KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Pierre Vaultier of France held off hard-charging Nikolay Olyunin of Russia to win gold in men’s Olympic snowboardcross on Tuesday. The competition also gives the United States another medal as Alex Deibold grabbed bronze after narrowly edging teammate Trevor Jacob in the semifinals. In women’s Giant Slalom, Julia Mancuso of the U.S. missed a gate on her first run. It’s her last event this Olympics but she’s not ruling out trying again in four years. She’ll head home with a bronze in super-combined.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant said point guard and teammate Russell Westbrook will return Thursday against the Miami Heat. Durant made that announcement during a recent interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons. Westbrook has missed 27 games since having surgery Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Baltimore Orioles and Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL’-doh hih-MEH’-nehz) have agreed to a contract, pending a physical. Jimenez went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for Cleveland last season. Also the Orioles have finalized their contract with South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon, a three-year package guaranteed to be worth just over $5.5 million.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss has named 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins as his closer. Hawkins was with the Rockies in 2007 and saved 13 games last season for the New York Mets. The Rockies made several offseason moves to bolster a bullpen that had a National League-worst 4.23 ERA last season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Syracuse is the top team in the latest Associated Press men’s poll, picking up 64 of 65 first-place votes after being a unanimous choice the previous two weeks. Florida has moved up one notch to second, and Wichita State is third after keeping their perfect record intact. Arizona is fourth, following by Duke, San Diego State, Cincinnati, Kansas, Villanova and Saint Louis.