Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, December 04, 2000

Love defeats Woods, Garcia

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Davis Love III charged from behind with an 8-under 64 on Sunday to overtake Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia and win the Williams World Challenge.

Love, who hasn't won a PGA Tour event in more than two years, finished with a 22-under 266 total -- including two 64s -- at Sherwood Country Club to take the $1 million first prize.

Woods, the tournament host, closed with a 69 that left him two shots back in second. Garcia, the 20-year-old Spanish star, shot a 73 to finish third at 17 under.

Masters Cup gives Kuerten No. 1 reason to celebrate

LISBON, Portugal -- Gustavo Kuerten wrapped himself in the Brazilian flag, amazed at his whirlwind week that left him with the Masters Cup title and the No. 1 ranking.

He swept Andre Agassi 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to win the season-ending tournament and finish the year at the top of his sport.

''I didn't believe I could do this,'' Kuerten said.

Jockey Chris Antley found dead at home

PASADENA, Calif. -- Chris Antley, who rode Charismatic to victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby and just missed winning the Triple Crown, was found dead at his home with a blow to the head.

Police said Sunday they were investigating the death as a homicide.

The 34-year-old jockey was found by a family member late Saturday night, police Lt. Richard Sandoval said.

A 911 call was made about 11 p.m. and the caller said a man was ''lying inside the house, who may possibly be dead,'' police said in a statement.

Baldwin elected first female president of USOC

WASHINGTON -- When she ran for president of U.S. Swimming in 1984, Sandra Baldwin encountered a powerful foe -- Bill Lippman, widely known as the father of the sport in America.

''He told me he didn't think swimming was ready for a woman president,'' Baldwin recalled. ''I told him, 'Maybe not, Bill, but they're ready for me.'''

On Sunday, 16 years after Baldwin unanimously won that election to become the first female president of any widely based American sport, the U.S. Olympic Committee decided it finally was ready for a woman as leader, too, and that Baldwin once again was the one to choose.

Nyberg tops Austrians in World Cup upset

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. -- Fredrik Nyberg of Sweden pulled off an early season upset Sunday, topping Hermann Maier and the Austrians for his first career World Cup super-G victory.

Skiing a near-flawless race, Nyberg covered the challenging Birds of Prey course in 1 minute, 21.18 seconds, narrowly withstanding a strong challenge by Austria's Christoph Gruber. Gruber, the 30th racer down the mountain, made up more than three-tenths of a second on the bottom of the tight, winding course and finished at 1:21.21 for his first career top-three finish.

Kenneth Sivertsen of Norway also turned in his best World Cup performance, finishing third at 1:21.65.

Maier, who had won seven of nine races at Beaver Creek, was bumped to sixth at 1:22.12, and missed a super-G podium for the first time since crashing at St. Anton, Austria, last Feb. 12.

The day would have been a complete disaster for Maier and his teammates if not for Gruber, the 11th and final Austrian down the course. He ensured an Austrian would be on the podium for the 26th straight World Cup super-G event dating to the 1996-97 season.

Sivertsen made his charge two skiers after Gruber, capping an impressive performance for the Norwegians. Kjetil-Andre Aamodt was fourth at 1:21.83, followed by Lasse Kjus at 1:21.94.

Kjus, who finished second in Saturday's downhill, set the pace early and appeared to be in good shape when Maier failed to top his time.

Nyberg, the sixth skier out of the gate, proceeded to bump Kjus while Maier was still shaking his head in the finish area. Nyberg pumped his fists when he saw his time, which held up for his sixth career World Cup victory.

Nyberg's other titles have come in the giant slalom, including two in Colorado.

It was a disappointing day for the Americans, who struggled to stay on the course and on their feet.

Daron Rahlves of Truckee, Calif., missed a gate about 35 seconds into his run, and Casey Puckett of Aspen and Jakub Fiala of Breckenridge also did not finish.

Chad Fleischer of Vail was the top U.S. skier, finishing 17th at 1:23.04.

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