U.S. unveils 216-athlete squad for Vancouver Olympic Games

The U.S. Olympic Committee has announced it will send 216 athletes to the Vancouver Games, including two who have been selected to five straight teams.

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick and luge athlete Mark Grimmette were chosen for their fifth straight team when the list was made official early Tuesday. Teams can make changes only in case of injuries.

Another five-time Olympian is Casey Puckett, who made the 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002 teams as an Alpine skier. He is recovering from a shoulder injury, but is expected to compete on the freestyle team in skicross.

There are 123 men and 93 women on the U.S. team, many of them in pre-Olympic training camps this week. The Vancouver Olympics begin Feb. 12.

Also: U.S. Ski Team men’s coach Sasha Rearick said Bode Miller plans to race all five Alpine events at the Vancouver Olympics.

Miller’s first event will be the downhill on Feb. 13, and he’ll also compete in the super-combi, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.

Any Italian athlete caught doping at the Vancouver Olympics will be fined $140,000.

The Italian Olympic Committee said all of its 109 athletes heading to Canada will have to sign a statement agreeing to pay the sum if they test positive.

Montreal Canadiens leading scorer Michael Cammalleri will be out for about six weeks with a knee injury.

The team announced that he won’t need surgery. Cammalleri has 26 goals and 48 points in 56 games.


Bernard leaves Pro Bull Riders for Indy Racing League CEO post

Randy Bernard, the longtime head of the Professional Bull Riders organization, is the new CEO of the Indy Racing League.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and CEO Jeff Belskus made the announcement.

Bernard, 43, spent 15 years overseeing the PBR.

Also: Joseph Pusateri, 43, of Salinas, Calif., died Sunday after a motorcycle racing crash on the road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pusateri, a police officer, was competing in a Western Eastern Roadracing Association amateur event.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office told the Monterey (Calif.) County Herald that Pusateri suffered a cervical spine injury and died shortly after 2 p.m. at University Medical Center.

The UNLV men’s golf team took seventh at the 14-team Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Ariz., shooting 1-under-par 283 to finish the three-round tournament with a 4-under 848 total.

California won at 29-under 823, and Arizona’s Rich Saferian took the individual title at 13-under 200. Colby Smith led the 15th-ranked Rebels, tying for seventh at 6-under 207.

Martina Hingis, who retired from tennis for the second time in 2007 when she was suspended for testing positive for cocaine, is on her way back to the courts.

Her suspension ended in September, and the five-time Grand Slam singles champion committed to a full season of World Team Tennis, the coed league founded by Billie Jean King and heading into its 35th season. Hingis will be assigned to a team in next week’s draft.

But the 29-year-old also told The Associated Press that she has ruled out the possibility of returning to the WTA Tour “at this point,” primarily because there’s too much travel.

Outfielder Scott Hairston and the San Diego Padres agreed to a $2.45 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

Hairston had asked for $2.9 million, and the team offered $2.1 million. He made $1.25 million last year.

Outfielder Reed Johnson agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs.

A teammate of the Paraguayan soccer star who was shot last week in a Mexico City bar was shot during a robbery attempt Monday night, also in Mexico City.

Officials for the Mexican team Club America said Juan Carlos Silva was in good condition and that the single gunshot wound to his buttocks was not life threatening.

The violence follows the Jan. 25 shooting of Salvador Cabanas, who was shot in the head and is recovering at a Mexico City hospital. The two attacks appear unrelated.

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