 2018-19 season. The U.S. petitioned FIS on her behalf.
Alpine director Patrick Riml is encouraged, saying, "There is support for the proposal among members of the executive board but also many points to clarify with FIS."
The proposal will be addressed in mid-May.
Pitino fighting back
Rick Pitino's lawyer served Louisville with a letter accusing school officials of breach of contract, maintaining that the school didn't properly notify Pitino and didn't give him a chance to respond to allegations made against him when it placed him on leave.
Pitino is on administrative leave over his alleged role in a scheme to funnel $100,000 to the family of a coveted recruit. On Monday, the University of Louisville Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to begin the process of terminating Pitino's contract for cause.
The school must give Pitino 10 days' written notice of its reasons for firing him or placing him on leave, and Pitino must be allowed to present evidence in response. The former apparently has happened: Pitino was given a letter telling him that he was being placed on administrative leave with 10 days' pay on Wednesday, the day he was suspended.
Another issue involves how much salary Pitino is or will be owed. The school believes it is responsible only for "10 days additional salary" from the day Pitino was placed on leave, which according to ESPN's Myron Medcalf amounts to $11,800. Pitino's side seems likely to argue otherwise. Because the coach has not been accused of an NCAA violation, his attorneys seem poised to argue that he is owed the entire $44 million remaining on his contract, which was extended through the 2025-26 season in 2015.
... Louisville named university foundation board member Vince Tyra as acting replacement for athletic director Tom Jurich, who's on paid administrative leave.
All-Star format changed
The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.
The leading vote-getter from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.
The 10 starters will continue to be chosen by a combination of fan, player and media balloting, with the coaches from each conference then selecting the 14 reserves, with 12 of the players coming from each conference. The captains will then draft their teams at an undetermined time — making certain that those chosen starters are split up so they remain starters.
... A Phoenix jury acquitted NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris in their aggravated assault trial. The twin brothers were accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood in January 2015 outside a high school basketball game in Phoenix.
Pioneer owner Yates dies
Robert Yates, a pioneering NASCAR owner and engine builder who with Dale Jarrett won the 1999 Cup title, has died at 74.
He was voted into the Hall of Fame in May and will be inducted next year. Yates had liver cancer.
Robert Yates Racing won 57 races and 48 poles. Yates was a noted engine builder who helped guide Bobby Allison to the 1983 Cup title, with Daytona 500 victories for Davey Allison in 1992 and Jarrett in 1996 and 2000.