mixed day for vonn
LA THUILE, Italy — Apologizing for a gaffe on social media, Lindsey Vonn had little to celebrate after clinching a record 20th World Cup title and surpassing Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark on Saturday.
A day earlier, Vonn posted a video of an angry outburst in which she destroyed her bindings with a hammer after a race in which one ski detached. After erasing the post from her Facebook page, Vonn spent the night drafting an apology and calling Johan Eliasch, chairman of Head, which supplies the American's equipment.
"I made a mistake," Vonn said after finishing second Saturday and wrapping up the seasonlong downhill championship. "I was a little bit too emotional."
Italy's Nadia Fanchini won a race shortened by strong winds. With one more downhill this season, Vonn extended her lead to an insurmountable 173 points ahead of Canada's Larisa Yurkiw. It's Vonn's record eighth downhill title, adding to four overall titles, five in super-G and three in combined. Stenmark held the record of 19 globes, won from 1975-84.
More winter sports: American Ashley Caldwell clinched her first overall World Cup title in aerials skiing at the final round in Minsk, Belarus. Caldwell won with a score of 103.27 points from a back full-full-full jump, ensuring she finished top of the overall standings for the season ahead of Australia's Danielle Scott, who came in second Saturday with 96.93.
Horses: Gun Runner took the lead entering the stretch and held off challenges from Forevamo and Mo Tom to win the $400,000 Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Florent Geroux, Gun Runner beat 40-1 long shot Forevamo by a half-length in the prep race for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The victory earned Gun Runner, owned by Ron Winchell, 50 qualifying points, which could be enough to gain entry in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7. … Barbados ($4.80) won the $100,000 Pelican Stakes and You Bought Her ($4.60) captured the $50,000 Minaret Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar.
MMA: Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris was "resting comfortably" in a Houston hospital suffering from severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure after his Bellator 149 bout against Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson on Friday, Harris' family said. Harris lost by technical knockout in the third round after collapsing to the canvas from exhaustion. Harris had high potassium levels likely caused by his 40-pound weight loss for the fight, his family said.
NFL: Dallas police said they could conclude their domestic violence investigation of Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel by late this week. Manziel hasn't been charged. Investigators have reviewed medical records provided by Colleen Crowley, Manziel's ex-girlfriend, police spokesman Maj. Midge Boyle said. Crowley told police Manziel hit her and dragged her into a car in late January. Police haven't interviewed Manziel but spoke to several other witnesses, Boyle said. Police want to have their strongest case against Manziel before speaking to him, she said.
Soccer: Arsenal's bid for a third straight FA Cup title was checked by a frustrating 0-0 draw against visiting Hull in the fifth round, forcing the teams into yet another meeting in England's competition and reigniting the debate over replays. West Bromwich Albion exited with a 3-1 loss at second-tier Reading before its captain, Chris Brunt, was struck near his left eye by a coin thrown by one of his team's supporters after the game. … Luis Suarez and Neymar scored again to lead Barcelona past host Las Palmas 2-1, extending the club record to 32 games without a loss and increasing its lead in the Spanish league to nine points.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires