Bend X-C coach headed to Sochi

Bend’s J.D. Downing has been named head coach and “Chef de Mission” of the Dominica National Nordic Team that will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics next month in Sochi, Russia.

The founder and director of the Bend-based XC Oregon nordic ski team, Downing will coach at least one athlete, Gary di Silvestri, who has qualified for the 15K individual men’s race. Angelica Morrone di Silvestri, Gary di Silvestri’s wife, will attempt to qualify for the Sochi Games in the women’s 10K individual race this weekend at an event in Maine.

The di Silvestris, citizens of Dominica — not to be confused with the Dominican Republic — have been attending XC Oregon camps since 2005 and have been personally coached by Downing since the 2005-06 winter ski season.

Dominica is an island nation of approximately 70,000 residents about 700 miles off the coast of Venezuela. The former French colony is nestled between Guadeloupe and St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.

The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off Feb. 7 and run through Feb. 23. Gary di Silvestri’s 15K race is scheduled for Feb. 14, and Angelica Morrone di Silvestri’s 10K event — if she qualifies — is set for Feb. 13.

— Bulletin staff report


Kershaw signs $215M deal

LOS ANGELES — Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary.

Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.

Kershaw would have been eligible for free agency after the upcoming season if the new deal hadn’t been reached. He was eligible for salary arbitration, and those figures were set to be exchanged on Friday.

— The Associated Press