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Winter sports roundup

US in good shape

Team flourishes without Miller

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Associated Press / December 16, 2007

Bode Miller is skiing on his own, and the US team is doing just fine without him.

Scott Macartney finished third in the Saslong downhill yesterday in Al Gardena, Italy, for his first top-three finish in nearly two years. Marco Sullivan placed second in the season-opening downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, and Steven Nyman was runner-up in Beaver Creek, Colo., last month.

"We've had three different guys on the podium," Macartney said. "I think our team is in great shape right now."

Michael Walchhofer won yesterday and has now captured all five World Cup classics. The Austrian covered the 2.14-mile course in 1 minute 56.70 seconds. Switzerland's Didier Cuche was second, 0.18 behind, and Macartney was 0.56 back.

"Everybody was asking me when I would win this race, the last big classic missing from my collection," Walchhofer said. "Maybe I do better under pressure."

Miller finished eighth after placing second in Friday's super-G.

Women's downhill - Olympic slalom champion Anja Paerson won her first downhill in almost two years and American Lindsey Vonn finished second in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The Swede completed the Corviglia course in 1:39.32 in sunny conditions for her first victory this season. Vonn was 0.08 behind despite nearly falling in the middle section when her skis hooked up. Maria Riesch of Germany was third.

Figure skating - South Korea's Kim Yu-na successfully defended her Grand Prix Final title in Turin, Italy, keeping her nerves after a fall.

Two-time world champion Stephane Lambiel won the men's title, edging Japan's Daisuke Takahashi.

Among the women, only silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan and bronze winner Carolina Kostner of Italy skated without falls, both capturing season-best scores.

Rising American Caroline Zhang, who was a surprise second coming into the final free skate, fell on a triple lutz and finished fourth, while US champion Kimmie Meissner fell three times and ended up last in sixth place.

American men Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir committed errors to finish third and fourth, respectively.

Speedskating - Olympic champion Shani Davis celebrated the birth of his son by setting a course record in the 1,000 meters at a World Cup event in Erfurt, Germany.

The American broke the record with a run of 1:09.05 after his wife gave birth the previous night. Canada's Denny Morrison was second in 1:09.33, with South Korea's Mun Joon third at 1:09.49.

Germany's Anni Friesinger captured the 1,000, becoming the third woman to win 50 World Cup events. Friesinger clocked 1:15.71, followed by Italy's Chiara Simionato at 1:16.46 and Canada's Cindy Klassen with 1:16.48.

Cross-country - Norway's Tor Arne Hetland and Astrid Jacobsen won World Cup events in Demino, Russia.

Hetland won the men's 30-kilometer freestyle for his first victory this season. Jacobsen won the women's 15K freestyle race for her first career title in a World Cup event.

Hetland was 4.4 seconds behind the leader but managed to edge Ville Nousiainen of Finland by 0.5 seconds in a sprint to the finish. Nordic combined - Bjorn Kircheisen of Germany won a mass start event in Ramsau, Austria, for his second victory this season. Bill Demong of the United States finished 10th.

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