Lindsey Vonn plans to race 3 or 4 times at World Championships

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Lindsey Vonn plans to enter at least three of a possible five individual races at the World Championships in two weeks — the downhill, super-G, giant slalom and possibly the super combined.

Vonn, 30, has won four times in eight races since December, her first competitions in nearly one year following a second major right knee surgery that forced her to miss the Sochi Olympics.

She appears a gold-medal favorite in the downhill and potentially the super-G, depending on how this weekend’s downhill and super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, turn out.

The World Championships are in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo., from Feb. 2-15 with record coverage on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Live Extra and Universal Sports.

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Vonn hasn’t raced anything other than downhill and super-G since Jan. 26, 2013 — no giant slalom, no slalom, no super combined.

She does expect to race giant slalom at Worlds, on top of downhill and super-G. If she does, she will almost surely be racing against a field that includes Mikaela Shiffrin for the first time since before Vonn’s crash at the February 2013 World Championships. Shiffrin is ranked third in the World Cup giant slalom standings.

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, was second in the World Cup giant slalom standings in 2012 and third in the slalom in 2009. She recently cast doubt she would ever race slalom again, a discipline in which she has not made a World Cup podium since 2009.

Vonn won a World Cup super combined every season from 2008 through 2012, and she hopes to race it at Worlds. Super combined is a mix of one downhill run and one slalom run.

She said the Worlds super combined is “a little bit up in the air” because she hasn’t skied slalom in 2 1/2 years.

Vonn said she is unlikely to race in the World Championships team event.

In 2013, Vonn raced once at the World Championships, crashing in the super-G and requiring the first of her two major knee surgeries.

In 2011, Vonn raced twice at the World Championships, winning downhill silver and placing seventh in the super-G before ending her competition due to symptoms from a pre-Worlds concussion.

In 2010, Vonn raced all five events at the Olympics, winning downhill gold and super-G bronze. She did not finish in the giant slalom, slalom and super combined.

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Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

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Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final