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Sunday, December 9, 2012 - Page updated at 06:30 p.m.

Alex Morgan joins exclusive club


Soccer

American Morgan

joins elite 20/20 club

Alex Morgan became the second player in U.S. women's national-team history with at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same year, and the Americans scored twice in the second half to beat China 2-0 Saturday in Detroit.

Morgan, who played for the Sounders Women this year, set up Sydney Leroux's goal in the 84th minute after Carli Lloyd had given the U.S. team the lead in the 50th.

Morgan, 23, has 28 goals and 20 assists for the national team in 2012. Mia Hamm finished with 20 and 20 in 1998.

"I just realized the other day that Mia was the only one with 20-20, so this is really awesome," Morgan said. "It's really great to be in that exclusive club with Mia, someone that I looked up to for many years."

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland, posted her 66th career shutout. She made four saves and was voted woman of the match.

Attendance at Ford Field was 17,371.

The Americans are 26-1-3 this year and unbeaten in their last 21 matches.

Skiing

Super-G winner Vonn

denies allegations

Lindsey Vonn's rivalry with World Cup leader Tina Maze heated up and threatened to boil over when the Slovenian's coaches accused the American defending champion of hurling an insulting expletive after winning a super-giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Vonn, who is from Vail, Colo., said she was shocked to find herself in a fight she hadn't intended and didn't want.

In venting her emotions on crossing the finish line, and realizing she had taken the lead from main challenger Maze, Vonn acknowledged she used a curse word as an expression of relief.

The Slovenian team alleged Vonn deliberately aimed an insult and filed an official protest for "unsportsmanlike behavior."

"They think I said something very bad about her when I came to the finish and that is absolutely not true," a stunned Vonn said minutes after being told of the allegation.

"It definitely hurts. I would never say anything bad about another athlete at the finish."

World Cup officials rejected the Slovenia protest.

Meanwhile, Alexis Pinturault of France won a World Cup men's slalom in Val d'Isere, France.

Elsewhere

Lady of Fifty, co-owned by George Todaro of Seattle and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, won the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

Class Included, a 4-year-old filly voted the 2012 horse of the meeting at Emerald Downs in Auburn, finished seventh at 7-2 odds in the field of eight.

Lady of Fifty, a 3-year-old filly ridden by Martin Garcia, ran 1-1/16 miles on the synthetic track in 1 minute, 44.36 seconds. She beat runner-up Open Water by 3 ¼<133>lengths and paid $8.80 to win in the $200,000 race.

Later on the card, Pure Fun ($14.40 to win) took the Grade I Hollywood Starlet, beating Blonde Fog by a length in the $500,000 race for 2-year-old fillies.

Blonde Fog is owned by Redmond resident Mark Dedomenico and former Mount Vernon resident Mike Pegram.

• Japanese figure skaters Mao Asada and Daisuke Takahashi won titles at the Grand Prix Final in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

American Ashley Wagner fell twice in her free skate, injuring a hip, and was a distant second to Asada.

Countryman Yuzuru Hanyu was runner-up to Takahashi.

Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the ice-dancing gold.

• Union chief Donald Fehr is sticking to his story a deal with the NHL to end the 84-day lockout was close before talks suddenly broke off last week.

The NHL Players' Association executive director repeated earlier remarks that an agreement appeared to be within reach Thursday night when the league rejected the union's latest proposal and rescinded its own.

Fehr's comments run contrary to those of league commissioner Gary Bettman, who said angrily Thursday he didn't think the owners and players were close to a deal and didn't know why Fehr claimed otherwise.

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