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Austrian Hirscher regains overall World Cup lead

ZAGREB, Croatia – Defending champion Marcel Hirscher reclaimed the overall World Cup lead Sunday by winning a slalom for his third victory of the season.

The Austrian trailed Jens Byggmark by 0.01 seconds after the first leg but took advantage of the Swede’s mistake in the second to win in a combined time of 1 minute, 56.17 seconds.

Andre Myhrer of Sweden was 0.57 back in second, and Hirscher’s Austrian teammate, Mario Matt, came in 1.09 behind to take third.

Byggmark nearly skied out in the final part of his second run and finished 26th, 3.46 seconds off Hirscher’s winning time.

Hirscher overtook Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who usually skips slalom events, atop the overall standings.

Hirscher has 740 points, followed by Svindal with 689 and American Ted Ligety, who skied out in the first run Sunday, with 552 points.

The race was staged in rainy and partly foggy conditions, while mild temperatures softened the course.

Despite the poor weather, 17,000 cheering fans were lining the slope and in the finish area.


Marrone leaving Syracuse to take over Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills reached an agreement to hire Syracuse’s Doug Marrone as their next coach, two people familiar with talks told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Marrone will replace Chan Gailey, who was fired last Monday, a day after the Bills closed their second consecutive season with a 6-10 record. The 48-year-old Marrone went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse., citing league sources, first reported early Sunday that Marrone would be the Bills’ next coach.

Syracuse was 26-57 over a seven-year period before Marrone took over at his alma mater. The Orange finished this season 8-5, winning six of their last seven games, including a 38-14 win over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Now, he’s set for another challenge two hours down the New York State Thruway.

Marrone takes over a Bills team that has not had a winning record since 2004, when it finished 9-7. Buffalo has missed the playoffs for 13 consecutive seasons – the NFL’s longest active streak.

No deal for Browns, Kelly; coach to stay at Oregon

CLEVELAND – A person familiar with Cleveland’s coaching search said Sunday the Browns will not be hiring Oregon’s Chip Kelly.

Kelly met with the Browns for seven hours Friday, and they came close to reaching an agreement with the college coach, who also interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The source said the 49-year-old was indecisive about making the jump to the NFL, and the Browns decided to move on to other candidates. The Browns are seeking their sixth fulltime coach since 1999. Pat Shurmur was fired after going 9-23 in two seasons.

Multiple sources reported Sunday night that Kelley will return to Oregon, where he has led the Ducks to a 46-7 record and four consecutive BCS bowls the past four seasons.


U.S. roster announced for exhibition vs. Canada

CHICAGO – Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez will return to the U.S. national team after a two-year absence, while Landon Donovan was left off the Americans’ training camp roster.

Gonzalez was among 25 mostly U.S.-based players selected Sunday by coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a camp before a Jan. 29 exhibition against Canada at Houston.

The Americans then will call in their regulars for the opening game of the final round of World Cup qualifying, Feb. 6 at Honduras.

Donovan was skipped over while he decides whether he wants to keep playing.

Associated Press