SKIING • The head coach of the U.S. Alpine speed team, Andreas Evers, was fired Thursday by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, hours after the Austrian was sentenced to four months in prison plus 20 months on probation for money laundering. The team said it had no immediate plans on replacing Evers, who was hired two years ago. Under Evers, the U.S speed team won three medals at major championships — all in super-G — with Park City’s Ted Ligety winning gold at the 2013 world championships in Schladming, Austria, and Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller earning silver and bronze, respectively, at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. See the full story online. > sltrib.com/sports
Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback
SWIMMING • Michael Phelps, the 22-time Olympic medalist, lost to Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly final at the Arena Grand Prix on Thursday night in Mesa, Ariz. Lochte touched first in 51.93 seconds, second-fastest in the world this year. Phelps was second in 52.13 in his first meet since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.
Buffalo cheerleaders walk after suit filed
NFL • The Buffalo Bills will play without the support of their official cheerleaders this year. Stephanie Mateczun, whose company manages the Buffalo Jills, said Thursday she has suspended operations through at least next season. Two days ago, five former Jills filed a lawsuit saying they worked hundreds of hours for free, and were subjected to groping and sexual comments.
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