Sports briefs: Utah State player arrested after Potato Bowl
college football • A Utah State football player was arrested in Boise early Sunday, following USU's 41-15 triumph over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Sini Tauauve'a was charged with misdemeanor trespass and misdemeanor battery by the Ada County Sheriff's Office. The West Valley City native, 21, has been released. He is scheduled to appear in cour Jan. 7. A former Hunter High star, Tauauve'a played at Snow Junior College before signing with the Aggies. He was a backup defensive tackle most of this season, but had recently been moved to the offensive line.
Calls made to Utah State coach Gary Andersen seeking comment were not immediately returned.
World Cup champ Vonn takes break
skiing • Lindsey Vonn is heading back to the United States for an unexpected break in the middle of the World Cup ski season and is unlikely to return to Europe until January. After a weekend of disappointing results at a World Cup meet in France, the four-time overall champion said in a statement on her Facebook page Monday that she needs to get her full strength back before returning to the slopes after New Year's. Vonn is fourth in the standings. The part-time Park City resident stayed two nights in a Colorado hospital in November after suffering from severe intestinal pain.
Federation clears Ligety's equipment
skiing • Park City's Ted Ligety is ruling the giant slalom like few others, and some rivals are questioning whether his equipment conforms to new rules introduced by the International Ski Federation for this season that limit the hourglass shape of skis. But the federation says no equipment rules have been breached. It's been mainly Italian skiers raising questions, after they couldn't keep up with Ligety at home in Sunday's race in Alta Badia, when Ligety won the first run by a massive 2.40 seconds, and finished the day with a 2.04-second advantage.
Federation equipment controller Mike Kertesz measures racers' skis, boots and suits with random checks in the finish area at all men's events.
"I know it was an amazing run," Kertesz said Monday. "From everyone's perspective, it was like, 'What did that guy do?' But I measured his skis in both runs and I measured his race suit for permeability since he was in the top three, and he was within the FIS equipment rules."
The Associated Press