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Vonn matches record

Lindsey Vonn never thought she would make it this far. Perhaps that’s why, after matching the World Cup’s all-time record for wins Sunday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, she rated it “right below” her Olympic gold medal on her lengthy list of career achievements. “It’s hard to really compare the two,” Vonn said. “It’s one race over the span of my career. (Olympic gold) means a lot to me because it was a childhood dream. I never thought that I would make it this far as far as World Cup wins. This is kind of uncharted territory for me.” Vonn skied through thick fog and soft snow to win a demanding downhill and tie Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup victories, capping a comeback from two knee surgeries that kept her out of last year’s Sochi Olympics. – AP

Super-G crash makes Vonn wait in bid for record

VAL D’ISERE, France – American Lindsey Vonn’s bid for a record-equaling 62nd World Cup win will have to wait a little while longer. The four-time World Cup winner crashed out of Sunday’s super-G race after entering a gate slightly too wide, as Elisabeth Goergl beat Olympic champion Anna Fenninger by .05 seconds to lead an Austrian 1-2.

Vonn will join NBC

Ski champion Lindsey Vonn will work for NBC during the Winter Olympics, although she won’t be in Sochi. The network said the gold medalist will report on the Olympics for the “Today” show and some NBC Sports broadcasts. Vonn was expected to defend her championship at the Olympics, which begin next week, but a leg injury has sidelined her and is preventing her from going to Russia. NBC said Vonn will give “Today” show viewers an update on her rehabilitation and talk about how athletes prepare mentally and physically during the days leading to the games. She’ll continue her broadcast work once the games start. – AP

Injured Lindsey Vonn skipping Sochi Olympics

Skiier Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Winter Games without one of its biggest stars. The 29-year-old skier from Vail, Colo., announced her decision Tuesday, exactly one month before the opening ceremony in Russia. She will have surgery “shortly.” Vonn said she is “devastated” to miss the Olympics. She took home two medals from the 2010 Vancouver Games, including becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic gold in the downhill. Vonn is also a four-time overall World Cup champion and the most recognized name in Alpine skiing. – Associated Press

New rules would impact top skiers at Sochi

BORMIO, Italy – Picture this for the Sochi Olympics: Bode Miller not allowed to defend his super-combined title, Lindsey Vonn limited to two events and other contenders held out of some of their favorite disciplines. It’s a scenario that top skiers are calling “absurd” but that could become a reality – at least, that’s how the big Alpine nations are interpreting the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) complex new Olympic qualifying rules.

Vonn puts off surgery

Lindsey Vonn says she needs another operation on her right knee but hopes to put it off until after the Sochi Olympics. Vonn partially tore one of her reconstructed knee ligaments during a crash in training two weeks ago at Copper Mountain. She is seeing if she can ski without another procedure, but at some point “surgery is going to have to happen.” On a chilly Sunday morning, Vonn took three aggressive runs through the super-G course in her race suit. Afterward, she said her surgically repaired knee feels “really good.” So much so that Vonn will travel to Lake Louise, Alberta, this week for downhill training. – AP

Newsmakers

Progressing Skier Lindsey Vonn is on the mend and says she might even race in Canada next week. Vonn spoke on Friday after three early-morning super-G training runs. This was her first big test since she crashed during training at Copper Mountain last week and partially tore a reconstructed ligament in her right knee. She says her rehab is “going well” and she’s “encouraged.” She adds that her knee is “a lot better than everyone expected” and that leaves her optimistic for next week’s races at Lake Louise, Alberta. Asked about her readiness for Lake Louise, Vonn said: “I’m not sure yet. As it looks right now, yeah.” Decided Pitcher Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back. The 37-year-old left-hander is a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, he had a 130-113 record with a 4.14 ERA. Lilly recently went to winter ball in Venezuela, hoping to strengthen himself and land a job in the majors in 2014. Instead, he experienced further problems. He made one three-inning appearance in Valencia and would have pitched again but got food poisoning.

Vonn back on slopes, tests knee

Lindsey Vonn returned to skiing during the weekend in Chile nearly seven months after a season-ending crash that required surgery on her right knee. Vonn squeezed in two easy training runs on Saturday during the two-week camp with the U.S. ski team in Portillo, Chile. On Sunday, the four-time overall World Cup champion stepped up the intensity and took five more passes through the course.

Vonn set to give knee test on snow

VAIL, Colo. – Lindsey Vonn’s surgically repaired right knee is nearly fully healed and she plans to ski this weekend. Vonn said Wednesday after a gym workout that her knee is almost as strong as her left one. She will ski with the U.S. team in Portillo, Chile, and possibly go through some gates later at the training camp.

