Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin won the luge World Cup doubles title yesterday by finishing tied for first in the final race of the season in Winterberg, Germany.
The Americans used a strong second run of 44.947 seconds to catch Olympic champions Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch of Germany. The teams finished in the identical time of 1 minute 29.799 seconds.
At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, a West German and East German team shared gold in the event, but times were measured in hundredths of a second.
Grimmette and Martin, who also won the title in 1998 and '99, finished the seven-race season with 545 points. The Germans had 536.
In the women's luge, Germany's Sylke Otto, who claimed the season title last week, won with a time of 1:30.267.
* SPEEDSKATING: In Goteborg, Sweden, American Jennifer Rodriguez won the 500 meters and was third overall in the women's standings, and Derek Parra was 10th in the men's standings at the World All-Around Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.
Rodriguez won the women's sprint in 40.01 seconds, 15-hundredths of a second ahead of overall leader Cindy Klassen of Canada. Klassen also finished second in the 3,000 and holds the overall lead with 83,706 points. Germany's Claudia Pechstein, the 3,000 winner, is second overall with 84,531 points. Rodriguez finished 12th in the 3,000 and was third overall at 84,908. Parra finished fourth in the 500 and 16th in the 5,000 for 79,600 points. Dutchman Ids Postma, the winner in the 500 and fourth in the 5,000, was the men's overall leader with 78,227 points, just ahead of teammates Rintje Ritsma and Gianni Romme, at 78,477 and 78,497, respectively. Romme won the 5,000 in 6:42.67. . . .
In short-track racing, Apolo Anton Ohno was disqualified for the second straight day, helping Canada sweep a World Cup 500-meter race in Kearns, Utah.
Jeff Scholten won the 500 in 41.977 seconds in his first World Cup race of the season. Teammate Jean-Francois Monette (42.220) was second and Francois-Louis Tremblay (42.408) was awarded third after Ohno was disqualified for impeding him.
* BIATHLON: Germany's Alexander Wolf won the men's sprint and Russia's Olga Pyleva won the women's race in a World Cup event in Lahti, Finland.
Wolf covered 10 kilometers in 26:27.5, 4.5 seconds ahead of Russia's Sergei Tchepikov. Alexei Aidarov of Belarus was third, 6.3 seconds back.
Pyleva won the 7.5-kilometer sprint in 23:07.8, 2.3 seconds ahead of Albina Akhatova. Two-time Olympic champion Kati Wilhelm of Germany was third, 3.7 seconds back.
* SKI JUMPING: In Willingen, Germany, Germany's Sven Hannawald won his 18th World Cup title and moved into first place in the overall standings.
Hannawald, who won his sixth World Cup event of the season, had jumps of 142 and 147 meters for a total of 328.2. Austria's Andreas Widhoelzl was second and Florian Liegl third.
* BOBSLED: Andre Lange of Germany clinched the World Cup four-man overall title by winning a race in Calgary, Alberta.
Lange, who won a two-man event Friday, set a track record at Calgary Olympic Park in yesterday's first heat by finishing in 53.75 seconds. His combined time was 1:47.77. Todd Hayes of the United States was second in 1:48.31, followed by Sandis Prusis of Latvia in 1:48.38.
* FREESTYLE SKIING: Jeremy Bloom, who missed the first three weeks of the ski season to play football for the University of Colorado, won a moguls World Cup race in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
* SNOWBOARDING: France's Nicolas Huet and Julie Pomagalski won parallel giant slalom World Cup events in Maribor, Slovenia.