Kingsbury comes home to a kingly Texas Tech reception
LUBBOCK, Texas – Kliff Kingsbury’s time at Houston and Texas A&M as offensive coordinator purely was business.
His homecoming to Texas Tech is personal.
The former Texas Tech quarterback formally was introduced as the head coach of the Red Raiders on Friday. He succeeds Tommy Tuberville, who unexpectedly left for Cincinnati.
The 33-year-old Kingsbury, the second-youngest coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision behind Toledo’s Matt Campbell, never has been a head coach. He has a four-year deal that averages $2 million a year. Not bad for a guy who just five years ago was making less than $30,000 a year as a quality control assistant at Houston.
2014 Tour de France will ‘Grand Depart’ from England
PARIS – Drawn by cycling’s runaway success in Britain, the Tour de France will cross the English Channel again in 2014 to start in the northeastern English city of Leeds and swing through London before returning to mainland Europe.
Tour organizers announced Friday the second British debut in a decade for cycling’s showpiece event, after the “Grand Depart” in London in 2007.
The selection of Yorkshire county for the 2014 start comes after Bradley Wiggins this year became the first Briton to win the Tour in its 109-year history.
Rapids trade for World Cup veteran Edson Buddle
COMMERCE CITY – The Los Angeles Galaxy traded forward Edson Buddle to the Colorado Rapids on Friday for a first-round supplemental draft pick in 2013 and allocation money.
Buddle is a World Cup veteran with 93 career goals in Major League Soccer. He appeared in two matches for the U.S. at the FIFA World Cup in 2010, when he was the runner-up for the MLS Golden Boot.
Buddle started his MLS career in 2001 in Columbus, where he played for five seasons. He also played for the New York Red Bulls in 2006, Toronto FC in 2007 and with the Galaxy from 2007-10 and in 2012. In 2011, he played for FC Ingolstadt of the German second division.
World Cup Ski Racing
Svindal continues dominance with a super-G win in Italy
VAL GARDENA, Italy – Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal extended his recent dominance in speed races with a super-G victory Friday, winning by a large margin despite a major mistake three gates from the finish.
The Norwegian clocked 1 minute, 36.95 seconds down the Saslong course under a light snowfall that made for flat light.
Italians Matteo Marsaglia and Werner Heel finished second and third, respectively, to the delight of the local fans in the Dolomite Range. Marsaglia was a distant 1.07 seconds behind, and Heel was 1.12 back.
Gut wins, Vonn crashes out; latter talks depression
VAL D’ISČRE, France – Lara Gut of Switzerland made the most of good conditions to win her first World Cup downhill Friday, while Lindsey Vonn’s bid for a fifth consecutive victory in speed events ended with a crash on a course she usually dominates.
Leanne Smith of the U.S. was 0.16 seconds behind in second place, and Switzerland’s Nadja Kamer was 0.50 back in third. Smith was one of four Americans in the top 10, with Julia Mancuso seventh, Alice McKennis eighth and Stacey Cook 10th.
Vonn, who suggested she wasn’t seriously injured after Friday’s crash, recently revealed to People magazine she struggled with depression and was prescribed an antidepressant to treat the condition.
In the latest issue of the magazine, the 28-year-old Vonn said that in 2008, “I couldn’t get out of bed. I felt hopeless, empty, like a zombie. I couldn’t even cry any more.
“All the parts of my life are finally in sync. I accept who I am, and I’m moving forward.”