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Vonn hospitalized in Vail with undisclosed illness

VAIL – Lindsey Vonn has been admitted to a hospital in Vail with an undisclosed illness.

Her spokesman, Lewis Kay, had no other updates on the U.S. skier’s condition Monday.

The four-time World Cup overall champion skipped a slalom competition in Finland last weekend to prepare for upcoming races in Aspen over Thanksgiving weekend.

She also had a promotional event lined up for last Friday in Vail but had to cancel because she was sick.


Djokovic finds answers in win over Federer

LONDON – Even when Roger Federer had the lead, Novak Djokovic had the answers.

The top-ranked Serb recovered from early breaks in both sets and beat Federer 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Monday in the championship match at the ATP Finals.

Federer broke Djokovic’s serve to take a quick 2-0 lead in the first set and then again to open the second, but both times the world’s No. 1 player rebounded to get back into the match.

The crowd at the O2 Arena was decidedly in Federer’s favor, but they cheered loudly throughout the match as both made spectacular shots. Federer finished the match with 30 winners, 11 more than Djokovic. But he also had 42 unforced errors – many of them coming from his often dominant forehand – while Djokovic had only 28.

“Obviously I was going to try to go after my shots and not just hand it to him. That’s just how I play tennis,” Federer said. “If I have 80 errors and I win the match, I don’t care. I really don’t.”

It was Djokovic’s second victory at the year-end tournament for the top eight players in the world. He also won in 2008 when the tournament was in Shanghai.

Federer is 15-3 in Britain this year after winning his seventh Wimbledon title and the Olympic silver medal.


Altidore added to roster for this week’s match vs. Russia

CHICAGO – Jozy Altidore is getting another chance, and so is Timmy Chandler.

A month after coach Jurgen Klinsmann dropped Altidore from the roster for a pair of critical World Cup qualifiers, the forward was among the 20 players selected for Wednesday’s exhibition at Russia.

Altidore is one of the Americans’ top scoring threats, but Klinsmann had been unhappy with his performance over the last year in games and practices.

Altidore, who turned 23 last week, has 12 goals in 15 games this season for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands and is second in the Dutch league with nine. He also has 13 goals in 51 international appearances.

With the game in Krasnodar, a city near the Black Sea, and Major League Soccer in the midst of the playoffs, Klinsmann opted for a mostly Europe-based roster. He left off veterans Clint Dempsey and Steve Cherundolo, and called in up-and-comers Juan Agudelo, Mix Diskerud, Josh Gatt and Joe Gyau.

auto racing

Gordon fined $100,000 for wrecking Bowyer at Phoenix

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension Monday when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gordon also was placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he’ll be allowed to close out the season Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway despite his actions in Sunday’s race, which triggered a fight in the garage area between the two crews.

“I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said in a statement. “I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”

Rick Hendrick also was docked 25 car owner points, and crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation through the end of the year.

Associated Press