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Driver Scott Pruett walks through his pit stall after a turn driving in the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Driver Scott Pruett walks through his pit stall after a turn driving in the Grand-Am Series Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


Pruett ties Haywood’s
record as Ganassi wins Rolex

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Scott Pruett tied Hurley Haywood’s record of five Rolex 24 at Daytona victories yesterday, helping Chip Ganassi Racing return to Victory Lane in the prestigious sports car race.

A slight lineup change and a dominating performance in the twice-around-the-clock race earned the No. 01 team another celebratory Rolex watch.

Three-time defending Grand-Am champions Pruett and Memo Rojas, along with NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya and IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball teamed to beat the VelocityWW team by almost 22 seconds.


Woods in control
at Torrey Pines

Everything became perfectly clear yesterday at Torrey Pines. Tiger Woods was on his game and headed to yet another win.

Woods seized control in the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open with a 3-under 69 and a four-shot lead after the third round. He stretched his lead to six shots through seven holes when the final round was suspended by darkness.

Woods was wild off the tee in the final two hours of a long day, but even that didn’t matter. He chipped in from 40 feet for birdie on the fourth, and drilled a shot out of the rough and onto the green for a two-putt birdie on the par-5 sixth as the outcome looked more inevitable.

Woods already is a seven-time winner at Torrey Pines, including a U.S. Open.


U.S. Open to return
to Winged Foot

The U.S. Open is returning to Winged Foot, the New York club with a history of clutch moments and one unforgettable collapse.

The U.S. Golf Association will announce today that the West Course at Winged Foot will host the 2020 U.S. Open. Only two other courses – Oakmont and Baltusrol – will have held the national championship more times.

Winged Foot was designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1923 and hosted its first U.S. Open six years later, when amateur Bobby Jones delivered one of the biggest shots in championship history with a 12-foot putt on the final hole to force a 36-hole playoff. He won the next day by 23 shots over Al Espinosa.

The most recent trip to Winged Foot was memorable for all the wrong reasons – not for Geoff Ogilvy winning with a superb up-and-down from below the 18th green, but for Phil Mickelson blowing his best chance ever to win the U.S. Open.


Stars put backup goalie Nilstorp on injured list

DALLAS – The Dallas Stars put backup goalie Cristopher Nilstorp on the injured list and called up Richard Bachman from their minor league affiliate.

Yesterday’s move came a day after Nilstorp injured a groin in the third period of a 4-3 loss to St. Louis and eventually left the game. Nilstorp has both Dallas losses filling in for starter Kari Lehtonen.

Alpine skiing

Hirscher earns 10th
career World Cup slalom win

KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Marcel Hirscher of Austria earned his 10th career World Cup slalom victory yesterday, and Ivica Kostelic of Croatia took third to win the combined event, which adds the slalom results to those from Saturday’s downhill.

Hirscher was third after the opening leg but was fastest in the second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 44.34 seconds. The defending overall champion extended his lead in both the overall and slalom World Cup standings.

Felix Neureuther of Germany was 0.77 back in second, and Kostelic finished 0.91 behind Hirscher. The Croat became the first skier to win the combined event in Kitzbuehel for four straight years.

Alpine skiing

Maze wins slalom
before home fans in Maribor

MARIBOR, Slovenia – Overall leader Tina Maze won a World Cup slalom yesterday before her home fans a day after she just missed capturing the giant slalom.

She led after the opening run and finished the two runs in 1 minute, 33.68 seconds down the Radvanje course. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was second, 0.86 seconds behind. Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third, 1.13 back.

Maze lost Saturday’s giant slalom by 0.08 seconds to Lindsey Vonn.

In the slalom, Vonn failed to qualify for the second leg. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin moved up from 13th after the opening run to finish sixth and maintained a 13-point lead ahead of Maze in the slalom standings.

Ski jumping

Kranjec captures
ski flying event in Norway

VIKERSUND, Norway – Robert Kranjec of Slovenia cleared 230 meters in both rounds to win a ski flying event yesterday for his first individual ski jump World Cup victory of the season.

Kranjec held a big lead after jumping 231.5 meters in the first round, and then managed 230 in the second to win with 416.5 points. Michael Neumayer of Germany was second, 11 points behind. Gregor Schlierenzauer, who won Saturday’s event to tie the record for most career World Cup victories with 46, was another 5.5 points back in third.

Schlierenzauer holds a big lead in the overall standings with 1,000 points, 243 ahead of Anders Bardal of Norway.

Nordic combined

Germany’s Frenzel wins fourth straight World Cup

KLINGENTHAL, Germany – Eric Frenzel led a German sweep at a Nordic combined World Cup meet yesterday to extend his overall lead with his fourth consecutive victory.

Frenzel was first in the ski jump and avoided any penalty laps, going on to complete the 10-kilometer cross-country race in 23 minutes, 21.1 seconds.

Tino Edelmann was runner-up for the second time in two days – 23.4 seconds behind after completing one penalty lap of 150 meters.

Johannes Rydzek completed three penalty laps to finish 34.4 seconds back in third.

With six events remaining, Frenzel has 674 points and Jason Lamy Chappuis 617.


U.S., with Jones,
wins combined gold

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – The United States team, including Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones, won gold yesterday in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships.

Jones was brakewoman for Elana Meyers in the women’s bobsled portion of an event that also added times in two-man bobsled plus men’s and women’s skeleton.

The U.S. edged Germany by 0.24 seconds even though the Germans won three of four disciplines on the Olympia track.

But Noelle Pikus-Pace was 1.7 seconds faster than German rival Marion Thees in women’s skeleton to lead the Americans to victory. Meyers and Jones were third fastest in women’s bobsled.


Richardson wins 1,000, World Sprint overall title

KEARNS, Utah – Heather Richardson won the 1,000-meter race yesterday to become the first American woman to win the World Sprint Championships since 2005.

Richardson finished in 1 minute, 13.19 seconds, edging Canada’s Christine Nesbitt in the final women’s race of the championship at the Utah Olympic Oval.

Richardson won the overall title based on points, with a gold yesterday to go with a pair of bronze medals Saturday. She had 148.015 points. Defending champion Jing Yu of China was second overall with 148.280 points, and South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa third at 148.560.

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