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Leveaux sets third record

Three world records were set at the European short-course championships on Saturday, with Amaury Leveaux of France setting his third in a meet marked by a total of 10 world records in three days. Leveaux bettered a men’s 100m freestyle record he had set a day earlier, Sanja Jovanovic of Croatia broke her own mark in the women’s 50 backstroke and Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov eclipsed the oldest short-course record in the men’s 200 butterfly. In the women’s 400 freestyle, Coralie Balmy of France won gold with 3:56.39, just 0.30 seconds short of matching the world record held by compatriot Laure Manaudou.


Rommel wins again

Frank Rommel of Germany won his second straight skeleton World Cup race on Saturday. Rommel trailed Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov by 0.05 seconds after the opening heat, but posted the fastest time in the second to finish in an aggregate time of 1 minute, 46.01 seconds. Tretiakov took second, 0.25 behind Rommel, while Martins Dukurs of Latvia finished third with a 0.37-second deficit. Jeff Pain of Canada was fourth, another 0.17 behind. The 24-year-old Rommel had his maiden victory in Altenberg, Germany, last week.


David Murdoch dazzles

Scotland’s David Murdoch made a great comeback to defend the men’s title and Mirjam Ott of Switzerland won the women’s gold medal at the European Curling Championships on Saturday. Murdoch made a dazzling double-takeout to tie the game in the final end, then saw skip Thomas Ulsrud’s last shot in the extra-end slipping two inches too far for a wild 7-6 victory over Norway. Ott’s crew edged defending Olympic and European champion Anette Norberg of Sweden 5-4 in the women’s final.


lsson wins 15km classic

Johan Olsson of Sweden won the 15km classic event in a World Cup cross-country meet on Saturday to lead the overall standings. The 28-year-old Olsson finished in 40 minutes, 10 seconds in Fluela Valley for his first individual World Cup victory and first podium finish, 10.5 seconds ahead of Axel Teichmann of Germany. Early leader Sami Jauhojaervi of Finland was 28.5 seconds back to place third for his third career podium finish. In the women’s 10km classic, Virpi Kuitunen won in 29 minutes, 51 seconds, 18 seconds clear of fellow Finn Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, who was fastest at halfway. Marit Bjoergen of Norway, the Olympic 10km silver medalist, was 46.7 seconds back in third. Kuitunen, the two-time defending World Cup champion, was winning at Davos for the third straight season. It was her 19th career World Cup victory.


Bradford wins Heisman

Oklahoma University quarterback Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday for guiding the highest-scoring team in major college football history to the national championship game. A year after Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman for college football’s best player, Bradford became the second and kept the University of Florida quarterback from joining Archie Griffin as the only two-time winners. Bradford, who leads the US in touchdown passes with 48, received 1,726 points. University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was second with 1,604 and Tebow — who received the most first-place votes — was third with 1,575 points.

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