Headlines from Around the World in Sports
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch speeds down the course during the women's World Cup slalom ski race in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
Austria's Marlies Schild speeds down the course during the women's World Cup slalom ski race in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
Austria's Kathrin Zettel speeds down the course during the women's World Cup slalom ski race in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
CORRECTS NAME OF COUNTRY-Slovenia's Tina Maze speeds down the course during the women's World Cup slalom ski race in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
Slovenia's Tina Maze speeds down the course during the women's World Cup slalom ski race in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
Zettel edges teammate
Schild to win slalom race
ASPEN, Colo. – Kathrin Zettel of Austria held off teammate and training partner Marlies Schild with a blazing final run to win a World Cup slalom yesterday.
Zettel finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 42.46 seconds to narrowly edge Schild by 0.67 seconds. Tina Maze of Slovenia was third in a race that Lindsey Vonn skipped as she recovers from an intestinal illness.
Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. was in the lead for a few skiers before winding up seventh. Shiffrin was third at the last slalom event in Levi, Finland, a competition won by Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.
Hoefl-Riesch was questionable for this race after bruising her left arm when she crashed Saturday. She recovered enough to not only race yesterday, but race well, taking fourth.
Norway’s Svindal wins
super-G, completes sweep
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won a super-G yesterday, completing a sweep at Lake Louise.
Svindal also won Saturday’s downhill, making him the first man to win both events at Lake Louise since Bode Miller in 2004.
Svindal was timed in 1 minute, 34.96 seconds, beating runner-up Adrien Theaux of France by 0.85 seconds. Joachim Puchner of Austria was third in 1:35.86, and Ted Ligety of the U.S. was fourth in 1:35.87.
captures World Cup event
LILLEHAMMER, Norway – Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer earned the 41st ski jump World Cup victory of his career by a slim margin yesterday.
Schlierenzauer jumped 141 meters in the first round and followed it up with a 137-meter effort in the second, which was just enough to hold off second-place finisher Anders Fannemel of Norway.
Schlierenzauer finished with 275.5 points to 275.4 for Fannemel, who had the day’s second best jump of 140 meters.
It was the first podium finish of Fannemel’s career.
Thomas Morgenstern of Austria came in third with 269.4 points, while the winner of Saturday’s event, Germany’s Severin Freund, finished in 16th because of a bad first jump.
Dutch skaters win
men’s World Cup races
KOLOMNA, Russia – Koen Verweij earned his first career World Cup individual victory yesterday by winning the men’s 1,500-meter race, while fellow Dutchman Jorit Bergsma won the men’s mass start.
Former Olympic champion Claudia Pechstein of Germany won the women’s 3,000 meters.
Verweij finished in 1 minute, 45.56 seconds, edging Bart Swings of Belgium by 0.21 seconds.
Brian Hansen of the United States was another 0.14 seconds behind for third.
Loch leads German sweep
of top five at World Cup
IGLS, Austria – Olympic luge champion Felix Loch led a German sweep of the top five positions at the season-opening race yesterday, the first time in the men’s World Cup that all five lugers from one nation finished ahead of the field.
Loch, who is the defending World Cup champion, set a track record in his first run and was fastest in the second to finish in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 40.229 seconds for his 11th career win.
David Moeller was 0.307 back in second, and Johannes Ludwig took third.
On Saturday, Germany also dominated the women’s and the men’s doubles races by earning 1-2 finishes in both events. The Germans wrapped up their unbeaten weekend by winning the team relay competition later yesterday.
takes World Cup event
LILLEHAMMER, Norway – Magnus Moan of Norway won his second Nordic Combined World Cup event of the weekend yesterday for his 20th career victory.
Moan, who earned his first win in almost two years at Saturday’s season-opening event, was sixth after the ski jumping discipline but convincingly won the 10-kilometer penalty race to finish in 26 minutes, 54.4 seconds.
Fellow Norwegian Haavard Klemetsen had the best jump but lost time to Moan in the cross-country portion and was 5.0 seconds back in second place.
Eric Frenzel of Germany came in third.
Norway wins cross-country World Cup relay events
GALLIVARE, Sweden – Norway won both the men’s and women’s relay competitions at the season-opening World Cup cross-country ski meet yesterday.
The men’s team of Eldar Roenning, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Sjur Roethe and Petter Northug finished the 4x7.5-kilometer race in 1 hour, 1 minute, 59.3 seconds to beat Sweden by 6.4 seconds. Russia was third.
Andover’s Kris Freeman skied the anchor leg for the U.S. team, which finished 15th.
Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug, Martine Ek Hagen and Marit Bjoergen led the 4x5K women’s race throughout before finishing in 45 minutes, 32.2 seconds.
Sweden took second, 19.4 seconds behind, and the United States was 28.2 back in third.
McHale’s daughter dies at 23
HOUSTON – The daughter of Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale has died at 23.
Alexandra “Sasha” McHale died Saturday, and the team disclosed no other details yesterday.
Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter. During his absence, Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach. There is no timetable for Kevin McHale’s return.
Team owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement that he extends his “deepest condolences” over the loss of the McHales’ “beautiful daughter.” He called Kevin and wife, Lynn, “loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time.” He said the “entire organization is mourning.”
Vettel wins third
straight title in Brazil
SAO PAULO – Sebastian Vettel overcame a first-lap crash yesterday to capture his third straight Formula One championship.
He finished sixth in the Brazilian Grand Prix, which won by Jenson Button, and at 25 became the youngest three-time champion in Formula One.
Vettel held off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title. Alonso had a superb start on a hectic first lap at Interlagos. He finished second but that wasn’t enough to erase Vettel’s lead in the standings.
McIlroy wins Dubai World Championship by 2 strokes
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Rory McIlroy won the Dubai World Championship by two strokes after shooting a 6-under 66 yesterday, ending a year in which he won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.
The top-ranked McIlroy overcame early putting woes to finish with five straight birdies in a 23-under 265 at the season-ending tournament to beat Justin Rose of England, who shot a course-record 62.
After Rose eagled the 14th and birdied the 15th to take a two-shot lead, McIlroy responded with birdies on the 14th and 15th to pull even. Rose birdied the 18th after nearly sinking a 60-foot eagle putt to move ahead, only for McIlroy to sink a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 16 before finishing with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.