Formula One is returning to the United States in 2012, bringing its ultrafast cars and flair for the exotic to Austin, Texas. The race, to be held Nov. 18, will mark F1's first race here since 2007.
A 10-year deal creating the U.S. Grand Prix was formally approved Wednesday at a World Motor Sport Council meeting in New Delhi, India. Race organizers said the deal with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone ends a contract dispute that threatened to kill the race and a $300 million track, the Circuit of the Americas, being built for it.
F1's presence in the U.S. will increase in 2013, the first in a 10-year deal that will put a race in New Jersey along the Hudson River waterfront across from Manhattan.
SKIING: American Lindsey Vonn has captured her first World Cup win on U.S. slopes by taking a super-G in front of a big crowd that cheered her with ringing cow bells on the course in Beaver Creek, Colo.
Usually reserved for the men, the challenging Birds of Prey course hosted its first women's race, and Vonn, of Vail, turned in a dominating performance. She finished in a time of 1 minute, 10.68 seconds, beating Fabienne Suter of Switzerland by 0.37 seconds. Anna Fenninger of Austria was third.
COLLEGES: NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association could look into changing its bylaws to better establish its authority to address situations such as the abuse scandals at Penn State and Syracuse.
The NCAA already has a working group considering different rules that could prevent violations in what have traditionally been college sports' problem areas, such as recruiting and amateurism.
SOCCER: In the Champions League, Basel captain Marco Streller and Alex Frei scored to give the Swiss hosts a 2-1 win over Manchester United, bouncing the three-time European titlists from the elite competition.
United will be joined in the less-prestigious Europa League by rival Manchester City, which also was knocked out of the Champions League despite getting goals from David Silva and Yaya Toure to earn a 2-0 win over visiting Bayern Munich.
Bafetimbi Gomis had four goals, including a hat trick within the first seven minutes of the second half, as Lyon routed Dinamo Zagreb, 7-1, to complete a remarkable turnaround and qualify ahead of Ajax, 3-0 losers to Real Madrid.
AWARDS: The Soul's Donovan Morgan was honored with the Hometown Hero Award at the 10th Annual Sports Fans Choice Awards during Monday's ceremony at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel in Center City. The award cited Morgan's contributions to the community, including visiting the Methodist Home for Children, and contributing to the Children's Miracle Network.
- Staff and wire reports