Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States, coming out of retirement, established herself as an Olympic medal favorite in skeleton - again - with a second-place finish at worlds, finishing behind Britain's Shelley Rudman on the historic track in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
BASEBALL: Lefthander Marc Rzepczynski and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.
Travis Hafner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn up to $4 million more in bonuses.
TENNIS: Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic swept past Oliver Rochus, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, to give Serbia a 2-0 lead over host Belgium in the first round of the Davis Cup.
In other Davis Cup action, John Isner and Sam Querrey each won to give the host United States a 2-0 lead over Brazil. . . . Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco each won to give host Argentina a 2-0 lead over Germany. . . . Tomas Berdych won his match to bring defending champion Czech Republic to 1-1 against host Switzerland. . . . Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet won to give host France a 2-0 lead against Israel. . . . Andrey Golubev and Evgeny Korolev won to give host Kazakstan a 2-0 lead over Austria.
SOCCER: Premier League club Stoke City finalized its acquisition of Brek Shea after the American winger secured a work permit and international clearance just hours before the January transfer window closed.
BOXING:Mikkel Kessler's super-middleweight rematch against Carl Froch will take place in London in May.
- Associated Press