Vonn injures knee in crash

Lindsey Vonn partially tore one of the reconstructed ligaments in her surgically repaired right knee in a training crash that at the very least puts her preparation for the Sochi Olympics on hold.

What is less clear at the moment: when the four-time overall World Cup champion and 2010 Vancouver downhill gold medalist will be able to compete again and how her injuries might affect her Olympic hopes.

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A spokeswoman said after Vonn rests for a few days, she “then will pursue aggressive physical therapy and will determine the next time she is able to compete after seeing how she responds to the treatment.”

Vonn, 29, has won 59 World Cup races, leaving her only three shy of Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record of 62.

College football

No. 20 N. Illinois triumphs

Jordan Lynch rushed for three touchdowns and 161 yards to lead No. 20 Northern Illinois over host Toledo 35-17, securing a fourth consecutive trip to the Mid-American Conference title game.

The Huskies (11-0, 7-0 MAC) extended their 24-game conference winning streak and are off to the best start in school history.

Lynch was 17 of 22 for 202 yards passing and ran for 161 yards on 28 carries. He is 23-2 as a starter. Juwan Brescacin had eight receptions for 121 yards.

A DNA analysis completed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed that DNA provided by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston matched the sample taken from the underwear of a woman who has accused him of sexual battery, ESPN reported.

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Police obtained a sexual-assault kit Dec. 7, 2012, when the accuser reported the alleged incident had occurred at an off-campus apartment. Winston’s DNA was recently obtained through a buccal swab he provided to authorities investigating the case.

The DNA match alone does not prove that Winston, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, sexually assaulted the woman, as the accuser’s family claimed in a statement released by a Tampa-based attorney Wednesday. But it does indicate that Winston, who has yet to talk to Tallahassee police or the state attorney investigating the case, had his DNA associated with the accuser on Dec. 7, 2012, when the accuser claimed she was sexually assaulted.


Mexico qualifies for World Cup

Mexico earned the next-to-last berth in the World Cup by defeating New Zealand 4-2 in Wellington for a 9-3 aggregate win in their home-and-home playoff.

Mexico qualified for its sixth straight World Cup since missing the 1990 tournament.

Uruguay claimed the 32nd and final berth after tying Jordan 0-0 at home for a 5-0 aggregate win in the South American-Asian playoff.


Armstrong settles lawsuit

A day before he was scheduled to give sworn testimony about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong reached a settlement with an insurance company that was seeking $3 million in performance bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001. Terms were not disclosed.


Lawsuit still on track

The lead attorney for former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon said his client will continue to pursue his suit against the NCAA over payments to athletes, despite a ruling earlier this month that blocked an effort to expand it to a larger group of former athletes.

Michael Hausfeld said O’Bannon’s suit — tentatively set for a trial in June — would go forward both for damages to O’Bannon and to force colleges to give current players a cut of the billions of dollars earned from television contracts and ticket sales from major revenue sports.

High schools

Coaches step down

A botched attempt to fire up a Tennessee team has forced out the head coach and his three assistants — two of whom are accused of vandalizing their own field house, and the third, whom authorities said broke into a rival school to steal the opponent’s playbook.

On Nov. 1, administrators arrived to see the Marion County field house defaced before its District 2-A championship game against South Pittsburg, which ended up winning, 35-17. Officials said vulgarities were painted on side doors and the backside of the field house in South Pittsburg’s colors, orange and black. Officials estimated the damage totaled several thousand dollars.


Oscar Pistorius was served with new indictment papers containing two extra charges believed to allege that he recklessly shot his gun out the open sunroof of a car last year and fired someone else’s handgun at a restaurant weeks before he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Frank Lauterbur, who coached Toledo to two undefeated seasons in football before leaving to take over at Iowa for three seasons in the early 1970s, has died in Toledo. He was 88.

Royal Delta, who twice won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and was a double Eclipse Award champion, was retired.

• Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser is expected to be out for at least three to four weeks with a separated left shoulder. The team doesn’t expect him to need surgery.

• Forwards Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Mike Magee of the Chicago Fire and Marco DiVaio of the Montreal Impact are the finalists for MLS MVP.

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