Defago breaks thumb in second injury blow for Swiss

Didier DefagoZermatt, Switzerland  - Swiss skier Didier Defago broke his right thumb in a training accident on Thursday and is expected to miss the start of the World Cup season.

It was the second injury setback this week for the Swiss ski team after Lara Gut dislocated her hip in a training accident on Tuesday.

Defago fell during a downhill training run at Zermatt. He was to undergo surgery later Thursday and is expected to miss the start of the season in just over three weeks in Soelden, Austria.

Hungarian premier demands police action after latest Roma killing

Hungarian premier demands police action after latest Roma killing Budapest - The Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai told police leaders on Wednesday to come up with a package of measures to deal with a recent spate of armed attacks against Hungarian Roma.

A 45-year-old Roma woman was the latest to be killed in an armed attack on Monday. Her 13-year-old-daughter is in stable in hospital after undergoing lifesaving surgery for extensive shotgun wounds.

Italy edge Austria in team event

Are, Sweden  - Italy beat Austria on countback for first place in a team event which ended the alpine skiing World Cup season on Sunday.

Nicole Gius, Daniela Merighetti, Nadia Fanchini, Peter Fill, Werner Heel and Michael Moelgg had 21 points from four rounds each of slalom and super-g skiing. Austria also had 21 points but won only two of the eight rounds to Italy's three.

Switzerland were third with 23 points as only five teams took part in the event.

The winner of each round received one point, the second-placed team two, down to five points for the last-placed finisher Sunday.

Men's super-g race called off

Kvitfjell, Norway  - A men's super-g World Cup race scheduled for Sunday has been called off due to adverse weather conditions, race organizers said.

A day after Austrian Klaus Kroell won a downhill race in Kvitfjell new snow and high winds made racing impossible on Sunday, the race jury said.

The World Cup is now heading for a dramatic finale in the Swedish town of Are next week, where a super-g, a giant slalom and a slalom race will be held.

Austrian Benjamin Raich and Croatian Ivica Kostelic head the overall standings, with Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal just eight points behind. dpa

Lizeroux clinches slalom win

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia  - Julien Lizeroux of France clinched the men's World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on Sunday.

Lizeroux posted a combined time of 1 minute 40.11 seconds to edge Italy's Giuliano Razzoli, who led after the first run, by 0.34 seconds.

Germany's Felix Neureuther was third, 0.56 seconds behind Lizeroux, with Benjamin Raich of Austria fourth.

It was a second World Cup career win for 29-year-old Lizeroux, the world championship silver medallist in super-combined, who was slalom winner in Kitzbuehel, Austria on January 25.

"It's always harder winning your second race so I am all the happier," said Lizeroux, who was lying fourth after the first run.

Vonn wins super-g to stay on World Cup title course

Lindsey VonnBansko, Bulgaria  - Lindsey Vonn of the United States moved closer to winning the overall alpine ski women's World Cup title with a third successive super-g victory Sunday.

The 24-year-old title-holder clocked 1 minute 14.49 seconds at the Bulgarian resort of Bansko, 0.58 seconds ahead of Fabienne Suter of Switzerland and 0.91 seconds up on Tina Maze of Slovenia.

Suter moves ahead in the super-g standings with one race remaining, 15 points ahead of Vonn, while previous leader Nadia Fanchina of Italy slipped to third after finishing seventh.

ROUNDUP: Suter clinches downhill win as Vonn cements World Cup lead

Suter clinches downhill win as Vonn cements World Cup lead Bansko, Bulgaria  - Fabienne Suter of Switzerland claimed her first alpine ski World Cup victory of the season with a downhill win in Bansko, Bulgaria on Friday, while Lindsey Vonn of the United States was again on the podium to increase her overall lead.

Suter posted 1 minute 45.68 seconds for a comfortable 1.15-second advantage over Austrian Andrea Fischbacher. Vonn shared third place with Nadia Fanchini of Italy, both 1.24 seconds back.

Baumann wins super-combined; title goes to Janka

Romed BaumannSestriere, France  - Romed Baumann of Austria won the last men's super-combined of the alpine ski World Cup season in Sestriere, France as the title went to Switzerland's Carla Janka on Sunday.

Baumann, 23, who led after the super-g leg, posted a combined time of 2 minutes 25.73 seconds following the slalom for his first World Cup victory.

The discipline's title and the first crystal globe of the season went to 22-year-old Janka thanks to a third-place finish behind Julien Lizeroux of France.

Janka overtook Swiss team-mate Silvan Zurbriggen, who led the discipline's standings going into the race, but finished 10th.

Vonn triumphs in super-g to break US World Cup record

Lindsey VonnTarvisio, Italy  - Lindsey Vonn raced into the record books as the most successful female in US alpine ski history when she charged to victory in the World Cup super-g in Tarvisio on Sunday.

It was a 19th World Cup win for 24-year-old Vonn who had drawn level with the record held by Tamara McKinney earlier this month.

The victory moves Vonn, who won the super-g along with downhill at the world championships in Val d'Isere earlier this month, closer to defending her World Cup title.

Swiss skier Albrecht needs specialized care

Swiss skier Albrecht needs specialized care Berne - Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht will need several months of intensive rehabilitation and specialized treatment as he recovers from injuries in a serious downhill training crash.

"The next weeks and months will be about Daniel Albrecht recovering well enough to be able to lead a normal life," the skier's manager, Guisep Fry, said in a statement Friday.

Berne University's hospital said Albrecht, 25, would need complete peace and quiet and can only be visited by close friends and family.

