Vonn head­ing back to U.S. to re­cover

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - Lind­sey Vonn is strug­gling with an in­testi­nal ill­ness.

Lind­sey Vonn is head­ing back to the United States for an un­ex­pected break in the mid­dle of the World Cup ski sea­son and is un­likely to re­turn to Europe un­til Jan­uary. U.S. women’s coach Alex Hoedl­moser told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day that Vonn’s heavy sched­ule has not al­lowed the four-time over­all World Cup win­ner to re­cover from the in­testi­nal ill­ness that landed her in a hospi­tal in Vail, Colo., last month. Hoedl­moser said the tim­ing of Vonn’s re­turn “de­pends on how she’s feel­ing and ex­actly what her con­di­tion is.” ment. Hodges said coaches acted af­ter be­ing in­formed of a mes­sage that re­ferred to Obama by a racial ep­i­thet. “Take that (ex­ple­tive) off the tv, we wanna watch foot­ball!” Pat­ter­son tweeted. The tweet was in ref­er­ence to Obama’s speech about the Con­necti­cut mas­sacre, which pre­empted part of Sun­day night’s game be­tween the Pa­tri­ots and 49ers.

■ Iowa State run­ning back Shon­trelle John­son will miss the Lib­erty Bowl against Tulsa with a knee in­jury suf­fered dur­ing prac­tice Satur­day.

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