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  |   Jan. 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Cardinals Hall of Famer Musial dies at 92

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- St. Louis Cardinals great and Hall of Famer Stan "the Man" Musial died Saturday at age 92, the team announced.

Cardinals Chairman William DeWitt Jr. said in a statement that Musial died at his home in Ladue, Mo.

"We have lost the most beloved member of the Cardinals family," DeWitt said. "Stan Musial was the greatest player in Cardinals history and one of the best players in the history of baseball."

Musial is survived by his children Richard, Gerry, Janet and Jean, 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Musial, known for his power, speed and class, was one of Major League Baseball's greatest hitters, shattering more records than anyone ever had in a 22-year career (1941-63), all with the St. Louis Cardinals, that resulted with his election to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1969.


Ex-Orioles manager Earl Weaver dead at 82

BALTIMORE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who took Baltimore to four World Series, died of a heart attack while on a cruise, the team said Saturday. He was 82.

Weaver managed the Orioles from 1968-1982 and in 1985-1986. His team won the World Series in 1970.

"Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball," Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos said in a written statement. "This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans."

Weaver was participating in an off-season cruise for Orioles fans when he was stricken by an apparent heart attack. He had been scheduled to take part in the team's annual Fan Fest in Baltimore Saturday, The Baltimore Sun said.

"It's a sad time, but at the same time, Earl would say I hope it won't mess up FanFest," Orioles Manager Buck Showalter told fans. "Every time I look at an Oriole now, it's going to be missing a feather without Earl."


Hawks' Williams to miss rest of season

ATLANTA, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams will need surgery for a torn knee ligament and will be out for the rest of the season, the team said Saturday.

The seven-year veteran averaged 14.1 points and 3.6 assists per game through 39 games before sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a Friday loss to Brooklyn.

The Hawks said a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed the tear after an initial diagnosis of a ligament sprain.

Williams will have surgery at a date to be determined following a period of rest, General Manager Danny Ferry said.

"We are extremely disappointed for Lou and our thoughts and support will be with him during his recovery," he said. "He has been a complete professional in every sense of the word and know that approach, along with his work ethic, will serve him well in his rehabilitation."


Lindsey Vonn wins women's downhill

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Lindsey Vonn of the United States out-dueled Slovenia's Tina Maze to win Saturday's women's World Cup downhill in Cortina, Italy.

Vonn flew down the course in 1 minute, 38.25 seconds, edging Maze by 0.43 seconds and winning her fifth World Cup event of the Alpine season.

"I risked a lot but could have been a little more clean on the top section," said Vonn. "I skied a really good line on the bottom and was able to carry good speed to the finish."

Vonn said conditions were ideal at Cortina, one of her favorite downhill venues.

"It was a perfect day," she said. "Right away from inspection the sun was shining and the snow was perfect."

Maze, the overall World Cup points leader, said she too enjoyed skiing Cortina and was "really happy with this second place."

American Leanne Smith placed third with a 1:39.14. The United States holds four of the top six places in the downhill standings.

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