Monday, January 19, 2009
Baseball: Orioles Make Deal With Cubs for Pie
The Chicago Cubs finally lost patience with former prized prospect Felix Pie, trading the outfielder to the Baltimore Orioles yesterday for left-hander Garrett Olson and minor league pitcher Henry Williamson.
Pie, 23, hit .241 in 43 games with the Cubs last season after batting .287 in 85 games with Class AAA Iowa. He was chosen the top player in Chicago's minor league system by Baseball America in 2007 and 2006, and has a .299 career batting average in 628 minor league games.
Olson went 9-10 with a 6.65 ERA in 26 starts with Baltimore in 2008. Williamson was the Orioles' 14th round selection in the 2007 amateur draft.Winter Sports: Vonn Regains Lead
American Lindsey Vonn finished third in a World Cup downhill in Zauchensee, Austria, good enough to regain the lead in the overall standings.
The defending overall and downhill champion trailed co-winners Anja Paerson of Sweden and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland by 0.17 of a second. They both finished in 1 minute 47.52 seconds.
Vonn moved ahead of Maria Riesch of Germany, who finished seventh.
American teammate Julia Mancuso, who has had back problems, finished 24th. . . .
Manfred Pranger of Austria won a World Cup slalom race in Wengen, Switzerland, for his first win in four years. Bode Miller lost control in the second run and did not finish, stretching his winless streak to 20 races.
Also, Scott Macartney's knee injury from a Saturday crash in the downhill in Austria forced him to return to the United States for treatment.
Pranger finished with a combined time of 1:40.36. Reinfried Herbst of Austria was second and Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was third.
Jean Baptiste-Grange of France, who finished sixth, kept his lead in the World Cup slalom standings. . . .
Shani Davis of the United States set a track record to win the 1,000-meters and earn the overall title at the sprint speedskating world championships in Moscow. Davis won in 1:08.66. . . .
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway and Magdalena Neuner of Germany won World Cup biathlon events in Ruhpolding, Germany. Bjoerndalen earned his 83rd career biathlon victory. . . .
In Hoengseong, South Korea, Markus Schairer of Austria rallied in the final stretch of the snowboardcross to win at the snowboard world championships. Helene Olafsen of Norway won the women's title.NBA: Sloan Gets Extension
Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan agreed to a one-year contract extension that will bring him back for the 2009-10 season, his 22nd with Utah. He is the longest-tenured coach in NBA history.Cycling: Armstrong Rides
Lance Armstrong made a cautious return to professional racing, finishing 64th among 133 riders in a 30-mile criterium in Adelaide, Australia.
More than 138,000 people watched Armstrong return from three years of retirement. He stayed well back in a tight field on a winding circuit, avoiding any chance of crashing.
Armstrong, 37, will compete in the six-day Tour Down Under, which starts tomorrow.
-- From News Services