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POSTED December 2, 2012 7:44 p.m.

SKIING

VONN RACES TO 2ND STRAIGHT LAKE LOUISE HAT TRICK: LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is in a class by herself when it comes to women’s World Cup skiing at Lake Louise.

After winning both downhills, Vonn capped a sweep with a victory in Sunday’s super-G. The American star recorded a hat trick at the Alberta resort for the second straight year after winning all three races in 2011.

Vonn now has 14 career wins at Lake Louise, and she hopes that’s enough to prompt the world governing body of skiing to re-consider her request to race the men’s World Cup at the site.

LIGETY WINS GIANT SLALOM WITH BLAZING FINAL RUN: BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Ted Ligety simply can’t be caught these days. Not on these new giant slalom skis, anyway.

At least, that’s the prevailing feeling among a good portion of his competitors.

Ligety easily captured his second straight World Cup GS race with a flawless and fast final run Sunday. He finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 25.59 seconds to hold off top rival Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 1.76 seconds. Davide Simoncelli of Italy was third.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SOUTH FLORIDA FIRES SKIP HOLTZ AFTER 3 SEASONS: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Skip Holtz was fired as South Florida’s football coach after two straight losing seasons in which the program fell back instead of progressed.

Athletic director Doug Woolard made the announcement Sunday after meeting with Holtz individually and then accompanying the former coach to a gathering with players. A search for a replacement will begin immediately, with no definitive timetable for naming the successor.

60,000-SEAT UNLV STADIUM PLAN CLEARS MAJOR HURDLE: LAS VEGAS (AP) — Plans for a stadium on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus have moved a giant step closer to reality.

The Nevada Board of Regents unanimously voted Friday in favor of a campus master plan that includes the 60,000-seat stadium.

The action paves the way for UNLV and its private partner Majestic Realty Co. to move ahead with plans to build the stadium.

According to a study released Friday, the stadium could pump $393 million a year into the Las Vegas economy, and draw at least 15 new, major events to the city.

In addition to luring outside events such as an NFL exhibition game or the Electric Daisy Carnival, the stadium also would replace aging Sam Boyd Stadium as the site for UNLV football games.

COLLEGE SOCCER

NORTH CAROLINA WOMEN WIN 21ST TITLE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Anson Dorrance has coached at North Carolina for all of the Tar Heels’ 21 NCAA women’s soccer championships, and he appreciates each title more and more.

A rare No. 2 seed and 13th ranked in the nation when the tournament began, North Carolina scored three goals in the second half to beat Penn State 4-1 Sunday for its latest championship. The Tar Heels (15-5-3), making their 26th appearance in the final four College Cup, won for the first time since 2009.

BASEBALL

DICKEY VISITS WINTER MEETINGS: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — R.A. Dickey wandered through the sprawling Opryland Hotel on Sunday, dropping into baseball’s annual winter meetings for a quick visit.

The newly minted NL Cy Young Award winner had a purpose — nope, nothing to do with getting a new contract from the New York Mets.

Rather, Dickey made the 15-minute drive from his home to see a Mets trainer for a routine checkup after abdominal surgery in October. The knuckleballer did find it a tad bit ironic, however, that when baseball’s annual swapfest was last held in this hotel, in 2007, he was in limbo, left off Minnesota’s list of protected players and plucked by Seattle in the Rule 5 draft.

 

 

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