Mikaela Shiffrin is living up to her billing as skiing's next big star. The 17-year-old captured a slalom by a massive 1. 19-second margin Friday night...

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U.S. teen Shiffrin wins slalom race

Mikaela Shiffrin is living up to her billing as skiing’s next big star.

The 17-year-old captured a slalom by a massive 1.19-second margin Friday night in Zagreb, Croatia, becoming the first American woman to win two World Cup races before turning 18. Her first career victory came last month in Sweden.

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“Everything went really well today,” said Shiffrin, who had the fastest time in both runs. “It felt great.”

She leads the World Cup slalom standings and even overtook Lindsey Vonn as the top American in the overall standings. Shiffrin has 426 points overall to 414 for Vonn. Both are way behind leader Tina Maze of Slovenia, who has 1,139 points despite going out in the second run.


Report: Armstrong

may confess

Lance Armstrong, who this fall was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports, has told associates and anti-doping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career, the New York Times reported. He would do this, sources said, because he wants to persuade anti-doping officials to restore his eligibility so he can resume his athletic career in running events and triathlons.

College football

Exodus from LSU

Louisiana State said safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon, running back Spencer Ware and punter Brad Wing are entering the NFL draft.

Those decisions mean the Tigers will lose at least three defensive regulars, with linebacker Kevin Minter also having informed the school he’d be leaving this week.

Other players declaring for the draft: Florida tight end Jordan Reed, safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd; Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones; Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh, and Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.

Montana to Tulane

Tulane said it has received a national letter of intent from junior-college quarterback Nick Montana, the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.

The younger Montana threw for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns this past season at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. He started his college career at Washington.


Mediator leads talks

A federal mediator held over 12 hours of separate talks with the NHL and the players’ association in New York City before stopping for the night with a promise to get going again in the morning.

The sides remained apart all day, buffered by the presence of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh, who shuttled back and forth between the hotel where the union is working, and the league office.


First round washed out

Wind squalls that howled down off the mountains above Maui were so severe that PGA Tour officials scrapped the first round of the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. All scores were erased — only 20 players in the 30-man field even had scores on their cards — and the round will start over Saturday with 36 holes, weather permitting.


• Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her Brisbane International match against Serena Williams with an infected right big toe, citing concerns about aggravating the injury so close to the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic led Serbia into the Hopman Cup final in Perth, Australia, winning their singles matches over Germany. Djokovic beat Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-0, while Ivanovic lost only 15 points in defeating Tatjana Malek 6-0, 6-1. The Serbs will face Spain in the final.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, for her 11th singles title, beating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4.

• The Chicago Fire acquired midfielder Joel Lindpere from the New York Red Bulls for a 2013 international roster spot.

• The Colorado Rapids re-signed 25-year-old goalkeeper Steward Ceus.

• English Premier League club Wigan signed Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza from MLS’s Sporting Kansas City.

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