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Monday, March 16, 2009

NORDIC COMBINED

Demong Earns Final Win

Bill Demong of the United States won the final Nordic combined event of the season and Anssi Koivuranta of Finland clinched the overall title with an eighth-place finish in Vikersund, Norway.

Demong finished yesterday's individual Gundersen event, which began with a ski jump and ended with a 10-kilometer cross-country ski race, in 26 minutes 31.6 seconds.

The 28-year-old from Vermontville, N.Y., finished third overall.

Magnus Moan of Norway was runner-up to Koivuranta after finishing 13th.

Petter Tande was 9.8 seconds behind Demong in second place, and was followed by fellow Norwegian Mikko Kokslien, 10.3 seconds back.

SKIING

Italy Edges Austria

Manfred Moelgg finished third in the last slalom race to give Italy a narrow victory over Austria in the mixed team event at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden.

Moelgg, the last starter in the final heat, needed to finish no lower than fourth to secure victory for his team. He crossed the line 0.94 of a second behind winner Marcel Hirscher, but it was enough.

Italy finished with 21 points. Austria also had 21, but Italy won the tiebreaker by winning three of the heats while Austria won two.

Switzerland was third with 23 points, followed by Sweden with 26 and France with 29.

The competition, held at the Olympia course, consisted of a Super-G and slalom.

The United States, with two-time women's overall champion Lindsey Vonn, did not compete. Norway, with men's overall champion Aksel Lund Svindal, also missed the event because it didn't have enough qualified skiers at the finals.

Also skiing for Italy were Nadia Fanchini, Nicole Gius, Daniela Merighetti, Peter Fill and Werner Heel.

Austria won the overall nations cup ahead of Switzerland, Italy, France, United States and Sweden.

SPEEDSKATING

Wolf Wins Again

Germany's Jenny Wolf won gold in the women's 500 meters for the third straight year at the world speedskating championships in Richmond, B.C.

South Korea's Kang-Seok Lee won the men's crown.

Wolf posted a combined two-run time of 1:15.750 to beat out Wang Beixing of China's 1:15.870. San-Hwa Lee of South Korea took bronze in 1:16.390.

"I was a little bit lucky that her second race wasn't that good," Wolf said of Wang. "I knew I could skate around three-tenths faster than in my first race because I made a big mistake."

Lee clocked 1:09.730 to win the men's 500 over teammate Kyou-Hyuk Lee at 1:09.920 and favorite Yu Fengtong of China at 1:09.970.

American Shani Davis was sixth after the first race in 35.19 but had some issues in the second to post a combined time of 92.220, last among the 22 skaters to finish the race.

GOLF

Bradley Holds On

PGA Tour veteran Michael Bradley won the Puerto Rico Open by one shot after sinking an 11-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.

Bradley, 42, finished at 14-under-par 274 to outlast Jason Day and Brett Quigley at Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Bradley hit his winning putt at a perfect speed after drastically misreading his eagle effort. His playing partner, Day, had a chance to force a playoff with a birdie, but the 21-year-old Australian missed a seven-foot putt. . . .

In Santa Clarita, Calif., Dan Forsman won the AT&T Champions Classic for his first victory in 12 Champions Tour starts, overcoming a five-stroke deficit in regulation and beating Don Pooley with a birdie on the first extra hole.

Forsman, a five-time PGA Tour winner, was five strokes behind Joey Sindelar entering the round.

-- From News Services

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