Woods-Vonn the latest beautiful sports couple

The Tiger Woods-Lindsey Vonn pairing – when Tiger goes on Match.com, I’d love to see how he customizes the attributes he’s looking for in a mate – has revived the jock-jock twosome business. There’s nothing like good-looking, in-shape partners; if the world’s entire gene pool came from athletic blood, there’d be twice as many Olympics as there are wars. Here’s a selective listing of the best of today’s sports couples:

Chad: Woods-Vonn latest beautiful sports pairing

The Tiger Woods-Lindsey Vonn pairing – when Tiger goes on Match.com, I’d love to see how he customizes the attributes he’s looking for in a mate – has revived the jock-jock twosome business. There’s nothing like good-looking, in-shape partners; if the world’s entire gene pool came from athletic blood, there’d be twice as many Olympics as there are wars.

Lakers hit 17 3-pointers, run past Nuggets

NBA: Antawn Jamison scored 33 points while leading an outstanding game by the Lakers’ reserves, and Dwight Howard had 28 points and 20 rebounds and hit Los Angeles’ 17th 3-pointer in the final seconds of a 122-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Jodie Meeks scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers for the Lakers, who improved to 3-3 under Mike D’Antoni while playing splendidly at the furious tempo favored by their new coach.

Newsmakers

Signed The Denver Broncos have signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley to a one-year deal. In June, he’ll turn 36, the same age as the Broncos’ new quarterback, Peyton Manning, with whom he played in Indianapolis from 2003-06. Stokley played with the Seahawks in 2010 and the Giants last year. • Free agent receiver Lee Evans has signed a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent seven seasons with Buffalo (2004-10) and was with the Baltimore Ravens last year.

Lindsey Vonn earns 50th World Cup win

Lindsey Vonn captured her 50th World Cup victory Saturday by winning the downhill on the demanding Kandahar course in Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany. With the temperature at minus-13 degrees at the starting hut, Vonn trailed early but recovered at the bottom to win by nearly half a second on a slope that gave her trouble at last year’s world championships. “Fifty World Cup wins is a huge mark for me in my career and more than I even thought possible,” Vonn said. The American is third on the career list, behind Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria (62 victories) and Vreni Schneider of Switzerland (55). – Associated Press

Vonn gives teen skiers a pep talk

INNSBRUCK, Austria – Teen ski racers dreaming of becoming the next Lindsey Vonn received firsthand tips on how to do it from the Olympic downhill champion herself on Thursday. Vonn gave her view on what it takes to be successful in a one-hour question-and-answer session with athletes aged 15-18 who are competing in the inaugural Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck.

Vonn: Acting can wait until after 2018 Games

Lindsey Vonn thinks she will end her stellar skiing career at the 2018 Winter Games before looking into ways of furthering an acting career. The 27-year-old American believes stopping at 33 years old, after one final Olympics, would be perfect before settling into a different kind of life: swapping the white hills for the silver screen, and hopefully starting a family. In an interview with the Associated Press at the World Cup stop in Courchevel, France, Vonn said: “If I still feel great, I would love to keep going until the next Olympics (in 2018). That in my mind is the end point.” After which, Vonn said, “I’ll be ready for, hopefully, a life change.” Acting, she adds, “would give me a different challenge” and “something I could do for fun that doesn’t consume all my time.” – Associated Press

The downhill an uphill battle for World Cup leader Vonn

COURCHEVEL, France – Lindsey Vonn has troubling news for her rivals – she expects to get even better. Vonn is off to her best World Cup start, winning five of six races. She is well on the way to reclaiming the overall title she lost by just three points to Maria Hoefl-Riesch last season.

Newsmakers

Fired, hired The last-place Carolina Hurricanes fired coach Paul Maurice for the second time in less than a decade Monday and replaced him with former All-Star Kirk Muller. Muller begins his first NHL head coaching job with a slumping team that has made one playoff appearance since 2006 and has lost 10 of 13 games. He was in his first season coaching the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate in Milwaukee after spending five seasons on the Montreal Canadiens’ staff. He played 19 seasons in the NHL, made six All-Star teams and led the Canadiens to their last Stanley Cup. • Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee says he fired Bruce Boudreau because “players were no longer responding” to the coach. McPhee replaced Boudreau with former Capitals captain Dale Hunter. The 51-year-old Hunter played 19 seasons in the NHL and is one of four players to have his number retired by the Capitals.

In brief: Durant guides way as Oklahoma City shuts down Miami

NHL: Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 12-for-21 shooting, Russell Westbrook added 18 and Oklahoma City frustrated Miami’s offense all night on the way to a 96-85 victory over the Heat in Miami. Oklahoma City shot just 40 percent, but it didn’t matter as the Heat were held to 38.5 percent shooting.

Vonn out of slalom, will head home after downhill

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Lindsey Vonn put aside her competitive instincts and made the difficult decision of withdrawing from the slalom portion of the super-combined at the world championships on Friday because of the lingering effects of a concussion. She hopes to defend her title in the downhill on Sunday, then take an early flight home.