Stephan Eberharter proved unstoppable again, leading a 1-2-3 Austrian sweep yesterday and mastering the tricky course at Val d'Isere, France, for his third straight downhill victory.

He has won five of the seven World Cup races he has entered this season and holds a 259-point lead in the overall standings.

Eberharter, 33, was timed in 1 minute 58.09 seconds and was followed by teammates Klaus Kroell (1:58.78) and Andreas Schifferer (1:59.03). Five Austrians were among the top 10.

The top U.S. finishers were Bode Miller in 19th place, Daron Rahlves in 21st and Jakub Fiala in 26th.

In other skiing news, Italy's Patrizia Bassis had a two-hour operation in Grenoble, France, to stabilize a broken bone in her neck, a day after she crashed during a World Cup race at Val d'Isere. Bassis was not paralyzed.

* FREESTYLE SKIING: Toby Dawson and Shannon Bahrke gave the United States a sweep of the men's and women's moguls at a World Cup meet in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.

It was the first win of the season for both skiers, who now lead the World Cup moguls standings.

Dawson finished with 27.98 points to defeat Finland's Mikko Ronkainen. American Travis Mayer finished third.

Bahrke's 26.70 points gave her the win over the Norwegian duo of Ingrid Bernsten and Kari Traa.

* SPEEDSKATING: In Harbin, China, Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt of Germany won the women's 500- and 1,000-meter races, and Canada's Jeremy Wotherspoon won the men's 500. Wotherspoon was also second in the 1,000, won by Erben Wennemars of the Netherlands.

* BOBSLED: German women swept the top three places in a World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y, with Sandra Prokoff recording her fourth straight victory. Susi Erdmann was second and Cathleen Martini was third.

* LUGE: Olympic champion Sylke Otto extended the German women's winning streak to 37 World Cup races, a string dating from November 1997. The Germans swept the top four places in Altenberg, Germany, with Otto capturing her third title in four races this season. Courtney Zablocki of the United States finished eighth.

Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin finished just 13th in the men's doubles, losing their lead in the overall standings. The event was won by Austrians Andreas Linge and Wolfgang Linger.

* BIATHLON: Ole Einar Bjorndalen led Norway's 1-2 finish in a World Cup sprint, beating runner-up Frode Andresen by 28.4 seconds in an event just south of the Arctic Circle in Ostersund, Sweden. Bjorndalen, a four-time Olympic champion at Salt Lake City, shot cleanly while Andresen had two misses in the 10-kilometer competition. Third went to Andrei Derijsemlija of Ukraine, who was 29.1 seconds behind.

* SKI JUMPING: Austria's Martin Hoellwarth won his second title of the World Cup season in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany. Sigurd Pettersen of Norway was second and defending World Cup champion Adam Malaysz of Poland was third.

* NORDIC COMBINED: Three-time Olympic champion Samppa Lajunen recorded his first World Cup victory of the season, leading Finland to a 1-2 finish in Harrachov, Czech Republic.

Johnny Spillane of the United States finished fourth and is fourth in the World Cup standings.

* FIGURE SKATING: Parker Pennington of the United States finished third in the men's competition at the Junior Grand Prix Finals in The Hague, Netherlands. Jennifer Don and Jonathon Hunt of the United States were third in pairs.

* SNOWBOARDING: Switzerland's Manuela Lara Pesko won the women's halfpipe in a World Cup event in Whistler, British Columbia, finishing with 39.9 points.

Stephan Eberharter navigates course in Val d'Isere, France, to win 3rd straight downhill and take a 259-point lead in the overall standings. He has won five of seven World Cup races this season. Sylke Otto wins the luge World Cup in Altenberg, Germany. Germans finished in the top four spots. It was Otto's third title in four races this season.