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Lindsey Vonn in horror ski crash in Austria – pictures and video

American skier Vonn airlifted to hospital with leg injury after horror crash in Austria

PUBLISHED:

14:58 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:52 GMT, 5 February 2013

Lindsey Vonn was taken to a hospital by helicopter after crashing and suffering serious injuries in the super-G race at the World Ski Championships.

Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, lost balance on her right leg while landing after a jump. Her ski came off immediately, and Vonn slid off course and hit a gate before coming to a halt.

The American received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being taken to the hospital.

US Ski Team medical director Kyle Wilkens said she was suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee, plus a lateral tibial plateau fracture.

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Crash: American skier Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to hospital after a horror crash in the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria this afternoon

Crash: American skier Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to hospital after a horror crash in the women's Super G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria this afternoon

Speed: Vonn lost balance on her right leg while jumping and her ski flew off straight away. She appeared to land on her right knee

Speed: Vonn lost balance on her right leg while jumping and her ski flew off straight away. She appeared to land on her right knee

Airlift: Vonn received 12 minutes of treatment on the slopes before being taken away by helicopter

Airlift: Vonn received 12 minutes of treatment on the slopes before being taken away by helicopter

Lindsey Vonn airlifted to hospital after crash

A statement on the US Ski Team’s official website confirmed: 'She will be out for the remainder of this season but is expected to return to racing for the 2013-14 Audi FIS World Cup season and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.'

The crash came almost exactly one year before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Recovery scene: The hospital where Vonn is being treated after being airlifted (below)

Recovery scene: The hospital where Vonn is being treated after being airlifted (below)

Airlifted to hospital

Airlifted to hospital

Vonn returned to the circuit last
month after taking an almost month-long break from racing to fully
recover from an intestinal illness that put her in a hospital for two
days in November.

It was recently reported that Vonn had hired bodyguards to handle the increased media scrutiny of her personal life after rumours she was dating golfer Tiger Woods.

VIDEO: Vonn receives treatment on the slopes

Shock: Tina Maze of Slovenia, the race leader, reacts after seeing the crash on the big screen

Shock: Tina Maze of Slovenia, the race leader, reacts after seeing the crash on the big screen

Rescue: Vonn received medical attention on the piste before being flown to hospital

Rescue: Vonn received medical attention on the piste before being flown to hospital

The helicopter carrying skier Lindsey Vonn to hospital

Poster girl: Vonn's personal life has been the subject of increasing media attention in the States

Poster girl: Vonn's personal life has been the subject of increasing media attention in the States

Pin-up girl: Vonn pictured at a Tiger Woods Foundation event in Last Vegas in April last year

Pin-up girl: Vonn pictured at a Tiger Woods Foundation event in Last Vegas in April last year

Vonn trailed Tina Maze of Slovenia, who won gold, by 0.12 seconds shortly before the crash.

Maze won the race in 1 minute, 35.39 seconds, beating Lara Gut of Switzerland by 0.38. Julia Mancuso of the United States came 0.52 behind in third.

The race, which was postponed for 3 hours because of fog, continued after another 15-minute delay.

Several racers struggled with the conditions.

'It's not a very difficult course but in some parts you couldn't see anything,' Fabienne Suter of Switzerland said.

American skier Lindsey Vonn

Win: Vonn smiles after winning the giant slalom event in Maribor, Slovenia, last week

Win: Vonn smiles after winning the giant slalom event in Maribor, Slovenia, last week

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia

Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates at finish line after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Maribor, Slovenia

Imperial Commander injury rules Cheltenham 2010 Gold Cup winner out of Betfair Chase at Haydock

Imperial Commander's comeback bid in Betfair Chase derailed by fresh injury blow

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UPDATED:

14:38 GMT, 20 November 2012

The comeback of 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander has been derailed by a fresh injury.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained gelding has sustained a small fracture in a splint bone in a hind leg.

It means Imperial Commander misses Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock, which had been due to be his first run since the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup having been sidelined with a tendon injury.

Twiston-Davies is hoping that he can get Imperial Commander back on track early next year, but with the son of Flemensfirth turning 12-years-old on New Year’s day time is running out for the gelding.

Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Twiston-Davies said: ‘He's suffered a small fracture of a splint bone in a hind leg unfortunately. It's nothing dramatic but it means he won't be in full work for around six weeks.

‘We can still do swimming with him and things like that. It's disappointing but these things happen.

‘We'll see how we get on but the obvious race for him when he comes back is the race at Cheltenham in January (Argento Chase).’

Imperial Commander had been as short as 9-2 for Saturday’s race, a chase he won in 2010 having been beaten a nose by Kauto Star 12 months earlier.

The sponsors now make Nicky Henderson’s Long Run 11-8 favourite with the Paul Nicholls-trained Charlie Hall Chase winner Silviniaco Conti 9-4 and last season’ s Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster a 7-1 chance.

Raheem Sterling apologises to Ben Watson after collision leads to broken leg at Anfield

Sterling says sorry to Watson for breaking his leg in freak collision

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UPDATED:

18:47 GMT, 17 November 2012

Raheem Sterling has apologised to Ben Watson for the challenge which resulted in a broken leg for the Wigan man during Liverpool's 3-0 win at Anfield.

In a freak collision, 27-year-old Watson was caught just above the shin by the knee of the Reds winger as they jumped for a ball in the first half.

'To Ben Watson I didn't realise it was
serious as that ill be praying for a speedy recovery mate ill have you
in my prayers every day #sorry,' Sterling tweeted.

Treatment: Ben Watson receives attention at Anfield

Treatment: Ben Watson receives attention at Anfield

Hobbling off: Watson leaves the field, to be replaced by David Jones

Hobbling off: Watson leaves the field, to be replaced by David Jones

Watson received lengthy treatment on
the pitch before declining the use of a stretcher and hobbled off
assisted by Wigan medical staff – and he may require surgery.

Despite further attention down by the
touchline the midfielder struggled to put any weight on his right leg
and was eventually taken down the tunnel.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez confirmed the injury after the defeat – and absolved Sterling from any blame.

Apology: Raheem Sterling was quick to say sorry for the tackle that resulted in a broken leg for Ben Watson

Apology: Raheem Sterling was quick to say sorry for the tackle that resulted in a broken leg for Ben Watson

No blame: Roberto Martinez called the incident an accident on a grim day for Wigan

No blame: Roberto Martinez called the incident an accident on a grim day for Wigan

'I haven't seen the challenge back, but I don't think any of the players were looking at each other,' he said.

'Both were looking at the ball – it's a real accident. It's a nasty collision.'

'It is a broken leg and we are going to miss him,' the Spaniard continued, 'he has a fracture and we are going to assess him now because maybe he will require surgery.

'We will see what the extent of the breakage is and what treatment he needs. We are really disappointed because he was at a good level.'

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere expresses doubts over fitness

I'm not 100 per cent, admits returning Arsenal ace Wilshere

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UPDATED:

08:04 GMT, 16 November 2012

Jack Wilshere admits he will need time to recapture his best form after making his England comeback in Wednesday's friendly international with Sweden in the Friends Arena.

The Arsenal midfielder put 17 months of injury frustration behind him after suffering a stress fracture of his ankle by playing the final half hour of England's 4-2 defeat.

Wilshere knows he is still short of sharpness after only a trio of games for the Gunners, but is delighted to be back playing for club and country.

Jack's back: Wilshere came on as a second-half substitute in England's defeat in Sweden

Jack's back: Wilshere came on as a second-half substitute for England in their defeat in Sweden

He said: 'I don't how long it will be before I can say “I'm back.” I'm not really sure.

'This is my first long-term injury. We will see. I'm sure you lot (the media) will notice when I'm back to my best.

'I'm getting there. I don't feel 100 per cent yet and everyone can see that. I feel better and better as every game goes on.

'I need to get some games under my belt and properly get back into the swing of things.

'But it's great to be back. Seventeen months on the sidelines is tough for anyone.'

Wilshere was happy to put trust in England head coach Roy Hodgson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in determining how long he should play for England.

