Attacking an artificially lit course where no other competitor dared, Lindsay Vonn won a World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden, on Saturday for her fourth consecutive victory.
While she specializes in the speed events of downhill and super-G, Vonn has now won four giant slaloms in her career — with two of them coming in Are.
"When I was a kid [in Minnesota] I always trained under the lights after school. So I really like racing under the lights. It's really fun."
Charging down a shortened course due to strong winds in the opening run, Vonn held on to her lead in the second run amid snowfall and clocked a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 4.70 seconds.
Meanwhile, Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin is going home to the United States for medical care after injuring her right knee during warmups.
"I am flying home tomorrow for a complete evaluation. I have at least MCL injury and bone bruising, hopefully no additional injury. Full diagnosis and recovery predictions after I'll see a doctor at home," Shiffrin wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
Proud dad: Former NFL star Ray Lewis, whose son Rayshad helped Bishop Moore wins its first Florida state high school football championship in nearly 50 years Friday.
A bit antsy: New UFC champion Holly Holm, who would rather get back in the cage against someone else than wait out Ronda Rousey's lengthy recovery from their first fight.
King of the hill: Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who earned a record fifth victory in Val d'Isere, France, with a dominating performance in a World Cup giant slalom.
Grevers sets world record in backstroke
It was one nice day for the U.S. swimming team.
Matt Grevers finally broke the world record he so desperately wanted — the 100-meter backstroke — amd Missy Franklin set an American record in the 200 freestyle, helping the U.S. pull away from the European All-Stars for a 155-107 victory at the Duel in the Pool in Indianapolis.
While making two Olympic teams and winning four gold medals, the 30-year-old Grevers spent years chasing a record set by American Nick Thoman in 2009. So when Grevers looked up and saw his time of 48.92, just ahead of Thoman's 48.94, he was thrilled.
Franklin broke Katie Hoff's record with a time of 1 minute, 52.74 seconds for her only win in the two-day meet.
Division II playoffs down to final two
Brady Bolles threw two touchdown passes, including a 64-yarder with 4:29 left, and Northwest Missouri State advanced to the Division II national championship game with a 38-23 win over West Georgia in Maryville, Mo.
In the other semifinal, backup quarterback Connor Jessop threw two touchdown passes and Shepherd survived two last-minute two-point conversion attempts to hold off Grand Valley State 34-32 in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
AROUND THE HORN
NFL: Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson and San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde were placed on season-ending injured reserve because of foot injuries.
Golf: Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker birdied the last two holes in best ball and won the Franklin Templeton Shootout by two shots in Naples, Fla. The Dufner-Snedeker team finished at 30-under 186 at Tiburon Golf Club.
Figure skating: Yuzuru Hanyu, the 21-year-old Japanese phenomenon, improved on two more of his own records to win his third consecutive Grand Prix Final title in brilliant fashion in Barcelona, Spain. Another of Hanyu's masterful free skates received a record 219.48 points, and a record total of 330.43 that shattered milestones he set last month at the NHK Trophy.
UFC: Conor McGregor stopped Jose Aldo with one spectacular punch just 13 seconds into the first round Saturday night, backing up his bravado and claiming the undisputed featherweight title at UFC 194. McGregor (19-2) finished the fight with an electrifying exchange shortly after the opening bell, cracking Aldo on the jaw with a huge left hand.
Freestyle skiing: Michael Kingsbury of Canada earned a record 29th career World Cup title when he won the season-opening dual moguls in Ruka, Finland.
5Times that Bernhard Langer has won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Champions player of the year (2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015) — a record. Langer won the Charles Schwab Cup season points title for the second straight year and record third time. He also took the money title for the record fourth straight year and record seventh time in eight years, finishing with $2,340,288.