U.S. to send record 230 athletes to Sochi Games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States will bring 230 athletes to the Sochi Olympics, the largest delegation ever for any country at the Winter Games.
Todd Lodwick in Nordic combined will become the first American to compete in six Winter Olympics. Lodwick's teammate, Billy Demong, and skier Bode Miller are headed to their fifth; only three U.S. Winter Olympians other than Lodwick had previously accomplished that feat.
Of the 106 returning Olympians, 49 have won medals — 13 of them gold.
Miller has won five medals and needs three more to tie short track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian. The U.S. Olympic Committee said Monday that the oldest member of the team is 46-year-old curler Ann Swishelm, while the youngest is 15-year-old freestyle skier Maggie Voisin.
NEW YORK — Ski champion Lindsey Vonn will be working for NBC during the Winter Olympics, although she won't be traveling to Sochi.
The network said Monday the gold medalist will report on the Olympics for the "Today" show and some NBC Sports broadcasts.
Vonn was expected to defend her championship at the Olympics, which begin next week. But a leg injury has kept her out of the competition and is preventing her from going to Russia. NBC said Vonn will give "Today" show viewers an update on her rehabilitation and talk about how athletes prepare mentally and physically for the competition during the days leading to the games. She'll continue her broadcast work once the games start.
Eagles hire former Duck Musgrave to coach QBs
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Bill Musgrave, a former quarterback at Oregon, to coach their quarterbacks and another Duck alum, Michael Clay, as defensive quality control coach.
Mike Dawson was promoted to assistant defensive line coach from defensive quality control. The moves were announced Monday.
Musgrave was offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings the last three seasons. He replaces Bill Lazor after he left to become Miami's offensive coordinator.
Musgrave previously was quarterbacks coach at Atlanta, and also worked for Washington, Jacksonville, University of Virginia, Carolina and Oakland. He served as an offensive assistant with the Eagles in 1998.
Clay played linebacker under coach Chip Kelly at Oregon.
Mickelson sees doctor for his, might play Phoenix
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson flew to Georgia to see a specialist about the pain in his lower back, hopeful of defending his title in the Phoenix Open.
Mickelson, who first felt soreness in his back while in Abu Dhabi, withdrew after making the 36-hole cut in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He said he did not want to risk getting into bad habits by compensating for the pain.
Mickelson met with Tom Boers, who told him his facet joints had locked up.
"Tom restored my mobility, but I still have inflammation that will take a week or two to subside," Mickelson said in a statement.
Mickelson nearly shot a 59 in the opening round at the TPC Scottsdale last year and went on to a wire-to-wire win. He graduated from Arizona State and once lived in Scottsdale.
He plans to fly to Arizona on Wednesday with the intention of playing.
Compiled from wire reports