- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2009

From combined dispatches

ADELBODEN, Switzerland | Reinfried Herbst of Austria won the men’s World Cup slalom race on the Kuonisbaergli course ahead of countryman Manfred Pranger on Sunday.

Defending overall champion Bode Miller was fourth after the morning run but struggled in the final five gates in the afternoon and placed 16th. Ted Ligety of the United States dropped from eighth to 15th but refused to make excuses for his second run.

“That’s what happens,” he said. “It gets dark early over here.”

Herbst had a stellar second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 42.95 seconds after being 10th in the first leg. Pranger led after the first leg but finished 0.18 seconds behind. Germany’s Felix Neureuther was 0.32 back in third.

It was the fourth career World Cup win for the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, who competes only in slalom and was making just his fourth start of the season.

Riesch wins again

MARIBOR, Slovenia | Maria Riesch of Germany captured her fourth straight World Cup slalom, winning by more than a second to move within one victory of tying the record for consecutive discipline wins.

Defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States just missed the podium, finishing fourth with a blistering second run that lifted her from 18th after the first.

Jacobellis tops standings

BAD GASTEIN, Austria | Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States won a World Cup snowboardcross to take the lead in the discipline standings, and Damon Hayler of Australia won the men’s event.

Jacobellis earned her second victory of the season and 16th overall by defeating Dominique Maltais of Canada, Zoe Gillings of Britain and Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria in the women’s final.

Moan edges Schmid

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy | Magnus Moan of Norway edged compatriot Jan Schmid to win a Nordic combined World Cup event and move into second place in the standings ahead of American Bill Demong.

Moan won in 27:33.1, with Schmid finishing in 27:37.2.

Schlierenzauer wins

BAD MITTERNDORF, Austria | Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria won his second World Cup ski jumping meet in as many days.

Schlierenzauer had jumps of 203.5 and 202 meters for a total of 393.6 points, earning him his fourth victory of the season and 15th overall.

Sumann wins first

OBERHOF, Germany | Christoph Sumann of Austria and Kati Wilhelm of Germany collected their first biathlon World Cup victories of the season in mass start races.

Sumann won the fourth World Cup race of his career by finishing the 15-kilometer Oberhof course in 38:11.9 after two penalty laps.

Angerer, team win second

KOENIGSSEE, Germany | Karl Angerer of Germany led his four-man bobsled team to its second World Cup victory of the season, and Todd Hays was the top U.S. finisher in ninth.

Kramer clinches title

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands | Long-distance specialist Sven Kramer clinched his third straight all-around title at the European speedskating championships by winning the 10,000-meter race.

Zoeggeler perfect

CESANA PARIOL, Italy | Armin Zoeggeler extended his perfect record on the 2006 Turin Olympics luge track with his 43rd World Cup victory - his third straight this season.

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