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Gut delivers an encore

Early in Saturday’s race, Swiss skier Lara Gut caught an edge and sent a thick spray of snow into the air that momentarily obscured her.

Just when it appeared Gut might have fallen, she emerged from the plume — still moving fast and still attacking the hill in Beaver Creek, Colo.

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Gut turned in a blazing run to win her second consecutive World Cup race, finishing in 1 minute, 18.42 seconds to edge a strong Austrian contingent in the super-giant slalom. Elisabeth Goergl of Austria originally took second but was disqualified for improper ski equipment, bumping up teammates Anna Fenninger and Nicole Hosp to second and third, respectively.

Gut, 22, won a World Cup downhill Friday.

“I do like this course. With two wins, I can’t say different,” she said.

Leanne Smith of North Conway, N.H., was 23rd for the best finish by an American.

Meanwhile, Dominik Paris of Italy won the men’s World Cup downhill opener in Lake Louise, Alberta, in 1:49.90.

Austrian Klaus Kroell was second in 1:49.93.

Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., was 16th for the best effort by a U.S. skier.


McIlroy defeats Scott

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland birdied the 18th hole to beat Adam Scott in the Australian Open at Royal Sydney, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott an Australian triple crown.

Scott was attempting to become the second player, after compatriot Robert Allenby in 2005, to win the Australian Open, Masters and PGA titles in the same season.

McIlroy, ranked No. 6 in the world, started the last round four shots behind Scott but drew even when he eagled the seventh hole and birdied the eighth.

Second-ranked Scott bogeyed the final hole. Meanwhile, McIlroy hit his approach to 10 feet and made the putt for a one-stroke victory.

“I wanted to get a win and finally I’ve been able to get one,” McIlroy said. “But more satisfying than that is being able to take one of the best players in the world down the stretch and come out on top.

“Adam is a phenomenal golfer, a great competitor and probably an even better guy and I feel a bit sorry that I was the one that ruined the triple crown for him.”

McIlroy closed with a 6-under-par 66 and had an 18-under 270 total.

Scott shot a 71.

Schwartzel excels

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa opened a two-shot lead after three rounds at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, a European Tour-sanctioned event in Malelane, South Africa.

Schwartzel shot a 5-under 67 and was at 13 under. Richard Finch (67) of England was in second place.

Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark shared the lead with Schwartzel after two rounds but shot a 79 in the third.


Arsenal extends lead

Arsenal powered to a seven-point lead in the English Premier League after beating host Cardiff 3-0, with Aaron Ramsey scoring twice against his former team.

“This is where I started my career and where everything began, and hopefully they’ve seen the player they produced today,” Ramsey said.

Arsenal (10-2-1) has outscored league opponents 27-10.

There was more misery for Fulham at the other end of the league standings, with a demoralizing 3-0 loss at fellow struggler West Ham keeping the team in the bottom three and leaving beleaguered manager Martin Jol seemingly fighting for his job.

Fulham has lost five league matches in a row.

Jol said Friday he could be fired if he lost against West Ham and again Wednesday to Tottenham.

“It is not in my hands,” Jol said. “If I have to worry, I was probably worried a couple of months ago because it is not one day and then the other.

“It is probably the last two months we have been inconsistent.”

Horse racing

Flat Out is flat-out fast

Flat Out beat 32-1 shot Private Zone by 1¼ lengths to win the Grade I Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in Jamaica, N.Y.

Flat Out, trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Junior Alvarado, won in 1 minute, 34.68 seconds. The 7-year-old paid $15 to win in the $753,000 race.

Goldencents, favored at 3-1, faded to seventh in a field of 10.

Heavy favorites prevailed in Grade II races with $400,000 purses for 2-year-olds, as filly Stopchargingmaria ($3.90 to win) took the Demoiselle and ridgling Honor Code ($3.60) captured the Remsen by a nose over Cairo Prince.

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