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Slovenia’s Maze solves GS course in Aspen

ASPEN – Tina Maze of Slovenia won her second consecutive World Cup giant slalom race, while an exhausted Lindsey Vonn finished 21st in her return after missing time with an intestinal illness.

Maze had a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 59.39 seconds Saturday to hold off Kathrin Zettel of Austria by nearly a second on the course on Aspen Mountain.

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was third.

The 29-year-old Maze also won the season-opening GS race in Austria last month, with Zettel taking second there, too.

Vonn was 10th after the first run but didn’t have anything left for the second pass through the challenging course.

The four-time overall champion wasn’t sure if she was even going to compete in Aspen this weekend because of a stomach bug that landed her in the hospital for two days.

The race was held on manmade snow.

Norway’s Svindal wins first World Cup men’s downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the season-opening World Cup men’s downhill Saturday, beating Austria’s Max Franz by 0.64 seconds.

Svindal finished the Olympic course in 1 minute, 48.31 seconds.

American Marco Sullivan and Austria’s Klaus Kroell tied for third at 1:48.97.

The men’s super-G race will be today.

Svindal won that race last year.


‘Macho’ Camacho leaves flamboyant legacy

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Hector “Macho” Camacho was a brash fighter with a mean jab and an aggressive style, furiously launching himself against some of the biggest names in boxing. And his bad-boy persona was not entirely an act, with a history of legal scrapes that began in his teens and continued throughout his life.

The man who once starred at the pinnacle of boxing, winning several world titles, died Saturday after being ambushed in a parking lot back in the Puerto Rican town of Bayamon where he was born. Packets of cocaine were found were found in the car in which he was shot.

Camacho, 50, left behind a reputation for flamboyance – leading fans in cheers of “It’s Macho time!” before fights – and for fearsome skills as one of the top fighters of his generation.

He fought professionally for three decades from his humble debut against David Brown at New York’s Felt Forum in 1980 to an equally forgettable swansong against Saul Duran in Kissimmee, Fla., in 2010.

In between, he fought some of the biggest stars spanning two eras, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Roberto Duran.

Camacho’s family moved to New York when he was young, and he grew up in Spanish Harlem.


World’s top two golfers duel at Dubai championship

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to remain tied with Luke Donald as the world’s two top-ranked golfers pulled three shots clear of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship.

The top-ranked McIlroy, who has wrapped up the European and PGA Tour money titles, struggled early when he bogeyed the first hole and missed several makeable birdie putts.

But he improved on the back nine, sinking a 30-foot eagle putt on 14 to go with three birdies for a 6-under 66. Donald also had a 66 and is tied with McIlory with a 17-under total of 199.

Donald had his third consecutive bogey-free round and has gone 100 holes at the Dubai tournament without one. If he wins today without carding a bogey, he will match the feat of Sweden’s Jesper Parnevik, who won the 1995 Scandinavian Masters without dropping a shot.

Associated Press