Vonn fights through pain, tops Riesch in super-G race

Lindsey Vonn skied through pain in her left knee to win another super-G race Sunday, claiming her sixth victory of the season by a small margin over Maria Riesch in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy.

It was the second win in three days for Vonn, who also finished first in a super-G Friday.

Vonn clocked 1 minute, 22.64 seconds on another perfectly clear day in the Dolomites, beating overall World Cup leader Riesch by 0.05 seconds. Swiss teenager Lara Gut finished third, 0.88 back.

Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was fourth.

Vonn hurt her knee while pulling off a strenuous recovery during Saturday’s downhill, in which she finished third.

MEN’S WORLD CUP: Jean-Baptiste Grange won a slalom in Kitzbuehel, Austria, in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 40.93 seconds, while overall leader Ivica Kostelic placed second to take the combined event for his sixth title this month.

Grange beat Kostelic, who led after the opening leg, by 0.28 seconds.

Bode Miller of the United States skied out in the first run.


WORLD CUP: Tora Berger beat Maria Laure Brunet in a sprint to win the women’s 12.5-kilometer mass start race in Anterselva, Italy.

Berger left the final shooting range in third place after missing two targets but had a strong final lap to finish in 33 minutes, 56.3 seconds. Brunet was 0.6 seconds back. Darya Domracheva placed third.


QMJHL: Andrey Makarov made 14 of his 32 saves in the third period as the Lewiston Maineiacs held on for a 3-1 win over the Rimouski Oceanic at Rimouski, Quebec.

Christophe Lalonde, Samuel Henley and Jess Tanguy scored for the Maineiacs.


UFC: Maine native Mike Brown lost a unanimous decision to Rani Yahya on Saturday night at UFC Fight for the Troops II in Kileen, Texas. Yaha improved to 16-6 with his 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 decision over Brown (24-8).


FOUR NATIONS CUP: The United States beat Canada 2-1 at Beijing, in a warmup for this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Germany.

China defeated Sweden 2-1. All four teams in the tourney are 1-1.

The top-ranked Americans won on a long shot by Lindsey Tarpley in the 70th minute. Lauren Cheney of the U.S. scored in the 54th.

Canada tied it two minutes later on a hard shot by Melissa Tancredi after a solo run.

PREMIER LEAGUE: American midfielder Jermaine Jones made a strong debut at Blackburn, helping his team to a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion. Jones, on a six-month loan from the German club Schalke, slipped a pass to David Dunn. Dunn’s angled cross was headed into his own net by defender Gabriel Tamas in the 41st minute.

U.S. MEN: Teal Bunbury converted a penalty kick in the 75th minute for his first international goal, giving a young United States team a 1-1 exhibition tie against Chile on Saturday night in Carson, Calif.