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Lindsey Vonn nips Sofia Goggia for 80th World Cup win

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Winner Lindsey Vonn (center) celebrates on the podium with Cornelia Huetter (left, third), and Sofia Goggia (second) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, after their World Cup downhill.

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Lindsey Vonn edged Sofia Goggiain a downhill Saturday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, a race that serve as a teaser for the Pyeongchang Olympics. The 33-year-old American standout beat Goggia by .02 seconds for her 80th World Cup victory. ‘‘It’s a big number,’’ Vonn said of her 80 wins, just six short of the record set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in the 1980s. Vonn skied a solid run but didn’t seem to go to the limits as she trailed Italian rival Goggia by 0.08 at the last split time. However, Vonn overcame the deficit in the final section. ‘‘I definitely skied aggressively, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t leave all the cards on the table,’’ Vonn said. ‘‘I hold those extra aces for the Olympics.’’ It was Vonn’s second straight downhill win after Cortina, Italy, two weeks ago. She and Goggia are the only racers with more than one downhill victory this season. Cornelia Huetter of Austria was 0.13 behind in third, and Vonn’s teammate, Breezy Johnson, finished fourth for her career-best result. ‘‘Fourth is a nice number,’’ the speed specialist from Jackson, Wyo., told the Associated Press. ‘‘I tried to ski as good as I could and, yeah, I was a little surprised.’’ Earlier, Johnson and Vonn posted the fastest times in a mandatory training session two hours before the race, after training was canceled on the previous two days. Vonn’s joy was tempered, however, by a crash by teammate Jacqueline Wiles that put her out of the Olympics with a knee injury. Wiles lost balance after skiing off the course, fell, and went into the safety netting. Wiles had to be transported off the hill by helicopter. Another downhill on the Kandahar course is scheduled for Sunday, the last World Cup race before the Olympics, and Vonn was expecting another close duel with Goggia.

Watabe looks golden

Akito Watabe of Japan won his fourth straight Nordic combined World Cup event to enhance his position as a gold-medal contender at the Olympics. Watabe jumped 130.5 meters in Hakuba, Japan, and finished the 10-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 14.6 seconds, 1:12.6 ahead of Norway’s Jan Schmid. Germany’s Manuel Faisst was third. The 29-year-old Sochi silver medalist, who will represent Japan in his fourth straight Winter Olympics, extended his season wins to five — the most he has won in a single season on the World Cup circuit . . . Daniel Andre Tande of Norway defeated overall leader Richard Freitag to win his first ski jumping World Cup of the season in Willingen, Germany. Tande soared 148 meters with his first jump and 146.5 with his second for 261.3 points to edge Freitag by 0.8 points. The German had jumps of 149.5 and 141.5 meters . . . Julian Lueftner of Austria and Michela Moioli of Italy won snowboard cross races in Feldberg, Germany, in the penultimate World Cup before the Olympics. Lueftner claimed his first World Cup win by finishing ahead of Pierre Vaultier and Ken Vuagnoux of France and Canada’s Kevin Hill in the men’s big final.

Track

World record falls at Millrose

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The American quartet of Crishuna Williams, Raevyn Rogers, Charlene Lipsey, and Ajee Wilson set a world record in the 4-by-800-meter relay at the 111th Millrose Games in New York. Their time of 8:05.89 topped the mark of 8:06:50 set by the Russian team of Aleksandra Bulanova, Ekaterina Sharmina, Elena Kotulskaya, and Anna Balakshina on Feb. 18, 2011. Kendra Chambers, Lynsey Sharp, Ce'aira Brown, and Cecilia Barowski of the United States finished second, and the Jamaican team of Fellan Ferguson, Simoya Campbell, Kimarra McDonald, and Natoya Goule came in third. Lolo Jones finished seventh in the women’s 60-meter hurdles. She was clocked in 8.37 seconds, three weeks after she was passed over for a spot on the US bobsled team for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Jones had represented the United States in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics (100-meter hurdles) and 2014 Winter Olympics (bobsled). Vashti Cunningham, daughter of retired NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, tied a meet record of 1.96 meters in the women’s high jump.

