Lindsey Vonn

claimed the season-long downhill skiing title Wednesday, winning the last race in the discipline at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France.

The 30-year-old American's seven downhill titles and her 18th World Cup title overall are records for women. She holds an eight-point edge in the super-G.

HORSE RACING Allen Jerkens, 85, the Hall of Fame trainer who pulled off some of horse racing's biggest upsets, died at a Florida hospital.

Horses from his barn pulled off upsets of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, first with Onion in the '73 Whitney Handicap and then with Prove Out in the Woodward Stakes. In the 1960s, his Beau Purple upset five-time horse of the year Kelso three times, He was still training before entering the hospital.

TENNIS Third-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain reached the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., beating Gilles Simon of France, 6-2, 6-4, to stay on track for a shot at his fourth career title in the desert. Nadal next will play sixth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada, who defeated 17th-seeded Tommy Robredo, 6-3, 6-2.

Andy Murray defeated Adrian Mannarino of France, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals, earning his 496th career match victory to tie countryman Tim Henman's record as Britain's most successful player in the Open era.

Lisa Raymond of Media and Australian Samantha Stosur topped Shahar Peer of Israel and Vera Zvonareva of Russia, 6-2, 6-1, in doubles quarterfinals.

GOLF Masters champion Bubba Watson, No. 2 in the world, withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of the death of a childhood friend.

SLED-DOG RACING Dallas Seavey, 28, won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, crossing the finish line in Nome, Alaska, at 4:13 a.m. for his third victory in the last four races. He took the title in 2012 and 2014. His father, Mitch Seavey, was second. The champion in 2004 and 2013 finished at 8:22 a.m.

- Associated Press