Bode Miller had grabbed an early lead by hurtling down the super-G course at the Alpine world ski championships at 60 mph on Thursday when he had a terrifying crash that severed his right hamstring tendon and most likely ended his brilliant career.
Miller, 37, a six-time Olympic medalist, was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center in Colorado, where he had surgery. The recovery time for such an injury is usually a couple of months. With Miller's retirement looming over his world championship bid, his run was probably his last on the World Cup circuit.
Miller, who had not yet competed this season because of an injured back, was in signature form, making a daring run that secured an early lead. Three-fourths of the way down the course in a section called the Abyss, he hooked his arm on a gate, which spun him around in the air and caused him to crash on his neck and back.
As he somersaulted and slid for about 400 feet, his skis came off. One of them sliced through his suit, causing a deep cut in his right calf.
"I know he spun around and tumbled several times," said Sasha Rearick, coach of the U.S. ski team's men's speed squad. "In that process, his skis came off, and thankfully they did. In order to get a gash like that, he must have rolled over or landed on the ski that was tumbling with him."
Family sues Pop Warner
The family of a football player who committed suicide and was later found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, has sued the Pop Warner football program, claiming that it failed to warn players about, and protect them from, the dangers of head trauma.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in Wisconsin, seeks at least $5 million in punitive damages for the death of Joseph Chernach, who killed himself in 2012 at age 25.
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NFL: The Titans waived right tackle Michael Oher after his first season in Tennessee ended early with him being placed on injured reserve. The Memphis native was scheduled to earn $4 million this season. ... The Titans hired Dick LeBeau as their assistant head coach in charge of defense. LeBeau, 77, resigned as defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh last month.
College football: University of Houston quarterback John O'Korn posted on Twitter that he is transferring to Michigan. O'Korn was the Freshman of the Year in the American Athletic Conference in 2013 but lost his starting job in 2014. ... Illinois assistant coach Mike Bellamy will sit out one game next season after the NCAA ruled that he improperly helped a recruit get an associate's degree. ... Rece Davis is taking over as host of ESPN's "College GameDay," with Chris Fowler focusing on calling the Saturday prime-time games. Fowler had hosted "GameDay" since 1990.
Preps: Sayreville (N.J.) High School football coach George Najjar, whose team had its 2014 season canceled amid hazing and sexual assault allegations, won't be back on the sideline this year.
Olympics: At its first public meeting regarding Boston's 2024 Olympic bid, a few hundred people, many of them skeptics, crowded into a hearing room and an overflow room at Suffolk University Law School in downtown Boston, despite the single-digit temperatures outside. ... The final decision on which new sports will be added for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics won't be made until August 2016 — a year later than originally planned. Wrapping up a two-day meeting in the Japanese capital, IOC Vice President John Coates said the inclusion of new sports will be voted on at the IOC session in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the 2016 Games. Baseball and softball, dropped after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are considered favorites to return in 2020.
Golf: Brooke Pancake shot a 6-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead in the rain-suspended first round of the Bahamas LPGA Classic.