He said: 'They know what they are doing. I'm sure they spoke before we met up and they reached an agreement. The agreement was the last 30 minutes and Roy gave me the last 30 minutes so I'm grateful for that.'

Shane Sutton could return at Glasgow Track World Cup

GB cycling coach Sutton set to return this weekend after recovering from crash

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UPDATED:

18:18 GMT, 12 November 2012

British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton could return to work at the Glasgow Track World Cup this weekend, a week after being hospitalised with a head injury following a crash while he was riding his bike.

Little more than 12 hours after Tour de France champion and four-time Olympic gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his bike, his mentor Sutton was involved in a collision with a Peugeot 206 being driven by a 61-year-old man in Levenshulme on Thursday morning.

Recovering well: Sutton (left) could return to work this weekend

Recovering well: Sutton (left) could return to work this weekend

Right-hand man: Sutton works alongside Dave Brailsford

Right-hand man: Sutton works alongside Brailsford

The 55-year-old, Dave Brailsford's right-hand man at British Cycling and Team Sky, suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain and a fractured cheekbone, but is recovering well.

The Australia-born coach told Cycling Weekly: 'They were going to do surgery on the cheekbone but I've opted against that because it's not like I need it to be honest. It's a pretty clean fracture.'

He was wearing a helmet when the incident occurred and the headwear was credited with playing a major role in ensuring his injuries were not significantly worse.

Sutton added: 'The surgeon came in and said, “You know that saved your life”

'It's important that everyone wears a helmet, even if you've come from the old school like I do. I was bloody lucky.'

Engineers beat Wanderers in repeat of 1872 FA Cup final

Engineers steamroll Wanderers 7-1 in repeat of first ever FA Cup final at The Oval… 140 years after the original

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UPDATED:

22:46 GMT, 7 November 2012

Who knows what Lieutenant Edmund Creswell would have made of it all Three times in the first 45 minutes of the replay of the 1872 Football Association Challenge Cup final officers from the Royal Engineers side he once represented went to ground and had a whinge.

Of course, it’s four months shy of 140 years since Lieutenant Creswell felt a fracture in his collarbone and carried on playing against Wanderers in that first edition of football’s oldest competition, now known as the FA Cup.

In a team of nine lieutenants and two captains, he was regarded as something of a ‘strong fellow’.

The gloves are on! The Engineers celebrate victory with the original FA Cup

The gloves are on! The Engineers celebrate victory with the original FA Cup

On Wednesday night, in the game's ceremonial
restaging at the same Oval cricket ground that hosted the original, it
was a little different.

Not least because Sapper Dean Ellis of the Engineers was allowed to take a throw-in without the threat of violence in the opening minute (back in the day a throw-in was awarded to whichever team retrieved the ball first) and there was no requirement to change ends with each goal.

The absence of the latter rule certainly saved some time – Engineers were in front through Lance Corporal Jay Hubbard after nine minutes and a further five ahead of the side managed by Bobby Gould by half time.

Calling the shots: Bobby Gould was in charge of the Wanderers who were beaten at The Oval

Calling the shots: Bobby Gould was in charge of the Wanderers who were beaten at The Oval

Calling the shots: Bobby Gould was in charge of the Wanderers who were beaten at The Oval

Daniel Flash pulled one back early in the second half with a finish Morton Betts would have been proud of – he scored Wanderers' winning goal on March 16, 1872, though Thomas Hooman later claimed in an interview with The Times that it was his goal – and the chants of 'we're going to win 7-6’ temporarily muffled Gould’s running battle with the referee.

As it turned out, Wanderers didn’t win 7-6; they lost 7-1 and Engineers were presented with the original trophy by West Ham chairman David Gold. The other Gould, a winner of the FA Cup as both a player and manager, beat the referee convincingly.

The Wanderers, once a team of England internationals educated at Harrow and now a 12th-tier side including an air steward and a Liberal Democrat councillor, will always have the bragging rights for winning the original tie 1-0. That was the first of their five FA Cup wins. The sixth might have to wait a while.

