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March 1, 2015 - 7:53am
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WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Francesco Friedrich of Germany retained his two-man bobsled World Championship title on Sunday.

Friedrich and brakeman Thorsten Margis were leading after the first two runs and posted the fastest times in both final heats. They won the title in an aggregate time of 3 minutes, 43.30 seconds.

Driver Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens of Latvia shared the silver medal with Johannes Lochner and brakeman Joshua Bluhm of...

March 1, 2015 - 7:40am
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MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon gave the United States its first ever World Cup title double in aerials skiing Sunday.

McKinnon becomes the first U.S. woman to win the World Cup since 1998, while Bohonnon is the first American men's winner since 2005.

McKinnon secured her title with second place at the final round in Minsk, Belarus, as fellow American Ashley Caldwell took the event win, scoring 99.63 points with a back full-full...

March 1, 2015 - 7:10am
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HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he's concerned by a study highlighting the scale of Russia's racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

The Fare network organization and the Moscow-based SOVA Center detailed dozens of cases of discriminatory behavior linked to Russian football over two seasons.

The report has been received by FIFA and Blatter told The Associated Press: "I am aware of the report ... sure we are...

March 1, 2015 - 7:06am
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SOCHI (AP) — Russia's Semyon Pavlichenko won the European championship men's luge title Sunday in front of his home crowd, adding to the world title he won last month.

Pavlichenko set a time of 1 minute, 44.020 seconds over two runs at Sochi's Sanki Sliding Center, last year's Olympic venue.

Fellow Russian Alexander Peretyagin was 0.232 seconds behind for second place, with Germany's Felix Loch third, 0.319 seconds off the pace as he failed to...

March 1, 2015 - 6:56am
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CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Amy Yang of South Korea won her second career women's tour title at the Honda LPGA Thailand at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course on Sunday.

Yang, who won her maiden title on home soil in Incheon in 2013, finished two shots ahead of overnight leader American Stacy Lewis, two-time champion Tseng Yani of Taiwan and South Korean Mirim Lee.

Yang's final round included five birdies with two bogeys for a 69 and an aggregate...

March 1, 2015 - 6:24am
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BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — Anna Fenninger of Austria leads after the opening stage of the women's Alpine combined World Cup race in fog-hit Bansko on Sunday.

Overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia was second, 0.45 seconds behind Fenninger's leading time of 1 minute, 12.73 seconds. Austria's Nicole Hosp was third, 0.59 off the lead.

The alternating clear and cloudy conditions appeared to give some competitors an advantage. Super-G races were canceled...

March 1, 2015 - 5:51am
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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Marcel Hirscher of Austria holds a big lead after the first run of Sunday's World Cup giant slalom, while three-time world champion Ted Ligety is almost three seconds behind.

Hirscher navigated the course in 1 minute 23.28 seconds - a full 1.99 seconds faster than 37-year-compatriot Benjamin Raich in second and 2.15 quicker than third-place Alexis Pinturault of France.

Germans Fritz Dopfer and Felix Neureuther...

March 1, 2015 - 4:01am
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TAZAWAKO, Japan (AP) — Hannah Kearney of the United States finished third in Sunday's freestyle World Cup dual moguls event to clinch her sixth overall moguls title.

Kearney beat Canada's Alex-Anne Gagnon in the small final to earn 60 points, a result that gives her an insurmountable 145-point lead in the standings over Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe with one event left.

It was the fifth straight moguls title for the Vancouver Olympic gold medalist...

March 1, 2015 - 2:35am
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Alan Williams had 15 points and 15 rebounds Saturday night, and UC Santa Barbara beat UC Irvine 54-51.

Zalmico Harmon's 3-pointer gave the Gauchos a 49-45 lead with 1:25 left — the first points in 4:57 for UCSB (16-12, 9-5 Big West).

Travis Souza's 3-pointer pulled Irvine (17-11, 10-4) within 49-48.

Williams made 1 of 2 free throws and DaJuan Smith added two more for a 52-48 lead with 15.2 seconds...

March 1, 2015 - 1:32am
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ASAHIKAWA, Japan (AP) — Zan Kosir of Slovenia won his second straight World Cup parallel slalom snowboard event on Sunday to maintain first place in the overall standings.

Kosir, who also won Saturday's giant slalom, beat Justin Reiter of the United States by 7.60 seconds. Mirko Felicetti of Italy was third after beating Slovenia's Rok Flander in the small final.

Kosir now has 5,800 points on the overall parallel World Cup standings, 2,811 ahead of...

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