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WINTER SPORTS ROUNDUP

Davis, Richardson score third speedskating victories

Associated Press / December 18, 2011
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Shani Davis and Heather Richardson won 1,500-meter races yesterday for their third victories at the US Speed Skating Long Track Championships in West Allis, Wis.

Davis and Richardson also won the 500- and 1,000-meter events at the Pettit National Ice Center. Richardson finished in 1 minute, 58.13 seconds to beat Jilleane Rookard (2:00.87). Britany Bowe, who finished second to Richardson in both the 500 and 1,000, was third in 2:01.15.

Davis, who has two Olympic silver medals at this distance, had a time of 1:45.19. Second was Jonathan Kuck in 1:47.23.

The championships conclude today with the women’s 5,000- and men’s 10,000-meter races.

Ski jumping - Anders Bardal of Norway won a World Cup event in Engelberg, Switzerland, to move into second place in the overall standings behind Andreas Kofler of Austria.

Martin Koch of Austria was second, Austria’s Thomas Morgenstern third. Kofler placed fourth and is 78 points ahead of Bardal in the standings.

Cross-country - Double Olympic champion Petter Northug of Norway won a 15-kilometer mass start race in Rogla, Slovenia, to extend his overall lead in the World Cup standings.

Northug finished in 42 minutes, 42.7 seconds to beat Dario Cologna of Switzerland by 0.2 seconds. Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan was third.

Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won the women’s 10K mass start race. Norway’s Therese Johaug and Vibeke Skofterud finished second and third.

Bobsled - Germany’s Thomas Florschuetz and Kevin Kuske won a World Cup two-man event in Winterberg, Germany, to maintain their lead in the overall standings.

Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter finished second, and Latvian duo Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens were third. United States pair Steven Holcomb and Curtis Tomasevicz finished 13th.

World champion Cathleen Martini led a 1-2 German finish in the women’s race.

Skeleton - World champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia won a World Cup race in Winterberg, Germany, with a combined time of 57.9 seconds. Germany’s Frank Rommel was second, Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov third. Canada’s Amy Gough won the women’s race.

Nordic - Defending World Cup champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France won his second straight combined event in Seefeld, Austria, to extend his lead in the overall standings. Japan’s Akito Watabe was second, Italy’s Alessandro Pittin third.

Biathlon - Andreas Birnbacher of Germany won a World Cup 12.5-kilometer pursuit in Hochfilzen, Austria, for his second career victory. Olga Zaitseva of Russia won the 10K pursuit for her second straight victory after taking the 7.5K sprint Friday.

The first skiing classic downhill of the World Cup season in Val Gardena, Italy, was canceled because of strong winds.

The women’s World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France, was canceled because of poor weather conditions, and the slalom was moved to today.

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