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Hirscher wins World Cup slalom, takes overall lead
ZAGREB, Croatia – Defending champion Marcel Hirscher reclaimed the overall World Cup lead yesterday by winning a slalom for his third victory of the season.
The Austrian trailed Jens Byggmark by 0.01 seconds after the first leg but took advantage of the Swede’s mistake in the second to win in a combined time of 1 minute, 56.17 seconds.
Andre Myhrer of Sweden was 0.57 back in second, and Hirscher’s Austrian teammate Mario Matt came in 1.09 behind to take third.
Schlierenzauer wins 2nd straight 4 Hills Tour
BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria – Gregor Schlierenzauer won his second straight Four Hills ski jumping tour title yesterday, extending Austria’s unbeaten run in the prestigious competition to five years.
Schlierenzauer, who led the standings after the first three events, beat main challenger Anders Jacobsen of Norway to win the final stop for his 45th career World Cup victory.
Schlierenzauer finished 13.0 points ahead of Jacobsen.
In the final event, Schlierenzauer had jumps of 132.0 and 137.5 meters for a total of 272.7 points. Jacobsen earned 270.4 points to take second. Schlierenzauer’s Austrian teammate, Stefan Kraft, took third with 261.3 points for his first podium finish.
Norway’s Sagen wins women’s event
SCHONACH-SCHOENWALD, Germany – Anette Sagen of Norway set a new hill record to win a women’s ski jump event and claim her first World Cup victory yesterday.
The 27-year-old Sagen soared to a Schonach record of 98 meters with her first jump and then 94 to earn 224.9 points.
Austria’s Daniela Iraschko was second with 224.3 after jumps of 96 and 92.5 meters, while Coline Mattel of France finished third with 223.4.
Zaitseva, Malyshko give Russians pursuit sweep
OBERHOF, Germany – Olga Zaitseva overcame three missed targets to win a women’s 10-kilometer pursuit yesterday for the Russian’s first biathlon Word Cup win of the season.
Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic was 25.9 seconds behind in second for her first podium finish, while Valj Semerenko of Ukraine was third. Both missed one target.
Dmitry Malyshko made it a Russian sweep when he won the men’s 12.5 kilometer pursuit. He shot cleanly and finished in 32 minutes, 22.9 seconds, beating teammate Evgeniy Garanichev by 42.1 seconds.
Legkov and Kowalczyk win Tour de Ski titles
CAVALESE, Italy – Alexander Legkov of Russia won his first Tour de Ski title yesterday by surging away from his rivals on the final climb up Mount Cermis.
Legkov started the final stage in the nine-day race 6.5 seconds behind three-time champion Dario Cologna of Switzerland, but Cologna couldn’t keep pace when Legkov went ahead on the way up the downhill ski slope.
Legkov won the 9-kilometer freestyle handicap-start race in 31 minutes, 3.4 seconds and finished 18.7 seconds ahead of Cologna, with fellow Russian Maxim Vylegzhanin third, 40.7 back.
Andover’s Kris Freeman placed 44th overall, 10:09.7 behind the winner.
In the women’s event, Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won her fifth stage in this year’s race and secured her fourth consecutive overall victory.
Kowalczyk’s time was 35:52.5 to finish 27.9 ahead of Therese Johaug of Norway. Kristin Stoermer Steira, another Norwegian, was third, 2:39.5 back.
Lamy Chappuis wins World Cup race
SCHONACH, Germany – Jason Lamy Chappuis of France won his second Nordic combined event of the season yesterday to extend his lead in the World Cup standings.
The defending champion was fifth after the ski jump but overtook his rivals in the 10-kilometer cross-country race to finish in exactly 26 minutes.
Japan’s Akito Watabe was 1.9 seconds behind, while Norway’s Magnus Moan had the fastest cross-country race to climb to third, after finishing 10th in the jump.
After six completed events, Lamy Chappuis leads the standings with 455 points, followed by Moan (383) and Watabe (229).
Arndt leads German sweep at 4-man event
ALTENBERG, Germany – Maximilian Arndt led a German sweep of the top three positions in four-man bobsled to seize the lead in the World Cup standings yesterday.
Arndt and crew Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze were fastest in the first run and held on in the second to edge Manuel Machata’s crew by 0.06 seconds with an aggregate time of 1 minute, 51.26 seconds.
With three races remaining, Arndt had 1,139 points in the standings, 29 more than Russia’s Alexander Zubkov, who didn’t race.
Germany’s Moeller wins World Cup event
KOENIGSSEE, Germany – David Moeller of Germany won the men’s singles race at a luge World Cup meet yesterday, earning his first victory of the season.
Moeller recorded the fastest time in the first run and did enough in the second to edge Russia’s Albert Demchenko by 0.064 seconds with an aggregate time of 1 minute, 39.526 seconds.
Dominik Fischnaller of Italy took third and Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany was fourth.
Murray beats Dimitrov to defend Brisbane title
BRISBANE, Australia – Andy Murray kicked off 2013 with a successful defense of his Brisbane International title, holding off the up-and-coming Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (0), 6-4, in yesterday’s final.
The 21-year-old Dimitrov raced to a 4-1 lead in his first ATP World Tour final, stunning Murray with some impressive single-handed backhands, but lost his nerve and was broken when serving for the set at 5-3. After getting back on serve, No. 3-ranked Murray saved a set-point with an ace and forced a tiebreaker, which he dominated.
Tipsarevic beats Bautista-Agut to win Chennai Open
CHENNAI, India – Second-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia won the Chennai Open title yesterday by beating Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the final.
The ninth-ranked Tipsarevic won his fourth ATP title against an opponent who was playing in his first tour final. It was the Spaniard, though, who had the better start, winning the first three games.
Tipsarevic, who lost to Milos Raonic in last year’s final, dominated the second set and then broke early in the third.
PGA Tour opener delayed – again – by wind
KAPALUA, Hawaii – The latest attempt to start the PGA Tour season lasted just over an hour.
High wind returned to Kapalua yesterday and left officials no choice but to bring the players in from the Plantation Course with no one completing more than five holes. There was no immediate indication whether the opening round could resume.
It appeared likely that the tournament would stretch into tomorrow.
Jets continue GM search, with Gamble front-runner
NEW YORK – The New York Jets are moving forward with their search for a new general manager, with San Francisco 49ers executive Tom Gamble appearing to be the front-runner to replace Mike Tannenbaum.
Gamble, the 49ers’ director of player personnel, met with the Jets over the weekend, and he canceled a second interview with Jacksonville and postponed a meeting with San Diego for their GM vacancies, according to published reports.
New York also spoke with Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell.
The Jets are still expected to interview Marc Ross, the Giants’ director of college scouting, and in-house candidate Scott Cohen, the team’s assistant GM under Tannenbaum. The meeting with Ross will satisfy the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” which mandates that teams must interview at least one minority candidate for front-office and head coaching jobs.
Gonzalez on U.S. roster; Donovan left off
CHICAGO – Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez will return to the U.S. national team after a two-year absence, while Landon Donovan was left off the Americans’ training camp roster.
Gonzalez was among 25 mostly U.S.-based players selected yesterday by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a camp before a Jan. 29 exhibition against Canada at Houston. The Americans then will call in their regulars for the opening game of the final round of World Cup qualifying, Feb. 6 at Honduras.
Donovan was skipped over while he decides whether he wants to keep playing, and Houston midfielder Ricardo Clark also was omitted.
Midfielders Break Shea and Chris Pontius and goalkeeper Nick Rimando were left off while they recover from injuries.