U.S. women in tough Cup group
— The United States drew the most difficult group for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, with an opener against Australia, a match with Sweden and former American coach Pia Sundhage, and a first-round finale against perennial African champion Nigeria. The U.S., seeking its first title since 1999, open June 8 in Winnipeg. ... In Newcastle, England, Newcastle beat Chelsea, 2-1, to hand Chelsea its first loss in 22 matches. Manchester City beat Everton, 1-0, to cut Chelsea’s lead to three points at the top of the table.
U.S. distance records set
— At Greensboro, N.C., Olympians Katie Ledecky and Connor Jaeger each set American records in winning the 1,650-yard freestyle races at the U.S. winter national championships. Ledecky lowered her record in the women’s race with a time of 15 minutes, 13.30 seconds. Jaeger won the men’s race in 14:23.52.
Vonn wins Cup race
— At Lake Louise, Alberta, Lindsey Vonn won her first race in nearly two years in a World Cup downhill. With confidence in her surgically repaired right knee again, she won in 1 minute, 50.48 seconds. Stacey Cook was second and Julia Mancuso was third.