Vonn makes more history in super-G

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Lindsey Vonn won the super-G season finale at the World Cup finals Thursday at Are, Sweden, becoming the first American woman to capture the championship title in the discipline.

Vonn earned her third crystal globe this season, tying the U.S. record set by Phil Mahre in 1982.

The 24-year-old Vonn finished the Olympia course in 1 minute 20.63 seconds. A day earlier, she clinched the World Cup overall title for the second straight year by winning downhill.


Nadia Fanchini of Italy finished runner-up in 1:20.71 and was second in the final super-G standings.

This was Vonn’s ninth World Cup win this winter, setting another U.S. record for the most World Cup wins in one season -- male or female.

She leads all American women with two overall titles, 22 career wins and 47 podium finishes. Her consecutive downhill titles matched Picabo Street in 1995-96.


Americans Shani Davis and Trevor Marsicano won gold and silver medals at 1,500 meters at the world single distances speedskating championships at the event’s venue for next year’s Vancouver Olympics.


UCLA’s Collison on Wooden list

Darren Collison of UCLA, Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, Stephen Curry of Davidson and Luke Harangody of Notre Dame are among the candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s player of the year.

The list also includes, among others, Blake Griffin of Oklahoma, James Harden of Arizona State, Jodie Meeks of Kentucky and Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut.


Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Connecticut’s Maya Moore led the contenders for the women’s award.

The awards will be presented April 10 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Rick Barnes of Texas will receive the Legends of Coaching award.


Haynesworth indicted for crash

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been indicted in Nashville on two misdemeanor traffic charges after a crash that seriously injured another driver.

District Attorney Kim Helper of Williamson County said that Haynesworth was indicted Monday on charges of reckless driving and having expired registration.

Haynesworth, a former Tennessee Titan who signed a seven-year, $100-million contract with the Redskins last month, was released on $1,000 bond after surrendering Wednesday. Maximum punishment is six months in jail and a $500 fine on the reckless driving charge and 30 days in jail and a $50 fine for the other charge.

The charges come from a Dec. 13 incident in which Haynesworth tried to pass another driver, who crashed into a concrete median.



The University of Missouri will pay $2 million to the family of Aaron O’Neal, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman linebacker who collapsed on the field and died during a 2005 preseason workout.


Two granted fifth year at UCLA

UCLA tight end Logan Paulsen and linebacker Kyle Bosworth were granted a fifth year of eligibility and will be seniors for the Bruins this fall. Both missed most of the 2008 season because of injuries.

-- Chris Foster


Colorado State has suspended linebacker Ricky Brewer for the 2009 season for violating unspecified team rules. He was second on the team with 103 tackles last year.


The Ducks recalled defenseman Brendan Mikkelson from Iowa, sending right wing Troy Bodie back down. Mikkelson, 21, had been sent down March 3. He had one assist and 15 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Ducks. Bodie is scoreless in four games.

-- Billy Witz


Tina Thompson’s signing with the Sparks was announced, and she said she will wear No. 32 in honor of Magic Johnson. She starred at Inglewood Morningside High before going on to USC, where she and new teammate Lisa Leslie played together. Thompson is the WNBA’s second-leading career scorer behind Leslie. Thompson averaged 18.1 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Houston Comets last season.


Aaron Burmeister took the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and Norwegian musher Bjornar Andersen had to abandon the race after a sled accident that organizers said probably left him with internal injuries.



Pike, 91; won title with Rangers

Alf Pike, a member of the New York Rangers’ 1940 Stanley Cup championship team who later coached the club, has died. He was 91.


John Bankert, a former executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died at 68 after a long illness.