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Sports in brief: Former Florida Gators swimmer Ryan Lochte wins six golds at short-course championships

Swimming

ex-Gator's final Haul: 6 goldS and 1 silver

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Former Gator Ryan Lochte won three more events at the short-course world championships Sunday and left with six golds and one silver.

On the final night, Lochte started with victories in the 200-meter backstroke and 100 individual medley, then pushed the United States ahead of Russia for good in the third leg of the 400 medley relay.

Lochte, 26, won all five of his individual events, and six of his eight events overall. He failed to win a medal in just one event — the 400 freestyle relay was fourth.

In two of his events — the 200 and 400 IM's — Lochte set world records, the only individual world records set all year after high-tech bodysuits were banned.

"I guess I ended the year pretty good. All that hard work that I've done, it pays off," said Lochte, who grew up in Daytona Beach.

American breaststroker Rebecca Soni completed a sweep, adding the 200 title to her 50 and 100 victories. She also won a relay silver.

Winter Sports

Americans top Cup skiing standings

U.S. skiers Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety slid right to the top of the World Cup standings.

Vonn won the super-combined a day after a masterful downhill in Val d'Isere, France. She had the fastest time in morning super-G and had a victory-assuring slalom run in the afternoon. Vonn has 581 points in the women's overall standings, three more than Germany's Maria Riesch. "I was really happy with this weekend, it couldn't have gone any better," Vonn said.

Meanwhile, in Alta Badia, Italy, Ligety extended his domination in Cup giant slaloms, winning his third straight race to take the men's overall lead.

Ligety's eighth career World Cup victory was his first win at Alta Badia.

"It was always my dream to win here on such a classic course," he said.

Only Hermann Maier (2000), Ingemar Stenmark (1979) and Michael von Gruenigen (1995) have won three straight Cup giant slaloms.

Bobsled: American Steve Holcomb and his crew of Justin Olsen, Steven Langton and Curt Tomasevicz dominated the World Cup four-man race near Lake Placid, N.Y. The victory moved Holcomb into second in the four-man and combined Cup standings behind Manuel Machata of Germany.

ET CETERA

Cycling: Floyd Landis, stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping, collected audio and video recordings for federal officials investigating doping, the New York Daily News reported. Recordings from Landis' meeting with team owner Michael Ball, helped Food and Drug Administration agents obtain a search warrant for Ball's apartment. Landis and several members of Ball's Rock Racing team were teammates with former Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong, whom Landis has accused of doping.

Golf: Ernie Els won the South African Open for the fifth time, shooting 6-under 66 (25-under 257 total) in Durban to beat Retief Goosen by one shot. The event was shortened to 17 holes for each of the final two rounds due to weather. The par-3 fourth green was water-logged and all players were given a par score.

Sailing: Rhode Island economic development officials said representatives of BMW Oracle Racing and Golden Gate Yacht Club have expressed interest in holding the 2013 America's Cup in Newport. San Francisco and Italy also are vying for the right. A venue decision is due by Dec. 31.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Former Florida Gators swimmer Ryan Lochte wins six golds at short-course championships 12/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 19, 2010 10:08pm]
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