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DePeters takes title

Hamburg native Matt DePeters captured his first national ski aerials title at the season-ending 2010 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships on Saturday at Squaw Valley.

It was not only the first title for DePeters, but his first time on the U.S. Champs podium.

"I came out and just wanted to jump my best, and try to set a personal record. I did that and I can't be happier right now," DePeters told "I always look forward to this event. The sun is out, we get nice soft landings and it's a nice end of the year event for us. One of my favorites."

DePeters, who finished 17th as a member of the U.S. Olympic team that competed in Vancouver in February, scored 214.87 points and was followed by Dylan Ferguson in second (193.59) and Nevin Brown in third (190.87).

Just recovered from an unexpected bout with appendicitis, which took him out of the sport for eight weeks, Ferguson was happy to nab the second silver U.S. Champs finish of his career.

DePeters was rewarded the national title for landing a lay full full -- a double twist in a triple flip -- on his first jump and a full full full, which consists of three flips and three twists, on his second.

"Coming from the Olympics, and jumping pretty well there, and then to come here and win my first national title, I'm pretty happy right now," DePeters told the Sierra Sun.


Bradford looks good

NORMAN, Okla. -- After a record-setting college career that landed him a Heisman Trophy, one giant question loomed over Sam Bradford's prospects of becoming the No. 1 overall pick in next month's NFL draft.

How would the quarterback's throwing arm respond to surgery that cost him most of his final season at Oklahoma?

Bradford provided a convincing case Monday that he's well down the road to recovery, completing all but one of his five dozen passes during a workout on his college campus.

"Really positive. I thought the whole workout was positive," said St. Louis Rams General Manager Billy Devaney, who has the No. 1 pick in the draft. "I think he answered a lot of questions for a lot of people today."

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