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Von Gruenigen wins giant slalom

Published Oct. 1, 2005

World Cup giant-slalom champion Michael von Gruenigen of Switzerland roared to victory in the finals Saturday at Vail, Colo. Von Gruenigen claimed his fourth victory of the season with a combined time in the giant slalom of 2 minutes, 18.58 seconds, nearly a full second faster than Rainer Salzgeber's 2:19.57. Andreas Schifferer of Austria was third at 2:19.97. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who finished at 2:20.92, saw his chances for the overall title virtually vanish. Aamodt, who earned 36 points for his finish, trailed France's Luc Alphand by 70 points with only today's slalom remaining in the season. Alphand is poised to become the first Frenchman since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968 to win the overall crown.

Italy's Deborah Compagnoni won her fourth straight giant slalom with a powerful second run to overtake leader Katja Seizinger of Germany. Compagnoni finished with a combined time of 2:11.45, and Seizinger took second place in 2:11.83. Overall champion Pernilla Wiberg finished fifth.

BOWLING: Parker Bohn III won consecutive titles, beating Walter Ray Williams Jr. 206-204 at the PBA Showboat Invitational in Las Vegas. Going into the final frame, Williams needed a strike, nine pins and a spare to claim his 23rd career title. Williams opened with a strike, but his next shot ended up light and he knocked down only six pins, giving Bohn the title, worth $35,000. Williams had taken the lead after rolling a 300 game Friday evening.

BOXING: Lechaunce Shepherd, disqualified against Hector Camacho Jr. in the semifinals of the U.S. Boxing Championships last year, defeated Daniel Hernandez of Indio, Calif., to win the 147-pound title at the U.S. Championships in Colorado Springs. At 106 pounds (light flyweight), 17-year-old Gabriel Elizonda upset Karoz Norman.

Clarence Vinson of Washington outpointed Marcellino Flores of Pittsburgh 5-0 at 112 pounds (flyweight), Cornelius Lock of Detroit won at 119 pounds (bantamweight), Jason Ingwaldson of Glendora, Calif., won at 125 pounds (featherweight), David Jackson of Seattle recorded a 5-0 decision over Kenito Drake of Detroit at 132 pounds (lightweight), Keith Kemp won at 139 pounds (light welterweight) and Darnell Wilson of Lafayette won at 156 (light middleweight).

Other champions included Jorge Hawley of Fontana, Calif. (165-middleweight), defending champion Anthony Stewart of Chicago (178 light heavyweight), Davarryl Williamson of Washington (210 heavyweight) and William Palms, Jersey City, N.J. (201 over, super-heavyweight).

Andrew Golota, disqualified for low blows in two fights against Riddick Bowe, is scheduled to fight Ray Mercer on May 16 at Madison Square Garden.

SOCCER: The Mutiny won a 2-1 shootout against the Colorado Rapids. Gieuseppe Galderisi scored in regulation, and Steve Ralston and Ivan McKinley scored in the shootout. Goalie Mark Dougherty made a penalty-kick save.

SOCCER: The Terror beat Kansas City 24-16 to make the NPSL playoffs for the first time. Forward Mark Manganello had six points to lead the Terror. The first home playoff game is April 6. The PARIMUTUELS: Derby Lane win leader Scott Free went box to wire to capture the 13th annual Matinee Idol Feature Stake. Scott Free ran the fastest 5/16th mile of the afternoon, at 30.65 seconds.

_ Compiled from Times wires.