Skier Ted Ligety of Park City, Utah, already has two gold medals at the world championships in Austria. He won the super-combined event Monday.
Ligety adds to gold-medal haul
Ted Ligety of Park City, Utah, is much more than a giant-slalom specialist. By winning gold medals in the super-giant slalom and super-combined at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, Ligety has shown he is an all-around threat with the 2014 Sochi Olympics a year away.
Ligety, 28, added the super-combi title to his expanding résumé Monday with a superb downhill and an impressive night-slalom run on the icy Planai course.
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On Friday, Ligety will compete in the giant slalom — an event where he has won in four of five World Cup races this season.
“I never wanted to be a specialist. I’ve always tried so hard in my career to be a multi-event skier,” said the 28-year-old Ligety, who won the 2011 world championship in the giant slalom. “To have three world championships in three different events is pretty surreal — that’s a cool feeling.”
Ligety had a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 56.96 seconds. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished second, a distant 1.15 seconds behind.
Vonn’s doctor sounds optimistic
The swelling around Lindsey Vonn’s repaired right knee had gone down a day after surgery and her spirits reportedly are way up.
Will she be back in time for the 2014 Sochi Games? Try possibly back in time for the beginning of the World Cup season in late November.
Bill Sterett, the doctor who operated on Vonn’s knee, said he thinks the four-time overall Cup champion might return that soon.
Vonn was injured in a fall last week at the world championships.
“She’s in full-charge mode,” Sterett said of Vonn, 28. “She’s like, ‘When can I start upper-body strengthening? When can I start working on my core? When can I spin on a stationary bike with my other leg?’
“I haven’t seen a hint of post-traumatic depression from her, or her feeling sorry for herself or her sad or asking, ‘Why now?’ She’s all about, ‘When can I? When can I? When can I?’ “
USGA creates new tournaments
The U.S. Golf Association is adding its first championship in more than 25 years, getting rid of the U.S. Amateur Public Links in favor of a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The Four-Ball Championship — one tournament for men, one for women — will start in 2015.
Adding the tournaments means the end of two others, the U.S. Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.
USGA vice president Thomas O’Toole Jr. said the better-ball format for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball should yield more exciting golf.
Tyson takes his show to Indy
Mike Tyson the entertainer is coming back to Indianapolis, the city that put him in prison.
The boxer once dubbed the “Baddest Man on the Planet” is settling into his new role as the star of a one-man, 36-city road show called “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.”
Tyson, 46, hopes to show Indy residents Wednesday he is a different person than the one they remember — the heavyweight champion who was convicted of raping an 18-year-old beauty-pageant contestant and spent three life-changing years behind bars in the 1990s.
“At the time, I was living a pretty hectic life and pretty wild and I don’t know what would have happened if I had three more years of that life,” Tyson said. “So maybe that was, everything happens for a reason. You know, when I left prison, I did a lot better than when I came.”
• Thierry Henry, who plays for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, wants teams whose fans racially abuse players to have points deducted in the standings.
Several players have been targets of abuse from supporters in recent weeks, including American forward Jozy Altidore of the Dutch team AZ Alkmaar.
Henry, who is black, thinks more attention is being focused these days on fans who misbehave.
“It’s not that it is happening more, it’s more that the players are making people notice it more,” he said.
• Serbia’s basketball cup final was completed in an empty arena after fighting between rival fans a day earlier caused the game to be stopped.
Red Star beat Partizan 78-69 in Kragujevac a day after fans turned violent in the third quarter. They stormed the court and hurled smoke bombs. The score was 43-43.
Similar violence marred the Greek Cup final in Athens on Sunday. The game was halted for about an hour before Panathinaikos defeated rival Olympiakos 81-78.
• The NHL will not suspend Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski for allegedly biting Montreal’s Max Pacioretty in a game Saturday. Pacioretty said he got a precautionary tetanus shot after the incident in Toronto’s 6-0 victory.
• Johnny Gaudreau scored twice to lead No. 4 Boston College to a 6-3 victory over Northeastern in the title game of the 61st annual Beanpot hockey tournament in Boston.
The Eagles won the Beanpot for the fourth straight year.
• An American foxhound known as Jewel, who enjoys vanilla milkshakes, won the hound group at the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
A bichon frise named Honor To Pillowtalk won the nonsporting group; an affenpinscher named Banana Joe took the toy group; and Old English sheepdog Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect won herding-group honors.
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