Goergl gets rare win in women’s downhill as favorites Vonn, Riesch take second, third

Elisabeth Goergl of Austria won the women’s downhill at the world championships Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, beating favorites Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch to earn her second gold of competition.

Goergl skied the course in 1 minute, 47.24 seconds to lead Vonn by 0.44 and Riesch by 0.60. It was the first women’s top-level downhill race in two years not won by either Vonn or Riesch.

Goergl also won Tuesday’s super-G.


ABN AMRO TOURNAMENT: Top-seeded Robin Soderling beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to defend his title in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

OPEN GAZ DE FRANCE: Kim Clijsters fell to Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-3 in the final in Paris.

PATTAYA OPEN: Daniela Hantuchova claimed her first title in four years, defeating Sara Errani 6-0, 6-2 in the final in Pattaya, Thailand.

SAP OPEN: Milos Raonic beat Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) to win the event in San Jose, Calif.


PREMIER LEAGUE: American midfielder Stuart Holden set up Bolton’s first score and had a goal disallowed in its 2-0 win over Everton. Holden swung in a perfect free kick that was met by England defender Gary Cahill, whose header deflected the ball into the net past goalkeeper Tim Howard. Bolton’s Daniel Sturridge scored from 10 yards in the 67th to seal a win.


MAJOR LEAGUES: Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher is recovering after surgery to remove a cancerous module on his thyroid gland.

The team said that the 45-year-old Butcher had surgery Thursday in Tempe, Ariz., where he lives and the Angels are in spring training. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Butcher’s absence is expected to be “short term.”


TRIPLE CROWN: Undefeated Uncle Mo leads the list of 364 early nominees for the Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds.

The colt won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Eclipse Award as last year’s top 2-year-old. Uncle Mo has a chance to give trainer Todd Pletcher consecutive victories in the Kentucky Derby, which Pletcher won last year with Super Saver.

Pletcher nominated a leading 20 horses, as did Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Steve Asmussen nominated 17 horses, while Hall of Famers D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito have 12 each.

The early nomination period, when horses can be nominated for $600 each, closed Jan. 22. The late period, when nominations cost $6,000 each, closes on March 26.