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American Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn claimed the bronze medal in the final race of her storied career.
Vonn, who announced her intention to retire ahead of this month’s FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, finished third in the world championship downhill on Sunday.
“I laid it all on the line. That’s all I wanted to do today,” Vonn said after the race.
“I have to admit I was a little bit nervous, probably the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life. I wanted to finish strong so badly.”
Vonn crashed out of Tuesday’s Super-G, suffering a black eye and bruised rib, but recovered enough to complete Sunday’s final event.
The 34-year-old Vonn is the winningest female Alpine racer of all time with 82 World Cup wins, 20 World Cup titles, three Olympic medals and eight World Championship medals. Only
has more career wins than Vonn, ending his career with 86.
Duke investigates rape accusation
Duke officials are investigating an accusation that a basketball player raped a fellow student in 1999 — an allegation longtime head coach said he wasn’t aware of until two days ago.
in a statement released Friday by her attorney, did not name the player she said raped her 20 years ago. She also became the second woman to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault. Watson and Fairfax attended Duke together.
Duke athletic director addressed the allegation in a statement released Saturday:
“Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete last night when they were reported by the media. Coach Krzyzewski confirms that he had no knowledge of the alleged conduct from 1999. The university is looking into the matter and will have no further comment at this time.”
Krzyzewski was asked about the situation after his No. 2 Blue Devils defeated No. 3 Virginia Saturday night, 81-71.
“I think there was an allegation made, right?” Krzyzewski said. “So, I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but there is an allegation. I did not find out about until late last night. I had no knowledge . ... Our university will take care of whatever actions and give whatever information that is needed.”
Watson’s attorney, ,issueda statement on Friday that said, in part, that the woman “went to the dean, who provided no help and discouraged her from pursuing the claim further” after she allegedly was raped.
Tsonga finally wins another title
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed his first title in more than 15 months when he soared past fellow Frenchman 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
Tsonga needed just 73 minutes to dispatch the seventh-seeded Herbert.
Tsonga, 33, hadn’t earned a title since winning in Antwerp in October of 2017. He underwent left knee surgery last April and missed seven months of the
“I am very happy with the way I played this week,” Tsonga said after winning his 17th career title. “It was an amazing moment for me to win here in Montpellier . ... I have made many efforts to come back (here), soformeitisagoodrewardandIhopeIwillbeable to continue playing at this level.”
In other tennis news Sunday:
captured his fourth career title by posting a 6-4, 6-3 win over Hungary’s
in the Sofia Open in Bulgaria. The thirdseeded Medvedev needed just 81 minutes to finish off the victory. The 22-year-old Russian held serve in 36 of his 40 service games this week.
Pirates sign outfielder Cabrera
Veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played with seven different organizations over a 14-year career, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to multiple reports.
In the deal, first reported by The Athletic, Cabrera can make as much as $2 million in performance incentives, ESPN reported. With spring training fast approaching, the deal includes an invitation to major league camp.
The 34-year-old played 78 games with the Cleveland Indians last season, batting .280 with six home runs and 39 RBIs.
Boutier claims first LPGA Tour win
France’s Celine Boutier took advantage of Kim Kaufman’s collapse to win the ISPS Handa Vic Open on Sunday, the first LPGA title of her career.
Boutier, who trailed Kaufman by two coming in, shot an even par 72 in the final round as Kaufman struggled to a 6-over 78 and finished in a tie for eighth.
“I have heard so much about this event before from the girls playing in it and I was super-excited to come this year,” Boutier said, per Golf Australia.
“It exceeded all my expectations. The courses were great, the people were amazing, the volunteers, the organization. Honestly just a really really good tournament.”
The set-up on the final day at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia, was especially challenging, though Australia’s
was able to solve it to the tune of a 7-under round, good for a three-way tie for second two strokes back at 6-under par.