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In brief: Turiaf’s stay with Nuggets brief

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

Basketball: The Denver Nuggets have waived center Ronny Turiaf, who was acquired Thursday in a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.

The Nuggets sent the talented yet often-injured Nene to Washington in the deal, with the Wizards shipping JaVale McGee and Turiaf to Denver and Nick Young to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Turiaf played four games with the Wizards this season.

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Vonn, Hirscher finish on top

Skiing: Lindsey Vonn and Marcel Hirscher have ended their best World Cup seasons, though neither of the overall champions finished on a high note.

Vonn lost her right pole before finishing 24th in Schladming, Austria, in the last women’s giant slalom and failed to set a record for the most World Cup points scored in one season. Vonn will have to let Hermann Maier’s 12-year-old mark of 2,000 points stand for at least another year.

Hirscher straddled a gate in the final men’s slalom and missed out on the discipline title, one day after the Austrian gave a ski-mad nation what it had been longing for since 2006 – the overall title.

“I have never lost a pole in my life and I have been skiing since I was two years old,” Vonn said. “Obviously I am disappointed. I am pretty focused on goals. These 2,000 points will have to wait until next year.”

The American standout had already re-established herself as ski racing’s undoubted leader by reclaiming the big crystal globe from best friend Maria Hoefl- Riesch of Germany.

It was Vonn’s fourth overall crown. Also, she successfully defended her discipline titles in downhill, super-G and super-combined.

“I am extremely happy with my season, I am very satisfied,” Vonn said. “But I always feel like I can do better.”

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