Gold at last for Maria Riesch as others crash

Gold at last for Maria Riesch as others crash Val d'Isere, France  - Maria Riesch got gold at last at a big event when she won the slalom world title on Saturday from sixth place after the first run.

The German Riesch took the gold with the fastest second run in a combined total 1 minute 51.80 seconds. Defending champion Sarka Zahrobska took silver in 1:52.57 minutes and Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was third in 1:52.89 minutes.

Riesch also won because the top three from the first run met disaster.

Doctors slowly bring Swiss skier Albrecht out of induced coma

Daniel AlbrechtInnsbruck, Austria  - Doctors believe Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht has recovered sufficiently from injuries sustained in a crash in downhill training at Kitzbuehel, Austria on January 22 that they can slowly begin to bring him out of his induced coma.

Albrecht suffered head and lung injuries in the crash but doctors at the Innsbruck University Hospital where he is being treated said Sunday that the skier's medication was now being reduced to shorten the length of time he remains unconscious.

Albrecht's lung function has improved significantly and there have been no complications with the treatment of his head injury.

Austrian media bemoan men's flop in ski worlds

Vienna  - Austrian media were critical Sunday after its men's alpine ski team were left without a world championship medal in the downhill or super-g races for the first time in 20 years.

"What a slap in the face!" the daily Oesterreich wrote. The race, in which John Kucera of Canada won the first downhill gold for his country at world championships, was a "historical downhill flop," the tabloid wrote.

On sixth place, the fastest Austrian was two-time downhill world champion Hermann Maier, who was unable to match Switzerland's Didier Cuche and Carlo Janka on second and third place.

The Austrians also came up empty-handed in Wednesday's super-g race won by Cuche.

Women's downhill delayed by fresh snowfall

Val d'Isere, France  - Fresh snowfall has delayed the start of Sunday's women's downhill race at the alpine ski world championships.

The race has been provisionally rescheduled for 3 p. m. (1400 GMT). The race jury will make a final decision at 1.30 p. m. on whether to go ahead with the race.

The downhill was scheduled to start at 1 p. m., and initially delayed for an hour.

Men's downhill training for Monday's super-combined event has been cancelled. dpa

Injured Kostelic goes home for treatment

Injured Kostelic goes home for treatmentVal d'Isere, France  - Overall World Cup leader Ivica Kostelic left the alpine ski world championships on Saturday to undergo treatment at home in Croatia for a back injury.

Kostelic, 29, may return to participate in the slalom next Sunday, Croatian ski federation manager Vedran Pavlek said.

The back problem had forced Kostelic, who won slalom gold at the 2003 world championships, to miss the super-g and Saturday's downhill. (dpa)

2ND ROUNDUP: Kucera clinches downhill gold in ski worlds upset

Kucera clinches downhill gold in ski worlds upsetVal d'Isere, France - John Kucera of Canada upset the favourites to win the men's downhill at the alpine ski world championships in Val d'Isere on Saturday.

Kucera posted 2 minutes 07.01 seconds, to edge super-g winner Didier Cuche of Switzerland by four hundredths of a second.

Fellow Swiss Carlo Janka was 0.94 seconds back in third place.

Kucera took advantage of an early start in a fog-interrupted race to give Canada a first-ever world championship downhill gold.

Vonn triumphs in super-g to extend World Cup lead

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany  - Lindsey Vonn of the United States claimed her fourth World Cup victory of the season with a commanding super-g performance in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday.

It was a second successive win for the reigning World Cup champion and the 19th of her career following a slalom victory on Friday.

Sweden's Anja Paerson also underlined her ascendant form by finishing second, with fellow Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby third.

Vonn posted 1 minute 22.16 seconds on the newly-designed Kandahar course, 0.39 seconds up on Paerson, with Lindell-Vikarby, winner of the previous super-g in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, 0.72 seconds back.

Swiss skier Albrecht remains in coma

Innsbruck, Austria  - Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht remained in an induced coma Sunday as doctors focused on treating lung injuries suffered when he crashed heavily
10 days ago.

The Innsbruck University Hospital said Sunday that Albrecht, 25, continues to require artificial respiration to treat some contraction of the lung.

An "improvement of the lung's function" has been observed after doctors induced a deeper coma over the weekend, the hospital said. An initial light reduction of the induced coma had brought no improvement.

Home delight as Herbst wins slalom night race in Schladming

Reinfried Herbst Schladming, Austria  - Local fans had plenty to cheer about on Tuesday as Reinfried Herbst won a night slalom World Cup event held under floodlights in Schladming.

There was even more joy for the 50,000 crowd as Manfred Pranger took second place ahead of the overall World Cup leader Ivica Kostelic, who managed to expand his lead from Austrian Benjamin Raich.

With less than a week to go to the start of the alpine world championships in the French town of Val d'Isere, Herbst showed that he is in fine form as he picked up his second season win.

Pranger wins men's slalom in Wengen

Wengen, Switzerland  - Austria's Manfred Pranger claimed victory in the men's slalom in Wengen Sunday while France's Jean- Baptiste Grange came home sixth to retain his lead in the discipline's World Cup standings.

Pranger registered a winning time of 1 minute 40.36 seconds for his two runs, finishing 34 hundredths ahead of compatriot Reinfried Herbst with Croatia's Ivica Kostelic third in 1:40.75 minutes.

France's Grange continues to lead the slalom standings with 349 points after five of 10 events, followed by Kostelic on 305 and Pranger on 219 points.

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