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  • Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Andrea Solero, Ansa)Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Andrea Solero, Ansa)Lindsey Vonn broke a 35-year-old record Monday, officially claiming the title of winningest female World Cup skier in history. And she did so with the surprise support of a guy who knows a thing or two about historic wins.

    Vonn won the super-G at Cortina D'Ampezzo in Italy on Monday, marking her 63rd World Cup victory and passing Annemarie Moser-Proell for most women's World Cup wins all-time. Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden holds the men's record with 86 World Cup wins.

    Vonn's victory comes just one day after she tied the record, and marks a triumphant return to the top of the skiing world after two injury-riddled years that cost her a berth in the Sochi Games.

    Vonn's beau, one Tiger Woods, was present in Italy, having flown in to surprise Vonn. Woods spent much of the time in "disguise" wearing a skull-decorated facemask:

    Tiger Woods, third from left, leaves the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)Tiger Woods, third from left, leaves the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)

    "I didn't think this could get any better than [Sunday] with my entire family here but now with Tiger here this is unbelievable," Vonn said after the race. "I said, 'I

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  • Even after career-threatening injuries and career-altering celebrity, Lindsey Vonn continues to dominate. On Sunday, Vonn notched her 62nd World Cup victory, matching the 35-year-old record set by Annemarie Moser-Proell.

    Skiing at the foggy, soft Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy in the downhill event, Vonn finished in 1 minute, 39.61 seconds to defeat Austria's Elisabeth Goergl by about one-third of a second. Check Vonn's run right here, starting at about the 9:40 mark:

    Injuries hampered Vonn for most of the last two years, keeping her out of the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But her workout routine never flagged, and neither did her spirit, according to Vonn:

    "The last two years have been pretty tough and a lot of people counted me out and thought I would never reach this record," she said. "A lot of people thought that I would never win again. I never stopped believing in myself and I think I proved everyone wrong."

    Vonn has a chance to break the record on Monday

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  • 49ers CEO embarrassed by Seattle loss

    Every Thanksgiving, there's one dish on the table you stomach, year after year, with no pleasure whatsoever. Maybe it's corn pudding, or broccoli souffle, or pumpkin pie. You eat it, again and again, until one day you stop, because you realize that even though this dish might be tradition, it's still garbage.

    This Thanksgiving, that garbage dish is the San Francisco 49ers. A team many predicted to reach the Super Bowl this season looked as lost on Thanksgiving night as your grandmother on an XBox. The 49ers, less than two years removed from a Super Bowl, could manage only a field goal against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, who won 19-3. The performance was so bad that San Francisco's CEO apologized to the team's fans ... but we'll get to that in a moment.

    The blame for this debacle starts with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 121 yards, only topping the century mark in a pointless last-minute drive. Kaepernick threw two interceptions, both to

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  • Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:

    • A breakdown of whether Marshawn Lynch ought to be speaking to the media

    • A look at the amazing rookie wide receiver class, starting with Odell Beckham Jr.

    • A lightning round featuring questions about Thanksgiving, and ONLY Thanksgiving

    • A complete rundown of this week's Thanksgiving and Sunday games

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  • Meet the 2016 Olympic mascots

    It's only been a few months since Sochi, but it's already time to turn our attention to the Rio Olympics in 2016. We begin with the introduction of the two mascots for both the Olympic and Paralympic games.

    Per Rio's website, the yellow fellow on the left is "a mixture of different Brazilian animals, blessed with their many qualities: the agility of the cats, the sway of the monkeys, the grace of the birds. With his keen sense of smell, he can sniff out exciting adventures. His incredible hearing allows him to find the most enthusiastic fans. He can imitate the voice of any animal." It's worth noting that "he would never use them to win a sporting competition. He knows that competing on equal terms is much cooler." Sure, HE does, but do all the Olympians?

    The plantlike creature on the right "is a fusion of Brazil’s incredibly diverse plant life. His hair is made of tropical foliage and he is transforming all the time – like plants that are always moving, growing towards the sun and

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  • Yes, Sundquist, who in the past has dressed as a gingerbread man with a missing leg, the leg lamp from "A Christmas Story," and a flamingo, has honored his own inclusion on the US Amputee Soccer team by making himself into a human Foosball player.

    Sundquist lost his leg as a child due to Ewing's sarcoma. However, he became an alpine skier and also draws crowds as a motivational speaker. It's not hard to see why. On the soccer pitch, Sundquist will represent the United States at the 2014 Amputee World Cup in Mexico.

    "I’ve always dealt with the social discomfort of my disability by having a sense of humor, but I used to be much more self-conscious," Sundquist says on his website. "In high school I wore a prosthesis all the time and didn’t want anyone to find out I was missing a leg. But now I’m more comfortable with

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  • This probably wasn't what NASCAR had in mind when it redid its entire postseason format.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., the NASCAR driver even your grandmother knows, is in the midst of his best season in more than a decade. Jimmie Johnson, the finest driver of this generation, and maybe ever, is looking to match the career record for championships. Brad Keselowski, already a five-time race winner this season, is aiming to add a second Cup trophy to his shelf.

    And now, thanks to NASCAR's new championship format, the fates of their entire seasons rests on the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway – the most treacherous, unpredictable, nerve-wracking venue in all of American sport.

    There's a reason this track demands more respect, clinches up more guts, quickens more pulses than any other on the Sprint Cup circuit. Anyone who's ever claimed they could compete in NASCAR because they know how to drive a sedan on the highway hasn't ever witnessed 43 racecars barreling around this 2.66-mile track and

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  • Michael Phelps suspended after DUI

    USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, following Phelps' arrest last week in Baltimore for DUI.

    Phelps, suspended for violations of USA Swimming's code of conduct, will be eligible to swim again in sanctioned competition on March 6, 2015. Phelps will receive no funding during that time.

    This was Phelps' second arrest for driving while intoxicated, the first coming in 2004. Phelps announced over the weekend that he would be entering a six-week treatment program. In addition, he will not compete at next summer's FINA World Championships in Russia, the preparatory meet for the 2016 Olympics. This is also Phelps' second suspension, following a three-month suspension in 2009 when he was photographed with a marijuana pipe.

    "Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the National Team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our Code of Conduct," USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wieglus said in a statement. "Should an infraction occur, it is our

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  • Michael Phelps competes at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on August 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Michael Hamilton)Michael Phelps competes at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia on August 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Michael Hamilton)Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympian of all time, has been arrested for DUI in Baltimore, police are reporting. Maryland Transit Authority police arrested Phelps about 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95.

    “A Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone)," the MDTA said in a statement. "The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”

    Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed, and crossing double lane lines, and was later

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  • Torrin Lawrence, a competitor for the United States and a former track star at the University of Georgia, died early Monday morning in an accident on a Georgia highway.

    Lawrence had a tire blow out and his car was stopped in the center of three-lane Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga. He had called 911, but before local police could arrive, a semi truck crashed into his car. Crisp County (Ga.) police said Lawrence was "caught up in the accident," but were uncertain of where he had been in relation to the car.

    Most recently, Lawrence finished ninth in the 400m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in late June. He had been part of the United States' gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau in May.

    At Georgia, Lawrence was a seven-time All-American and three-time SEC champion. He won the NCAA 400m championship in 2010.

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and everyone who knew him," USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said. "Torrin represented USATF

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