LINDSEY VONN won the World Cup super-G title for the fifth time after winning the last race in the discipline yesterday at the season-ending finals in Meribel, France.

The day after clinching the downhill title, the 30-year-old American extended her record to 19 crystal globes.

Vonn held a slender, eight-point lead over rival Anna Fenninger heading into the race, and was under pressure after the world super-G champion posted the fastest time.

Vonn was only .01 second ahead at the first time split but then pushed it to .41 ahead at the second.

Despite landing awkwardly after a jump, Vonn kept accelerating and finished .49 clear of Fenninger.

Vonn's titles come 2 years after a career-threatening knee injury. And she's expecting more.

"I foresee next year as hopefully even better," Vonn said. "It's going to be fun to have a normal preparation. I only got about 5 days of downhill training and about 20 days of ski training. I had a lot of races this season where I wasn't that confident, in some situations I lacked the training."

College Basketball

* Penn State signed coach

Pat Chambers

to a 2-year contract extension. Chambers is 56-75 and without an NCAA Tournament berth in four seasons. The Nittany Lions are coming off an 18-16 season.

Auto Racing

* Talladega Superspeedway will add SAFER barriers in three places before NASCAR visits in May. Talladega chairman

Grant Lynch

said the decision comes after an extensive safety review by track owner International Speedway Corp., NASCAR and ARCA. All tracks are being looked at in the wake of Kyle Busch's crash into a concrete wall last month at Daytona.


* The final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be on Dec. 18, the country's national holiday.

* FIFA picked France to host the Women's World Cup in 2019.