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Bad knee and all, Vonn wins super-G

Skiing through pain is nothing new for Lindsey Vonn. She is also winning some of her toughest races while injured.

Fortified by a few painkillers, she captured a super-G Sunday in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy despite a strained left knee. She hurt herself the day before on a strenuous and spectacular recovery in a downhill.

"It's really swollen and it's pretty solid pain," Vonn said. "But that's part of the job. It's definitely not the worst injury I've had by a long shot. It's definitely something I can deal with."

Vonn finished in 1 minute, 22.64 seconds on a clear day, beating overall World Cup rival Maria Riesch of Germany by a 0.05 seconds. Swiss teenager Lara Gut finished third, 0.88 back. It was the second victory in three days for Vonn, who won a super-G Friday on the Olympia delle Tofane course.

Julia Mancuso, Vonn's American teammate, finished fourth in her new Hawaiian racing suit that she designed. Swedish standout Anja Paerson was fifth.

In Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jean-Baptiste Grange of France won a men's World Cup slalom, while overall leader Ivica Kostelic of Croatia placed second to take the combined event for his sixth title this month. Bode Miller of the United States skied out in the first run, wasting a good chance to win the combined after placing second in Saturday's downhill.


Royals lock up Butler for four years

The Kansas City Royals and first baseman Billy Butler agreed to a $30 million, four-year contract Saturday, avoiding arbitration.

Butler was the Royals' player of the year the past two seasons and was the team's only remaining arbitration-eligible player. The agreement includes a club option for the 2015 season.

Butler gets a $2 million signing bonus, a $3 million salary this year and $8 million in each of the following three seasons. Kansas City has a $12.5 million option for 2015 with a $1 million buyout, and escalators could increase the 2015 option price to $14.5 million.

Butler set career highs with a .318 average, 189 hits, 69 walks and a .388 on-base percentage last year. In four major league seasons, he has a .299 average with 55 homers and 278 RBIs.


U.S. women's soccer edges Canada

The United States beat Canada, 2-1, at the Four Nations tournament in Beijing, a warmup for this summer's Women's World Cup in Germany.

In the other game, China defeated Sweden 2-1. All four teams in the tournament have a win and a loss.

The top-ranked Americans won on a long shot by Lindsey Tarpley in the 70th minute. Lauren Cheney of the U.S. opened the scoring in the 54th minute.

Canada tied it two minutes later on a hard shot by Melissa Tancredi after a solo run. The Americans ended Canada's 11-game unbeaten streak, a team record.

"You have to look at two things from the game," U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. "Attitude over 90 minutes, which we emphasized after the Sweden game, and I think we brought that to this game, but also smartness."

Sundhage tinkered with her lineup, changing seven players from the starting lineup that was beaten by Sweden on Friday.

From News and wire service reports.

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