Vonn will return to training Thursday

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Lindsey Vonn is set to make her return at World Cup downhill training in Austria on Thursday after an absence of more than three weeks because of an intestinal illness.

The four-time overall champion is among the 65 racers who appear on the start list for training that was released by governing body FIS late Wednesday.

Vonn is likely to start in both speed events this weekend, the downhill race Saturday and a super-G the following day.

U.S. women's head coach Alex Hoedlmoser said Vonn will race "if nothing extraordinary happens."

Vonn has missed six races during her 24-day break and trails overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 725 points with 19 races left.

"The overall World Cup title is currently not on her mind," Hoedlmoser said. "She's only thinking about coming back as strong as possible this weekend."

After this weekend, Vonn will still have more than three weeks to reach top form before the world championships in Schladming, Austria, start with the women's super-G on Feb. 4.

CYCLING

Armstrong met with USADA

Lance Armstrong recently met with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to explore a "pathway to redemption," according to a report Wednesday night on "60 Minutes Sports" dealing with the investigation that cost the cyclist his Tour de France titles.

USADA CEO Travis Tygart, in an interview that aired Wednesday night during the show's premiere on Showtime, didn't discuss the meeting on camera and provided no details, including when it was held and where. The only mention, with no elaboration, came at the end of the segment.

The New York Times reported last week that Armstrong and Tygart had been meeting about a possible confession. Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, denied the meetings had taken place.

BASEBALL

Rare baseball card to be auctioned

Six-figure bids are expected when an auction house sells a rare 148-year-old baseball card that was discovered at a yard sale in rural Maine, the auction house manager said Wednesday.

A man found the card by chance in a photo album he bought while antique picking in the small town of Baileyville on the Canadian border, said Troy Thibodeau of Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford.

It's not the same as a modern baseball card, which became commonplace beginning in the 1880s. Instead, it's an original photograph from 1865 of the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club mounted on a card. The card shows nine players gathered around their manager.

Thibodeau said he's aware of only two such cards in existence, the other at the Library of Congress. Putting a dollar-figure value on it is difficult, he said, but he expects it to fetch at least $100,000 at the Feb. 6 auction.

In other baseball news: The Pirates acquired righthanded pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from the Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder Quincy Latimore. The 24-year-old Gomez is 14-16 with a 5.18 ERA in 42 major league appearances, including 38 starts.

AROUND THE HORN

Volleyball: Nebraska is adding sand volleyball as a women's varsity sport beginning this spring. Sand volleyball has been an NCAA emerging sport for women since 2011, and 15 Division I schools sponsored teams last year.

Tennis: John Isner has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a knee injury, leaving No. 22 Sam Querrey as the highest-ranked U.S. man at the season's first Grand Slam tournament.

WNBA: Basketball Australia said Seattle forward Lauren Jackson is expected to make a full recovery from a right hamstring injury after undergoing surgery this week.

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