Lindsey Vonn will miss the rest of the ski season after suffering two torn ligaments in her right knee and a broken bone in her lower leg in a high-speed crash Tuesday at the world championships in Schladming, Austria.

The U.S. team said in a statement that it expects her back for the next World Cup season and the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which start a year from this week.

Vonn lost balance on her right leg while landing a jump in the super-G.

As she hit the ground, her right leg gave way and she spun down face first, throwing an arm out to protect herself. She ended up on her back as she smashed through a gate.

The four-time overall World Cup winner and 2010 Olympic downhill champion received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being taken by helicopter to a hospital in Schladming.

Vonn tore her anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee.

Vonn left the Schladming hospital Tuesday afternoon and will have surgery in another hospital, likely in Vail, Colo., as soon as this weekend.

Vonn, 28, could be looking at six to eight months before she's back on skis.

Baseball

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter isn't expected to pitch in 2013, and his career probably is over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season.


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Carpenter, 37, plans to seek further medical evaluation, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak called the pitcher's chance of returning "unlikely."

Carpenter won the 2005 N.L. Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA, and was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA. He was 10-4 in 18 postseason starts.

  • Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun says he used the person who ran the Florida clinic now under investigation by Major League Baseball as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year and nothing more.

    Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Braun's name showed up three times in records of the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic. Yahoo said no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to the references to Braun.

  • Right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez agreed on a minor league contract with the Giants. Ramirez, who played for the New York Mets last season after spending 2010-11 with the Giants, will be a nonroster invitee to spring training.

    Miscellany

    The United States starts the final round of World Cup soccer qualifying Wednesday at Honduras.

    The Americans play three of their first four qualifiers on the road.

    They host Costa Rica on March 22 at Commerce City, Colo., then play at Mexico four days later and at Jamaica on June 7.

  • The St. Louis Rams claimed former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young off waivers.

    The Rams were the lone team to place a claim on Young, who was sent home from the Lions three times in a seven-month span and pleaded for his release in a Twitter rant last month.