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'Herminator' Calls It a Career

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Two-time Olympic champion Hermann Maier retired Tuesday, ending a career in which he became one of Alpine skiing's most prolific racers and almost lost a leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001.

The 36-year-old Maier cited surgery on his right knee in the offseason as the main reason for his retirement.

The Austrian speed specialist won two golds at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, and earned three world championship titles.

"I gave it a lot of thought but decided spontaneously that now is the best time for retirement," Maier said.

Maier's career nearly ended after a horrific motorcycle accident eight years ago, which kept him sidelined for almost two years. Doctors contemplated amputating his lower leg after the crash, but the Austrian returned to win the overall and super-G World Cup titles in 2004.

At the Nagano Games, Maier had a dramatic full-speed crash in the downhill race but won the giant slalom and super-G races a few days later, a feat that earned him the nickname "The Herminator."

HORSE RACING

Preakness to Stay Put

Magna Entertainment Corp. says in bankruptcy court filings it won't consider auction bids that would move the Preakness Stakes horse race from Maryland, a decision cheered Tuesday by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The Ontario, Canada-based company submitted auction plans Friday in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Del.

Concerned about the future of the second leg of the Triple Crown, Maryland lawmakers had approved legislation in April giving Maryland eminent domain authority to buy the race, a centerpiece of Maryland's horse racing industry.

"Maryland has a rich tradition of horse racing and horse breeding, and these industries generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars for the local economy," O'Malley said in a statement, adding that he was pleased at Magna's decision.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Locksley Suspended

New Mexico Coach Mike Locksley won't be on the sideline when his team plays UNLV later this month, part of a 10-day suspension issued as punishment for his role in a fight with an assistant coach.

Athletic director Paul Krebs said during a news conference the coach won't be allowed to have any contact with the team until Oct. 25, one day after UNLV visits Albuquerque. The Lobos have a bye this week.

Locksley also will be required to attend conflict resolution training.

Receivers coach J.B. Gerald told Albuquerque police Locksley struck him during a Sept. 20 staff meeting at the football office, splitting his lip. . . .

Former men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie and the University of Kentucky have settled their cases over his firing for nearly $3 million, the school said.

Gillispie was dismissed earlier this year and sued for breach of contract and fraud in May, seeking at least $6 million. The university countersued.

He had not signed a contract during his two years coaching the Wildcats to a 40-27 record but was working under a memorandum of understanding.

MISC.

Terps Hold Off Hoyas

No. 16 Georgetown (8-4-1) failed to cash in on several second-half opportunities as 6th-ranked Maryland (8-3-1) held on for a 2-1 victory in a men's soccer match at North Kehoe Field.

-- From News Services

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