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Sports in brief

ALPINE SKIING

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VONN 13TH IN COMBINED BUT ADDS TO CUP LEAD

SOLDEU-EL TARTER, Andorra — Hampered by a fractured left knee, Lindsey Vonn extended her overall World Cup lead by placing 13th in an Alpine combined event Sunday. Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada won.

Wearing braces on both knees, the American led the competition after the super-G portion but posted the 23rd time in the slalom run to finish 1.93 seconds behind Gagnon.

Vonn's main rival for the overall title, Switzerland's Lara Gut, straddled a gate in the slalom and didn't finish, allowing Vonn, a four-time overall Cup champion, to extend her lead to 28 points.

"(Saturday) I thought I wouldn't be able to ski (Sunday)," Vonn said. "But there was a small chance, and I believed in it. … Many think it's just drama, but that's nonsense."

Vonn crashed in Saturday's super-G race after catching a spot of soft snow. She was taken down the hill on a rescue sled and had tests in a hospital.

Initially she said she had a "hairline fracture," but after an additional test Sunday evening, Vonn wrote on Facebook that "the MRI (exam) shows a pretty substantial fracture in my tibia plateau. … Now I will talk to my trainers and make a plan."

SOCCER

Manchester City wins England's League Cup

Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 in a penalty shootout to lift the League Cup at Wembley Stadium in London and claim the first major trophy of the English season.

Willy Caballero was City's hero, making three saves in the shootout after the match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.

Caballero's performance also justified the decision by coach Manuel Pellegrini to play the Argentine goalkeeper. Though he is City's backup to England keeper Joe Hart, Caballero, 34, has been a regular during the team's League Cup campaign.

EPL: Teenage striker Marcus Rashford continued the dream start to his Manchester United career, scoring two goals and setting up another in a 3-2 win for the hosts over title-chasing Arsenal in the Premier League. Playing only because of United's injury situation, Rashford, 18, marked his league debut by scoring in the 29th and 32nd minutes to put his team ahead 2-0, three days after scoring twice in a Europa League game against FC Midtjylland in his United debut. Fifth-place United — owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs — moved three points out of the top four. Arsenal dropped five points behind leader Leicester. Host Tottenham kept up its pursuit of Leicester by rallying to a 2-1 victory over Swansea thanks to two goals in eight minutes. Tottenham is in second place outright, three points clear of Arsenal.

Spain: Lionel Messi scored on a free kick to help host Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1, a record-equaling 34th game without loss that kept Barcelona on track to retain its league title. Barcelona equaled Madrid's record unbeaten streak in all competitions from 1988-89. Barcelona's last loss in any competition was at Sevilla on Oct. 3.

ET CETERA

College baseball: Sophomore right-hander Alex Faedo of Alonso High pitched 61/3 no-hit innings and had a career-high 12 strikeouts as No. 1 Florida downed No. 6 host Miami 7-3 to win the series for the sixth time in seven years. The Gators' pitching staff carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning and totaled a season-high 17 strikeouts.

NFL: The salary cap for 2016 will be $155.27 million, an increase of nearly $12 million, the Players Association confirmed. Franchise and transition-tag numbers will be released today. Free agency begins March 9, but teams must apply those tags by Tuesday.

Times wires

Sports in brief 02/28/16 [Last modified: Sunday, February 28, 2016 11:32pm]
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