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Briefs Digest for Mon., Dec. 15

SKIING

 

 

Hirscher chalks up 26th win 

ARE, Sweden>> Marcel Hirscher won Sunday’s World Cup slalom to add to his crushing victory in Friday’s giant slalom, mastering the conditions on the rock-hard Olympia course to perfection and moving to the top of the overall rankings. 

He overcame a first-leg deficit of 0.25 seconds to edge German skier Felix Neureuther by 0.10 for his 26th career victory — moving him level with Austrian great Franz Klammer.

The two races were initially scheduled to take place in Val d’Isere, France — where Hirscher has won two GS races before — but were moved to freezing northern Sweden due to a lack of snow in the French Alps. 

AUTO RACING

 

 

Hamilton wins BBC award

GLASGOW, Scotland >> Lewis Hamilton has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year after winning his second Formula One title.

The 29-year-old Mercedes driver beating top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy, who won two major titles in 2014, to the prestigious British award.

TENNIS

 

 

Kozlov and Kenin win at Orange Bowl

PLANTATION, Fla. >> Stefan Kozlov and Sofia Kenin won the 18s singles titles Sunday in the Orange Bowl Tennis Championships, completing the first U.S. sweep since 2004.

The 16-year-old Kozlov, from nearby Pembroke Pines, beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the boys’ final. The 16-year-old Kenin, also from Pembroke Pines, topped American qualifier Ingrid Neel 6-3, 6-3 for the girls’ championship.

Timothy Neilly and Jessica Kirkland swept in 2004.

MEN’S SOCCER

 

 

Virginia tops UCLA on penalty kicks 

CARY, N.C. >> Virginia is again the best in college soccer.

The Cavaliers beat UCLA 4-2 on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie to earn the NCAA title Sunday.

Virginia won the College Cup when Riggs Lennon slipped a low shot past diving UCLA goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. in the fifth round.

The Cavaliers (14-6-3) won their seventh national title, their first since 2009. They beat Akron here that year, also winning on penalty kicks after a scoreless match.

"Being the best at what you do, the absolute best at what you do, there’s no better feeling," Virginia coach George Gelnovatch said. "It was really, really rewarding in the manner in which we did it."

Virginia led 2-1 after three rounds of penalty kicks with UCLA’s Gage Zerboni and Willie Raygoza both missing on blasts off the crossbar.

Patrick Foss of Virginia and Larry Ndjock of UCLA converted to set the stage for Lennon’s left-footed winner.

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