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ARE, Sweden -- American Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn claimed the bronze medal in the final race of her storied career. Vonn, who announced her intention to retire ahead of this month's FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, finished third in the world championship downhill on Sunday, Feb. 10. "I laid it all on the line. That's all I wanted to do today," Vonn said after the race. "I have to admit I was a little bit nervous, probably the most nervous I've ever been in my life. I wanted to finish strong so badly."
NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis returned from a three-week absence to score 32 points before his New Orleans Pelicans teammates took over in the fourth quarter of a 122-117 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, Feb. 8. Davis, who was booed during his pregame introduction and whenever he touched the ball during his first appearance since asking for a trade and recovering from a finger injury, made 11 of 15 field-goal attempts and 10 of 11 free-throw attempts. He also grabbed nine rebounds.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson was part of a five-way tie for first place when second-round play was suspended due to heavy rainfall Friday, Feb. 8, at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California. Mickelson posted a 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill before the heavy rains began, accompanied by increased winds. Jordan Spieth and Scott Langley were also at Spyglass Hill on Friday, with Langley in the clubhouse at 10-under while Spieth was through 16 holes when play was suspended.
ST. PAUL -- Cam Talbot made 35 saves as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory against the host Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, Feb. 7. Darnell Nurse, Ty Rattie, Leon Draisaitl and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers, whose skid matched their season-worst. Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had two assists. The Oilers finally clamped down defensively after surrendering three or more goals in each game during their losing streak.
Major changes to baseball's rulebook could be in the offing as Major League Baseball and its players association engaged in talks about rules proposals that would equate to an overhaul. Among the proposals to be considered, per multiple reports, are a universal designated hitter -- currently only American League teams employ a DH, with National League teams adapting to that lineup configuration when visiting an AL ballpark -- a 20-second pitch clock and expanding rosters to 26.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is set to buy his way out of Philadelphia and into free agency. According to multiple reports, the Eagles opted to use the $20 million option for 2019 to retain Foles and shop him for compensation. Foles countered, using a provision in his contract -- a $2 million buyout -- to free himself to return to the open market when free agency begins next month. Among teams potentially in the market for a quarterback this offseason are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New York Giants.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Conley recorded 25 points, nine assists and three steals amidst increased trade speculation to help the Memphis Grizzlies post a 108-106 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, Feb. 5. Justin Holiday made two free throws with 0.1 seconds left to give the Grizzlies their second straight victory after they lost 17 of their previous 19 games. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points, and Ivan Rabb scored a career-high 19 points and matched his season best of 11 rebounds for Memphis. Holiday had 17 points and nine rebounds.
A woman died after being struck by foul ball at Dodger Stadium last August, but her cause of death was not revealed until Monday. ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom was hit in the head by a foul ball when the Los Angeles Dodgers played the San Diego Padres on Aug. 25. She was struck in the top of the ninth inning when Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes fouled off a pitch from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed she died on Aug. 29 of blunt force trauma and acute intracranial hemorrhage.
The New England Patriots cracked the Los Angeles Rams' defense in Super Bowl LIII by running the exact same play three times in a row. New England ran the play out of its heaviest, non-goal line package. Strange as it sounds, the simple formula proved to be the antidote against an otherwise ferocious defense. Wade Phillips' unit hounded Tom Brady and the passing game almost all night. The Rams pestered the 41-year-old with myriad looks, timely coverage rotations and sporadic spurts of pressure, forcing poor reads, bad decisions, errant throws and even an ugly sack-fumble.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz admitted his shortcomings could have inspired anonymous criticism from teammates, who described the 26-year-old as selfish and egotistical. Wentz said parts of the recent story that criticized him were wrong, and others prompted reflection.