Sports in Brief: Canadian skier dies after training injuries

Posted: January 20, 2012

Sarah Burke, a 29-year-old X Games star from British Columbia, died Thursday, nine days after crashing during a training run in Park City, Utah.

Tests revealed that the pioneering freestyler, who helped get superpipe accepted into the Olympics, had suffered "irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest," according to her publicist.

Superpipe skiing will make its debut in the 2014 Sochi Games.

A four-time Winter X Games champion, Burke crashed on the same halfpipe where snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury during a training accident on Dec. 31, 2009.

A high-tech air bag meant to improve safety in ski racing was presented in Kitzbuehel, Austria, by the International Ski Federation and the manufacturer, two years before its planned introduction in the Olympics.

The D-air system inflates air bags under the race suit in case of a crash, helping to protect the back, chest, shoulders, and collar bone.

BASEBALL: Cleveland Indians righthander Fausto Carmona was arrested for allegedly using a false identity in the Dominican Republic.

A police spokesman said Carmona was arrested outside the U.S. consulate in Santo Domingo, where he had gone to renew his visa so he could return to the United States.

Carmona's real name apparently is Roberto Hernandez Heredia, and he's 31, three years older than the pitcher claimed. The Indians listed Carmona's birthday as Dec. 7, 1983, in their 2011 media guide.

Carmona's agent said that lawyers are working on the player's behalf.

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, 57, who learned last May that he has a malignant brain tumor, has new tumors on the brain, according to his daughter.

COLLEGES: Six players from the BCS national title game - including Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne - are among the underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft.

SOCCER: Sporting Kansas City signed forward Jacob Peterson, a former member of the U.S. under-20 men's national team. He was introduced with team newcomers Paulo Nagamura and Bobby Convey, who starred at Penn Charter.

LACROSSE: Wings forward Kevin Crowley is the rookie of the week in the National Lacrosse League. In his NLL debut, the top overall draft pick in 2011 scored three goals and assisted on five others in a 22-12 loss Saturday to Rochester.

The league did not suspend any players for the fight-filled finish to Saturday's game.

GOLF: David Toms and Colombia's Camilo Villegas shot 9-under-par 63s to lead the opening round of the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif.

NOTEWORTHY: The longest winning streak in intercollegiate sports history ended Wednesday night when Yale defeated top-ranked Trinity College, 5-4, in men's squash. Trinity's 252-match streak had begun in February 1998.

- Staff and wire reports

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