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January 12, 2014 

Winter Sports

Wise, Bowman clinch halfpipe spots

At Breckenridge, Colo., David Wise and Maddie Bowman have clinched spots on the U.S. Olympic team by winning ski halfpipe events Sunday at the U.S. Grand Prix. There are two more qualifying events for U.S. athletes to earn spots on the Olympic team. Both will be held next weekend in Park City, Utah. ...

At St. Moritz, Switzerland, Latvia won a four-man World Cup bobsled race, while the U.S. team capped another rough week after a solid start to the season. Reigning Olympic champion Steven Holcomb and his team of Steve Langton, Curt Tomasevicz and Chris Fogt were seventh. Teams will travel to Igls, Austria, for Olympic nominations next weekend. ...

At Hamar, Norway, .Dutch skaters continued to dominate the European Speed Skating Championships on the second day of competition, clinching victories in three of four races. Olympic gold medalist Ireen Wust won the women’s 1,500-meter event, and countryman Koen Verweij won the men’s 1,500.

At Tauplitz, Austria, Peter Prevc of Slovenia won the second and final World Cup ski flying event of the season to earn the crystal globe in the discipline. ...

At Bad Gastein, Austria, Russian snowboarder Vic Wild won a World Cup parallel slalom for his first career victory, while Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland earned her second win in three days in the women’s competition.

At Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, Russia defeated Norway to win the men’s cross-country World Cup team sprint Sunday, and Norway was first in the women’s event. ...

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At Adelboden, Switzerland, Marcel Hirscher of Austria won a World Cup slalom to seize the lead in the overall and discipline standings. Ted Ligety of the United States retained third place overall.

Soccer

Manchester City on top

Manchester City moved provisionally top of the English Premier League with a 2-0 victory at Newcastle, and Liverpool stayed in fourth with a 5-3 win at Stoke. City won its third straight away game to climb one point above Chelsea in the standings ahead of Arsenal’s match at Aston Villa on Monday. If the Gunners win, they will move back to the top of the table. ...

Cristiano Ronaldo is heavily favored to end Lionel Messi’s four-year reign as the world’s best player at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala on Monday. Ronaldo had 69 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal and seems likely to earn his second FIFA award after finishing second three times in Messi’s dominating era. Messi has been injured this season.

Auto racing

Chilton keeps F1 ride

At Banbury, England, British driver Max Chilton has been retained by Marussia for the 2014 Formula One season. The 22-year-old Chilton failed to win a point in his debut season but impressed by finishing every race. With Jules Bianchi having also secured his seat for 2014, Marussia will keep the same driver lineup for the coming season.

Lucha Libre

English-language league planned

TV producer Mark Burnett is helping to launch an English-language version of the popular lucha libre wrestling league from Mexico. He said the league will debut later this year on the new El Rey network.

College wrestling

Newberry runner-up at nationals

At Des Moines, Iowa, No. 4 Newberry fell to top-ranked Notre Dame of Ohio, 28-3, in the NWCA National Duals finals. Newberry is 11-1. It had an 18-game dual winning streak.

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