Slalom racing might be Lindsey Vonn's "weakest link," but she surprised herself Friday by finishing a very close second to winner Lara Gut in a World Cup super-combined race in Val D'Isere, France.
"I love slalom, I'm just not very good at it," Vonn said. "After my two knee surgeries it's harder to train the volumes the young, healthier athletes are training. It's the weakest link, but I do really enjoy it."
Going fastest in the morning's downhill was totally expected, but it was Vonn's slalom run that really caught eyes as she finished just .01 seconds behind Swiss skier Gut, barely missing a fifth straight win.
Vonn last won a slalom race in 2009.
Colon agrees to stick with Mets
Fan favorite Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets finalized a $7.25 million, one-year contract that will keep the pitcher in New York for a third year.
"I've had a great experience in New York," Colon said through a translator. "The fans are great, being part of the postseason was great. I'll do anything Terry [Collins] wants me to do this year, start or relieve. I just want to help us get back to the World Series"
Colon, 42, was 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 31 starts and two relief appearances this season, then had a 2.08 ERA in seven relief appearances during the postseason.
Dodgers face luxury tax of $43.6 million
•The Los Angeles Dodgers were hit with a record luxury tax of nearly $43.6 million for a payroll that fell just shy of $300 million. For the first time, four teams exceeded the spending threshold and owe tax. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will pay along with the San Francisco Giants, a first-time offender.
•Righthanded reliever Nate Jones and the Chicago White Sox agreed to an $8 million, three-year contract. Jones returned from Tommy John surgery in August and went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 19 appearances.
•Texas and veteran pitcher Colby Lewis agreed on a $6 million, one-year contract. Lewis set career highs last season with 17 wins and 204⅔ innings pitched.
•Seattle announced a one-year contract with righthander Hisashi Iwakuma, whose deal to move to the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through because the Dodgers were not satisfied with his physical.
•Texas signed former No. 1 draft pick Matt Bush to a minor league deal, less than two months after Bush was released from prison. He served 34 months for driving under the influence after an accident in which he nearly killed a man riding a bike.
•Pittsburgh signed righthander Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year deal to once again fill out their starting rotation. Vogelsong pitched for the Pirates from 2001-06.
Ferris State QB wins Harlon Hill again
Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan won his second straight Harlon Hill Trophy as Division II's top player.
Vander Laan, the fourth player to win the Harlon Hill twice, passed for 2,626 yards and 27 TDs while rushing for 1,542 yards and 24 scores.
Penn State QB ponders draft
•Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg filed paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board to gauge where he might fall in the draft should he skip his senior year.
AROUND THE HORN
Cycling: The Tour de France and other major races are being pulled from the International Cycling Union's 2017 calendar in a fight for control of the sport. The move means the Tour's organizer may invite teams of its choice.
Golf: Juli Inkster is returning as the U.S. captain for the Solheim Cup. She becomes the fourth American to be captain a second time.