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VONN EARNS FIRST VICTORY SINCE ILLNESS

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy — Lindsey Vonn is back at full speed.

Vonn won a World Cup downhill Saturday for her first victory in more than five weeks, beating overall leader Tina Maze by nearly half a second.

And more important, Vonn's back to health after a nasty bacterial problem.

"I'm excited to be racing, and I have that fire again, and I trust that my body is strong enough to ski the way I want to ski," the American Olympic gold medalist said. "It wasn't always the case in all the races this year. I'm back to my old self and it's a good feeling."

Vonn clocked 1 minute, 38.25 seconds down the sunny Olympia delle Tofane course. Maze finished second, and Vonn's American teammate Leanne Smith was third, 0.89 back.

100 mph record: Johan Clarey of France set a World Cup speed record of 100.6 mph on the Lauberhorn men's downhill in Wengen, Switzerland. He placed fifth in a race won by Christof Innerhofer of Italy. Clarey clocked the fastest speed recorded in the 46-year history of the World Cup; Canadian Benjamin Thomsen went 99.3 mph earlier in the race to briefly hold the mark.

HORSES

Agent: Hurt jockey should be okay

The agent for jockey Ramon Dominguez said doctors were optimistic the nation's leading rider will fully recover from a fractured skull suffered Friday in a spill during a race at Aqueduct in New York. Dominguez was aboard Convocation, which clipped heels with Sovereign Default and fell forward.

COLLEGES

NCAA streamlines numerous rules

The NCAA Division I board of directors approved 25 of 26 proposals in a sweeping deregulation of rules. Among the changes, as of Aug. 1, is eliminating the limit on how much coaches can contact recruits, and how many of a school's coaches can make contact. Also, athletes can accept up to $300 a year to attend nonscholastic events, and get money to help offset expenses associated with practices and competition with national teams, including tryouts.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres, both of France, defended their car and motorbike titles in the Dakar Rally.

SOCCER: Barcelona's 19-game unbeaten streak to start the Spanish league season ended when host Real Sociedad erased a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 with the winner coming in injury time. Barcelona went down to 10 men after Gerard Pique's second yellow card. … Tiny Cape Verde tied host South Africa 0-0 to open the African Cup of Nations.

OBITUARY: Former sumo grand champion Taiho (real name Koki Naya), whose 32 championships are the most in the history of Japan's ancient sport, died Saturday in Tokyo. He was 72.

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Sports in brief 01/21/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:40pm]
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