Cards release Kennedy, open second base job
The St. Louis Cardinals released Adam Kennedy on Monday, leaving the second base job up for grabs just a week before spring training.
The team requested waivers on Kennedy that will expire Wednesday, when he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. Kennedy is due to make $4 million next season, the last year of a three-year contract. His new club would only have to pay him the $400,000 minimum, with the Cardinals responsible for the rest.
Also: Tampa Bay Rays reliever Chad Bradford is expected to be sidelined three to four months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.
Bradford was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 21 appearances after the American League champions acquired him from the Baltimore Orioles in August.
American skier Vonn nets second world win
Lindsey Vonn won the women’s downhill in Val d’Isere, France, for her second gold at the world championships, holding off a stiff challenge from Swiss teenager Lara Gut.
The American was timed in 1 minute, 30.31 seconds for her run down the Rhone-Alpes course.
Afterward, Vonn cut her right thumb on a champagne bottle while celebrating and needed four stitches to close the wound.
On the men’s side, Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the super-combi, while American Bode Miller lost control in the slalom leg and missed a chance to medal.
Also: The St. Louis Blues signed star center Andy McDonald to a four-year, $18.8 million contract extension.
The 31-year-old McDonald has missed the past 35 games with a broken left leg, but he practiced Monday and could play today when the Blues host Vancouver.
Jason Lawrence scored the go-ahead goal, and Boston University won its 29th Beanpot title by beating Northeastern 5-2 in the 57th edition of the Boston-based tournament.
Indiana guard offers apology, still suspended
Indiana guard Devan Dumes again apologized for throwing flagrant elbows in Saturday’s loss to Michigan State, drawing an indefinite suspension from his coach.
Tom Crean would not elaborate on how many games Dumes might miss but acknowledged he will definitely sit out today’s game at Minnesota. Dumes is the Hoosiers’ top scorer at 13.8 points per game.
Also: Louisiana Tech fired women’s basketball coach Chris Long and promoted former WNBA star Teresa Weatherspoon to the top spot on an interim basis.
Utah’s state legislature is calling for a playoff system to determine college football’s national champion after an undefeated University of Utah was shut out of the national title game for the second time in four years.
The state senate adopted a resolution it wants sent to President Obama urging the NCAA to abandon the Bowl Championship Series.
Tennessee officials self-reported to the NCAA and Southeastern Conference two secondary recruiting violations committed in January under football coach Lane Kiffin and his staff.
Chelsea fired manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, with the team in fourth place in English soccer’s Premier League, one of two firings on the day.
Tony Adams was dumped by Portsmouth after just four months in charge.
Persistent rain in Pomona, Calif., postponed the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals until today.