Vonn Captures World Cup Giant Slalom
Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/PierMarco Tacca)
Maribor, Slovenia — Lindsey Vonn showed she can beat Tina Maze in the Slovenian’s best discipline and on her home snow.
While it may be too late to challenge her biggest rival for the overall World Cup title, Vonn is looking like Maze’s biggest challenger at next month’s world championships.
The American proved that she has fully recovered from a recent illness by winning a World Cup giant slalom yesterday, her second win in two weeks.
Vonn was third behind Maze after the first run but overcame several errors in the second to put down the fastest time and create a margin that Maze couldn’t overcome. Vonn won in 2 minutes, 22.2 seconds for her first GS victory since last March.
“In the second run I decided, OK, it’s all or nothing, I had to go for it,” Vonn said. “It’s been a rough year for me in GS, so it’s just perfect.”
Maze still clinched her third giant slalom discipline title by placing second. Maze had a near-perfect first run, but a poor start to the second cost her valuable time and she finished 0.08 seconds behind Vonn.
With her 59th World Cup win overall, Vonn’s just three away from equaling Annemarie Moser Proell’s record on the women’s side. She earned her first GS victory since last March and back-to-back wins after taking the downhill last week at Cortina D’Ampezzo.
Vonn took nearly a month off over the holidays to recover from an intestinal illness that landed her in the hospital in November. While her break allowed Maze to build an even bigger lead in the overall standings, Vonn said it’s clear she made the right decision.
In Funeral Mass
St. Louis — Stan Musial was remembered as a Hall of Famer on and off the field during a 2-hour funeral Mass.
Broadcaster Bob Costas, his voice cracking at times, pointed out during yesterday’s lengthy tribute that in 92 years of life, Musial never let anyone down.
Among those in attendance were baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, former St. Louis standout Albert Pujols and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Bruce Sutter and Red Schoendienst.
The 90-year-old Schoendienst once roomed with Musial.
Nats 2B: I Had
Torn Rotator Cuff
Washington — Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa said he played with a torn rotator cuff in his left, non-throwing, shoulder late last season.
The switch-hitter decided not to have offseason surgery and instead rehab the injury. He spoke to reporters yesterday at a Nationals fan festival.
Espinosa was hurt when he dived for a ball in a game in early September. On Sept. 17, Espinosa got a cortisone shot to relieve the pain. The next day, he said he had a bone bruise in his shoulder socket.
He hit .247 with 17 homers, 56 RBIs and 189 strikeouts for the NL East champions in 2012. But over the team’s last 20 regular-season games, Espinosa batted only .188. Then he was 1 for 15 in Washington’s division series loss to St. Louis.
Nats’ President Dash
Washington — The Washington Nationals’ newest racing president may have to drop a few pounds to be competitive.
The team said yesterday that William Howard Taft will join George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt this season for the fourth-inning race by 12-foot mascots.
Taft was the portliest president at more than 300 pounds. He became the first president to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, at Washington’s Griffith Stadium on April 14, 1910.
After losing more than 500 times since 2006, Teddy won the race on the final day of last year’s regular season and then won against during the NL division series against St. Louis.
South Wins Senior Bowl
Mobile, Ala. — Florida State’s E.J. Manuel passed for a touchdown and rushed for another on the South’s first two drives in a 21-16 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl yesterday.
Manuel and running backs Stepfan Taylor and Mike James combined to put the game for senior NFL prospects away on the final drive. Stanford’s Taylor carried five times for 32 yards and caught a 6-yard pass from Manuel.
Manuel converted a fourth-and-1 play on a sneak to set up a 5-yard touchdown run for Miami’s James with 2:41 left.
Manuel was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player. Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel Ansah received the honors for the South team while Purdue defensive lineman Kawann Short was the North’s top player.
Fog Delays 3rd Round
At Torrey Pines
San Diego — Tiger Woods is going to have to wait to pursue a seventh win at Torrey Pines.
Three players completed one hole yesterday before fog wiped out virtually the entire day at the Farmers insurance Opens. Players are to resume the round this morning and play as long as daylight allows, and then finish tomorrow.
Woods, who had a two-shot lead over Billy Horschel, never came to the golf course.
Players spent most of the day hitting shots on the range that they couldn’t see land. The only golf that was played was after a three-hour delay in the morning.
It will be the second of four PGA Tour events this year that went an extra day. The Tournament of Champions was reduced to 54 holes and completed on Tuesday.