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American Lindsey Vonn secures super-combine World Cup skiing title

ALPINE Skiing

VONN crashes, secures 1 Cup Title

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — American Olympic gold and bronze medalist Lindsey Vonn crashed in a giant slalom Thursday but got good news after the race.

The International Skiing Federation confirmed Vonn as the super-combined World Cup champion. She already had secured the downhill and super-giant slalom titles. She sealed the super-combined title when the third race of the season was canceled because of bad weather last week in Switzerland. That left Vonn with 160 points from two races and Anja Paerson of Sweden second with 150. The federation said two races were enough for Vonn to win the title. Vonn earned gold in the downhill and bronze in the super-G at the Vancouver Games.

More Skiing: Two-time Olympian Scott Macartney, 32, announced his retirement after a 12-year career with the U.S. team.

Soccer

MLS players vote to strike by opener

Major League Soccer players voted to strike if a new labor contract isn't agreed to before the season opener March 25.

The league's first collective bargaining agreement, a five-year deal, was set to run out Jan. 31 but was extended twice while negotiations continued. It expired Feb. 25 after the players union refused another extension.

Negotiators for management and players met Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Earlier Thursday, Toronto defender Nick Garcia was quoted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as saying: "We're anticipating not having the season starting. … As of now, for us, we're very far apart, even with the mediator there in D.C."

Players want greater free-agent rights and a higher percentage of guaranteed deals.

More soccer: The use of goal-line technology was rejected because of high costs and potential interruptions in the flow of games, Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, the sport's governing body, said. "The application of modern technologies can be very costly, and therefore not applicable on a global level," Blatter wrote on the FIFA Web site. "Many matches, even at the highest level, are not even televised."

et cetera

Arena football: The Tampa Bay Storm signed former Rams defensive back Michael Hawthorne and former USF offensive lineman Shelly Houston. Houston started at guard for the Bulls in 2003.

Tennis: Tampa resident Mardy Fish, the BNP Paribas Open runnerup in 2008, beat Michael Berrer 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round in Indian Wells, Calif. Fish, 28, sidelined most of the second half of last season due to a fractured rib and left knee surgery, faces No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who won that 2008 final in three sets and is 3-0 against him.

Times wires

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