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IN BRIEF

SKIING: Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke won her second national title at the U.S. Freestyle Nationals, edging Hannah Hardaway in the moguls competition in Boise, Idaho. World Cup champion Jeremy Bloom, a Colorado football player who put his NCAA career on hold to race in the Olympics, scored 28.08 points in the men's event for his first national title. Travis Ramos was a close second at 28.06. Luke Westerlund finished third (27.46), capping a comeback from knee surgery. The races, scheduled for Sunday, were postponed a day by heavy fog at Bogus Basin Ski Area.

SAILING: American skipper John Kostecki held a slim lead on two rivals as the Ocean Race approached Miami, the first of two U.S. ports in the round-the-world event. Kostecki's illbruck Challenge, the overall leader, was some 269 miles southeast of Miami, leading ASSA ABLOY by 12 miles at the front of the eight-boat fleet. Tyco was third, another four miles back. The leading boats were due into Miami late tonight or early Wednesday. "It's a good feeling but actually a nervous feeling because the wind has gotten lighter on this leg, so it's going to create opportunities for the boats behind," Kostecki said. The 60-foot boats, with 12-member crews, were racing through tropical heat. On the previous leg, from Auckland, New Zealand, to Rio de Janeiro, they dodged icebergs and sailed through snowstorms.

_ FRANK PASTOR, TIMES WIRES

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