KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — An Olympic rarity is one of the highlights of the women’s downhill event today — a tie and double gold award. Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both won Olympic gold medals when they completed the downhill course in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds. Lara Gut of Switzerland was 0.10 behind in third. The last tie in Olympic skiing happened in men’s super-G at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Julia Mancuso of the United States finished a disappointing eighth.
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder were among last night’s winners in the NBA. LeBron James scored 25 of his 37 points in the second half as the Heat beat Phoenix 103-97 to pull within 3 ½ games of the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. The Thunder’s lead in the West is four games over San Antonio after Kevin Durant poured in 36 points and Jeremy Lamb hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in a 98-95 win at Portland.
UNDATED (AP) — Pitcher Roy Oswalt (OHZ’-wahlt) is retiring at age 36 after going 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA in 13 major league seasons. Oswalt was a 20-game winner with the Astros in 2004 and spent his first nine-plus seasons in Houston before playing for Philadelphia, Texas and Colorado.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Radio host and former Cardinals player Jack Clark has retracted comments he made implying that Albert Pujols (POO’-hohls) used performance enhancing drugs. Pujols sued Clark for defamation after Clark said on his show in August that Pujols used banned performance-enhancing drug. Pujols says he’s accepted Clark’s retraction and apology and would resolve the lawsuit.
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have announced that CEO Joe Banner is stepping down and general manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team. Owner Jimmy Haslam (HAZ’-lam) made the announcement and said that assistant GM Ray Farmer has been promoted and will immediately take the over the team’s football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and draft. The moves come one month after the Browns finally hired coach Mike Pettine (PET’-ihn) after a 25-day search.