Apologizing for a gaffe on social media, Lindsey Vonn had little to celebrate after clinching a record 20th World Cup crystal globe title and surpassing Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark on Saturday in La Thuile, Italy.
A day earlier, the Burnsville native posted a video of an angry outburst in which she destroyed her bindings with a hammer following a race where one ski detached.
After erasing the post from her Facebook page, Vonn spent the night drafting an apology with her Los Angeles-based agent and called Johan Eliasch, chairman of the Head group that supplies Vonn's equipment.
"I made a mistake and everyone does that. I am human. I had a lot of emotions yesterday and I should have just done boxing with my trainer," she said after bouncing back to finish second Saturday and wrap up the season-long downhill championship.
Nadia Fanchini of Italy won with a 0.14-second margin ahead of Vonn in a race shortened by strong winds. With only one more downhill this season, Vonn extended her lead to an insurmountable 173 points ahead of Canadian Larisa Yurkiw.
It's Vonn's record eighth downhill title — adding to four overall globes plus five in super-G and three in combined. Stenmark won 19 globes from 1975 to 1984.
Vonn also reclaimed the overall lead from rival Lara Gut, moving 43 points ahead.
Fixed up: Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid has had knee replacement surgery and will not attend the NFL's scouting combine in Indianapolis next week.
Champion: American Ashley Caldwell clinched her first overall title in the aerials skiing World Cup at the final round in Belarus, winning the event to ensure she finished ahead of Danielle Scott.
Record time: Matthew Centrowitz won the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games for the third time, winning the New York indoor meet's signature event in a meet-record 3:50.63.
Par save keeps Watson a stroke ahead
Bubba Watson saved par from near a concession stand right off the 18th green and shot a 4-under 67 to build a one-shot lead in the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.
Watson will be going for his second victory in three years at Riviera, except there is no shortage of stars trying to catch him. The 10 men within three shots of the lead include Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama.
Watson was at 12-under 201. Johnson, a runner-up each of the last two years at Riviera, had a 68 and was one shot behind along with Jason Kokrak (70) and Chez Reavie (69).
Spring Lake Park graduate Troy Merritt is also in the hunt at 9 under after a 70 on Saturday. Charlie Danielson, an amateur from Osceola, Wis., shot 73 and is 1 under for the tournament.
Kang in share of lead in Australia
Two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion Danielle Kang shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the third-round lead in the Women's Australian Open with South Korea's Jenny Shin and Haru Nomura. Top-ranked defending champion Lydia Ko and five-time winner Karrie Webb were a stroke back.
AROUND THE HORN
College football: Tennessee coach Butch Jones defended his program's culture in his first public comments since a group of women sued the school over its handling of sexual assault complaints made against student-athletes. Jones didn't take questions regarding the lawsuit but said, "People who understand what we're all about, they understand we have a good culture in place." His comments came three days after defensive lineman Alexis Johnson was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
Soccer: Luis Suarez and Neymar kept Barcelona on course to retain its Spanish league title with goals in another win, as host Barca beat Las Palmas 2-1 to extend its club record to 32 games without a loss. … Arsenal and Hull played to a scoreless draw in the FA Cup, forcing a replay. Arsenal, bidding for a third consecutive FA Cup, fielded a weakened team ahead of a Champions League last-16 match vs. Barcelona on Tuesday.
Swimming: Officials are preparing a Plan B in case the main venue for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics is not ready for a test event in April. Cornel Marculescu, the executive director of FINA, told the Associated Press, "There are still a lot of things to do," adding the April 15-20 event could be moved to the nearby diving venue, which also contains a 50-meter pool.
Diving: Murphy Bromberg and Jessica Parratto advanced to the individual 10-meter semifinals at the FINA Diving World Cup to secure a second quota spot for the U.S. in women's platform at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Boxing: Felix Sturm defeated previously unbeaten Fedor Chudinov by majority decision in their rematch to reclaim his WBA super middleweight title in Oberhausen, Germany. Sturm, 37, became the first German fighter to become a world titleholder for the fifth time. One judge scored it 114-114, while the other two scored it 115-113 in favor of Sturm.
55Times the United States and Canada women's soccer teams have played, with Canada winning only three times, the last coming in 2001. The U.S. faces Canada again on Sunday in Houston in the final of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. The teams secured the region's berths in the Rio Olympics on Friday.