Vonn's flop leaves Maze alone at top; cursing controversy abates

  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 6:36 AM

Lindsey Vonn nearly crashed out and settled for 27th place Sunday in a World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Tina Maze of Slovenia won the race, extending her lead in the overall standings.

Vonn, the defending women's overall champion from Burnsville, hit trouble midway down her second run after her skis appeared to touch. She completed the race nearly six seconds slower than Maze but scored four valuable World Cup points.

"That's why I kept fighting to the end," said Vonn, who lost the overall title by three points in 2011.

Vonn said she was still struggling for full fitness after falling ill last month.

"I was just dead," she said. "Two-run races are really hard for me right now."

Maze and Vonn have combined to win eight of the 10 races this season. Their rivalry was stoked Saturday when Maze's coaches wrongly alleged that Vonn directed an expletive at Maze when she completed her victorious run in the super-G. Maze said the dispute was now settled.

"I felt bad because I was wrong," Maze said. "I said to Lindsey I am glad she didn't say the things I thought she said. I have respect for her, and she has respect for me."

Men's overall champ wins

• Defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria protected his first-run lead to comfortably win a giant slalom race in Val D'Isere, France. It was his first victory of the season.

NHL

Daly says talks possible this week

NHL labor talks could be back on as early as this week after negotiations fell apart days ago.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said he has been in contact with the players' association and the sides are working on returning to the bargaining table. "Trying to set up something for this week, but nothing finalized yet," he said in an e-mail.

SOCCER

Messi sets one-year scoring mark

Lionel Messi broke German great Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old record for most goals in a year by scoring for the 86th time in 2012 on Sunday.

The Argentinian forward struck twice for host Barcelona against Real Betis.

Messi, 25, has scored 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 times for Argentina this year, and he has three more games in which he can add to his tally before the end of the year. Mueller scored 85 for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972.

MEDIA

NBC Sports, Yahoo join forces

NBC Sports and Yahoo are taking on the crowded sports media landscape with a partnership that fills in gaps for both companies.

An agreement announced Sunday joins the two as they vie with ESPN and other outlets for multimedia sports supremacy. Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Group will maintain separate websites and newsrooms but will work together on news and event coverage online and on the air.

NBC brings video and big-name broadcasters, and Yahoo adds college coverage and fantasy games.

"It's just a natural fit," said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager for digital media with NBC Sports Group.

AROUND THE HORN

Golf: Peter Senior won the Australian Open by one stroke, overcoming gale-force winds that caused a three-hour suspension. Senior shot even-par 72 Sunday. ... Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair birdied five of the last six holes to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla.

Figure skating: Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea won the NRW Trophy in Dortmund, Germany, with the season's best total score. She finished with 201.61 points.

College soccer: Nikita Kotlov scored midway through the second half to give Indiana a 1-0 victory over Georgetown in the NCAA men's championship in Hoover, Ala. It is the eighth championship for the Hoosiers (16-5-3).

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