Like father, like son: Seaveys rewriting Iditarod history
NOME, Alaska – A 53-year-old former champion won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to become the oldest winner of Alaska’s grueling test of endurance.
Mitch Seavey and 10 dogs crossed the Nome finish line to cheering crowds at 10:39 p.m. Alaska time Tuesday night.
Seavey’s victory in the 1,000-mile race came after a dueling sprint against Aliy Zirkle – last year’s runner-up – along the frozen, wind-whipped Bering Sea coast toward Nome. The pair jostled for the lead, with Zirkle never more than a few miles behind. Also trailing by a dozen or so miles was four-time champion Jeff King.
Seavey, who first won the Iditarod in 2004, is the father of last year’s champion, Dallas Seavey, who at age 25 became the youngest Iditarod winner ever.
USA soccer beats Germany 2-nil to win the Algarve Cup
FARO, Portugal – The United States won the prestigious Algarve Cup for the ninth time, beating Germany 2-0 in Wednesday’s final.
Alex Morgan scored both goals in the first half as the American women won their first significant tournament under new coach Tom Sermanni, who took over in late 2012.
Nicole Barnhart protected the lead with some strong saves in the second half.
USA tennis not likely to alter its Davis Cup lineup
BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier plans to face No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Serbia in the quarterfinals with the same group – Sam Querrey, John Isner, twins Bob and Mike Bryan – that beat Brazil in the first round.
The U.S. will host Serbia on April 5-7 in Boise, Idaho. The matches will be played on an indoor hard court.
Courier won’t officially announce his roster until 10 days before facing Serbia. He said Wednesday that “assuming everyone’s healthy, I think we’ll field the same squad as we did” during a 3-2 victory over Brazil at Jacksonville, Fla., last month.
World Cup Ski Racing
Svindal wins a downhill title, but concedes the overall
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Aksel Lund Svindal won his first season-long World Cup downhill title Wednesday without even racing, then all but conceded the bigger prize of the all-disciplines title.
Fog forced the cancellation of the final race of the season, allowing the Norwegian to maintain his 58-point lead over 2012 downhill champion Klaus Kroell of Austria.
However, the canceled men’s race prevented Svindal from potentially scoring up to 100 points to close the gap on overall standings leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who skips downhill races.
Svindal, who won overall titles in 2007 and ’09, trails by 149, and Hirscher specializes in the technical events scheduled for a weekend with sunshine in the forecast.
By fog, Vonn wins 17th globe, while Maze denied history
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Lindsey Vonn had the weather on her side this time when it came down to deciding a World Cup title.
Fog canceled racing Wednesday, giving the injured Vonn a record sixth consecutive World Cup downhill title without even having to show up on the mountain. The title comes five weeks after a crash and season-ending knee surgery for the American.
The cancellation allowed Vonn to retain her title – just one point ahead of overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia.
Maze was trying to become the first woman to win five crystal globes in a season – the overall and four discipline titles.
On Thursday, Maze will be favored to take Vonn’s super-G title. She holds a 55-point lead over American Julia Mancuso, with 100 points awarded to the race winner.
Vonn’s downhill title gave her a World Cup record 17th crystal globe, overtaking Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell. The 28-year-old has won four overall titles and 13 individual disciplines.