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CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy — Another day in Cortina, another record for Lindsey Vonn.

The American won a World Cup super-G on Sunday for her 11th career victory in Cortina, breaking the resort record of retired Austrian standout Renate Goetschl.

"It's hard to imagine having more success than my idols," said Vonn, 31.

By winning the downhill Saturday, Vonn eclipsed Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell's mark of 36 career Cup wins in skiing's marquee event. And last year in Cortina, Vonn surpassed Moser-Proell's women's record of 62 Cup wins in all events.

"This place is incredibly special for me," Vonn said.

With another near-perfect run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, Vonn beat Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein by 0.69 seconds.

Vonn took the lead in the overall Cup standings from Switzerland's Lara Gut, who finished fifth, and leads her by 45 points.

Vonn has 75 Cup wins overall and is approaching Swede Ingemar Stenmark's all-time mark for men and women of 86.


Chelsea dampens Arsenal's fun

Long resigned to not repeating as the English Premier League champion, Chelsea made its impact on the top of the table by inflicting 10-man Arsenal's first home loss since the opening day of the season. Arsenal appeared doomed from the 18th minute when captain Per Mertesacker was dismissed and Diego Costa scored the only goal of the game five minutes later. Arsenal slipped from first to third and allowed idle Leicester to regain the lead.

Manchester United: Team director David Gill said the struggling fifth-place EPL club is having a "season of underachievement," given that more than $350 million has been spent on players since manager Louis van Gaal took over in 2014, the team hierarchy's first public comments in a season of increasing fan discontent. Gill's BBC radio interview raised eyebrows for not including a vote of confidence for van Gaal. United is owned by the Glazers, who own the Bucs.


College football: Tight end Thad Moss, the son of former NFL star receiver Randy Moss, committed to N.C. State. Thad, who attends Mallard Creek High in Charlotte, N.C., also considered Florida, USC, UCLA Georgia and Michigan, among other schools.

AUTOS: Three-time world champion Sebastien Ogier won the World Rally Championship's season-opening event in Monte Carlo for a third straight time.

HORSES: Jockey Daniel Centeno won his 38th career Tampa Bay Downs stakes race with Morning Fire ($10.80) in the $100,000 Pasco on Saturday at Oldsmar. R Girls a Charmer ($3.60) captured the $100,000 Gasparilla, and White Clover ($29.80) prevailed in the $50,000 Wayward Lass.

SLED hockey: Josh Pauls scored 7:31 into overtime and Tampa's Declan Farmer had a goal and two assists as the United States beat Canada 3-2 to win the World Challenge at Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Farmer led the tournament in goals (7) and points (13).

OLYMPICS: Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Games beginning this year and other international events without having sex reassignment surgery, new International Olympic Committee guidelines say. The guidelines are not designed as rules, but the previous ones required surgery followed by at least two years of hormone therapy for competition eligibility. Surgery is no longer required in the new guidelines. Female-to-male athletes can take part in men's competitions "without restriction." Male-to-female athletes must demonstrate their testosterone level has been below a certain point for at least one year before their first competition.

Track and field: Adidas, the biggest sponsor of the sport's governing body (IAAF), has told the IAAF it will end its sponsorship deal four years early because of the doping scandal sweeping the sport, the BBC reported. Neither Adidas nor the IAAF commented.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief 01/24/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 24, 2016 9:42pm]
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