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Nov 14, 2012 9:06pm
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Swedish Alpine skiing star Anja Paerson says she will
retire after the final World Cup races of the season this week, ending a career
in which she won one gold among six Olympic medals. Andrew Luck Jersey . Injuries, especially to
her left knee, have prevented her from competing at her highest level recently,
Paerson said in a statement posted on the Swedish ski federations website
Monday. The 30-year-old Paerson won 19 medals at major championships, has won 42
World Cup races since her debut in 1998 and clinched two overall titles, in 2004
and 2005. Having won bronze in the slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake Games, she
returned four years later to capture gold in the same event in Turin. All up at
three Olympics, she won four bronzes and a silver to go with her gold. The races
in Schladming, Austria, this week will be her last. “My career has been
fantastic and Ive achieved more than I could ever dream of,” Paerson said. “The
last years, with all the spectacular crashes and protracted injury problems,
have reduced my chances to perform at the top level. “I have always been a
fighter and this is a tough decision, but after some time of thoughts and many
discussions with myself I feel Im ready for new challenges in my life.” Paerson
was the first skier in history to win World Championship gold medals in all five
disciplines. She said the highlights of her career included her three gold
medals at the 2007 worlds in Are, Sweden, and her bronze medal at the 2010
Winter Olympics. She opened those games in Whistler with a horrendous crash in
the downhill—sliding across the finish line headfirst—then came back 24
hours later to win bronze in super-combined. “I just couldnt let the hill in
Whistler defeat me,” Paerson said. “In addition, Ill always remember the great
duels between me and Janica Kostelic, and other fantastic skiers.” Paerson said
she would serve on the Athletes Commission of the international ski federation
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III dropped back, waited a beat, then quickly took off. A first down on
third-and-6 might have been enough to put the game away. Instead, the Washington
Redskins rookie left the Minnesota Vikings defence behind as he streaked down
the left sideline for 76 yards. He didnt stop until he took a seat on the front
row, performing what is quickly becoming known as the “Landover Leap.” He might
have suffered his first NFL concussion the week before, but RG3 was still RG3.
The Heisman Trophy winner rallied his team from an early hole, ran for 138 yards
and threw for 182 on Sunday in a 38-26 victory that snapped the Vikings
three-game winning streak as well as the Redskins eight-game run of futility at
home. After falling behind 9-0 and being outgained 148-7, the Redskins (3-3)
responded with 24 straight points during a stretch in which they outgained the
Vikings 225-14. Minnesota (4-2) paid the price for promising drives that
produced 3s instead of 7s, with four field goals from Blair Walsh accounting for
all their points through the first three quarters. The Vikings finally found the
end zone on Michael Jenkins 9-yard catch with 8:02 to play and Kyle Rudolphs
1-yard snag — set up by Josh Wilsons pass interference penalty — with 3:36 to go
to cut the Redskins lead to 31-26. But Griffin, sporting a huge grey bandage on
his chin, responded with the longest touchdown run by an NFL quarterback since
Kordell Stewart scampered 80 yards for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the
Carolina Panthers in 1996. The Vikings had started to use their timeouts, hoping
to get the ball back with a chance to win, but Griffin dispelled that notion to
put the Redskins up by 12 with 2:43 remaining. Griffin left last weeks loss to
the Atlanta Falcons when he was hit in the head in the third quarter while
trying to get some extra yards on a third down scramble. He passed the NFLs
post-concussion tests over the following days and was cleared to play, but
coaches and teammates hoped that he had learned a lesson about when to keep
running and when to get out of bounds. Accordingly, the fans cheered when he
darted to the sidelines on the first play of the second series, but by no means
did it indicate that he had gone soft. He still ran the option. He still looked
for the extra yard when it meant something. He had two rushinng touchdowns to
give him six on the year, already surpassing the previous single-season
franchise record of four. Coby Fleener Jersey. And hes just six games
into his career. During one stretch, Griffin ran on six straight times, starting
with a 15-yard scramble. Then he scrambled for three more before being brought
down by a horse-collar tackle, adding a half-the-distance-to-the-goal penalty to
the gain. Why mess with whats working? On the next play, Griffin took off for
the end zone, running for 7 yards and stretching the ball over the goal line
with his right hand as he was tackled by cornerback Chris Cook. He also drew
penalties. In addition to the horse collar call, he turned a slight shove from
Erin Henderson into a roughing-the-passer call, the flag emerging from the
officials pocket only after Griffin had tumbled to the turf and appealed for the
call. And, yes, Griffin can throw as well. He completed 17 of 22 passes with one
touchdown and only his second interception of the year. Fellow rookie
Alfred Morris added a 1-yard scoring run, fullback Darrel Young caught a 6-yard
TD pass, and former Vikings safety Madieu Williams returned an interception 24
yards for Washingtons fourth defensive touchdown of the year. The Redskins
scored only 43 points off turnovers last year; they already have 49 this year.
The Vikings hadnt allowed more than 23 points in a game this year, one of the
reasons theyve been an early season surprise. In this game, they were let down
by both sides of the ball. The offence made it look easy on Minnesotas first
three possessions — until it hit the red zone. Drives that got inside the 10
yielded field goals of 20, 27 and 27 yards. There was another field goal in the
third quarter. Christian Ponder completed 35 of 52 passes for 352 yards with two
touchdowns and two interceptions and was credited with a lost fumble when the
ball slipped out of his hand as he went back to pass. The ball floated into the
hands of linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, setting Youngs touchdown in a sequence in
which the Redskins scored 14 points in 13 seconds. Adrian Peterson, who at times
appeared to be limping on his sprained left ankle, had 79 yards on 17 carries
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