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>Vonn just misses Cup

Lindsey Vonn says she feels "devastated" losing her World Cup overall title without being able to run the final race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Vonn, the three-time defending champion, says she "just wanted the chance" to overhaul friend and rival Maria Riesch in the season-finale giant slalom.

The race was called off early Saturday because of poor snow conditions, giving Riesch her first title by a tiny three-point margin.

Vonn says the cancellation "doesn't just hurt me, it hurts the fans and the sport of ski racing as a whole."

She led going into Friday's slalom but scored too few points finishing 13th as Riesch placed fourth. Vonn says she's happy for Riesch as the German has had "an outstanding season."


>Thompson earns decision

Buffalo light heavyweight Lionell Thompson earned a unanimous four-round decision over journeyman William Gill on Saturday night at the Harrington Raceway Casino in Delaware.

Thompson (5-0, 3 KO's) controlled the fight and hurt Gill (9-27), who has been only KO'd thrice in his career, with a body shot late in the third round. Gill was saved by the bell, according to Thompson's manager Tim Ziccardi. Thompson faces Shannon Anderson (4-2) on April 22 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds.


>Nadal, Djokovic make final

Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, to stay undefeated this season and reach the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells, Cal., while knocking the Swiss star from the No. 2 spot in the world.

Djokovic and Federer will switch spots when the latest rankings are released on Monday, with the Serbian moving up to No. 2 and Federer slipping to third.

Djokovic will play top-ranked Rafael Nadal in today's final (2 p.m., Ch. 7). Nadal rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the first set to beat Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-4, ending a three-match losing streak to him.

Nadal improved to 31-4 all-time at Indian Wells, where he won titles in 2007 and '09.

On the women's side, top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki plays Marion Bartoli in today's final.



* Vitali Klitschko knocked out Odlanier Solis in the first round to retain his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday in Cologne, Germany. Klitschko connected with a right to Solis' head that dropped the Cuban, who appeared to suffer a knee injury. Solis got to his feet slowly but was too wobbly to continue.

* The Factor took the lead at the start, poured on the speed in the stretch and easily won the $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The Factor returned $4.80, $4 and $3.20.

From News and wire service reports.