Lindsey Vonn isn't quite done yet. The most successful female skier in World Cup history said Wednesday that she remains "hopeful" she can fix her ailing knees and race again. She just doesn't know when — or if — that will be possible.
"I'm taking things day by day and we will see what happens," Vonn wrote on Instagram. "I know that I might not get the ending to my career that I had hoped for, but if there is a chance, I will take it."
The announcement came three days after Vonn hinted at immediate retirement after failing to finish a super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, citing severe pain in both knees.
Vonn said the reason she had "so much pain and muscle shut down in Cortina was due to an impact injury to my peroneal nerve."
"This most likely came from the final jump on the first training run in Cortina, but it's hard to know for sure," Vonn added. "After that training run, the pain got progressively worse each day and by Sunday my lower leg was in a lot of pain and my muscles had completely shut down."
Vonn, who hadn't raced all season because of a left knee injury, finished no better than ninth in three races in Cortina .
"Now that we know the problem the next issue is fixing it," Vonn said. "So far we haven't found a solution and as a result I will not be able to compete in tomorrow's downhill training run."
Downhill training in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, followed downhill and super-G races this weekend. Vonn needs to start at least one training run to race the downhill, per International Ski Federation rules. She can enter the super-G without any training runs.
Woods makes debut
Four months after winning the season-ending PGA Tour Championship, Tiger Woods will make his 2019 debut Thursday at a place he's made a personal playground.
Woods will play this weekend's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, the San Diego public course where he's won seven times on tour and the 2008 U.S. Open — the last of his 14 majors.
Woods brings a big buzz to a tournament that already has a lot going for it — good weather, gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, the first network coverage of the year (CBS) and the open week before the Super Bowl.
Phil Mickelson is skipping his hometown event for the first time in 28 years, though there is no shortage of star power with Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth playing the event for the first time in four years, Xander Schauffele, Masters champion Patrick Reed and Justin Rose, who remains No. 1 in the world.
Ichiro a Mariner again
Ichiro Suzuki is returning to the Mariners as player for 2019 spring training and the team's trip to Japan.
Ichiro, 45, will sign a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
Ichiro played in 15 games last season, hitting .205 with a .460 on-base plus slugging percentage.
... Lefthander Drew Pomeranz agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Giants, a deal that includes $3.5 million in possible roster and performance bonuses. Pomeranz pitched the past three years with Boston. He won a career-high 17 games for the Red Sox in 2017. But he went 2-6 with a 6.08 ERA last season.
AROUND THE HORN
WNBA: Brooklyn Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai bought the New York Liberty, allowing the club to keep its NBA ties.
Soccer: Neymar limped off because of a right foot injury after one hour of Paris Saint-Germain's 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg on Wednesday. Television images showed Neymar rolling off his sock and pointing to the side of his right foot, which almost exactly a year ago he fractured and required surgery. The extent of the new injury is unknown.
Sox purchase Saint
The Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of catcher Justin O'Conner from the St. Paul Saints. O'Conner, 26, was the American Association's Defensive Player of the Year in 2018. O'Conner was a first-round draft pick (31st overall) by the Rays in 2010.
• Junior Patti Marshall of the Gophers was named the WCHA's defenseman of the week. She had two assists as No. 2 Minnesota split with top-ranked Wisconsin. She had a plus-4 rating in the series and helped the Gophers successfully kill six of seven penalties.
• Gophers sophomore Lexy Ramler was picked the co-gymnast of the week in the Big Ten after winning the all-around and every event except uneven bars in a dual meet with Iowa. Her all-around score was 39.45.
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