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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

ATP sea­son.

“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.

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