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WINTER SPORTS

American Vonn skis
to super-G victory

Lindsey Vonn skied through pain in her left knee to win another super-G race Sunday, claiming her sixth victory of the season by a small margin over German rival Maria Riesch in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy.

It was the second win in three days for Vonn, who finished first in a super-G Friday and took third in Saturday’s downhill despite hurting the left knee

Vonn clocked 1 minute, 22.64 seconds, beating overall World Cup leader Riesch by 0.05 seconds. Swiss teenager Lara Gut finished third, 0.88 back.

Also: Jean-Baptiste Grange of France won a men’s World Cup slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria, while overall leader Ivica Kostelic of Croatia placed second to take the combined event for his sixth title this month.

Bode Miller of the United States skied out in the first run, wasting a good chance to win the combined after placing second in Saturday’s downhill.

MISCELLANEOUS

Finalists set for NFL’s
Walter Payton award

Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije and Minnesota Vikings safety Madieu Williams are the nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The award, announced at the Super Bowl, is the only league honor that recognizes a player’s community service, as well as his playing excellence.

The most recent winners have been Brian Waters, Kurt Warner and Jason Taylor.

The three finalists were chosen from among 32 team nominees for the award. A panel, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, pared the field to three.

Also: Three University of Colorado players face sanctions from the team after one of them was caught on videotape kicking the doors to three cars in a private parking garage.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that victim Jimmy Do said the players have apologized and agreed to pay restitution, estimated at $7,100.

First-year Colorado coach Jon Embree in a statement issued Friday said linebacker Bryce Givens, tackle Will Pericak and offensive guard Eric Richter face unspecified sanctions.

The UNLV women’s tennis team edged Pacific 4-3 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Lady Rebels (3-0), ranked 29th, fell behind 1-0 after losing two of three doubles matches, but they bounced back to take four of the six singles matches. Adrienn Hidvegi clinched the win for UNLV by pulling out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Shabby Eslami at the No. 3 slot.

Jana Albers (No. 2), Anna Maskaljun (No. 4) and Rumyana Terzieva (No. 5) also won their singles contests.

The UNLV men’s tennis team swept Weber State 7-0, then rolled past Northern Arizona 6-1 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Against Weber State, the Rebels (2-1) won all three doubles matches for the first point, and Mehdi Bouras beat Simon Ungar 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 1 slot to lead a six-match tear in singles. UNLV swept the doubles against Northern Arizona, as well, then took five of six in singles, paced by Rene Ruegamer’s win at No. 2.

Right-hander Darren O’Day and the Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a $1.25 million, one-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration for the side-arming reliever.

O’Day was 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA in a club-high 72 appearances for the American League champion Rangers last season. He walked only 12 in 62 innings.

Chinese media reported that four-time Olympic women’s diving champion Guo Jingjing is retiring, putting an end to speculation about whether she would compete at the 2012 London Games.

 

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