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POSTED March 5, 2012 12:46 a.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

• STANFORD WINS 75-70, DENIES CAL SHARE OF TITLE
: STANFORD  (AP) — Chasson Randle scored 17 points, Aaron Bright had 12 points and hit some big free throws in the final minute, and Stanford denied rival California a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 75-70 victory on Sunday.

Andrew Zimmermann added 13 points to help the Cardinal (20-10, 10-8) build a 15-point halftime lead they never surrendered. Stanford also sealed a 20-win season for the first time since coach Johnny Dawkins’ opening year in 2008-09.



GYMNASTICS

• GABBY DOUGLAS STRENGTHENS US GYMNASTICS DEPTH
: NEW YORK (AP) — No better place for Gabby Douglas to have a coming out party than Madison Square Garden.

Oozing class, confidence and some serious star power, the 16-year-old upstaged world gymnastics champion Jordyn Wieber on Saturday by posting the highest score at the American Cup. Never mind that the score didn’t count because Douglas was competing as an alternate. Or that Douglas was under no pressure while all eyes were on Wieber.

The London Olympics are less than five months away, and Douglas’ emergence is further sign that the Americans might have their deepest — and most dangerous — team yet.

Wieber was the official winner Saturday, giving her a second straight American Cup title and third overall. Fellow American Aly Raisman was second.

“The depth is incredible,” said John Geddert, Wieber’s coach. “The problem with it is we’re going to leave a B team at home that could vie for a medal. The depth is ridiculous. I guess it’s a good problem to have.”



CYCLING

• GUSTAV LARSSON WINS PARIS-NICE OPENER
: SAINT-REMY-LES-CHEVREUSE, France (AP) — Gustav Larsson beat British rider Bradley Wiggins by a second to win the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Sunday.

The Swede completed the 5.8-mile route from Dampierre-en-Yvelines to Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse on the outskirts of Paris in 11 minutes, 19 seconds. American rider Levi Leipheimer finished 4 seconds behind Larsson in third place.

Larsson, a silver medalist in the time trial at the Olympics in Beijing four years ago, started in the middle of the field.



DOG SLED RACING


• 40TH IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE BEGINS IN ALASKA: WILLOW, Alaska (AP) — Sixty-six mushers began their quest to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with the competition’s official start Sunday in Willow.

The mushers and their dog teams will spend about the next eight days traveling across nearly a thousand miles of Alaska wilderness in a sled, all trying to be the first musher to reach the old gold rush town of Nome.

The grandsons of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s co-founder Joe Redington were the first and last mushers on the trail.

Ray Redington Jr. picked the first spot during the musher’s draw. The 36-year-old musher is competing in his 11th Iditarod and finished in 7th place last year.



SPEED SKATING

• DAVIS, RICHARDSON WIN 1,000 RACES AT WORLD CUP
: HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) — Shani Davis won the men’s World Cup 1,000 meters Sunday to close the gap on Stefan Groothuis at the top of the standings to just 40 points.

Davis was the only skater to go under 1 minute, 9 seconds at the Thialf oval, clocking 1:08.88 to edge Groothuis in a head-to-head duel in the final pair. Kjeld Nuis was third.

The two-time Olympic 1,000 champion Davis has won the last three World Cup races at the distance.



SKIING

• JANSRUD WINS WORLD CUP SUPER-G RACE IN KVITFJEL
L: KVITFJELL, Norway (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud won the men’s World Cup super-G race on the Olympic course Sunday.

The Norwegian skier finished in 1 minute, 34.02 seconds. His compatriot Aksel Lund Svindal was second, 0.21 behind, with Beat Feuz of Switzerland in third, 0.26 behind the winner.



• JONSSON, BJOERGEN WIN WORLD CUP SPRINT RACES: LAHTI, Finland (AP) — Sweden’s Emil Jonsson won the sprint at a cross-country World Cup event in Lahti on Sunday and Norway’s Marit Bjoergen was first in the women’s race.

Jonsson and compatriot Teodor Peterson overtook Russia’s Nikita Kriukov on the final hill before entering the stadium. Jonsson finished in 3 minutes, 13.9 seconds, and beat Peterson in a photo finish. Kriukov ended third, 0.9 seconds back.

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