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Associated Press

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 3:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 6 at 3:35 AM

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — SKIING

Lindsey Vonn will miss the rest of the ski season after tearing knee ligaments and breaking a bone in her leg in a high-speed crash Tuesday at the world championships. The U.S. team expects her to return for the next World Cup season and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Vonn lost balance on her right leg while landing a jump in the super-G. She flipped in the air, landed on her back and smashed through a gate before coming to a halt.

The four-time overall World Cup winner and 2010 Olympic downhill champion received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being taken by helicopter to a hospital in Schladming.

The 28-year-old star tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, U.S. team medical director Kyle Wilkens said in a statement. The broken bone in her lower leg was described as a "lateral tibial plateau fracture."

Tina Maze became the first Slovenian skier to win a world championship gold medal in a speed event, taking super-G ahead of Lara Gut of Switzerland and Julia Mancuso of the U.S.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said he used the person who ran the Florida clinic being investigated by Major League Baseball only as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year.

"I have nothing to hide," Braun said in a statement his representatives released to The Associated Press.

Earlier in the day, Yahoo Sports reported the 2011 NL MVP's name showed up three times in records of the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic. Yahoo said no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to his name.

The Miami New Times recently released clinic documents that purportedly linked Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera and other players to purchases of banned drugs from the now-closed anti-aging center.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Carpenter is unlikely to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals this season and his career may be over because of a nerve injury that kept him out most of last year.

Carpenter has renewed numbness and some bruising in his right shoulder and hand after throwing off a mound prior to spring training, general manager John Mozeliak said. He will get an additional medical evaluation and isn't officially retiring, but Mozeliak said the Cardinals are moving on without him.

PRO FOOTBALL

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore celebrated with its Super Bowl champion Ravens, with thousands of fans in purple lining the streets and packing the team's stadium for a celebration.

Fans filled the square in front of City Hall and cheered when the team arrived and when players held the silver Lombardi trophy aloft. The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management estimated that 200,000 people took part in the celebration in Charm City, including at City Hall, along the parade route and at the stadium.

Coach John Harbaugh thanked the fans for their support, and safety Ed Reed sang the melody of Eddie Money's "Two Tickets to Paradise." Retiring middle linebacker Ray Lewis, the only current player to have started with the team when it came to the city from Cleveland in 1996, told fans the team had fulfilled a promise to go to New Orleans and win.

"The city of Baltimore — I love you for ever and ever and ever and ever," Lewis told fans in front of City Hall.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Concerned the Superdome might not be able to handle the energy needed for its first Super Bowl since Hurricane Katrina, officials spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on upgrades to decayed utility lines, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The improvements apparently weren't enough, however, to prevent a 34-minute power outage during the third quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Two days later, officials still had not pinpointed the cause of the outage. The Superdome's management company, SMG, and the utility that supplies the stadium, Entergy New Orleans, announced that they would hire outside experts to investigate.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl was streamed online by 3 million people, an increase from the 2.1 million who watched the big game online last year, according to CBS.

Sunday's game was streamed for free by both CBSSports.com and NFL.com, as well as via Verizon on mobile. The 3 million unique viewers showed that while the televised broadcast is still more desirable to most viewers, increasing numbers are following the Super Bowl online.

The game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers was seen on TV by an average of 108.7 million people, down from the last two years but still ranking as the third most-watched show in U.S. TV history after the last two Super Bowls.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions released two veteran starters, cutting defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal customs officials say bogus Super Bowl jerseys are among $3.4 million in counterfeit goods that were seized from shipping hubs at two Ohio airports.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the jerseys and other items were seized over the past nine days at the DHL hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the UPS hub at Louisville International Airport.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Texas prosecutor who brokered a 10-year probationary sentence for former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf said he is working on a plea deal that would allow the Montana native to serve his sentence in his home state.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren said he'll seek a seven-year sentence against Leaf for violating terms of his probation when he was arrested for drug possession in Montana last year. A Texas judge would have to approve the deal.

SOCCER

SINGAPORE (AP) — Revelations that a Singapore-based crime syndicate has been involved in fixing soccer matches around the world has put extra pressure on authorities in the Southeast Asian city-state to take action against the alleged ringleader.

The Singaporean businessman known as Dan Tan was placed on Italy's wanted list and has been implicated in various investigations into soccer corruption, including Monday's revelations in The Hague by the European police agency Europol. He has avoided arrest in his homeland.

The Singapore Police Force said over the weekend it was assisting the Italian authorities through Interpol and has given information requested by the National Central Bureau in Rome, but had not charged Tan.

The 18-month review by Europol uncovered 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America. The contests included World Cup qualifiers and Champions League matches.

PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — Forward Metta World Peace was suspended for one game because he hit Detroit's Brandon Knight in the face, and the Los Angeles Lakers were again without Dwight Howard when they faced the Brooklyn Nets.

World Peace grabbed Knight around the neck and struck him in the jaw with the knuckles of his mostly open hand on Sunday with 1:43 left in the first half of the Lakers' 98-97 win over the Pistons.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Johnthan Banks always appreciated that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen offered an opportunity to a scrawny, 150-pound kid from a small town and a hard-to-find school. He certainly is making the most of it.

Banks was presented the Thorpe Award in Oklahoma City as college football's best defensive back. He finished last season with four interceptions, running his career total to 16 to tie the school record at Mississippi State.

TENNIS

VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — Rafael Nadal won his first match since being out more than seven months nursing a sore knee.

The former No. 1-ranked Nadal partnered with Juan Monaco to defeat the Czech pair of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3, 6-2 in the VTR clay-court tournament.

Nadal had not played since June 28 when he lost in the second round of Wimbledon by qualifier Lukas Rosol. The problem with his knee has lingered despite on-going therapy.

WINTER SPORTS

Two-time Olympic medal-winning short-track speedskater Katherine Reutter announced her retirement, citing the toll training was taking on her oft-injured body.

The 24-year-old speedskater based in Salt Lake City had been aiming for a berth on the U.S. team for the Sochi Olympics a year from now. She won a silver medal in the 1,000 meters and a bronze in team relay at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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