Owens’ Olympic Gold Medal Is Auctioned Off for $1.4M
Laguna Niguel, Calif. — An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million in an online auction.
SCP Auctions says an anonymous bidder paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The online auction ended Sunday.
Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-meters, 400 relay and long jump at the games attended by Adolph Hitler, who used the Olympics to showcase his ideas of Aryan supremacy.
According to the auction house based in Laguna Niguel, Calif., the medal is unidentifiable to a specific event.
Mujica, Sox Finalize Deal
Boston — The Boston Red Sox have finalized a $9.5 million, two-year contract with right-handed reliever Edward Mujica.
Mujica had 37 saves and a career-best 2.78 ERA for St. Louis in 2013 and was selected an All-Star for the first time. But he lost his job as closer with a series of bad outings in September and pitched only two innings in the Cardinals’ playoff run, which ended with a six-game World Series loss to Boston.
Mujica gives the Red Sox some protection if closer Koji Uehara, who turns 39 in April, cannot repeat his 2013 performance next season.
Johnson Beats Out Woods
Thousand Oaks, Calif. — Zach Johnson rallied from four shots behind with eight holes to play,
He holed out from a drop area for par on the last hole to force a playoff, and went on to beat the No. 1 player in golf at the World Challenge when Tiger Woods missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole.
For Woods, it was only the fourth time in his career that he lost a lead of at least two shots going into the final round, the second time at Sherwood. Graeme McDowell overcame a four-shot deficit in 2010 and beat Woods in a playoff.