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Lindsey Vonn will ski today

Despite thumb injury, she will compete in slalom world championship

February 14, 2009|Associated Press

Lindsey Vonn will compete in today's slalom at the world championships in Val d'Isere, France, despite slicing her thumb on a broken champagne bottle and needing surgery.

She decided to race after testing her grip during training runs Friday.

Vonn has already won two golds at the world championships.

"She's going to go. She did three or four runs and it was actually quite good," U.S. women's coach Jim Tracy said.

Vonn sliced her thumb when she grabbed a broken champagne bottle at a party celebrating her downhill victory Monday. She traveled to Austria for surgery to repair a severed tendon.

Teammate Julia Mancuso, the Olympic giant slalom champion, decided to skip the slalom to get a jump on training for World Cup races next week in Tarvisio, Italy.

Carlo Janka of Switzerland won the giant slalom on the men's side at the world championships, while American Ted Ligety was third and Bode Miller did not finish.

Janka totaled 2 minutes 18.82 seconds for the two runs down the Face de Bellevarde course. Benjamin Raich of Austria finished second, 0.71 behind.

Miller was 17th fastest after the first run, but he skied out before halfway down in the second.

Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. and Markus Schairer of Austria won World Cup snowboardcross events in West Vancouver, Canada.

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TENNIS

Nadal tops Tsonga to reach semifinal

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal withstood 26 aces from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4, and earn a semifinal berth at the ABN Amro in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Top-ranked Serena Williams defeated Emilie Loit, 6-4, 6-1, in Paris to set up a semifinal with Elena Dementieva for the third straight tournament In the other semifinal, second-seeded Jelena Jankovic will meet two-time champion Amelie Mauresmo.

James Blake beat fellow American Sam Querrey, 7-6 (9), 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, setting up a match with doubles teammate Mardy Fish. Fish upset seventh-ranked Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, 6-3, 6-4. Top-seeded Andy Roddick also moved into the semifinals with a tough 7-5, 6-4 victory over Germany's Tommy Haas.

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FOOTBALL

Weis takes charge of Irish offense

Coach Charlie Weis will take over offensive coordinator duties for Notre Dame next season, the biggest in a series of changes in coaching responsibilities. Corwin Brown will share the title of defensive coordinator with Jon Tenuta while adding the title of associate head coach.

Brandon Jacobs, the 264-pound running back who has been a mainstay of the New York Giants' offense the past two seasons, was designated by the team as its franchise player. The move will guarantee Jacobs, who was due to become a free agent Feb. 27, $6.6 million next season.

Former union presidents Troy Vincent and Trace Armstrong and lawyer DeMaurice Smith are the finalists to succeed Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFL Players Assn. The three were chosen from five semifinalists by the union's search committee Thursday, a person familiar with the search told the Associated Press.

Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team will try to trade the contract rights on Michael Vick. Vick is currently in federal prison on felony charges related to dogfighting and is scheduled to be released in July.

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GOLF

World-class field is set for Riviera

Twenty-nine of the top 50 players in the world have committed to play in next week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club.

The field, one of the strongest on the PGA Tour so far this season, includes third-ranked Padraig Harrington, No. 4 Vijay Singh, No. 5 Phil Mickelson, the defending champion; No. 8 Geoff Ogilvy, No. 10 Kenny Perry, No. 13 Ernie Els and No. 14 Jim Furyk.

The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday.

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BASEBALL

Yankees add Tomko

Right-hander Brett Tomko was a late addition to the New York Yankees' spring training camp, agreeing to a minor league contract. Tomko, 35, was 2-7 with a 6.97 earned-run average last season in 10 starts and six relief appearances for Kansas City.

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