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Published Mar. 16, 2012

ALPINE skiing

Vonn clinches another title in world cup

SCHLADMING, Austria — Lindsey Vonn won her fourth World Cup super-G title Thursday by finishing sixth in the discipline's final race of the season. It was her 16th career Cup title.

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was the winner, her first super-G victory. American Julia Mancuso was second.

Vonn, the overall World Cup champion, narrowly avoided skiing out on a blistering run, taking a 1.22-second advantage over Rebensburg into the final intermediate time check. She went off course and just made the next gate shortly before the finish.

Vonn has two races left to earn 53 points and overtake Austrian great Hermann Maier's record of 2,000 World Cup points in a season. She is closing in on the women's mark of 1,980 points held by Janica Kostelic of Croatia.

Vonn may skip the slalom Saturday for extra giant slalom training. She failed to finish her past three slaloms but has had an outstanding giant slalom season with her first two wins in the discipline.

colleges

U.S. record powers Cal swim team

California's Caitlin Leverenz set American and NCAA records in the 200-yard individual medley to help the defending champion Golden Bears take the first-day lead at the women's swimming and diving championships in Auburn, Ala.

Leverenz's time of 1 minute, 51.77 seconds topped the 2-year-old mark of 1:52.31 set by Julia Smith of Stanford. Georgia sophomore and former Country­side standout Melanie Margalis finished sixth in the race in 1:55.10.

California built a 132-118 lead over Stanford and Southern Cal. Florida was 13th with 31 points.

football: Florida is opening two of its spring workouts to the public at the Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville: today at 4:35 p.m. and Saturday at 1:05.

wrestling: Defending champion Penn State got two pins each from unbeaten top seeds David Taylor (157 pounds) and Ed Ruth (174), and led Minnesota 38.5 points to 33 after the first two rounds of the national championships at St. Louis. Penn State advanced seven of its nine entrants to the quarterfinals of the championship bracket.

et cetera

gymnastics: The sport's international federation opened disciplinary cases against two judges over suspected mistakes in the women's events at the 2011 world championships in Tokyo. The judges' identities will remain confidential, the federation said. Results and medals won't be revised, and qualification places for this summer's Olympics are unchanged.

olympics: Gold medalist Ian Thorpe swam his fastest time in the 200-meter freestyle since coming out of retirement, 1 minute, 49.16 seconds, to reach the semifinals of the Australian trials in Adelaide, continuing his quest to qualify for this summer's Games.

soccer: Athletic Bilbao beat Manchester United 2-1 to lead three Spanish teams into the Europa League quarterfinals. Athletic overwhelmed United — owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs — for a 5-3 aggregate victory.

tennis: Novak Djokovic defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif. On the women's side, Maria Sharapova needed more than three hours to subdue Maria Kirilenko 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 and advance to the semis. She faces Ana Ivanovic, who defeated Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-4.

Times wires