Gut clinches Super-G title in Garmisch

BERLIN - US ski queen Lindsey Vonn had to settle for third on Sunday as Switzerland's Lara Gut won the women's World Cup Super-G race in Garmisch. Vonn had picked up the 76th win of her career in winning Saturday's downhill with a commanding display down the Kandahar to finish a second and a half ahead of her nearest rival. But 24 hours later she had to make do with a podium place, 0.23sec behind Gut's winning time of 1min 20.51sec while Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg was second at 0.15sec back. The result keeps Vonn top of the overall leaderboard with 1,060 points, Gut second on 973 and Rebensburg third on 820. Vonn's downhill victory on Saturday left her just ten wins short of the all-time record of 86 World Cup victories set by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden more than 25 years ago.–AFP

Willett lifts Dubai Desert Classic title

DUBAI - England's Danny Willett made a pressure-packed 15-feet birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic by one shot over England's Andy Sullivan and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello. Willett shot a three-under par 69 to finish on 19-under par 269. Sullivan, who finished second in Dubai less than three months ago to Rory McIlroy in the DP World Tour Championship, closed with a 68, while Cabrera-Bello (69) notched up his second successive runners-up finish after Doha the week before. The win is expected to move Willett into the top-15 of the world rankings for the first time in his career. World number two Rory McIlroy finished with a seven-under par 65 round, but that was good only for tied sixth place at 15-under par 273 alongside world number six Henrik Stenson (66).–AFP

Janka wins super-G in Jeongseon

JEONGSEON - Carlo Janka of Switzerland took the Alpine Ski World Cup men's super-G race in South Korea on Sunday, his first career victory in the discipline. The 2010 Olympic giant slalom champion posted a time of 1 min, 26.16 seconds at Jeongseon Alpine Centre in South Korea, which is hosting the World Cup as a test event for the 2018 Winter Games. Christof Innerhofer of Italy finished second on 1:26.98, followed by Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria on 1:27.22. Janka achieved just one other podium finish in the current World Cup season, and none of his 10 previous World Cup wins had come in super-G. "I took some risks, and everything worked out," Janka said. "The slope was really good. Some jumps were a little bit difficult and in super-G you never know what's going to happen."–AFP

Norris sweeps Myanmar Open

YANGON - South Africa's Shaun Norris survived early jitters on the final day to take the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open Sunday, helped by a near-unassailable cushion built up the day before. The one-time Asian Tour winner began the final day at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club in Yangon with a seven-shot lead over his rivals after Saturday's remarkable 11-under-par 61. But a series of fluffed shots on the early nine left some wondering whether he had squandered that hard work as he notched up four bogeys in windy morning weather. By the afternoon the South African had recovered. A flawless inward nine saw him take the tournament with 264, four shots less than South Korea's Park Jun-Won and Japan's Azuma Yano who took second jointly. "The conditions were not easy from the start," he said.–AFP

Army men dominate slalom in Naltar

ISLAMABAD - Army skiers out classed their opponents in Chairman Joint Chief Services Cup’s slalom category played in Naltar on Sunday. Ski Federation spokesman Obaid Ur Rehman Abbasi said Commander FCNA Major General Asim Bajwa inaugurated the competitions while secretary Ski Federation Air Commodore Qaswar Naqvi was also present. International skier M Iqbal dominated throughout and won gold with 1minute and 29 seconds time whereas his colleague Abdullah Jan stood second with 1 minute 29 seconds. Gilgit/Baltistan Ski Association skier M Nawaz remained third with 1minute and 37 seconds. The PIA strike effected the competitions as most of the members of the cabinet of the ski federation and ski associations could not reach in time to participate in the opening ceremony.–Staff Reporter