VONN: REP­RE­SENT­ING PEO­PLE, NOT TRUMP

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Lindsey Vonn is one of the most her­alded alpine skiers of all time, and for good rea­son: Her 77 World Cup vic­to­ries are the most by a woman, and Inge­mar Sten­mark’s all-time men’s record of 86 is within reach. But for all of Vonn’s suc­cess, she only has two Olympic medals, a tally she would like to grow this win­ter at the PyeongChang Olympics.

And if she does, don’t ex­pect her to cel­e­brate with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at the White House.

“I hope to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of the United States, not the pres­i­dent,” she told CNN. “I take the Olympics very se­ri­ously and what they mean and what they rep­re­sent, what walk­ing un­der our flag means in the open­ing cer­e­mony. And, you know, I want to rep­re­sent our coun­try well, and I don’t think there are a lot of peo­ple cur­rently in our gov­ern­ment that do that.”

When asked if she would ac­cept an in­vi­ta­tion to the White House should she win an Olympic medal, Vonn replied: “Ab­so­lutely not. Nope. But I have to win to be in­vited so — no, ac­tu­ally I think ev­ery U.S. team mem­ber is in­vited. So, no, I won’t go.”

Sports doc­tor gets 60-year sen­tence.

GRAND RAPIDS,

MICH.» An elite Michi­gan sports doc­tor who pos­sessed child pornog­ra­phy and as­saulted gym­nasts was sen­tenced to 60 years in fed­eral prison in one of three crim­i­nal cases that en­sure he will never be free again.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Janet Neff fol­lowed the gov­ern­ment’s rec­om­men­da­tion in the porn case, say­ing Larry Nas­sar “should never again have ac­cess to chil­dren.”

Neff said Nas­sar’s fed­eral sen­tence won’t start un­til he com­pletes his sen­tences for sex­ual as­sault. The 54-yearold will get pun­ish­ments in those two cases in state court in Jan­uary.

Nas­sar worked at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity and at USA Gym­nas­tics. He ad­mits he mo­lested girls with his hands when they sought treat­ment for hip and back pain.

Mar­lins trade all-star Gor­don.

The Mi­ami Mar­lins traded two-time all-star Dee Gor­don to the Seat­tle Mariners for three prospects in the first big deal in­volv­ing new Mar­lins CEO Derek Jeter. He wants to cut pay­roll by more than 20 per­cent to $90 mil­lion or less.

Mi­ami ac­quired right-han­der Nick Nei­dert, the Mariners’ No. 2 prospect, along with in­fielder Chris Tor­res and right-han­der Robert Dug­ger.

The Mariners get $1 mil­lion in in­ter­na­tional sign­ing bonus pool al­lot­ment, boost­ing the amount they can of­fer Ja­panese star pitcher and out­fielder Sho­hei Oh­tani to a ma­jor league-high $3,557,500, just ahead of the Texas Rangers ($3,535,000).

Gaus­man to honor Hal­la­day.

Ori­oles pitcher Kevin Gaus­man, a Grandview High School grad­u­ate, will wear No. 34 next sea­son as a trib­ute to Roy Hal­la­day, an Ar­vada West High grad­u­ate who was killed in a plane crash last month.

Gaus­man an­nounced the switch on his Twit­ter ac­count. The right-han­der wore No. 39 last year.

In a post next to a photo of his new jer­sey, Gaus­man wrote: “Roy gave me the in­spi­ra­tion that I could ful­fill even my big­gest of dreams — be­ing a pitcher just like him.”

Foot­notes.

Jim Hansen, who played at Colorado from 1989-92 and was a Rhodes scholar, will re­ceive the pres­ti­gious NCAA Sil­ver An­niver­sary Award. The award is in recog­ni­tion of col­le­giate and pro­fes­sional achieve­ments, and an­nu­ally rec­og­nizes dis­tin­guished in­di­vid­u­als on the 25th an­niver­sary of the con­clu­sion of their col­lege ath­let­ics ca­reers. … Mike Ri­ley is re­turn­ing to Ore­gon State as an as­sis­tant on new coach Jonathan Smith’s staff. Ri­ley, most re­cently head coach at Ne­braska, was coach at Ore­gon State twice, from 1997-98 and 2003-14. … Former U.S. na­tional team goal­keeper Hope Solo says she’s run­ning for pres­i­dent of U.S. Soc­cer. … In men’s col­lege bas­ket­ball, Vin­cent Ed­wards scored 15 points, Carson Ed­wards fin­ished with 10 points, and No. 21 Pur­due dom­i­nated Val­paraiso 80-50. — Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

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