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Weekend Sports In Brief

Weekend Sports In Brief

The Detroit Lions own a distinction no team wants: worst in NFL history.
Facing one last chance to avoid their dubious destiny, the Lions lost Sunday's season finale to the Green Bay Packers 31-21 to complete the league's first 0-16 season. The 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14) were the last NFL team to complete a season without a victory.
It didn't come without a fight. After falling behind 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter, Kevin Smith's 9-yard touchdown run put Detroit back within a field goal.
But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers responded with a 71-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver and the Lions' Dan Orlovsky threw an interception on fourth-and-27 with 3 minutes left, dooming Detroit to futility of historic proportion.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Jed York began the final day of the San Francisco 49ers' season with a new job title. The 27-year-old team president ended it with another big move, making sure Mike Singletary will be his coach well into the future.
York, the son of 49ers owner John York, made the announcement just a few minutes after the 49ers' 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, praising Singletary's nine weeks of interim work for the long-struggling club.
San Francisco improved to 5-4 since Singletary replaced Mike Nolan on Oct. 20, playing with renewed vigor and competitiveness late in its sixth consecutive losing season. General manager Scot McCloughan said the 49ers were sold on Singletary as their long-term solution even before their comeback win against the Redskins.
Although McCloughan still runs the 49ers' football business, York has cemented his place in charge of the franchise taken over by his family several years ago from York's uncle, Eddie DeBartolo. While watching warmups on the field at Candlestick Park before the game, York also had praise for McCloughan, who was promoted past Nolan last January.
SKIING
BORMIO, Italy (AP) _ Skiing's governing body plans to review whether Bode Miller intentionally skipped a compulsory bib draw in an attempt to receive a more favorable starting position for Sunday's downhill.
The American was the only competitor to miss Saturday's compulsory draw, and was fined $933 by the FIS.
Top racers like Miller are usually drawn to start from 15th to 25th, but by missing the draw he had to line up after 45th, and became the 46th starter. The icy bottom section of the Stelvio course, the toughest part of the 2-mile run, would be out of the shade and in the sun for later starters.
Miller slammed into a gate and finished fourth Sunday in a World Cup downhill won by Italy's Christof Innerhofer.
Innerhofer, the first starter out of the gate, notched his first World Cup victory. He was timed in 2 minutes, 3.55 seconds on a 2-mile course icier and harder than usual. Klaus Kroell finished second, 0.32 seconds behind, and fellow Austrian Michael Walchhofer was third, 0.95 back.
SEMMERING, Austria (AP) _ Julia Mancuso put on her old ski boots and took a big step forward Sunday, producing her best outing since back problems slowed her in the fall.
The 2006 Olympic champion from Olympic Valley, California, turned in two solid runs that left her in sixth place at a World Cup giant slalom on the Panorama course. She was 1.27 seconds behind winner Kathrin Zettel of Austria.
Manuela Moelgg of Italy was the runner-up, 0.37 seconds behind and 17-year-old Lara Gut of Switzerland was third. Defending overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn was eighth.
HOCKEY
OTTAWA (AP) _ University of Minnesota freshman Jordan Schroeder had two goals and an assist to help the United States beat the Czech Republic 4-3 on Sunday night in the world junior hockey championship.
Schroeder, eligible for the 2009 NHL draft, leads the United States (2-0) with three goals and four assists.
New Hampshire's James van Riemsdyk, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft by Philadelphia, added a goal and an assist. Michigan's Matt Rust also scored, and Thomas McCollum made 24 saves.
Ondrej Roman, Martin Paryzek and Jan Kana scored for the Czech Republic (0-2), coming off an 8-1 loss to Canada in its opener.
The United States, a 8-2 winner over Germany on Friday night, will face Kazakhstan (0-2) on Tuesday night, and conclude Pool A Wednesday night against four-time defending champion Canada (2-0).
Earlier, Jamie Benn scored three goals, and John Tavares and Cody Hodgson each had two goals and two assists in Canada's 15-0 win over Kazakhstan.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Hall of Famer Mike Gartner's No. 11 was retired by the Washington Capitals on Sunday night before their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, another of his former NHL teams.
Alex Ovechkin and the other current Capitals all took to the ice for pregame warmups wearing white throwback uniforms with Gartner's number in blue, although each player had his own last name on the back.
Gartner _ known for his speed and scoring ability, as well as his mustache _ is the fourth member of the Capitals to have his number retired. He is second in club history in goals (397), assists (392) and points, having played 10 of his 19 NHL seasons in Washington.
SPEEDSKATING
WEST ALLIS, Wisconsin (AP) _ Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. won her first all-around national title and Chad Hedrick won the men's all-around on Sunday at the U.S. Long Track Speedskating National Championships at the Pettit National Ice Center.
Swider-Peltz Jr. won the 5,000 meters in 7 minutes, 23.39 seconds and took second in the 1,500 in 2:03.77 to add to her results Saturday, a victory in the 3,000 and eighth-place finish in the 500.
Maria Lamb of Park City, Utah, was second in the 5,000 in 7:28.27 and Heather Richardson of West Jordan, Utah, won the 1,500 in 2:03.40.


Updated : 2021-08-05 02:24 GMT+08:00