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Ted Ligety, left, is greeted by Bode Miller after Ligety won the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller placed second in the race.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Ted Ligety lines up another gate during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)
Bode Miller clips a gate on his first run during the men's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo.(AP Photo/ Charles Krupa)
Ligety edges Miller to win World Cup giant slalom
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Ted Ligety turned in a flawless final run to win a fourth straight World Cup race, edging U.S. teammate Bode Miller of Franconia.
Ligety completed the technical course in a two-run combined time of 2:35.77 yesterday, eclipsing Miller by 1.32 seconds. Marcel Hirscher of Austria was third.
Moments after Miller took the lead with a hard-charging pass through the course, Ligety thrilled the capacity crowd in Beaver Creek, Colo., with a furious run of his own, leaning across the finish line.
It’s the first time the Americans have placed two skiers on a GS podium since 2005, when Miller and Daron Rahlves went 1-2.
Ligety also became the first to capture four straight World Cup giant slalom races since Italy’s Alberto Tomba accomplished the feat in 1991.
Gut earns fourth win of young World Cup season
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lara Gut of Switzerland won a super-G yesterday by three-hundredths of a second for her fourth victory of a World Cup season that is only eight races old.
She’s won two super-Gs, one downhill and one slalom.
Gut finished in 1:22.86 to edge Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, while Anna Fenninger of Austria was third in 1:23.19.
Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn was fifth in 1:23.71, showing more progress in her comeback from major knee surgery after coming in 40th on Friday, then 11th on Saturday. Another American, Leanne Smith, was sixth in the super-G.
Johnson rallies to beat Woods in World Challenge
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Zach Johnson delivered the kind of theatrics that usually belong to Tiger Woods to win the World Challenge.
Johnson holed out for par from the drop area on the 18th hole at Sherwood that got him into a playoff, and he won when Woods hit a poor shot into the bunker and missed a 5-foot par putt on the first extra hole.
The final World Challenge at Sherwood after 14 years was set up for the perfect sendoff. There was a record crowd and the tournament host was poised to win. Instead, Johnson rallied from four shots down with eight holes to play for his second win this year.
Johnson moves into the top 10 in the world for the first time in his career.
Qualls returns to Astros for $6M, 2-year deal
HOUSTON – Chad Qualls is returning to the Houston Astros, his original team.
The right-handed reliever agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with a team option for 2016.
Qualls went 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 66 games for the Miami Marlins this year and has made at least 50 appearances in nine straight seasons. He has pitched for eight clubs in his big league career, going 45-37 with 51 saves and a 3.79 ERA in 663 appearances.
Freund of Germany wins ski jump World Cup event
LILLEHAMMER, Norway – Germany’s Severin Freund beat Norway’s Anders Bardal to win a ski jump World Cup event yesterday.
Freund jumped 132.5 meters in the first round and 137 meters in the second to finish with a total of 279 points at the large hill in Lillehammer.
Bardal soared into second place with a 138-meter jump in the last round and totaled 277 points.
Japan’s Daiki Ito was third.
Frenzel wins Nordic Combined World Cup event
LILLEHAMMER, Norway – Eric Frenzel of Germany won a Nordic combined event yesterday ahead of Norway’s Magnus Krog and Akito Watabe of Japan.
Frenzel was second after the ski jump portion but quickly overtook Evgeniy Klimov of Russia to surge into first place in the 10-kilometer cross-country race in Lillehammer.
The German finished in 29:27.7 seconds, nearly a minute faster than Krog and Watabe.
Norway’s Joergen Graabak was fourth and Johannes Rydzek of Germany finished fifth.
Richardson of U.S. wins World Cup 1,000
BERLIN – American Heather Richardson won the 1,000-meter race in World Cup speedskating yesterday, the final World Cup event before the Sochi Olympics.
She led a 1-2 finish for the United States, capturing her third win in four races in the event.
Richardson finished in 1:14.51, defeating Brittany Bowe by 0.91 seconds. Russia’s Olga Fatkulina was third.
Olympic champion Mo Tae-bum of South Korea edged Joji Kato of Japan by two thousandths of a second in the 500.
Mo clocked 34.876 seconds to deny Kato what would have been his second win of the season. Dutchman Michel Mulder was third.