Lindsey Vonn’s next goal: World Cup overall title

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Lindsey Vonn‘s finished at the World Alpine Skiing Championships, and with the Olympics still three years away, she has another goal to motivate her.

Winning a fifth World Cup overall title.

“My super-G and downhill’s in good form,” Vonn said on Universal Sports after finishing 14th in the giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Thursday. “Now I’ve got to get my [giant slalom] back on track, and I’ll be competitive again for the overall title. That’s the goal.”

Vonn, 30, last captured the World Cup overall three years ago. The overall title goes to the skier who compiles the most points based off finishes across all disciplines — downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined.

It’s been 20 years since a woman 30 and over won the World Cup overall, but that will almost surely change this year with Tina Maze, 31, poised to take her second crown in three years.

If Vonn can win a fifth overall title next season, she would move within one of the record six titles taken by retired Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Proell. Just last month, Vonn broke Moser-Proell’s record for women’s World Cup victories. Vonn is at 64 and counting.

Vonn hasn’t raced in the slalom in more than two years, but she could definitely contend for the overall title without it. Maze is currently the only woman skiing all five disciplines at a strong level, and she may retire after this season.

Last year’s World Cup overall winner, Austrian Anna Fenninger, has not raced slalom since 2011.

Vonn had hoped to perform better at the World Championships. She ended up with one medal, bronze in the super-G, after winning five of 10 World Cup races (all downhill and super-G) in her comeback from two major knee surgeries that forced her to miss the Sochi Olympics.

She was in tears after straddling a gate in the super combined slalom Monday, though she did not have a good chance to win a medal in that event. In her next race, she was 27th in the first giant slalom run Thursday morning.

But she stormed back with the fifth best time in her second run, improving to 14th place. It’s the first time Vonn finished a giant slalom at an Olympics or World Championships.

“I may not have gotten as many medals as everyone expected or wanted me to get, but in the end I skied my best every day,” Vonn said on Universal Sports.

Vonn is expected to finish the World Cup season over the next two months. She’s the standings leader in the downhill and super-G and third in the overall, though far behind Maze.

It’s a remarkable place for Vonn to be in, given she did not have a full offseason of on-snow training as other women had the opportunity to take. She also had not competed on a healthy knee in nearly two years.

Vonn complained of soreness in her surgically repaired right knee during the World Championships.

“My knee is sore, but it’s in one piece,” she said on Universal Sports. “I’m healthy.”

Who knows, maybe boyfriend Tiger Woods can help Vonn toward her next goal. Vonn said he’s been watching not only her competition, but also men’s races to learn the sport.

“I wouldn’t really say he’s offering anything; he’s not a ski tech,” she said on Universal Sports. “He doesn’t know a lot about it, but he’s really trying hard to learn. … The tactics, the ski stuff, all of the nitty-gritty stuff that we know that most people don’t.”

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail, fails to finish world championships time trial

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail and failed to finish the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title in Imola, Italy.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, her legs appearing bloodied, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital.

“All we know is that she is conscious and talking,” according to USA Cycling, about 25 minutes after the crash. “More updates to come.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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