American skier Steven Nyman won a World Cup downhill race in Italy.

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American Nyman

prevails in downhill

It was about time good fortune fell Steven Nyman’s way.

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The 30-year-old American skier’s once-promising career was derailed for the past five years by a long list of injuries.

Fully healthy for the first time in years, the Sundance, Utah, resident took advantage of changing conditions Saturday for an improbable victory in a World Cup downhill in Val Gardena, Italy, that was shortened because of heavy snowfall and low visibility.

It was his first top-three finish in a Cup event since 2007.

Nyman started 39th, long after the top-ranked skiers battled through rough conditions. When he began, the snow had nearly stopped and the fog had lifted.

“I’m pretty psyched,” said Nyman, who mowed actor Robert Redford’s lawn as a kid. “Weather is definitely a huge factor. … On days like today, you just got to hope for good conditions and take advantage of it. … In the start, I looked down and I saw no fog in front of me and I just said, ‘It’s on, this is it, let’s go.’ “

Nyman won in 1 minute, 28.82 seconds. Rok Perko of Slovenia was second, 0.19 seconds behind.

Meanwhile, the women’s World Cup super-giant slalom in Val d’Isere, France, was canceled because of poor weather conditions.

College volleyball

Texas women beat

Oregon for NCAA title

Bailey Webster had 14 kills, Haley Eckerman added 12 and third-seeded Texas swept Oregon in Louisville, Ky., for its first NCAA women’s championship since 1988.

The Longhorns won 25-11, 26-24, 25-19 before a crowd of 16,448.

Texas (29-4) has been a recent regular at volleyball’s Final Four, making its fourth appearance in five years and playing in its first title game since 2009, when the Longhorns lost to Penn State in five sets after leading 2-0.

This time they took care of business for their second title in four tries.

“I’ve been in this thing a lot of times and finally we broke through,” Jerritt Elliott of Texas said about winning his first title as a coach. “This has been a long time coming.”

Liz Brenner and Katherine Fischer each had 13 kills for fifth-seeded Oregon (30-5), which made its first title-game appearance.

“I don’t know what it means to Texas; I know that it hurts for us to lose it,” Ducks coach Jim Moore said.


Event is a Love story

Davis Love III and son Dru birdied five of the last six holes for a 12-under-par 60 in the Father-Son Challenge scramble event in Orlando, Fla., giving them a one-stroke lead after the first round.

Mark O’Meara and son Shaun, and Fred and Taylor Funk were a stroke back.


• Australia’s Daniel Popovic shot a 3-under 69 to win the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum by four strokes over countrymen Rod Pampling (69) and Anthony Brown (71).

Popovic, who led by two strokes after three rounds, had a 16-under 272 total.

• South African standout Charl Schwartzel shot an 8-under 64 to take a 10-stroke lead after three rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa.

Violence beat Fury Kapcori by 1 ¼ lengths in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity, a Grade I race for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, favored Violence ran 1-1/16 miles on the synthetic track in 1 minute, 43.50 seconds and paid $4.40 to win.

Fury Kapcori’s owners include George Todaro of Seattle.

Todd Pletcher trains Violence, who is 3 for 3 in his career.

“He’s a colt that we’ve thought a lot of all along,” Pletcher said. “He’s a big, leggy colt that we felt like was going to continue to improve and mature.”

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