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Vonn healing but unhappy race went on

Lindsey Vonn's right knee is healing faster than her feelings over an Alpine world championship race she says should have been called off.

The four-time overall World Cup champion remains unhappy about how she sustained a season-ending injury — two shredded ligaments and a broken bone — at the world championships in Schladming, Austria. She believes organizers should have postponed the super-G race Feb. 5 because of deteriorating course conditions.

In a conference call Friday, Vonn said she "did not think it was safe" to race on the soft snow and that "athletes' safety should come first."

As she lay in the snow waiting for a helicopter to lift her off the mountain, Vonn said, she called U.S. women's coach Alex Hoedlmoser and told him to tell race officials to stop the event. The officials eventually did.

Vonn already is setting up to be the comeback story of the 2014 Olympics, where she wants to defend the downhill title she won in 2010. She joked the injury makes her "the underdog now."

Ski jumping: American Sarah Hendrickson, 18, won the women's title at the Nordic world championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.


Report: NCAA to debate UM motion

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions agreed to consider the request of three former Miami assistant coaches who say their individual cases in the athletic department scandal are tainted and should be dismissed, the Associated Press reported.

Former basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez, and former football assistant Aubrey Hill filed a motion with the committee saying, among other things, they believe they cannot get a fair hearing because the NCAA admits elements of its investigation were botched.

The committee held a conference call to discuss the motion.

The NCAA believes Hill and Fernandez provided them with misleading information and Morton, among other things, accepted at least $6,000 from the former booster identified as the key figure in a decade of alleged improper conduct, Nevin Shapiro.

et cetera

Tennis: Petra Kvitova defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final of the Dubai Championships. She'll play Sara Errani, who beat her doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, 6-3, 6-3.

Wrestling: In a rare gesture of goodwill, U.S. team members shook hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after finishing third in a freestyle World Cup tournament at Tehran. Iran and the United States have found a common ground in wanting the sport restored to the Olympics after it was removed for 2020. Iran won the tournament, beating Russia 6-1 in the final. The Americans finished third, beating Belarus 6-1.

Soccer: The Rowdies face USL Orlando City at 6 tonight in a consolation game at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Lake Buena Vista.

Times wires

Sports in brief 02/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 10:42pm]
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