SCHLADMING, Austria – All it took was a moment. Lindsey Vonn landed hard and tumbled face first with a piercing shriek.
Just like that, her season was done. The star American skier was on the ground with two ligaments in her right knee torn, a bone in her lower leg broken.
The cascading fall down the slope during the super-G at the world championships Tuesday knocked out the four-time World Cup champion for the rest of the season, the latest and most serious in a string of injuries for Vonn at skiing’s biggest events.
The U.S. team said in a statement it expects her back for the next World Cup season and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
To see a KDVR-TV video from Lindsey Vonn’s crash, go to www.journalgazette.net/sports and click this story.
Rahal Letterman signs 2nd driver
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing said it has signed James Jakes and will pair him with Graham Rahal in a two-driver IndyCar team this season.
New Gen-6 car gains early praise
Carl Edwards and several other Sprint Cup stars gave the new, faster Gen-6 race car a thumbs-up after a Goodyear tire test at Darlington Raceway. Edwards said the digital speedometer on his Ford Fusion hit 193 mph.
Around the leagues
Major League Baseball officials have asked the Miami New Times for records the alternative newspaper obtained for a story on alleged use of banned substances by New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players. … Chris Carpenter is unlikely to pitch for St. Louis this season and his career may be over because of a nerve injury that kept him out most of last year.
Charity event gets over 125 teams
The 13th annual Kids Helping Kids Charity Basketball Invitational to support the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House runs Friday through Sunday at Spiece Fieldhouse. It will include more than 125 teams – grades 3 through 8, boys and girls, plus high school and league teams.
No. 3 Cougars play at No. 1 Wesleyan
Saint Francis’ women’s basketball team, now ranked No. 3 in NAIA Div. II, plays tonight at No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan in Marion at 7 p.m. The Cougars (24-2) are the only team to beat the Wildcats (25-1) this season. Indiana Wesleyan is 11-0 at home. USF is 15-2 on the road. The Cougars won 62-55 on Jan. 16.
Coaches honor 2 area players
Two area basketball players were named IBCA Players of the Week – Tippecanoe Valley’s Tanner Andrews and Canterbury’s Kindell Fincher. Andrews had 51 points and 31 rebounds in a 146-56 win over Wabash last week and averaged 38.0 points in two games. Fincher had 22 points and 21 rebounds in a 74-61 win over Carmel.
Luers DB Jemison to sign with Purdue
Bishop Luers senior defensive back TyVel Jemison confirmed by text message that he will sign a letter of intent today to play for Purdue. Jemison committed to the Boilers in December.
2 more caddies get scholarships
Two additional area caddies received the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. They were Bishop Dwenger’s Cody Rice (Sycamore Hills) and Norwell’s Tyler Ohlwine (Orchard Ridge).
Irish player accused of hitting woman
Notre Dame hockey player Jared Beers of Mishawaka has been charged with battery, criminal trespass and resisting law enforcement. He is accused of punching a female manager at a restaurant near campus.
Mancuso captures bronze at worlds
American Julia Mancuso won her eighth medal at a major competition by taking the bronze in the super-G, the opening race of the world championships.
Nadal gets win in return from injury
After being away more than seven months with a knee injury, Rafael 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 in Vina del Mar, Chile.