Injured Ligety uses strong run to win giant slalom

American Ted Ligety used a powerful second run to win a World Cup giant slalom Sunday in Beaver Creek, Colorado despite a broken wrist.

In fourth place after the opening run, Ligety found speed where others couldn’t on a deteriorating course.

He finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 34.07 seconds. Alexis Pinturault of France was second, 0.18 seconds behind, and Austria’s Marcel Hirscher ended up third.

 Six-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller remains “optimistic” about a January return after undergoing surgery last month to fix a disk in his back.

Miller, of Franconia, New Hampshire, hopes to lightly ski as soon as this week. He’s on pace to possibly race at world championships in February “barring unforeseen catastrophes,” he said..

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Lara Gut of Switzerland won the women’s World Cup super-G Sunday in Lake Louise, Alberta, with Lindsey Vonn finishing second.

Gut was timed in 1 minute, 18.46 seconds.

Vonn was 0.37 seconds behind and Tina Maze of Slovenia was third.


RUSSIAN SPORTS: Pole vault great Sergei Bubka says he is “shocked” by claims of widespread doping in Russian sports.

Bubka, who also heads the International Olympic Committee’s Entourage Commission, told The Associated Press that he expects the strongest possible sanctions if the IAAF ethics commission confirms the allegations of systematic cheating and corruption in the country.

IOC MEETING: IOC President Thomas Bach has issued a final plea for members to support his wide-ranging reform package, warning that “we are not living on an island” and the Olympic movement must act now.

Speaking on the eve of a two-day meeting of the IOC general assembly, Bach laid out his 40-point reform platform that includes a revised bidding process, a more flexible sports program and creation of an Olympic television channel.

Mixed Martial Arts

UFC: Former professional wrestler C.M. Punk has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC, and he intends to make his mixed martial arts debut in 2015.

C.M. Punk is the stage name of 36-year-old Phil Brooks, who became one of the WWE’s biggest stars in recent years before falling out with the company.


SHORT COURSE WORLDS: Five more world records were broken at the short-course world championships in Doha, Qatar, with Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden setting two Sunday.

– From staff and news services