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Vonn optimistic of comeback

by Vonn optimistic despite setback on December 22, 2013 1:10 AM

VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is confident that her latest knee trouble will not stop her from competing at the Sochi Games in February. Vonn missed a gate in Saturday’s World Cup downhill at Val d’Isere as her troublesome right knee buckled under her and gave way.

The American was distressed after skiing off course and looked close to tears. She didn’t fall but grimaced as she pulled up, clutching her knee.

Vonn needed surgery in February to reconstruct two knee ligaments after a crash at the world championships, and then partially re-tore one of them in November.

Vonn said she will give herself plenty of rest and only compete in “one maybe two races before the Olympics. That’s it.”

Jordan unveils new logos

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobcats owner Michael Jordan unveiled the brand identity the Charlotte Hornets will use after this season.

Jordan introduced the team’s primary new logo and word mark — as well as one of the eight alternatives — during a halftime ceremony at Saturday night’s game against the Utah Jazz, saying “You guys asked and we delivered.”

The primary logo features the purple and teal palette used by the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-2002 with a more aggressive-looking hornet with piercing eyes, a raised antennae, larger wings and pointed stinger. In the logo is a basketball that doubles as the hornet’s body with the Hornets word mark written across the insect.

The Bobcats officially become the Hornets the day after their final game this season.

US wins Duel in the Pool

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — In the tightest finish yet, the United States preserved its perfect Duel in the Pool record on Saturday by beating the European All-Stars in a tiebreaker race.

Both teams were locked on 131 points after 30 events over two days at the Tollcross Swimming Centre after the U.S fought back from 68-54 down on Friday.

In the extra final race — a 200-meter mixed medley relay — Simone Manuel anchored the U.S. to victory, finishing 0.2 seconds ahead of British swimmer Francesca Halsall.

Eugene Godsoe, Kevin Cordes and Claire Donahue joined Manuel to finish in a short-course world record time of 1 minute, 31.17 seconds. The Europeans were timed in 1:31.37.

The U.S. has won all six Duels in the Pool, facing Australia in the first three before taking on the Europeans.

Goepper secures Olympic spot

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — Nick Goepper wrapped up a spot on the U.S. Olympic team Saturday with his second-place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle skiing contest.

Goepper, who grew up skiing on a 300-foot mountain in Indiana, scored 89.2 — 3.6 shy of winner Andreas Haatveit of Norway. Haatveit also sewed up his ticket to Sochi.

Goepper won last week’s Olympic selection event, and as the top American in this event, he secured one of the three slopestyle spots.

On the women’s side, Dara Howell of Canada notched her first World Cup victory with a score of 87.6. She’ll be on Canada’s Olympic team.

The next three finishers were Americans: Darian Stevens, Grete Eliassen and Maggie Voisin.

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