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Vonn denied chance to race in men's event

Lindsey Vonn's request to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race was rejected by the International Ski Federation on Saturday.

The governing body's council met in Oberhofen, Switzerland, and "confirmed that one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other" and exceptions won't be made," it said.

Vonn, a four-time overall Cup champion, wanted to enter the men's downhill Nov. 24 at Lake Louise, Alberta, six days before the women race on the course. Vonn can request to be a forerunner for the race, the federation said. Forerunners do prerace safety and visibility tests.

"We're disappointed … but also respect (the council's) direction," said Bill Marolt, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association president and council member.

Speed skating: Heather Richardson added a second 500-meter victory and a 1,000 win for a sweep of the first four women's races at the U. S. long track championships in West Allis, Wis. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis took the men's 1,000.

Tennis

Qualifier makes Paris Masters final

Jerzy Janowicz became the first qualifier in eight years to reach the Paris Masters final, where he meets David Ferrer today.

Janowicz bids for his first career title against Ferrer, who is tied with Roger Federer for the most tour titles this year at six.

Ferrer, the only seed in the semifinals at No. 4, beat Michael Llodra 7-5, 6-3. The 69th-ranked Janowicz, who has beaten five top-20 players in Paris, topped No. 20 Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-5.

Tournament of Champions: Top seed Caroline Wozniacki beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final in Sofia, Bulgaria. She faces second seed Nadia Petrova, who defeated Roberta Vinci 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-4.

Fed cup: The host Czech Republic was one win from retaining the championship after sweeping the opening two singles against Serbia.

Et cetera

Soccer: Manchester United moved to the top of the English Premier League with a 2-1 win over Arsenal, ending Chelsea's 10½-week stay. Chelsea tied Swansea 1-1. Manchester City stayed third after tying West Ham 0-0. … In MLS, New York tied host D.C. United 1-1 in an Eastern Conference semifinal first leg. The second of the two-match semi is Wednesday. Real Salt Lake and host Seattle tied 0-0 in the first leg of their West semi late Friday. The second match is Thursday.

greyhounds: Flying Soriano and Intentionally won third-round qualifiers in the $20,000 Fall Juvenile Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Qualifying concludes Wednesday night.

Colleges: In women's soccer, top seed Florida plays No. 6 Auburn today for the SEC tournament title in Orange Beach, Ala. (3:30, ESPNU). Second seed Tampa faces No. 1 Rollins for the Sunshine State championship at 1 in Winter Park. … In men's soccer, No. 4 Eckerd plays No. 3 Rollins for the SSC title at 1 in Boca Raton.

Olympics: The Indonesian Badminton Association lifted a ban of its top women's doubles pair issued over a play-to-lose scandal at the London Olympics. The pair was one of four kicked out of the Games for trying to lose group-play matches to get easier ones in later stages.

FISHING: Capt. Jack Vasilaros and Team Squidder won the Old Salts King of the Beach tournament out of Madeira Beach with a king mackerel catch of 36.98 pounds.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times staff, wires

Sports in brief 11/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 11:55pm]
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