Sweden’s Myhrer takes first slalom of season
LEVI, Finland– Andre Myhrer of Sweden won the first men’s World Cup slalom of the season Sunday, holding off defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria in a close second run.
Myhrer, the defending slalom champion and Vancouver Olympics bronze medalist, won a World Cup slalom race for the fifth time in his career.
He led after the first run and did just enough to keep his lead, winning in 1 minute, 49.55 seconds to beat Hirscher by 0.06 seconds. Jens Byggmark of Sweden was 0.61 seconds behind in third.
American Ted Ligety, who won the opening giant slalom World Cup race in Soelden, Austria, by the biggest winning margin since 1979, tied for 13th place.
Ligety is third in the overall standings.
Hirscher leads with 140 points, with Italy’s Manfred Moelgg a close second.
The skiers were racing more than 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the world’s northernmost World Cup venue. Last year, the circuit races there were canceled because of lack of snow.
Washington State orders review of football program
PULLMAN, Wash. – The president of Washington State University asked the athletic department and the Pac-12 separately to review recent allegations about the football program in Pullman.
The move comes one day after star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team, blaming the coaching staff for what he called abuse of players.
Wilson said he left the program because of the actions of first-year coach Mike Leach and his staff.
Wilson said the new staff has “preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us,” and that included physical abuse.
WSU President Eldon Floyd said in a statement Sunday that he asked the athletic department to report findings and conclusions as soon as possible.
Floyd said reviews from both the Pac-12 and the athletic department “should get to the bottom of the matter.”
Danica parks plans to return to Indy 500
AVONDALE, Ariz. – The Indianapolis 500 is fading into the background for Danica Patrick, who has decided not to attempt the race next season after all.
Several people familiar with her plans told The Associated Press that Patrick has decided against trying to drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next May because it would detract from her NASCAR efforts.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Patrick has not officially announced her intentions.
“There’s nothing I can say at this time,” Patrick told the AP on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Patrick left IndyCar at the end of last season for a full-time move to NASCAR, and skipped the 500 this year to run in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the same day.
But in announcing her schedule last January, Patrick said she hoped a return to Indy was still in her future and her management team has been trying all year to put a deal together to get her back to the 500 in 2013.
Djokovic to face Federer for title at ATP Finals
LONDON – Just when it looked as if he was headed for his offseason vacation, Novak Djokovic started playing his best tennis.
The top-ranked Serb was broken late in the first set and again early in the second, but he then found his stroke and quickly rebounded to beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday and reach the championship match at the season-ending ATP Finals.
Djokovic will face six-time champion Roger Federer in today’s final.
Federer beat Andy Murray 7-6 (5), 6-2 in Sunday’s other semifinal match