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Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, speeds past a gate during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
France's Tessa Worley competes on her way to set the fastest time, during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
Worley wins World Cup giant slalom
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – World champion Tessa Worley of France won a World Cup giant slalom yesterday, racing to the fastest time in both runs.
Overall standings leader Lara Gut of Switzerland and Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States were among expected contenders who did not complete the first run. Both slid out on the aggressive snow surface.
Worley sped down in a combined time of 2:07.62 to deny Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden a second straight GS victory by 0.37 seconds.
Tina Maze of Slovenia, the defending overall World Cup champion, matched her best result of the season in third, trailing Worley by 0.79.
Worley got her eighth career World Cup win, all in giant slalom.
Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who won Saturday’s super-G, also skied out in the morning.
Veteran Matt wins World Cup slalom race
VAL D’ISERE, France – Veteran Mario Matt of Austria safely protected his first-run lead to win a World Cup slalom race yesterday.
It was another disappointing day for the United States. Neither Ted Ligety, who finished the first run in 39th, nor Bode Miller, who went off course, qualified for the second run.
The 34-year-old Matt, a two-time former slalom world champion, beat Sweden’s Mattias Hargin by .53 seconds and Italian veteran Patrick Thaler – second after the first run – by .78.
Matt, who was second last month in the slalom at Levi, Finland, has 15 World Cup wins – 14 in slalom and one in supercombined.
His previous win was at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, in March 2011, while his first was nearly 14 years ago at Kitzbuehel, Austria.
Germany’s Frenzel wins Nordic combined World Cup
RAMSAU, Austria – Eric Frenzel of Germany held off a challenge from three Norwegians to earn his third Nordic combined World Cup win of the Olympic season yesterday.
The world champion was third after the ski jump but finished the 10-kilometer cross-country race in 21:52.4 for his 12th career victory.
Haavard Klemetsen, who led after the ski jump, came 24th in the cross-country to lead a Norwegian 2-3-4 finish, 5.3 seconds off the lead. Mikko Kokslien was 5.6 back in third and Magnus Krog placed fourth, trailing Frenzel by 6.3.
Olympic champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France finished 46.3 seconds behind in 22th.
Frenzel leads the standings with 326 points ahead of Japan’s Akito Watabe with 221 and Kokslien with 206.
World champion Stoch holds off Ammann
TITISEE-NEUSTADT, Germany – World champion Kamil Stoch of Poland beat four-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann yesterday for his first ski jump World Cup win of the season.
Stoch took the lead with a jump of 142.5 meters in the first round and held off Ammann’s challenge with 138.5 in the second for a total of 300.7 points.
Ammann equaled Stoch’s first-round jump for distance but was fifth on judges’ points. Ammann finished with 292.9 points.
Japan’s Noriaki Kasai was third with jumps of 139.5 and 137.5 for 292.0 points.
Saturday’s winner, Thomas Morgenstern of Austria, crashed on his landing after a jump of 141.0 and was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in nearby Freiburg.
Norway’s Bjoergen, Gloeersen win World Cup sprints
DAVOS, Switzerland – Marit Bjoergen of Norway beat Kikkan Randall of the United States in a photo finish yesterday to complete a sprint-distance race victory double in the cross-country ski World Cup.
Bjoergen also won the 15-kilometer Saturday and has 62 career World Cup victories, extending her overall standings lead. Denise Herrmann of Germany was third.
Randall climbed to fifth overall.
In the men’s sprint, Norway’s Anders Gloeersen got his first victory in three years.
Gloeersen beat runner-up Martti Jylhae of Finland and third-place Sergey Ustiugov of Russia, who both earned their first World Cup podium finishes.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway leads the overall standings.
Holcomb stays perfect in World Cup season
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Reigning Olympic champion Steven Holcomb remained perfect on the season yesterday, driving USA-1 to victory in a World Cup 4-man race at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Holcomb and his team of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt finished two runs in 1:50.15.
British pilot John James Jackson and his team of Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon were surprising silver medalists, just 0.07 seconds back on a snowy afternoon. The German team of Thomas Florschuetz, Ronny Listner, Kevin Kuske and Christian Poser took third, 0.25 seconds behind Holcomb.
Holcomb has driven to victory in all seven of his World Cup starts this season. American bobsledders and skeleton athletes won 11 of 21 medals awarded in Lake Placid this weekend.
Yarnold wins World Cup race; Pikus-Pace third
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Elizabeth Yarnold of Britain won a shortened World Cup skeleton race yesterday at Mount Van Hoevenberg, topping Austria’s Janine Flock.
Yarnold finished one run in 56.27 seconds to extend her World Cup series points lead. Flock was timed in 56.61 seconds and Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. was third in 56.72 seconds.
The race was delayed by about 90 minutes at the start and shortened to one run because of track conditions.
It was the second win of the season for Yarnold, who was credited with the victory in the season-opening race in Calgary, Alberta after Pikus-Pace was disqualified after a dispute about tape being applied to her sled handle.
U.S. men sweep to Sochi
FUESSEN, Germany – The United States qualified for the men’s curling tournament at the Sochi Olympics with an 8-5 playoff victory over the Czech Republic yesterday.
The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead.
The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shuster’s team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last available Olympic berth.
The Americans, coached by Tim Muller with Craig Brown at alternate, had kept their qualification hopes alive with a 7-5 win over South Korea in Saturday’s tiebreaker.
Kuchar, English win Shootout, set tourney mark
NAPLES, Fla. – Matt Kuchar and Harris English set a tournament course record by finishing at 34 under at the Franklin Templeton Shootout yesterday.
Kuchar and English beat the duo of Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson at the Tiburon Golf Resort’s Gold course. The winners shot 25 under in their last 28 holes. Playing yesterday under a scramble format, they shot a 14-under 58.
Goosen and Jacobson cut their deficit to three shots after three holes before Kuchar and English warmed up. They were 11-under 61 for the day and 27-under for the tournament.
Finishing third were Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, who had a 13-under 59 and went 26 under overall. Chris DiMarco and Billy Horschel were in fourth at 24 under.
Host Greg Norman and partner Jonas Blixt tied Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly and Graham DeLaet/Mike Weir at 19 under.
Portland’s Leonard, Philadelphia’s Orton suspended
NEW YORK – Portland center Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia center Daniel Orton were each suspended for one game without pay by the NBA yesterday for their altercation Saturday night.
Leonard initiated an altercation by slamming Orton to the floor, and Orton retaliated by elbowing Leonard in the mouth in the fourth quarter of Portland’s 139-105 victory in Philadelphia.
Leonard sat out Portland’s game at Detroit yesterday, and Orton will miss Philadelphia’s game at Brooklyn tonight.