Compiled from wire reports
Raich wins super-G; Miller still sidelined
• Austrian veteran Benjamin Raich got his first World Cup victory in more than two years on Saturday, winning a super-G, while favorite Didier Cuche finished third in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Raich’s technical skills were on display despite a serious knee injury one year ago, mastering a tough middle section as he clocked 1 minute, 34.37 seconds on the Nationale course. Adrien Theaux of France was runner-up, 0.24 second behind, and Cuche trailed Raich by 0.36. Bode Miller was sidelined for a second consecutive day, resting his left knee after undergoing minor knee surgery in the United States this week.
• A women’s World Cup downhill was canceled because of strong wind and won’t be rescheduled. The decision to scrub the last women’s downhill of the season was made after the original start time was postponed three times with wind gusting up to 80 mph in Bansko, Bulgaria. That means the current top 25 in the standings will compete in the World Cup finals next month in Schladming, Austria. Lindsey Vonn leads the downhill standings, followed by Maria Hoefl-?Riesch of Germany and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria.
• American Steven Holcomb has a slim lead midway through the four-man race at the bobsled world championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Holcomb, who won the two-man last week, had a two-run time of 1 minute, 48.92 seconds, and led Maximilian Arndt of Germany by 0.01 second at snowy, windswept Mount Van Hoevenberg. Arndt led Holcomb by 0.15 after the first run. Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Langton and brakeman Curt Tomasevicz made up the deficit with the help of their second consecutive 4.97-second start, the best starts of the day. Defending world champion Manuel Machata of Germany was third, 0.28 behind Holcomb.?
• Eleven years after he was down and out, not knowing whether his bobsled career was over after finishing 29th in the four-man World Cup standings, Brian Shimer received the ultimate tribute. Shimer, now coach of the U.S. men’s team, was inducted into the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame, along with Jill Bakken, Tony Carlino and the late Eddie Eagan and Stan Benham in Lake Placid, N.Y. Shimer competed in five Winter Olympics, missing the four-man bronze at Nagano, Japan, in 1998 by 0.02 before finally getting his breakthrough moment. It came at Salt Lake City in 2002, when he took the bronze with a riveting final run.
Raonic, Melzer ?advance to final
•?Canadian Milos Raonic needed only 75 minutes to beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and reach his second final in as many weeks in Nashville, Tenn. Ranked 35th in the world, the ATP World Tour’s first multiple winner this season will try to win his third title today against Austrian Jurgen Melzer, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over No. 3-seed Radek Stepanek.
• Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina defeated top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-3 in an Open 13 semifinal in Marseille, France. Del Potro will face 2010 champion Michael Llodra of France, who defeated third-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-4, 7-6 (10).
• Defending champion Nicolas Almagro of Spain defeated Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the Copa Claro final in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Second-seeded Almagro won the Brazil Open last weekend for his 11th ATP title — all on clay.
• Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won her eighth WTA title, defeating Julia Goerges of Germany 7-5, 6-4 in the Dubai Tennis Championships final in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Povetkin retains heavyweight title
• Alexander Povetkin did just enough to earn a points decision over Marco Huck and retain his WBA heavyweight title in Stuttgart, Germany. Huck, the WBO cruiserweight champion, had the undefeated Povetkin staggering back against the ropes in the fourth and seventh rounds, but the German was unable to deliver the knockout blow. Belgian judge Philippe Verbeke called it a draw, 114-114, but England’s John Coyle and South Africa’s Stanley Christodoulou awarded it 116-113 and 116-112, respectively, to the defending champion. Povetkin improved to 24-0, while the Huck dropped to 34-2.
— From wire reports