Vonn has surgery in Vail

The surgeon who operated on Lindsey Vonn's right knee yesterday in Vail, Colo., was "optimistic for a full recovery" after she shredded two ligaments during a crash last week at the world championships.

In a release issued by the U.S. ski team, Dr. Bill Sterett said the surgery went well and that she was resting comfortably. Sterett said it was too early to issue a specific prognosis, but other doctors believe she could be sidelined for up to eight months. Vonn tore her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments last week during the super-G in Schladming, Austria. She also broke a bone in her lower leg.


Devils surge in second

Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson scored less than two minutes apart in the second period as the Devils beat host Pittsburgh, 3-1, for their fifth straight win . . . Jonathan Ericsson scored with five seconds left to give host Detroit a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles. L.A.'s Alec Martinez had scored on a rebound with 53 seconds left to tie it . . . Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period power play to spur Boston to a 3-1 win over host Buffalo.


Mediate wins debut

Rocco Mediate birdied the 18th hole and finished with a 1-under-par 71 to win the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. He finished the tournament at 17-under 199 and became the 16th player to have a winning debut on the Champions Tour. Mediate's 4-foot birdie putt came after Tom Pernice Jr. missed a 5-footer at No. 18 that could have forced a playoff . . . Richard Sterne shot a bogey-free 64 and cruised to his first European Tour title in more than four years, winning the Joburg Open in Johannesburg by seven shots over Charl Schwartzel.

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Italy edges U.S. in Fed Cup

The United States was eliminated in the first round of the Fed Cup, losing to Italy, 3-2, when Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Varvara Lepchenko and Liezel Huber, 6-2, 6-2, in the deciding doubles match in Rimini, Italy. The U.S. was without Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens because of injuries.

Nadal loses in final


Horacio Zeballos edged Rafael Nadal, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4, in the VTR Open final in Vina del Mar, Chile. It was Nadal's first tournament since being sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury.-- AP