Lamour gets opponent for ESPN2 fight on Jan. 30

Russell Lamour Jr. of Portland will defend his New England middleweight championship on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights on Jan. 30 against Thomas Falowo of Providence, Rhode Island.

Lamour, who won the IBA North American championship on Nov. 15, will fight Falowo at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.


WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: American skier Mikaela Shiffrin won a slalom by a huge margin in Zagreb, Croatia, to continue her recent resurgence.

Cheered by 8,000 spectators, the Olympic champion posted the fastest time in both runs to finish in an aggregate 1 minute, 56.66 seconds and beat second-place Kathrin Zettel of Austria by 1.68 seconds.


MEN’S WORLD CUP: Olympic champion Felix Loch got his third win of the season to maintain the host nation’s winning start to the year in Koenigssee, Germany.

Loch, a four-time world champion, was fastest in both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 39.716 seconds, beating compatriot Andi Langenhan by 0.755 seconds and American Chris Mazdzer by 0.809.


MAJOR LEAGUES: Kansas City signed veteran right-hander Ryan Madson to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Madson, 34, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 saves for the Phillies. He signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati for the following season, but he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in spring training. He attempted a comeback with the Angels last season but made only one appearance in the minors before hurting his elbow again.

INDIANS: Former general manager and president Hank Peters has died from complications from a recent stroke. He was 90.

Peters, who also led the Baltimore Orioles to two World Series appearances, passed away Sunday morning in Boca Raton, Florida. Peters served as the Indians president/GM from 1987-91.


WORLD JUNIORS: Alexander Sharov scored twice and Russia beat Sweden 4-1 in Toronto to advance to the title game.

Canada beat Slovakia 5-1 in the second semifinal. The championship game is Monday night.

– From staff and news services