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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2003

Rahlves wins downhill

KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Daron Rahlves' excitement over a milestone victory on the notorious Hahnenkamm wasn't diminished by a shortened course.

Rahlves became the first American to win a men's World Cup downhill on Hahnenkamm on Saturday, charging down the shortened Streif course in 1 minute, 9.63 seconds for his second downhill victory of the season.

Buddy Werner was the only other American to win a downhill on the famed Hahnenkamm, considered the most dangerous on the World Cup circuit. Werner triumphed in 1959, nine years before the World Cup was created.

Werner, a two-time Olympian, died in an avalanche in Switzerland in 1964, shortly after racing in the Innsbruck Olympics. The only other American to medal in Kitzbuehel was A.J. Kitt, who was the runner-up in 1992.

Rahlves joined skiing greats Franz Klammer, Karl Schranz, Hermann Maier and Jean-Claude Killy as a winner at Hahnenkamm.

Team USA tops Team Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cincinnati's Jonathan Ruffin already has a trophy proving he's one of the best kickers in the nation. Capping his collegiate career with a winning field goal was the icing on the cake.

Ruffin kicked a Gridiron Classic-record 49-yard field goal with 13 seconds left Saturday to give Team USA a 20-17 win over Team Florida.

''I couldn't ask for a better ending to my final college game,'' said Ruffin, who won the Lou Groza Award in 2000. ''This all-star game has been a great week and I couldn't have capped it off any better.''

Ruffin, who was chosen the game's most valuable player, beat the old mark of 39 yards was set by West Virginia's Jay Taylor in 2000. The kick matched his career best, set in a close loss to Ohio State on Sept. 21.

Michigan Tech tops Alaska-Anchorage

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- Brad Sullivan had a goal and an assist to lead Michigan Tech past Alaska-Anchorage 3-1 Saturday night.

The Huskies (7-13-4, 4-9-3 Western Collegiate) led 2-0 going into the third period with goals from Sullivan and Chris Conner.

But Daron Underwood got Alaska-Anchorage (1-16-7, 0-14-6) on the board with a power play goal at 3:07 of the third.

The Seawolves pulled goalie Kevin Reigter for the extra attacker with less than a minute to go, but Chris Durno notched an empty net goal with one second left to seal the win.

Cam Ellsworth got the win in net for Michigan Tech, stopping 35 shots. Reigter also stopped 35 shot for the Seawolves.

Rupprath sets record in short course 100 medley

BERLIN -- Germany's Thomas Rupprath broke the 100-meter medley world record Saturday at a short course World Cup event, finishing in 52.58 seconds.

The 25-year-old Rupprath beat the previous mark of 52.63, set by Slovenia's Peter Mankoc on Dec. 15, 2001.



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