Vernon Davis to reprise his role as U.S. Curling Captain

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San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis told the USA Today on Thursday that he’ll be reprising his role as the honorary captain for the U.S. Curling team at the Sochi Olympics next February.

Davis was first introduced to the sport when the national team practiced in San Jose four years ago in preparation for the 2010 Olympics, and was an invited guest of the team in Vancouver. He now holds charity curling events and gets in a match or two when he can between seasons.

“I like [curling] because it’s very strategic,” Davis explained. “You really have to plan in order to be able to achieve in this game. I also like it because it’s different and I’m the type of person who likes to do things differently than others. To me that’s what life is all about.”

Davis will join the team when the Olympics kick off February 7 in Sochi, only five days after the Super Bowl, which he hopes to play in again after losing to the Ravens this year. Of course, maybe the coolest part is that he’ll get his own team jacket. There’s no way Becky will turn him down for the prom now.

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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