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Sports in brief: Vonn claims downhill title

Winter sports

Vonn claims downhill title

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland — Lindsey Vonn won her third straight downhill title Saturday and tied Bode Miller for the most career World Cup wins by an American at 32.

She defeated Italy's Johanna Schnarf by 0.01 seconds in her first race since the Vancouver Olympics, where she won gold in the downhill. Vonn finished in 1 minute, 35.26 seconds.

"It's been a great season, and I'm really happy with everything that's happened," Vonn said. "I think of all the titles, I am most proud of winning the Olympic downhill gold — that was the highlight of the season for me."

Vonn, 25, clinched the title by increasing her lead to 189 points over Germany's Maria Riesch with one race left.

Speed skating: Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis clinched his third straight World Cup overall title by winning his fifth 1,000-meter race of the season in Erfurt, Germany. The American finished in 1:09.29, 0.14 seconds ahead of the Netherlands' Mark Tuitert.

Tennis

U.S. wins to stay alive in Davis Cup

Bob Bryan and John Isner defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 in doubles to keep the United States alive in the Davis Cup first round in Belgrade, cutting Serbia's lead to 2-1.

Isner was a last-minute replacement for Bryan's twin, Mike, who had food poisoning. The Bryans live in Wesley Chapel.

Isner faces second-ranked Novak Djokovic in reverse singles today to try to even the series.

Et cetera

College baseball: Scott Lawson went 2-for-4 with three RBIs as host Miami (7-2) earned a 9-6 win over Florida (6-2) to even the series at 1-1. The finale is at 3:30 today on FSN.

Horses: Bold Start ($10.80) broke a track record with a 41/4-length victory over 4-5 favorite Arson Squad in the $65,000 Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. Ridden by Willie Martinez for trainer Kenneth McPeek, Bold Start clocked the 11/16th-mile course in 1 minute, 42.83 seconds. Timber Reserve was third. The previous record was 1:43.11 set by Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense in the 2007 Tampa Bay Derby.

Greyhounds: McAllister Kennel's Flying Coal City ($8.20) rallied past Aerial Battle to win the $85,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Winning time for 550 yards was 30.36 seconds. The win was worth $25,000 for the Barbara McAllister trainee.

Iditarod: Hundreds of sled dogs and thousands of fans gathered in Anchorage, Alaska, for the ceremonial start of the 1,100-mile race. The competition starts today in Willow, about 50 miles to the north. Seventy-one teams are entered in the trek to Nome.

Soccer: Manchester United, which lost top scorer Wayne Rooney to a knee injury, went to the top of the English Premier League with a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton. Man U has 63 points, two ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Swimming: Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps won the 200-yard individual medley at the Maryland swimming championships in Annapolis, Md.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief: Vonn claims downhill title 03/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 6, 2010 11:45pm]
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