Up for the cup: West Ham Chairman David Gold looks on as Royal Engineers AFC Captain Jay Hubbard lifts the first ever FA Cup trophy

Up for the cup: West Ham Chairman David Gold looks on as Royal Engineers AFC Captain Jay Hubbard lifts the first ever FA Cup trophy

Up for the cup: West Ham Chairman David Gold looks on as Royal Engineers AFC Captain Jay Hubbard lifts the first ever FA Cup trophy

Rolling back the years: The match programme and the scoraboard shows the comprehensive scoreline

Rolling back the years: The match programme and the scoraboard shows the comprehensive scoreline

Rolling back the years: The match programme and the scoreboard shows the comprehensive scoreline

Reading"s Garath McCleary making most of his big break after netting first Premier League goal against Fulham

McCleary making most of his big break after netting first Premier League goal against Fulham

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 28 October 2012

Garath McCleary is not a name many would have heard of until the Reading winger scored his first Premier League goal against Fulham.

But his could so easily have been a name no one had ever heard of. Six years ago the 25-year-old suffered a broken leg and almost decided to quit football and go to university.

Making his point: Garath McCleary (left) is grabbed by Mikele Leigertwood and Jason Roberts

Making his point: Garath McCleary (left) is grabbed by Mikele Leigertwood and Jason Roberts

Playing so much as a teenager meant he
developed a stress fracture and he thought his dream career was over.

But former club Bromley helped him, and he was then picked up by
Nottingham Forest four seasons ago.

He agreed a three-year deal at Reading in the summer, and came off the bench to score their second in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at home to Fulham.

McCleary said: ‘I was really close to packing it in. I was 19 and at Bromley. It was only down to them I recovered. I’m just so glad that people persuaded me not to give up and I continued to follow my dream.’

Hal Robson-Kanu’s last-minute goal clinched a point for Reading. Mikele Leigertwood’s drive gave the Royals a half-time lead, but Fulham fought back through Bryan Ruiz and Chris Baird before McCleary levelled.

Dimitar Berbatov looked to have snatched the win for Fulham, but Robson-Kanu poked home.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injury doubt for Schalke

Oxlade-Chamberlain injury adds to Wenger's worries ahead of Schalke clash

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 21 October 2012

Arsenal look likely to be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Champions League visit of Schalke on Wednesday after the England forward injured a hip just minutes after coming on during Saturday’s shock 1-0 defeat at Norwich.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is said to have been in a lot of discomfort on Saturday night and the Arsenal medical team will wait for the injury to settle before assessing the extent of the problem today.

But early indications are that Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19, will not be fit to face the German side on Wednesday and could even miss next Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Queens Park Rangers.

Doubt: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up a knock

Doubt: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up a knock

The news will come as a blow to manager Arsene Wenger, whose injury list is already lengthy, with Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny all missing.

There is better news on the injury front for the Gunners, though, in the form of Jack Wilshere.

The England midfielder, who has not played a competitive game for the Gunners in 17 months since picking up a stress fracture to an ankle, was an unused substitute during the defeat at Norwich and will play in the club’s Under 21 fixture against Everton on Monday ahead of his long-awaited first-team comeback, which could come against QPR.

Arsenal took the unusual measure of flying to Carrow Road from London Luton airport in a journey that took under 20 minutes.

It is understood Arsenal decided to travel that way to Norfolk due to train disruptions but the decision backfired as the visitors slumped to a surprise defeat thanks to Grant Holt’s first-half strike. The surprise defeat means Arsenal are 10 points behind early Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Upset: Arsene Wenger does not like the gap at the top

Upset: Arsene Wenger does not like the gap at the top

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Arsenal’s Champions League visitors on Wednesday, Schalke, pulled off an impressive 2-1 derby win at Borussia Dortmund but it was overshadowed by crowd trouble. On the pitch, goals from Ibrahim Afellay and Marco Hoger secured a third win in a row to cement third place in the Bundesliga.

Wenger admitted the widening gap between his side and the teams at the Premier League summit makes him cringe. ‘The gap is very unpleasant,’ said the Arsenal manager afterwards.

‘We had an opportunity that Tottenham could win and we could win, and we both lost.

‘That, of course, makes the gap a lot bigger and you cannot say you do not worry about that.

