Holder’s back at USC Aiken
Michael Holder is returning to USC Aiken as an assistant coach.
The Evans native spent the past six years as an assistant coach at North Georgia, which made it to the NCAA Division II World Series last year.
Prior to his time at North Georgia, Holder spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at USC Aiken, serving the last two as pitching coach for the Pacers.
Overall, Holder has more than 15 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels.
As a player, Holder was a four-year letterwinner as a catcher at Georgia Southern.
Shiffrin takes slalom victory
In Lienz, Austria, Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin mastered a tricky slalom course on Thursday to cruise to her 36th career World Cup win.
Backed by a huge 1.14-second lead from the opening leg, the defending overall World Cup champion from the United States avoided risks and posted only the 11th-fastest time in the final run but still comfortably beat second-place Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.89 seconds.
Initially a GS was planned but organizers swapped that race with Friday’s slalom because of weather conditions as overnight snowfall forced course workers to move fresh snow out of the race line.
---In Bormo, Italy, after a five-year absence, Dominik Paris rediscovered that winning feeling on the Stelvio downhill course.
Returning to the site of his first World Cup victory, Paris dominated on home snow to end the season-long podium drought for Italy’s men’s team.
Paris won by 0.04-second margin ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway on the demanding Stelvio course, which was softer than usual due to heavy snowfall a day earlier.
Manziel can play in CFL
The Canadian Football League said Thursday it would approve a contract for quarterback Johnny Manziel if one is reached with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who have the former Heisman Trophy winner on their negotiation list.
The team has 10 days to make an offer to the 25-year-old Manziel, who would remain on the list for another year even if he rejects the bid.
The league in September said it would not approve a contract for Manziel until next season and only if he met certain conditions stipulated by Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
Sano accused of ‘15 assault
A photographer who has covered the Minnesota Twins accused Miguel Sano of assault, posting on Twitter that the All-Star third baseman forcibly attempted to kiss her following an autograph session at a mall in 2015.
Betsy Bissen tweeted Thursday that she screamed and resisted Sano until he gave up “after a solid 10 minutes of fighting.” Bissen, who has worked for publications including the popular fan blog Twins Daily, said in her tweet that she long feared that telling her story would cost her access to photograph Twins games.
Sano said he “unequivocally” denies the allegation.
Major League Baseball has begun an investigation, said MLB spokesman Pat Courtney. The Twins said they learned of the allegation only Thursday. Their statement said the team and MLB “take these allegations very seriously” but had no further comment.
Wolfpack guard faces charge
Suspended North Carolina State guard Markell Johnson is facing a felony assault charge in his home state of Ohio.
According to a court document, Johnson was among four people indicted Dec. 5 in Cuyahoga County. The document states they “did knowingly cause serious physical harm” to a male victim on or about Oct. 8.