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Shiffrin Earns Her Third World Cup Victory

Flachau, Austria — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup night slalom yesterday, the third victory in the former Lyme resident’s first year on the circuit.

The 17-year-old Shiffrin, who was second after the opening run, posted the third-fastest time in the final run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 51.45 seconds.

Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was 0.85 back in second, and Tanja Poutiainen of Finland took third, trailing Shiffrin by 1.10.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who led Shiffrin by 0.56 after the first run, straddled a gate shortly before the end of her final run and failed to finish.

Shiffrin already was the first American to win two World Cup races before turning 18. She is exactly the same age — 17 years, 308 days — as Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell was when she earned her third career victory in 1971. Moser-Proell holds the all-time record of 62 World Cup wins.

Baseball

Francona: Sox Owners
More Concerned With Image

New York — Owners of the Boston Red Sox thought the team wasn’t marketable after the 2010 season and needed to add “sexy players,” former general manager Theo Epstein said in a new book co-written by former manager Terry Francona.

Epstein said owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino made the team’s image a priority, according to excerpts released yesterday by Sports Illustrated. Francona: The Red Sox Years is co-written by the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy and is scheduled for publication by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Jan. 22.

“They told us we didn’t have any marketable players. We need some sexy guys,” Epstein was quoted as saying.

Francona said of the ownership group: “I don’t think they love baseball. I think they like baseball. ... It’s still more of a toy or hobby for them.”

Francona worked for ESPN in 2012. Cleveland hired him in October as its manager.

Nats Add Reliever

Washington — Reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals reached agreement pending a physical on a $28 million, two-year contract that includes $14 million in deferred money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press yesterday.

Speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official, the person said Soriano’s contract contains a $14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if he reaches 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined.

A one-time All-Star, Soriano had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA for the AL East champion New York Yankees last year while filling in for injured closer Mariano Rivera, who plans to return from a knee injury in 2013.

Football

Chargers Hire Coach

San Diego — Mike McCoy is the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers. McCoy had been the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.

The 40-year-old McCoy replaces Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

McCoy’s hiring comes three days after the top-seeded Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in a home loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The coaching search was led by Tom Telesco, who was hired as Chargers GM last week. Telesco also is 40.

The Broncos have won consecutive AFC West titles. McCoy tutored quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in 2011, and Peyton Manning in 2012.

McCoy played quarterback at Long Beach State and Utah before moving on to NFL Europe and the CFL.

He began his pro coaching career with Carolina in 1999 before moving to the Broncos in 2009.

Back to School for Newton

Auburn, Ala. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is enrolled at Auburn for spring semester.

Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson said yesterday that Newton is taking classes toward a sociology degree. Sampson said Newton isn’t doing media interviews and “wants to focus on school and be a normal student.”

Newton led the Tigers to the 2010 national championship in his lone season after transferring from junior college.

He was then the NFL’s No. 1 overall draft pick and went on to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Newton posted similar numbers last season, but came on especially strong in the final six games. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,474 yards with 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions and ran for 347 yards and four scores during that span.

Television

ESPN’s Scott: Cancer Has Returned

Bristol, Conn. — ESPN anchor Stuart Scott says his cancer has returned.

Scott announced on Twitter late Monday night that he would undergo chemotherapy every two weeks, but would continue to work.

The SportsCenter host was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007, when an emergency appendectomy revealed a malignant tumor. He underwent chemotherapy again in 2011.

The 47-year-old Scott joined ESPN in 1993. He quickly became popular for signature phrases such as “Boo-yah!”