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Barnes leads entering final

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, earned the top seed for today's live televised finals (ESPN, 12:30 p.m.) of the United States Bowling Congress Masters in Henderson, Nev., on Friday.

Barnes went 6-0 in the double-elimination match-play bracket at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center and is now one more victory away from claiming his first career Masters title and completing the career grand slam of the sport's four major tournaments.

Barnes earned the top seed by virtue of an 806-743 victory over Mike Fagan of Dallas. Fagan, who was previously unbeaten, is the No. 2 seed for the finals. Rounding out the telecast is No. 3 seed Dan MacLelland of Canada and No. 4 seed Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore.

"Things definitely fell my way today," said Barnes, who finished as the runner-up to Walter Ray Williams Jr. at 2004 and 2010 Masters. "This is where I wanted to be at the start of the week. After having Walter Ray fire a 268 and a 290 at me when I was the top seed previously, I feel like this time it's my turn. I'm a big believer that everything evens out, and I'm a long way from being even."

Previously, Barnes has won the PBA Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and the PBA National/World Championship.


Vonn is too good again

Lindsey Vonn stormed to a commanding World Cup downhill victory Saturday to follow up a super-combined win in St. Moritz the previous day and extend her comfortable lead in the overall standings.

The 27-year-old American outclassed the field and was almost 1.5 seconds up on second-placed Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany for her eighth World Cup win of the season and the 49th of her career.

Meanwhile, Didier Cuche won his second consecutive World Cup downhill race on a shortened Kandahar course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The Swiss veteran, who is retiring at the end of the season, was coming off his record fifth win in Kitzbuehel, Austria.


Quick exit at Daytona

SunTrust Racing, the runner-up in last year's Grand-Am championship, was knocked out of the Rolex 24 at Daytona Beach, Fla., less than an hour into the twice-around-the-clock event.

Max Angelelli took the No. 10 Chevrolet to the garage with an engine issue 25 minutes into the race. The team sent the car back out after about five minutes, but Angelelli was back in the garage for good moments later during the 50th running of the prestigious sports car event.

From News Staff and wire service reports