BEAVER CREEK, Colo. - Canada's Erik Guay turned in the fastest time in World Cup downhill training on Thursday in frigid conditions.
Guay, from Mont-Tremblant, Que., found the quickest line through the modified Beaver Creek course, finishing in one minute 43.48 seconds. Florian Scheiber of Austria was second and Peter Fill of Italy third on a clear but cold afternoon.
TORONTO - Toronto FC selected Kyle Bekker third overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft with much fanfare.
"We went into the draft thinking that he was the best footballer on the list," then Toronto president Kevin Payne said of Bekker, who was named MVP at the MLS Combine.
"Clearly the most sophisticated player tactically, he looked the most professional on the field," Payne said at the time.
Payne was fired in September and Bekker, a star midfielder at Boston College, saw limited action with Toronto as a rookie.
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - American Lindsey Vonn will make her long-awaited World Cup skiing debut Friday.
The reigning Olympic women's downhill champion hasn't competed since tearing ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in her leg at the world championships in February. She skipped Thursday's training run but the American ski star said via Twitter she intended to make her return to racing here.
TORONTO - Ryan Nelsen doesn't mince words when it comes to Toronto FC's roster prior to the 2013 MLS season.
"What we had in pre-season was probably the worst put-together squad in the history of the league," the former New Zealand international said in looking back at the start of his managerial tenure with the underachieving club.
"In the history of the league. It was that bad. It was actually terminal."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her about a year ago, a prosecutor said Thursday.
TORONTO, Cananda - The CFL is in need of a new director of officiating.
The league announced Thursday that Tom Higgins is leaving that post effective immediately.
"It's our understanding Tom intends to seek a position on the competitive side of football, as a coach, general manager or administrator," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement. "We thank him for his efforts and wish him the very best in his future endeavours."
DALMENY, Sask. - Saskatchewan ice maker James Gordon will get a chance to put his skills to the test at the winter Olympics.
Gordon has been selected as a member of the crew that will be making and maintaining the curling sheets in Socchi, Russia in the new year.
Gordon is the head ice technician for the curling club in Dalmeny, a small town outside Saskatoon.
He says 250,000 people applied and he is one of 25,000 chosen for the job.
He expects to be working alongside the best in the world and plans to bring back some cool tips for his home ice.
VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
Assistant coach Glen Gulutzan said Thursday that Edler, who played Tuesday in Nashville, is out indefinitely.
Andrew Alberts, who has been used sparingly this season, will replace Edler on Friday night at home against Nashville.
WHISTLER, B.C. - Sam Edney could only look on last weekend when a critical error cost Canada a chance at back-to-back World Cup luge medals in the team relay event.
For an athlete in an historically individual sport, the ups and downs of team competition is something Edney has had to get used to.
"There's a lot of pressure on you, knowing if you're the guy that screws up in the team relay, it's on you," said Edney. "At the same time, you know you're a team and you're doing it together."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault says she worries her experience and how the case unfolded in the public eye will discourage rape victims from coming forward.
The victim and her family released a brief statement Thursday after State Attorney Willie Meggs told reporters he did not have enough evidence to charge Winston. Meggs says the woman's memory lapses about the events of last December were problematic.