Sports briefs: Park City ski jumper comes up short at junior worlds
Winter sports • Ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson of Park City really wanted to win the junior world championships Thursday. But she didn't even come close.
The 18-year-old who's ranked second in the world evidently buckled under the pressure of the moment, and allowed a disastrous first jump to doom her to a disappointing sixth-place finish while 16-year-old rival Sara Takanashi of Japan claimed her second straight title in Liberec, Czech Republic.
Hendrickson jumped only 89 meters on her first jump, nearly 10 meters less than usual. She soared 97 meters on her second jump, but that wasn't nearly good enough to catch Takanashi, who jumped 98.5 and 102 meters.
• Ashley Wagner is on her way to becoming the first woman since Michelle Kwan to win back-to-back titles, winning the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Omaha, Neb. Wagner is more than two points ahead of Agnes Zawadzki going into Saturday's free skate.
Texas players won't be charged
College football • No charges will be brought against Texas quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks, who were investigated after a reported sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel. The San Antonio Express-News reports police say the investigation is closed. Coach Mack Brown suspended McCoy and Hicks the day before the Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl. A 21-year-old woman told police she was drinking alcohol and assaulted after inviting two men to her room. A lawyer for Hicks said the incident was consensual.
Staff and wire reports
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