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Davis skates to victory

Shani Davis won his second gold in as many days, claiming the 1,000-meter men's World Cup long track speed skating event at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah.

The American finished in 1 minute, 7.69 seconds Sunday to edge Stefan Groothuis of The Netherlands (1:07.94). Dutch teammate Pekka Koskela took bronze.

The Dutch finished 1-2 in the women's 1,000, with Laurine van Riessen edging teammate Marrit Leenstra. Germany's Monique Angermuller won bronze.

Canada's Christine Nesbitt, who had won every 1,000, chose not to race Sunday with the World Sprint Championships in Calgary next weekend.


Kirchgasser pulls away

Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria won a World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on Sunday after pre-race favorites Marlies Schild and Maria Hoefl-Riesch skied out on the first run.

Kirchgasser led after the first leg and increased her advantage in the second, finishing in 1 minute, 47.25 seconds, more than sixth-tenths of a second faster than Finland's Tanja Poutiainen. Veronika Zuzulova of Slovakia was third, 1.34 seconds off the pace. World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn finished seventh.

It is Kirchgasser's second career World Cup victory and comes five years after her first win in a giant slalom.

In men's skiing, defending champion Ivica Kostelic returned to the top of the overall World Cup standings Sunday after finishing third in a men's slalom won by Italy's Cristian Deville in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

While main rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria went out in the second run, Kostelic racked up a total of 160 points in his bid for the title -- 60 for the slalom result and 100 for winning the combined event, which adds the slalom results to those from Saturday's downhill.


Millwood will join Mariners

Right-handed pitcher Kevin Millwood recorded a 2.86 earned-run average, the American League's best, in his lone season pitching for the Cleveland Indians.

Now Millwood will be reunited with his Cleveland manager (Eric Wedge) and pitching coach (Carl Willis), having agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners.

Millwood, 37, will likely compete for a spot in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas and Hasashi Iwakuma, a free agent from Japan.

From News Staff and wire service reports