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  • Ted Ligety of the Unites States speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski men's World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, , Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)

    Ted Ligety of the Unites States speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski men's World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, , Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)

  • Ted Ligety of the Unites States speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski men's World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, , Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)

    Ted Ligety of the Unites States speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski men's World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, , Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)

  • Ted Ligety of the Unites States speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski men's World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, , Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)
  • Ted Ligety of the Unites States speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski men's World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, , Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)

Alpine skiing

Ligety wins World Cup giant slalom

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Ted Ligety of the United States put together two nearly flawless runs to win a World Cup giant slalom yesterday, the last men’s race before the Sochi Olympics.

Ligety, a two-time world champion in the event, was a massive 1.51 seconds faster than Marcel Hirscher of Austria in the combined time.

Hirscher jumped from third to second, while Alexis Pinturault of France fell from second to third after both heats to finish 1.69 seconds behind Ligety.

Ligety overcame poor visibility as fog shrouded the middle section of the course to gain his 21st career victory and his third in a giant slalom this season. He also has a victory in a super combined this year.

Hirscher still retained his lead in the giant slalom standings.

Alpine skiing

Sweden’s Hansdotter takes slalom for first win

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia – Frida Hansdotter of Sweden won her first women’s World Cup race in heavy snow yesterday after American teen Mikaela Shiffrin failed to hold on to her opening-run lead.

Hansdotter, who trailed Shiffrin by 0.31 seconds going into the final run, finished in an overall time of 1:50.17. The Swede had been runner-up in eight slaloms before, including two this season.

Austrian sisters Marlies and Bernadette Schild were second and third, coming 0.05 and 0.15 behind, respectively.

The last racer on the visibly deteriorating course, Shiffrin caught a hole in the snow early in her final run and was thrown forward. She recovered but, having lost her pace, ended up 0.72 behind Hansdotter in seventh.

It was the final women’s World Cup race before the Sochi Olympics.

Golf

Gallacher wins Dubai Desert Classic by one stroke

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Stephen Gallacher of Scotland shot a final round 72 yesterday to become the first player to successfully defend the Dubai Desert Classic title, beating Emiliano Grillo of Argentina by one stroke.

Gallacher fought back after four bogeys over his opening eight left him in a five-way tie for the lead after 11 holes.

He won the 25-year-old tournament with an overall 16-under 272. It’s only his third victory in 18 years and 431 events on the European Tour.

Grillo secured his best Tour finish with an overall 15-under 273 when he eagled the last hole for a round of 66. Frenchman Romain Wattel also shot a 66 to finish tied in third at 14-under 274 with Brooks Koepka (70) of the United States.

Rory McIlroy struggled with a 74 to finish tied for ninth, while top-ranked Tiger Woods (71) birdied his closing three holes for a share of 41st with a 6-under 282.

Golf

Stadler wins Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Kevin Stadler won the Phoenix Open yesterday for his first PGA Tour title when playing partner Bubba Watson missed a 5-footer for par on the final hole.

Stadler, the 33-year-old son of PGA Tour winner Craig Stadler, closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet.

Stadler won in his 239th PGA Tour start, earning a spot in the Masters – a tournament his father won in 1982. The Stadlers are the ninth father-son winners in tour history.

Stadler finished at 16-under 268 at TPC Scottsdale. Raised in Colorado, he played in Denver Broncos colors, wearing an orange shirt and blue pants and hat.

Watson shot a 71, and DeLaet had a 65.

College basketball

Oakland’s Bader breaks Division I 3-point record

MILWAUKEE – Oakland’s Travis Bader set an NCAA Division I record for the most career 3-pointers yesterday in the first half against Milwaukee, surpassing the previous mark of 457 set by Duke’s J.J. Redick.

Bader, who entered the game two behind Redick, missed his first 3-point attempt, but made his next four. He broke the record with a shot from the right corner with 6:17 left in the first half, pulling Oakland within 29-28.

He made his second attempt with 11:45 left in the half despite being fouled, converting the four-point play.

Bader, a 6-foot-5 senior guard, tied the record with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 6:58 left.

Bader scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half, making of five of seven 3-pointers. He was 1-for-4 beyond the arc in the second half, pushing his career total to 461.

Ski jumping

Stoch wins last World Cup event before Sochi

WILLINGEN, Germany – World champion Kamil Stoch of Poland won the last ski jump World Cup event before the Sochi Olympics to reclaim his lead in the overall standings yesterday.

Stoch soared 147 meters in his first jump and 145 in his second for a total of 271.4 points. It was his fourth victory of the season, and second of the weekend.

Favorite Severin Freund was second again, with jumps of 141.5 and 134 meters for 257.9 points.

Peter Prevc of Slovenia was third after jumps of 145.5 and 132 earned him 247.3 points.

Stoch moved to 921 points in the standings, 13 ahead of Prevc.

Ski jumping

Japan’s Takanashi wins second straight event

HINZENBACH, Austria – Japanese ski jumper Sara Takanashi won her second World Cup event in two days yesterday, cementing her status as favorite for Olympic gold in Sochi.

Takanashi had jumps of 88.5 and 92.5 meters to gain 245.2 total points for her 10th individual victory of the season.

In a repeat of Saturday’s result, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria came in second with 238.4 points. Julia Kykkanen of Finland was third with 234.8.

Takanashi extended her lead in the overall standings over Germany’s Carina Vogt, who finished fifth, to 1,220 to 761 points. Iraschko-Stolz is third with 682.

Women’s ski jumping makes its Olympic debut in Sochi with a competition on the normal hill on Feb. 11.

Tennis

Murray beats Querrey; Brits top U.S. in Davis Cup

SAN DIEGO – Wimbledon champion Andy Murray beat Sam Querrey, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3, to clinch Great Britain’s opening-round Davis Cup victory against the United States yesterday at Petco Park.

Murray won his 18th straight Davis Cup singles match and Great Britain beat the Americans for the first time since 1935.

Britain advanced to the World Group quarterfinals for the first time since 1986. It will face Italy, which defeated Argentina.

Murray split tiebreakers with Querrey in the first two sets, breezed through the third set in 29 minutes and won the match when Querrey returned a serve long.

Britain beat the United States 3-1.

Tennis

Pavlyuchenkova beats Errani in Paris final

PARIS – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday in the final of the Open GDF Suez for her sixth career title.

Pavlyuchenkova captured her first title of the season and her first since winning the Portugal Open in May 2013.

Errani won seven straight games to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the first set and lead 2-0 in the second. But Pavlyuchenkova responded by also winning seven straight games to even the match and lead 1-0 in the third.

In the final set, Pavlyuchenkova hit a backhand return winner to break for a 5-3 lead and sealed the victory with a forehand winner.

Tennis

Makarova beats Pliskova to win Pattaya Open

PATTAYA, Thailand – Fourth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia won her first tournament in almost four years after she beat Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-6 (7), in the final of the Pattaya Open yesterday.

Makarova needed 1 hour, 36 minutes to defeat the 66th-ranked Pliskova and claim her second career title. She also won in Eastbourne on grass in 2010.

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