Delayed ski events on tap...Ohtani begins spring training...Tito Francona dead at 84

February 14, 2018 - 3:33 pm

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Forecasts are calling for lighter winds Thursday at the Winter Olympics site in South Korea. Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for multiple medals at these games will begin with the giant slalom, postponed by high winds earlier in the week. She'd next compete in the slalom on Friday, followed by the first women's speed race, the super-G, on Saturday.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Americans will be able to spend their Valentine's Day evening watching the pairs figure skating from the Winter Olympics. Real-life couple Alexa Scimeca-Knierim (sih-MEE'-kuh kih-NEHR'-uhm) and Chris Knierim (kih-NEHR'-uhm) are competing in their first Olympics for the U.S.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Spring training has begun for a newcomer who is facing some high expectations in the upcoming baseball season. Shohei Ohtani emerged from the Angels' clubhouse and tipped his cap today to a swarm of Japanese photographers and a small group of Japanese fans. He got to work with the rest of the team's pitchers -- none of whom are also expected to be a hitting star, as Ohtani was in Japan before signing with the Angels.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former major leaguer Tito Francona has died at the age of 84. He was the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. The Indians said the elder Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania last night. Francona played in the majors for 15 seasons, six with the Indians.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') says he's making a football comeback. Manziel announced today that he will participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012 and left school after his sophomore season for the NFL. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, but was cut in 2016 and hasn't played since.

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