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vonn trains, says ankle is feeling fine

SOELDEN, Austria — Lindsey Vonn felt "awesome" after resuming ski training free of pain on Thursday, 10 weeks after fracturing a bone in her left ankle and two days before the World Cup season starts.

The four-time overall champion made eight practice runs on a glacier. "I didn't feel anything. It didn't hurt and it wasn't swollen afterward," she said. "A lot better than I expected, honestly."

Vonn crashed during a training camp in New Zealand in August.

Vonn hasn't ruled out a start in Saturday's giant slalom on the Rettenbach glacier. She will train today, then decide.

more skiing: Overall World Cup champions Marcel Hirscher and Anna Fenninger were voted skiers of the year by journalists. Hirscher became the first male skier to win the overall title four years in a row, while Fenninger won her second straight crystal globe and added two gold medals at the world championships in February.


Ex-smoker Cruyff has lung cancer

Dutch great Johan Cruyff is battling lung cancer, his spokeswoman said. "He has been in hospital this week for tests and lung cancer has been confirmed," said Carole Thate, a spokeswoman for the 68-year-old former Ajax and Barcelona star. Cruyff was a smoker during his playing days and until undergoing an emergency heart bypass in 1991. Afterward, he became the face of an anti-smoking campaign. He was one of the marquee stars, along with Franz Beckenbauer and Pele, who moved to play in the United States to raise soccer's profile. Cruyff played for the Los Angeles Aztecs and Washington Diplomats.

MORE SOCCER: Alex Morgan reportedly will be part of a trade from Portland to Orlando of the National Women's Soccer League. According to Sports Illustrated, Morgan requested the trade to be closer to her husband, Servando Carrasco, a midfielder for Orlando City of the MLS. … The Women's World Cup champion United States will be honored Tuesday by President Barack Obama at the White House.


Tsonga's finals hopes take blow

Lukas Rosol defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, dealing a blow to Tsonga's chances of qualifying for the ATP finals. At the start of the week Tsonga was ninth in the standings; the top eight advance to the season-ending event in London in November. The two top seeds advanced: David Ferrer routed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-1 and Kevin Anderson defeated Jiri Vesely 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 7-5.

MORE TENNIS: Lucie Safarova grabbed the last spot at the WTA finals after Carla Suarez Navarro lost 6-1, 6-2 to qualifier Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup. Suarez Navarro could have qualified for the season-ending event by reaching the final in Moscow. … Top seeds Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet advanced to the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open. Berdych next faces Grigor Dimitrov in a rematch of last year's final.

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