Canisius hockey wins
Goaltender Tony Capobianco made 25 saves as the Canisius College hockey team beat the University of Connecticut, 3-1, in an Atlantic Hockey Association series at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. The teams will square off today in the series finale.
Canisius senior Patrick Sullivan got loose for a break-away to score the first goal at 2:02 of the first period. UConn got the tying goal at 3:33 of the second. The Griffs took back the lead at 12:17 as left winger Braden Rigney took a pass and split a pair of UConn defenders through the neutral zone, getting a break-away and scoring top-shelf.
Canisius took a 3-1 lead at 1:27 of the third when junior Doug Jessey carried the puck up the right wing and made a centering pass to a waiting Stephen Miller, who buried it.
Canisius improves to 4-7-0, 3-3-0 AHA.
Gut wins World Cup race
Lara Gut likes a downhill course icy and extreme, with just a touch of technical elements along the way.
No wonder she felt so comfortable on the new Beaver Creek, Col., track, finding speed in steep spots where others tapped the brakes.
Quick in training all week, the Swiss star carried it over to race day. She breezed to her second World Cup win of the season, taking the season-opening downhill in an event Lindsey Vonn skipped to rehab her right knee.
Gut was nearly flawless along the challenging course, finishing in 1 minute, 41.26 seconds. She beat Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein by 0.47 seconds. Elena Fanchini of Italy finished third.
Gut had the fastest time in two of three training sessions this week on the course built for the 2015 world championships. This difficult hill almost felt custom made for her.
“I like the snow. I like the slope, because you just have to fight,” said Gut, who also captured a giant slalom race in Soelden, Austria, in October. “I’m in good shape right now. Everything is going well.”
Vogelsong stays with Giants
Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Friday.
The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong’s $6.5 million contract option for 2014 on Nov. 4, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road during free agency.
General manager Brian Sabean has been committed to keeping their pitching staff intact as best as possible, which they have done while also adding right-hander Tim Hudson on $23 million, two-year contract Nov. 19.
The 36-year-old Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2-3 innings during an injury-shortened season.
He broke two bones in the right pinkie area of his pitching hand and also dislocated a knuckle on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day. He had five pins inserted in his hand.
Elsewhere, 37-year-old pitcher Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of further problems with his shoulder and back.
Compiled by Staff and wire reports