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vonn feels, finishes better in downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Saying she felt "much more like myself" than in her season debut a day earlier, Lindsey Vonn finished 11th in a World Cup downhill Saturday.

The four-time overall Cup champion and 2010 Olympic downhill winner attacked more in the second race of a comeback from February reconstructive surgery on her right knee. Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won a second straight downhill and took the lead in the overall Cup standings.

Vonn finished 40th of 60 starters in Friday's downhill, her first race since a crash 10 months ago ripped two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in the leg, and a crash last month partially re-tore one of the ligaments.

More Alpine skiing: Switzerland's Patrick Kueng won his first Cup race, a super-giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo. World champion American Ted Ligety was fifth. American Bode Miller, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist who missed last season (knee injury), was 14th.

Bobsled: The United States swept the podium in a women's World Cup race for the first time since February 2001. Elana Meyers and Aja Evans won for the second straight day at Park City, Utah. Jamie Greubel and track Olympian Lolo Jones tied for second with Jazmine Fenlator and Lauryn Williams, the 2004 Olympic track 100-meter silver medalist and 2005 world champ who made her Cup debut. In the men's four-man, American Steven Holcomb teamed with Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt to win. Holcomb is 4-0 in two- and four-man races to start the season.

Figure skating: Japan's Mao Asada won the women's Grand Prix Final at Fukuoka, Japan. American Ashley Wagner was third. World champion ice dancers and 2010 Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States won. Defending Olympic champs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada were second.

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Soccer: Host Sporting Kansas City outlasted Real Salt Lake in the longest penalty-kick shootout in MLS Cup history, winning 7-6 for its first league title since 2000. The score was tied at 1 after regulation and 30 minutes of overtime. … In the English Premier League, Liverpool moved into second with a 4-1 win over West Ham paired with a Manchester City 1-1 draw at Southampton. Chelsea lost 3-2 at Stoke to drop to third on goal difference. Defending champion Manchester United lost to Newcastle 1-0 for its second home defeat in four days. If fell to ninth, 12 points behind idle leader Arsenal.

College soccer: UCLA and Florida State have been in the NCAA women's final four more than all other teams, eight and seven times, respectively. One of them will win its first national title when the Bruins (21-1-3) and Seminoles (23-1-3) meet in the championship game today at Cary, N.C. (3 p.m., ESPNU)

College volleyball: No. 1-ranked host Tampa (32-1) beat West Florida 16-25, 25-20, 25-12, 25-23 to make the Division II final eight. It faces Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) on Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Greyhounds: Golden Squire and Flying Hero won Round 3 races in the $75,000 Holiday Distance Challenge at St. Petersburg's Derby Lane. Qualifying ends Wednesday.

Sailing: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robert Scheidt and crewman Bruno Prada of Brazil won the Star Sailors League Finals in Nassau, Bahamas. St. Petersburg native and two-time Olympian Mark Mendelblatt and crewman Brian Fatih were third.

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