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American teen wins world slalom title

SCHLADMING, Austria — American Mikaela Shiffrin, at 17 years, 340 days, became the youngest women's slalom world champion in 39 years on Saturday.

"It's such a crazy day," she said. "It's so emotional. I can't feel yet. It's amazing. It doesn't make sense."

Shiffrin was third after the first of two runs but finished in a combined 1 minute, 39.85 seconds, 0.22 seconds ahead of Austria's Michaela Kirchgasser and 0.26 ahead of Sweden's Frida Hansdotter. Hansdotter led after the first run.

Shiffrin is the youngest women's world champion in any discipline since American Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, who was 21 days younger when she won the giant slalom in 1985. The only slalom world champs younger are Liechtenstein's Hanni Wenzel (1974) and Britain's Esme Mackinnon (1931).


World federation president quits

Raphael Martinetti of Switzerland resigned as president of the international wrestling federation four days after the sport was cut as a core Olympic event. It will compete with seven sports, including baseball and softball, for a spot in 2020. A decision will be made in September.

"This decision provides international wrestling with an opportunity to change and improve," USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender said in a statement about Martinetti's resignation after 11 years in power. "The sport will now be able to create a fresh new relationship with the International Olympic Committee and address some of the pressing challenges and opportunities facing wrestling."

Federation member and Serbian Nenad Lalovic is interim president. He said a meeting to elect a new presi­dent will be held soon.


Top two women reach Qatar final

A day after regaining the No. 1 world ranking, Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-2 to get to the Qatar Open final in Doha. She faces Victoria Azarenka, whom she replaced at No. 1. Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-3.

Men: Rafael Nadal beat Martin Alund 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1 at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo. Nadal lost in last week's final in Chile, his first event since a seven-month injury layoff. He faces David Nalbandian in today's final.

Et cetera

Horses: Swift Warrior won the Grade III $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. Ridden by Jose Espinoza for trainer John Terranova, he ran 1� miles on turf in 1 minute, 43.14 seconds. Alley Oop Oop and Doubles Partner finished in a dead heat for second. El Commodore was fourth.

Soccer: Host Arsenal, an English Premier League team, lost to second-tier Blackburn 1-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup. In December, Arsenal lost to fourth-tier Bradford in the League Cup quarters. Second-tier teams Millwall and Barnsley won to reach the quarters. And third-tier Oldham tied host Everton of the Premier League 2-2 to earn a replay at home.

Greyhounds: Drew A Winner, Kiowa Zabia, Lk's Now R Never and Se's Home Owner won qualifiers for the $64,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Qualifying resumes Wednesday.

Swimming: Ryan Lochte won the 200-meter IM and Missy Franklin the 200 back and 100 free at a Grand Prix meet in Orlando. Becca Mann, who trains in Clearwater, won the 800 free and 200 IM.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in Brief 02/16/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:32pm]
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