The Berlack family always figured this day would arrive. They had expected Ronnie Berlack to be there.

But when Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle were named to the U.S. Ski Team on Saturday in a ceremony at Copper Mountain, Colo., they received that honor posthumously.

Nearly a year ago, Ronnie Berlack, 19, and Astle, 20, were killed in an avalanche near Soelden, Austria.

"It's completely heartbreaking, because he's not going to be here for this," said Ronnie's sister, Carolyn, a promising 17-year-old skier. "I still feel like he's just kind of off somewhere skiing, which is pretty true. Because you can't get much better powder than skiing in heaven."

The ski team said this was the first time it had named athletes to the squad posthumously. Just one of many gestures to remember these two dynamic skiers.

"All of us have felt great pain at the loss of Bryce Astle and Ronnie Berlack during the last 10 months," said Tiger Shaw, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

"It means a lot to our team, to our athletes and to the families that we remember these young athletes as a part of our 2016 U.S. Alpine Ski Team."


Cashed it in: San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve because of shoulder pain. He had practiced all week and was expected to play.

Tied record: Jamie Vardy, who equaled the Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games, reaching 10 with a goal for Leicester. Ruud van Nistelrooy set the record in 2003.

Clinched: Chris Buescher, who won the NASCAR Xfinity Series season championship by finishing 11th at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kyle Larson won the race.

Felt pain: U.S. figure skating champ Jason Brown, who will take a break because of a back injury. He is expected to recover in time for the U.S. Championships starting Jan. 15 in St. Paul.


Final LPGA round to settle plenty

Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang are leading the tournament. Lydia Ko is leading everything else. And with one round left in the LPGA Tour season, there's plenty left to decide.

Kerr shot a 4-under 67 to match Jang at 13 under at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. Jang closed with a bogey for a 69.

The top-ranked Ko and Gerina Piller were tied for third at 11 under. What matters more to the 18-year-old Ko is all the tournaments within this tournament. She goes into Sunday in position to hang on to the world's No. 1 ranking, plus walk away with the player of the year award, the scoring title, the money title and, for the second straight year, the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus.

McIlroy moves in on Euro Tour title

Rory McIlroy shot the best round of the day to move within one shot of leader Andy Sullivan after the third round of the World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which also puts him closer to the Race to Dubai title. McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 to make up three shots on Sullivan (68) and go four strokes clear of Danny Willett, his closest challenger for the European Tour's season-long Race to Dubai crown.

Kevin Kisner shot a 6-under 64 to build a three-shot lead in the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga., as he goes for his first win on the PGA Tour.


Alvarez roughs up Cotto, takes title

Canelo Alvarez made a case for himself as boxing's next star, taking a unanimous decision in Las Vegas over Miguel Cotto for a piece of the middleweight title.

Alvarez won the WBC version of the title that Cotto vacated days earlier for not paying sanctioning fees. His win set up a possible megafight with Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion who was watching at ringside.

Alvarez won by scores of 117-11, 119-109 and 118-110.


Men's figure skating: Javier Fernandez of Spain won the men's gold at the Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix in Moscow. Russian Adian Pitkeev finished second and American Ross Miner third.

Women's figure skating: Elena Radionova led a Russian sweep at the Rostelecom Cup. Evgenia Medvedeva finished second and Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova third.


2When Ed Corbett and his son Ed Jr. refereed the Maine-LIU Brooklyn men's college basketball game Thursday, the research began. The conclusion: They are the second father-son pairing to referee an NCAA Division I men's game. At the 2003 Maui Invitational, John and Tim Clougherty worked the Dayton-San Diego State semifinal.