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Trott claims gold medal

Marion Trott of Germany won the women’s competition at the skeleton world championships on Friday. Two weeks after winning her first World Cup title in Park City, Utah, the 24-year-old Trott had another gold medal dangling from her neck, this time at the US team’s home track at Mount Van Hoevenberg. “It’s unbelievable,” Trott said. “I think next week maybe I’ll know what I’ve accomplished.” Trott entered the day with an imposing 0.40 second lead over teammate and defending champion Anja Huber and easily won, finishing with a four-run time of 3 minutes, 47.97 seconds, more than half a second ahead of Amy Williams of Britain. Kerstin Szymkowiak of Germany took the bronze. Huber faded to fourth.


Johnson defeats Judah

Former light-heavyweight champion Glen Johnson won a convincing unanimous decision over Daniel Judah on Friday, possibly putting himself in line for another title shot. Jamaican Johnson, who turned 40 on Jan. 2, stayed busy through 10 rounds and used effective body punching to win a landslide decision in a rematch of an April 2003 bout that ended in a draw. The fight, at which Judah was on the light heavyweight limit and Johnson just over, was scored by two judges as 99-90 for Johnson, while the third had Johnson winning 99-89. The only knockdown came late in the first round when Johnson landed a right to the head of the American.


Bonds trial to be delayed

Federal prosecutors will appeal a judge’s decision to exclude evidence of three positive drug tests from Barry Bonds’ perjury trial, likely delaying its start for several months. Prosecutors notified the judge of their intention to appeal a couple of hours after Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, said at a Friday court hearing that he would not testify at the slugger’s trial. US District Judge Susan Illston had barred prosecutors from showing the drug tests to the jury unless Anderson took the witness stand to authenticate them. The trial had been scheduled to begin tomorrow with potential jurors filling out lengthy questionnaires. Bonds is accused of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied that he knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs.


Celtics suspend Pruitt

The Boston Celtics suspended guard Gabe Pruitt for two games on Friday after he was arrested in Hollywood for misdemeanor drunken driving. The team said the second-year guard was being suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Pruitt said in a statement he knew his behavior was “inappropriate” and that he accepted the consequences. Pruitt was detained early on Thursday, hours after the Celtics lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, for stopping at a green light and having dark tinted windows, which are illegal in California. Police said Pruitt then failed a field sobriety test.


Vikings sign Rosenfels

The Minnesota Vikings acquired quarterback Sage Rosenfels from the Houston Texans on Friday and signed him to a two-year US$9 million contract. Rosenfels’ agent, Rick Smith, said his client “is extremely excited for this opportunity.” The 31-year-old Rosenfels will compete with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job. It’s the second season in a row that the Vikings have tried to trade for Rosenfels. Last year, the two teams could not agree on compensation, so Minnesota brought in veteran Gus Frerotte as a backup.

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