Five Northern Californians were among the 20 named to the U.S. Olympic alpine ski team Sunday: Squaw Valley's Julia Mancuso, Travis Ganong and Marco Sullivan; Mammoth Lake's Stacey Cook; and San Jose native Tim Jitloff.

Veteran Olympians Bode Miller and Ted Ligety lead the men's team, and teenager Mikaela Shiffrin and Mancuso headline the women's. Mancuso is a former Olympic medalist.

But Lindsey Vonn, the reigning Olympic downhill champion, is staying home to recuperate following another knee surgery.

Cook placed 13th and Mancuso 16th in a World Cup super G in Cortina, Italy, on Sunday. Lara Gut mastered the windy course in the final speed race before the Sochi Olympics.

Didier Defago edged Miller by 0.05 seconds to win a World Cup super-G, and Alexis Pinturault won the super-combined event in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Pinturault had the best time in the slalom, 0.44 seconds ahead of Ligety.

  • Reigning Olympic champion Steven Holcomb powered his Night Train2 team to victory in Koenigssee, Germany, in the final four-man World Cup bobsled race before Sochi. Monterey driver Nick Cunningham was 10th. "The momentum we're building heading into the Olympics is incredible," Holcomb told USA Bobsled. Americans Elana Meyers and Aja Evans placed second in a women's race, and Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones were eighth.

  • Canadian Kaya Turski, who's based in Mammoth, won the ski slopestyle gold medal at the X Games in Aspen, Colo.

    Baseball

    Free agent pitcher Matt Garza, 30, signed a four-year deal with Milwaukee for a reported $50 million. The contract included a vesting option for the 2018 season at a reported $13 million. He went 10-6 with a 3.82 ERA for the Chicago Cubs and Texas in 2013.

  • Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun says he doesn't think he can ever stop apologizing following his 65-game suspension last year for violating baseball's anti-drug agreement. "I wish I could go back and do things differently, but I can't," he said at Brewers On Deck, the team's annual offseason fan event. "I just continue to move forward."

    Colleges

    Dave Strack, the athletic director at Arizona from 1972-82, died. He was 90. Strack coached basketball from 1960-68 at Michigan. His 1965 team, which featured Cazzie Russell, lost the NCAA title game to John Wooden's UCLA. Shortly after taking the Arizona job, he hired Fred Snowden as the first black basketball coach at an NCAA Division I school.

  • Timothy Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system, said he's seeking an independent review of how the school handled allegations from a swimmer that she had been sexually assaulted by a football player more than a year before she committed suicide. Sasha Menu Courey committed suicide in June 2011.

    Motor sports

    Action Express Racing led a 1-2-3 Corvette sweep in the Rolex 24 at Daytona (Fla.), where Joao Barbosa held off Max Angelelli on a restart with 8:23 left. Barbosa teamed with Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais for the win over Wayne Taylor Racing (Angelelli, co-owner Wayne Taylor and his sons Ricky and Jordan). Memo Gidley has a broken back that will require surgery after an accident early in the race. He had surgery on his left arm and leg Saturday. Matteo Malucelli was involved in the crash and is resting "comfortably" at a local hospital.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.