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Germany's Vogl Wins in Slalom

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January 17, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Alois Vogl became the first German man to win a World Cup slalom in 14 years, winning Sunday on the circuit's toughest course after Giorgio Rocca of Italy was disqualified at the last moment for straddling a gate.

Bode Miller, the overall World Cup leader, skied out in the second leg on the Lauberhorn hill at Wengen, Switzerland. He was ninth in the first leg.

Vogl, who has been on the circuit more than a decade, was fourth after the first leg but produced a flawless second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute 35.38 seconds.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was second in 1:35.59 and Benjamin Raich of Austria was third in 1:35.84.

Miller earned only 60 points in three weekend races by finishing third in the downhill Saturday. He has completed only one of five slaloms this season, a victory last month at Sestriere, Italy.

"I don't feel good in slalom right now, but the other events feel all right," he said. It's a challenging hill, so if you go out or if you make mistakes, you can't feel that bad."

Miller leads the overall rankings with 1,048 points. Raich is second with 850 and Michael Walchhofer of Austria is third with 641.

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Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria was timed in 1:36.32 to win a women's World Cup downhill at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Dorfmeister finished 0.59 ahead of Renate Goetschl of Austria and 0.78 ahead of Hilde Gerg of Germany. Goetschl leads the standings with 798 points, followed by Janica Kostelic with 789 and Dorfmeister with 712.

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Americans Seth Westcott and Lindsey Jacobellis won their first cross titles in the snowboarding world championships at Whistler, Canada.

Westcott, who hadn't won a race in nearly two years, won the men's competition ahead of Francois Boivin of Canada and American Jayson Hale. Jacobellis, winner of five World Cup races in the last year, won the women's event. Karine Ruby of France was second.

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American Jeret Peterson won his first World Cup aerials event, and Nina Li of China won her second title of the weekend at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Peterson received 250.53 points to beat Jeff Bean of Canada, who earned 246.08 points, and defending World Cup champion Steve Omischl of Canada, who had 245.56.

Li had 186.72 points to defeat World Cup leader Lydia Ierodiaconou of Australia, who had 186.01.

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Fabio Carta of Italy and Tatiana Borodulina of Russia won overall men's and women's titles, respectively, in the European short track speedskating championships at Turin, Italy.

Carta, winner of the 500 meters Saturday, finished third in the 3,000 and fourth in the 1,000 to beat Arian Nachbar of Germany for the overall title -- 76 points to 73.

Borodulina and Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria each had 89 points, but Borodulina won the tiebreaker by finishing higher in more events. Borodulina won the 500 and 3,000, and was second to Radanova in the 1,000. Radanova had won the 1,500 on Friday.

Hockey

The NHL's official puck supplier has laid off half its staff, a result of the hockey lockout that is in its 124th day. InGlasCo, of Sherbrooke, Canada, laid off 20 of about 40 employees from a plant that normally produces about 300,000 pucks and souvenirs for the 30 NHL teams.

Jaromir Jagr scored in overtime and Avangard Omsk of Russia rallied to beat Finnish champion Karpat Oulu, 2-1, in the European Champions Cup final at St. Petersburg, Russia.

Miscellany

Pitcher Tony Armas Jr. and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $2.26-million, one-year contract.

Left-handed reliever J.C. Romero and free-agent infielder Eric Munson agreed to contracts with the Minnesota Twins.

David Cheruiyot of Kenya finished in 2 hours 14 minutes 50 seconds to win the men's division of the Houston Marathon and American Kelly Keane won the women's race in 2:32.27.

Hungarian hammer thrower Adrian Annus and discus thrower Robert Fazekas, who were stripped of Olympic gold medals for doping, received replicas of their Athens medals purchased with donations from fans.

The oversized replicas showed the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, but her face was distorted to reflect fans' disgust with the treatment of their idols by Olympic officials, the athletes' spokesman said. The flip side included a Hungarian description meaning "golden justice."

Stephane Peterhansel of France won his second consecutive Dakar Rally, covering in 52 hours 31 minutes 39 seconds the 5,566-mile race that began in Spain two weeks ago and covered vast stretches of African desert before ending in Senegal.

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