Disappointing day on slopes for Americans

Veteran Mario Matt of Austria safely protected his first-run lead to win a World Cup slalom race on Sunday at Val d’Isere, France.

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 beat Sweden’s Mattias Hargin by .53 seconds.

World champion Tessa Worley of France won a World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, racing to the fastest time in both runs.

CROSS COUNTRY: Marit Bjoergen of Norway beat Kikkan Randall of the United States in a photo finish to complete a sprint-distance race victory double in a World Cup event at Davos, Switzerland.


SOCHI GAMES: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabious says that neither he nor other top officials, including President Francois Hollande, plan to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Last week, German President Joachim Gauck said he would not attend the games because of Russia’s human rights record.

The United States qualified for men’s curling at Sochi with an 8-5 playoff victory over the Czech Republic at Fuessen, Germany.


FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: Matt Kuchar and Harris English shot a 14-under 58 in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record with a 34-under 182 at Naples, Fla.

FATHER/SON CHALLENGE: Stewart and Connor Cink made two eagles in their final five holes for a three-stroke victory at Orlando, Fla.

ASIAN TOUR: Sergio Garcia shot a final-round 68 to beat Henrik Stenson by four strokes and win the Thailand Golf Championship.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Liverpool delivered a potent attacking master class, with Luis Suarez at his best in a 5-0 rout of Tottenham that signals the team can sustain a title challenge.

The 18-time champions moved two points behind Arsenal after the leaders were stunned 6-3 at Manchester City on Saturday.


MURRAY HONORED: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been voted the BBC’s 60th Sports Personality of the Year, winning the accolade after becoming the first British man to lift the trophy in 77 years.


WORLD CUP: Reigning Olympic champ Steven Holcomb remained perfect on the season, driving USA-1 to victory in a four-man race at Lake Placid, N.Y.

– From news service reports

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