Ali leaves hospital, plans birthday celebration

Muhammad Ali’s latest hospital stay for a severe urinary tract infection ended Friday, a day before the boxing great celebrates his 73rd birthday.

Ali was released from an undisclosed hospital where he received continued treatment for the same condition that initially put him in the hospital late last month, a family spokesman said.

Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have homes in Arizona, Michigan and Kentucky.

The Louisville native plans to watch TV and cheer on the Louisville men’s basketball team when the Cardinals host Duke on Saturday.


WORLD CUP: Lindsey Vonn will have to wait at least until Saturday to match the record for career World Cup wins.

The American finished only 10th Friday in a downhill at Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, won by Italy’s Elena Fanchini, who charged down a shortened course with a flawless run amid fog and snow.

 Carlo Janka won a super-combined event in front of his home Swiss crowd in Wengen.

The former Olympic, world and overall World Cup champ defended his first-run downhill lead in the slalom to beat Victor Muffat-Jeandat of France by 1.31 seconds.

Ted Ligety of the U.S. was fifth, 1.64 back.


PGA: Tour rookie Justin Thomas made an 18-foot eagle putt on his last hole for a 9-under 61 to join Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar for a share of the lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Thomas played his last three holes in 4-under par. The three players are 12-under 128.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rory McIlroy made his first competitive hole-in-one as a pro as part of a brilliant back nine that propelled his pursuit of Martin Kaymer in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

A 6-under 66 moved McIlroy into third place at 11 under, two shots behind Kaymer, to set up a potentially thrilling duel over the weekend.


U.S. TEAM: Jozy Altidore has been added to the U.S. training camp roster before exhibitions against Chile and Panama, and defender Brad Evans has been dropped because of tendinitis in his left knee.

NWSL: The Houston Dash selected Virginia and U.S. national team midfielder Morgan Brian with the first overall pick in the National Women’s Soccer League college draft.

Sky Blue FC took UCLA midfielder Sarah Killion with the No. 2 pick.


WORLD CUP: Kathleen Martini steered Germany to a victory Friday in Koenigssee, Germany, in a race overshadowed by the heavy crash of the U.S. crew of Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauryn Williams.

Poser and Williams overturned, coming down the track upside down. They were helped out of the bobsled, walked slowly from the scene and were being evaluated by the U.S. team’s medical staff.


ITALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: Former world champion Carolina Kostner was banned for 16 months for her role in the doping case involving her ex-boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Brooke Downey scored 13 points for Berwick Academy (3-7) in a 53-35 loss to Lexington Christian Academy (7-2) at Lexington, Massachusetts.

– From staff and wire reports