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Stellar debuts in bobsled for track stars

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Lolo Jones and Tianna Madison couldn't hide their glee. The track and field Olympic stars who decided to try bobsledding after this year's Games couldn't have imagined a better start to their new careers.

Jones teamed with driver Jazmine Fenlator to win silver in the World Cup opener at Lake Placid on Friday, edging third-place teammates Elana Meyers and Madison, a Tampa resident, by 0.01 seconds.

World champion driver Kaillie Humphries of Canada and brakeman Chelsea Valois finished the two runs in 1 minute, 54.86 seconds, 0.47 ahead of Fenlator and Jones.

"I'm kind of in shock," said Jones, a two-time Olympic hurdler from Iowa.

"I'm shocked," said Fenlator, whose previous best Cup finish was eighth.

Said Madison, an Ohio native and member of the U.S. 400-meter relay team that won gold and set a world record in London, "The veterans on the team did an amazing job reaching out to us and kind of teaching us step by step."

Men's bobsled: Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton won the two-man gold in the World Cup opener at Lake Placid as the United States swept the top two spots. It was Holcomb's first Cup win in almost five years and the first by a U.S. team in almost three.

Figure skating: American Gracie Gold narrowly led the women's field after the short program at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. World men's champion Patrick Chan of Canada led the 10-man field; former U.S. champion Johnny Weir was last in his return to major competition after a two-season hiatus. Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov were first in pairs; Americans Caydee Denney of Wesley Chapel and John Coughlin were third. Olympic champion ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada led after the short program.

Et cetera

NHL: The level of frustration and accusations intensified after the fourth straight day of bargaining between the league and the locked-out players in New York, but it appeared talks would continue today. The league was unhappy with a memo union chief Donald Fehr sent players on Thursday night, saying he withheld information about a key economic proposal. Fehr denied that and said the sides are not as far apart as it might seem.

Tennis: Andy Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to reach Sunday's semifinals of the season-ending ATP Finals in London after Novak Djokovic advanced by beating Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-6 (6-8). Because Djokovic won in straight sets, Murray needed to win only one set to ensure his semis spot. Roger Federer already has qualified. The last semifinalist will be determined today.

Colleges: Host Florida defeated Florida Gulf Coast 2-0 in the opening round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament, giving coach Becky Burleigh her 400th career win. The Gators face the winner of tonight's Miami-UCF match in the second round. Host FSU beat Mississippi Valley State 6-0 to advance. It faces the winner of tonight's Texas Tech-North Texas game.

Swimming: Gold medalists Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte won on the opening night of the Minneapolis Grand Prix, the first major event since the London Games. Franklin won the 200-meter butterfly. Lochte, a former Gator, won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Becca Mann, 14, who trains in Clearwater, won the 400 individual medley in 4 minutes, 10.29 seconds, 11 seconds ahead of the field.

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