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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Vonn's return

LIENZ, Austria - Lindsey Vonn's head coach says no date has been set for the injured skier's return to the World Cup, and that she might not compete at all before the Sochi Olympics in February. Vonn flew back to Vail, Colorado, last week after hurting her surgically repaired right knee at a downhill race in France.

Benched

PORTLAND - Miami Heat superstar forward LeBron James was benched for Saturday's game at Portland because of nagging right groin and left ankle injuries, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. James took part in a pre-game workout but was put on the inactive list for the game after aggravating his sore ankle and groin Friday in the Heat's 108-103 overtime loss at Sacramento.

Court time

AUCKLAND - Second seed Ana Ivanovic is looking for plenty of court time in the ASB Classic as she prepares for the year's first tennis grand slam. The Auckland event, which begins on Monday, is her sole build-up to the Australian Open and she wants to use it to set the platform for Melbourne Park.

Record win

LIENZ, Austria - Marlies Schild set a World Cup record on Sunday by earning her 35th slalom victory, overtaking Switzerland's Vreni Schneider on top of the all-time list in the discipline. Schild was sixth after the opening leg but used a blistering second run to finish in 1 minute, 55.63 seconds and beat American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin, who led the competition after the first run. Shiffrin finished 0.41 seconds behind

Skiing accident

PARIS - Retired Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is in a critical condition in a French hospital with a brain haemorrhage after a skiing accident. French television station BFMTV and local paper Le Dauphine Libere reported late on Sunday the condition of the record seven-time F1 champion had deteriorated.

Djite winner

ADELAIDE - Striker Bruce Djite scored as Adelaide United downed Newcastle Jets 1-0 in a feisty Sunday fixture to climb within reach of the A-League's top-six. Djite's first-half goal at Adelaide's Coopers Stadium lifted the Reds to seventh on the ladder, just a win behind sixth-placed Central Coast.

Battered

HOBART - Battered and broken Sydney to Hobart yachts were limping to ports along the race route as the contenders for overall honours began to emerge. Five boats quit the race and a crew member suffered a broken leg after a night of wild south-westerly gales in Bass Strait and along the Tasmanian coast.

More records

OAKLAND, California - Peyton Manning has broken one NFL passing record and stretched another as the Denver Broncos also set a league mark for the most points in a single season. The record-shattering effort came in the first half against the Oakland Raiders, giving the visiting Broncos a 31-point lead on the way to a 34-14 triumph.