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Ted Ligety from the United States, speeds down the course during the men's World Cup giant slalom ski race in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
Lindsey Vonn of the United States, speeds down the course in the women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
Vonn races to second straight Lake Louise hat trick
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lindsey Vonn completed a sweep of World Cup races at Lake Louise for the second straight year.
Vonn won yesterday’s super-G in a time of 1 minute, 22.82 seconds. She also won two downhill races over the weekend for the hat trick.
American teammate Julia Mancuso was second in the super-G in 1:23.25, while Anna Fenninger of Austria was third in 1:23.27.
Vonn’s victory was her 14th career win at Lake Louise.
Ligety wins giant slalom
with blazing final run
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Ted Ligety of the United States easily captured his second straight World Cup giant slalom race with a flawless and fast final run.
Ligety finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 25.59 seconds yesterday, holding off top rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 1.76 seconds. Davide Simoncelli of Italy was third.
The last racer of the day, Ligety gained speed throughout the tricky course and built on his first-run advantage. Soon after finishing, Ligety bent down to kiss the snow.
These days, no one can come close to catching him. Ligety won the season opening GS race in Soelden, Austria, by a whopping 2.75 seconds.
The 28-year-old from Park City, Utah, won two straight overall GS titles before Hirscher halted his string last season.
N.C. State introduces
Doeren as new football coach
RALEIGH, N.C. – New North Carolina State Coach Dave Doeren says taking over the Wolfpack program is “a great opportunity.”
The school held a news conference to introduce Doeren as the new coach yesterday.
Doeren took the job Saturday, less than a day after leading Northern Illinois to a second straight Mid-American Conference championship.
He replaces Tom O’Brien, who was fired after six seasons last week.
Doeren was 23-4 in two seasons at Northern Illinois, including 17-1 in conference play. He won’t coach the No. 16 Huskies (12-1) in their bowl game.
Virginia QB Rocco gets
release to go elsewhere
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco is transferring.
Coach Mike London said he met Friday with the junior quarterback who started 21 games in the past two seasons and granted Rocco’s request to be released from his scholarship. Rocco plans to complete the current semester at Virginia.
Rocco started all 13 games as a sophomore and led Virginia to an 8-5 record and its first bowl game since the 2007 season.
He began this season as the starter after winning the job in preseason competition with Alabama transfer Phillip Sims. Rocco started the first five games, then lost the job to Sims after the Cavaliers lost three straight.
Rocco regained the job – and most of the playing time – for the last two games of the season.
pursuit races in Finland
KUUSAMO, Finland – Norway’s Marit Bjorgen kept up her domination in cross-country skiing, easily winning the 10-kilometer pursuit yesterday.
Bjorgen finished in 31 minutes, 19.4 seconds – a convincing 1:21.4 faster than Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. Heidi Weng of Norway was third.
Bjorgen won the 5-kilometer freestyle race on Saturday.
Also, Petter Northug of Norway won the men’s 15-kilometer pursuit by a tight margin of 1.4 seconds after a challenge from Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia.
Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan came third, crossing the line just 3.4 seconds behind Northug.
German sweep at World Cup
KOENIGSSEE, Germany – European champion Andi Langenhan led a German sweep of the top three positions yesterday in the second luge World Cup event of the season.
Langenhan edged defending World Cup and Olympic champion Felix Loch by 0.041 seconds to finish in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 38.679 seconds over two runs.
David Moeller was third, 0.263 behind Langenhan, followed by Russia’s Albert Demchenko and Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler in fourth and fifth.
Germany’s Seifert, China’s Wang win at short track
NAGOYA, Japan – Robert Seifert of Germany and Wang Meng of China won 500-meter races in World Cup short-track speedskating yesterday, while South Korea dominated the 1,500.
Seifert timed 41.314 seconds to edge out Charles Hamelin of Canada by 0.018 seconds. Travis Jayner of the United States was third in 41.398.
Wang finished in 44.595 to finish ahead of compatriot Liu Qiuhong, who clocked 45.111. South Korea’s Shim Suk-hee was third.
Noh Jin-kyu of South Korea won the men’s 1,500 in 2:19.482, beating compatriot Sin Da-woon by 0.058 seconds. Sjenkie Knegt of the Netherlands was third.
take pursuit races
OSTERSUND, Sweden – Martin Fourcade of France took advantage of nearly windless weather to win the biathlon in Sweden despite starting yesterday’s race in 10th position.
Fourcade completed the 12.5-kilometer pursuit in 33 minutes, 3.5 seconds, with only one penalty and just seven-tenths of a second ahead of second-place finisher Andreas Birnbacher of Germany. Anton Shipulin of Russia was third.
In the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit, Tora Berger of Norway used her first-place start to secure a victory with a time of 31 minutes, 1.9 seconds.
Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second just less than half a minute behind Berger, while Andrea Henkel of Germany finished third.
Kaymer holds on in rain
to win at Sun City
SUN CITY, South Africa – Martin Kaymer of Germany held on for a 2-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at a rainy Sun City yesterday, earning his first title of 2012.
Kaymer finished with an 8-under 280 ahead of Charl Schwartzel of South Africa. American Bill Haas was third at 3 under par.
McDowell ends drought by winning World Challenge
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Graeme McDowell closed with a 4-under 68 yesterday and won the World Challenge for his first title in two years.
McDowell held off Keegan Bradley with a couple of key short-game shots on the back nine and finished with one last birdie he didn’t need. It was the 10th time in 12 rounds that he has shot in the 60s at Sherwood Country Club, and he now has two wins and a runner-up finish in his three appearances at this tournament.
Bradley, two shots behind with five holes to play, never got any closer. He wound up with a 69.
Smith sells off
Gold Gloves for $519,203
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – Ozzie Smith turned gold into cash.
The Hall of Fame shortstop sold his 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1980-92 for $519,203, SCP Auctions said yesterday.
The price includes a 20 percent commission, known as a buyer’s premium.
Two pairs of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves used during fights each sold for $385,848.
They were used against Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964, and for his first bout against Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971.
A Babe Ruth team sweater from around 1922 sold for $250,642, Oscar Robertson’s NBA MVP Award from 1963-64 for $177,632 and a Robertson 1960 U.S. Olympic team jersey for $121,324.
Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman Trophy sold for $173,102. A Lou Gehrig game-used bat from 1938 or ’39 sold for $75,205 – the same price as a 1966 Green Bay Super Bowl ring presented to Steve Wright.
SCP said the winning bidders wanted to remain anonymous.