‘But what is more disappointing is that we could not score. It was a poor collective offensive performance.

‘It is a good lesson for us but I would have preferred not to get it because, if you need lessons like that, you will stand there at the end of the season and be full of regrets.

‘We have to face the reality that, if you are not completely ready in the Premier League, then you have no chance.’

Remember when…
Chris Sutton of Norwich

The opening day of the 1992-93 season at Highbury and Norwich striker Chris Sutton beats Arsenal’s Steve Bould to the ball. Before Saturday, this was the last time Norwich had beaten the Gunners. A Mark Robins brace plus goals from Ruel Fox and David Phillips earned a 4-2 win for Norwich, who went on to finish third in the table.

Fabio Borini out for three months

Borini out for three months leaving Kop boss Rodgers with just ONE striker

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UPDATED:

16:33 GMT, 17 October 2012

Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Fabio Borini has been ruled out until the New Year.

It leaves manager Brendan Rodgers with just one fit striker in Luis Suarez.

Borini broke his foot while on international duty with Italy Under 21s last week.

Injury blow: Brendan Rodgers is down to just one striker with Fabio Borini sidelined for the next three months

Injury blow: Brendan Rodgers is down to just one striker with Fabio Borini sidelined for the next three months

A club statement read: 'Liverpool have confirmed Fabio Borini is to undergo an operation on a fractured bone in his foot.

'The forward originally sustained an injury to the area during the recent Anfield clash with Manchester United.

'He then further aggravated the problem resulting in a fracture and returned from international duty with Italy last week.

'Borini
was assessed by the club's medical team upon his return to Melwood and a
decision was made for the 21-year-old to have surgery.

'Typically, an injury of this nature requires a three-month rehabilitation period.'

The injury forced the forward's early
return from international duty with Italy Under-21s last week, as he
aggravated a problem first suffered in the recent 2-1 defeat to
Manchester United.

Lone striker: Luis Suarez is now Liverpool's only recognised forward

Lone striker: Luis Suarez is now Liverpool's only recognised forward

Borini was replaced by young Spaniard Suso at half-time during that game but still joined up with his national team, only to damage the bone further in training ahead of the European Championship qualifier against Sweden. Italy won the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Borini, who cost the Reds 10.5million, has yet to score in five Barclays Premier League games since his summer move from Roma, with his only goal coming in Europa League qualifying against Belarussian side Gomel.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger buries the hatchet with Ryan Shawcross over Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal boss Wenger buries the hatchet with Shawcross over Ramsey challenge

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UPDATED:

22:55 GMT, 5 October 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels
Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross has 'cleaned up his act' as he looks to
win his first England cap.

Shawcross, 25, was included in Roy
Hodgson's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino
and Poland, having been an unused substitute for a friendly against
Egypt when last called up by Fabio Capello two and a half years ago.

Controversy: Ryan Shawcross's poor challenge on Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

Controversy: Ryan Shawcross's poor challenge on Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

Much water has passed under the bridge since a poor challenge from Shawcross left Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey with a double leg fracture during a Barclays Premier League game in February 2010.

Wenger, who was incandescent at the time of the incident, can see why Hodgson included the centre-back in his plans.

'You know what happened is what happened and it is down to Roy Hodgson to select the team. I think he has improved as a player and he has cleaned up his act,' said Wenger

'You cannot convict a player forever because of that.

'I didn't agree at the time with the tackle. I said that, it was just my opinion again, it doesn't mean that the players has to suffer from that his whole life.

'He looks to be nowadays more efficient in his game and more composed.'

Ramsey, meanwhile, is now fully recovered, and came off the bench to score a late goal as Arsenal beat Olympiacos 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old, however, was this week replaced as Wales captain by new manager Chris Coleman.

Wenger feels the move could actually help the midfielder's game for the national side.

'I don't think it will affect him. It can help him play with more freedom,' said Wenger.

'He's at an age where you have to focus first on your game and later on your career on some other things.

'At the moment may it's a bit less responsibility for him and will help him play with a bit more freedom and add something to his game.

'I felt he was a bit young when he was given the armband.'