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Originally published Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM

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U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn earns 4th World Cup downhill title in a row

American Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup downhill title for the fourth year in a row.

Skiing

Vonn earns her 11th World Cup championship: Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., took the World Cup downhill title for the fourth consecutive year Saturday, finishing second to Sweden's Anja Paerson in Tarvisio, Italy.

A day earlier, Vonn clinched her second consecutive World Cup super-combined title. She has 11 Cup championships in her career, with another possibly on the way in Sunday's super-giant slalom.

Vonn's runner-up finish gave her an insurmountable 143-point lead in the downhill standings over German rival Maria Riesch, who finished sixth but remains the overall World Cup points leader.

Janka wins 10 days after surgery to correct irregular heartbeat: Olympic champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland won a men's World Cup giant-slalom race, 10 days after having surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.

The defending overall champion was second after the opening leg and finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 27.05 seconds in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Ted Ligety of Park City, Utah, was third.

Speedskating

Davis extends championship streak: Shani Davis of Chicago won a 1,500-meter World Cup race in Heerenveen, Netherlands, to guarantee a record fourth straight season title at his favorite distance. His time was 1 minute, 45.92 seconds.

Tennis

Bryans take doubles match in straight sets: The United States is one victory from a showdown with Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in July. Twins Bob and Mike Bryan put the Americans ahead of host Chile 2-1 in the best-of-five first round by beating the doubles team of Jorge Aguilar and Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in Santiago.

Spain eliminated Belgium 3-0.

Boxing

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Klitschko withdraws from bout against Chisora: World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine has withdrawn from the April 30 defense of his IBF and WBO titles against Britain's Derek Chisora after failing to recover from a torn abdominal muscle.

Alvarez wins title: Saul Alvarez of Mexico won a unanimous decision over England's Matthew Hatton — ex-world champion Ricky Hatton's brother — to capture the vacant WBC 154-pound belt before a crowd of 11,674 in Anaheim, Calif.

Track and field

Former coach Carnes dies: Jimmy Carnes, former U.S. Olympic coach, died after a 3 ½-year battle with prostate cancer, said his wife, Nanette. He was 76.

Swimming

Phelps is on a roll: Michael Phelps, a winner of 14 Olympic gold medals, won his five events at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, including a victory over fellow American Ryan Lochte in Saturday's 200-meter individual medley.

College football

Two Iowa State players are suspended from team: Defensive end Jacob Lattimer, 22, and tight end Ricky Howard, 20, have been suspended from the Iowa State program after being arrested.

The suspensions are indefinite, athletic-department spokesman Tom Kroeschell said.

Lattimer faces charges of assault on a peace officer and interference with official acts and Howard is suspected of operating while intoxicated.

Motorcycles

Villopoto triumphs: Series leader Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo raced to his second consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross victory and fourth of the season when he won at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Gymnastics

Americans sweep: Jonathan Horton of Houston won his third American Cup and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich., won her second to give the United States a sweep in the international invitational competition in Jacksonville, Fla.

Horton previously won in 2006 and 2007. Wieber won in 2009.

Soccer

FIFA bans neck warmers: Carlos Tevez, Sami Nasri and others might be feeling the chill after the sport's ruling body banned players from wearing neck warmers.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said so-called "snoods" are "dangerous — it can be like to hang somebody."

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