Baseball

Giles gets $4 million raise in arbitration

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Astros closer Ken Giles and Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria won their salary arbitration cases, while Toronto closer Roberto Osuna lost his. The decisions Saturday left players with a 5-2 record this year. There are 18 players scheduled for hearings in the next two weeks. Giles got a raise from $555,100 to $4.6 million — $400,000 more than Houston’s offer. Giles went 34 for 38 on save chances last season and was 1-3 with a 2.30 ERA. He struggled as the Astros won their first championship, posting an 11.74 ERA in the postseason and 27.00 ERA in a pair of World Series appearances, when he allowed five runs in 1 innings. Hechavarria, who made $4.35 million last year, was awarded $5.9 million, instead of the $5.35 million offered by the Rays. He hit a combined .261 with eight homers and 30 RBIs last season, when he was traded from Miami to Tampa Bay in late June. Osuna, also eligible for arbitration for the first time, will make $5.3 million after asking for $5.8 million. He made $552,400 last year when he was 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 39 saves while also leading the majors with 10 blown saves.

Tennis

US eliminates Serbia in Davis Cup

The United States advanced to the Davis Cup quarterfinals after beating Serbia for the first time thanks to a four-set doubles win. The US team ran into Novak Djokovic in the previous losses, but without him Serbia was eliminated, 3-0, in Nis. Americans Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson beat the Serbia team of Nikola Milojevic and Miljan Zekic, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, to cap singles wins by Sam Querrey and John Isner. The Americans will have a home quarterfinal against Belgium or Hungary . . . Switzerland, without Roger Federer, lost in Astana, where host Kazakhstan won, 3-0, after a nearly 3½-hour doubles. Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov, playing their second Davis Cup doubles, defeated Marc-Andrea Huesler and Luca Margaroli, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, and await Croatia or Canada in April. The Swiss, since winning the title in 2014, have lost in the first round each year since.

Hockey

Oshie fined for cross-check

Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was been fined $5,000 for cross-checking Penguins defenseman Kris Letang in the neck. The scuffle along the boards occurred at 19:40 of the second period in the Penguins’ 7-4 win Friday night. Oshie was assessed a minor penalty . . . The Predators acquired forward Mark McNeill from the Stars for defenseman Andrew O'Brien. McNeill, 24, has played in two NHL games — one with Chicago in 2015-16 and one with Dallas in 2016-17. He has five goals, one assist, and 36 penalty minutes in 18 games with the AHL’s Texas Stars this season. He has played in 312 AHL games since the 2011-12 season. O'Brien, 25, has 3 points and 27 penalty minutes in 21 games for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals this season. He has appeared in 188 AHL regular-season games.

Boxing

Undefeated Gassiev unifies titles

Murat Gassiev of Russia knocked out Yunier Dorticos of Cuba with less than 20 seconds remaining in the final round to unify the IBF and WBA cruiserweight titles in Sochi, Russia. The victory in the Bolshoi Ice Dome qualifies Gassiev (26-0) for the World Boxing Superseries final against Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine in May. Usyk holds the WBO and WBC belts. It was Dorticos’s first professional loss; he’s 22-1 with 21 knockouts. In the last round, Gassiev knocked him down twice before a right roundhouse drove him through the ropes and ended the bout.

Soccer

Revolution fall in second exhibition game

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The New England Revolution’s preseason continued with a 1-0 loss to Malmö FF on a goal by Carlos Strandberg at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Goalkeeper Brad Knighton, defender Andrew Farrell, midfielder Kelyn Rowe, and forward Teal Bunbury went the full 90 minutes for the Revolution, who were playing their second preseason game. The Revolution will conclude the Florida leg of the preseason Tuesday against FC Cincinnati before traveling to Tucson Feb. 11, where the club will play four matches in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup.

Colleges

Colorado State investigates Eustachy

Colorado State has placed basketball coach Larry Eustachy on administrative leave while the school looks into the ‘‘climate of the program.’’ Athletic director Joe Parker said in a statement that assistant Steve Barnes will coach ‘‘until the assessment is complete.’’ Parker says the university is proceeding ‘‘as expeditiously as possible, understanding the importance of a thorough and fair process.’’ He adds that ‘‘no conclusions have been made.’’ On Wednesday, Parker said the school was evaluating the team but offered no details. Eustachy coached that night. Eustachy is in his sixth year with the Rams. During the 2013-14 season, the school said he created an atmosphere of ‘‘fear and intimidation’’ among his players.