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Ligety healthy and skiing fast with Olympics on the horizon

The last time Ted Ligety felt this confident, this healthy and this fast on his skis was ages ago. Oct. 25, 2015, in Soelden, Austria, to be more precise — the date of his last World Cup victory. Since that day, the American skier has tweaked his back, frayed the cartilage in his hip, torn …

Rockies still tinkering with team as spring training nears

DENVER –A couple more arms for a shaky bullpen. Maybe another utility player or two. Possibly a long-term deal for outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Those are among the priorities for Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich with spring training just a month away. He’s not quite done tinkering with a team that’s added a new coach …

Decades after Chernobyl, another chance for a Paralympian

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—There was no stuffed animal to hug. Constant hunger pains. Hope a mom would show up and rescue her. Those were some of the memories that flooded back when Paralympian Oksana Masters recently returned to Ukraine, where she spent her first 7 1/2 years shuttled among three orphanages. Masters visited with orphaned children …

From track to tango: Lolo Jones puts brakes on bobsled, hurdles for ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Lolo Jones wrapped up her track season a little early so she could tango and two-step. She’s also putting her bobsled career on hold for a winter in order to jitterbug and jive. The Olympian is simply hearing the call of the music, even if she readily admits she has two left feet on the …

A year after his brother’s death, Colten Moore returns to X Games and wins gold

ASPEN, Colo.—Snowmobiler Colten Moore reached toward the sky and stuck three fingers into the air on one hand and his index finger up on the other. That number—”31”—belonged to his brother, Caleb. As far as Colten is concerned, No. 31 picked up another victory Thursday night. Returning to Aspen a year after his older brother’s …