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Skiing

Miller claims World Cup downhill win

In Bormio, Italy, Bode Miller won the grueling Stelvio downhill Saturday for his first World Cup victory since breaking away from the U.S. Ski Team.

While the other favorites found trouble, Miller had a near-perfect run and covered the 2.03-mile course in 2 minutes, 0.57 seconds. The victory was the 26th of Miller's career.

It put him within one win of matching Phil Mahre's record of 27 U.S. victories.

Andreas Buder of Austria was 0.45 seconds behind, and Jan Hudec of Canada was third, 0.54 back.

After clashing with the U.S. federation over team rules, Miller decided to train and race on his own this season. Complying with International Ski Federation rules, he still wears a U.S. uniform when he skis, but puts on his own jacket with his personal sponsors as soon as he takes off his skis.

Miller hired John McBride from the U.S. team to be his head coach this season and brought in former U.S. coaches Forest Carey and Mike Kenney .

Carey skied with Miller at the Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine, and Kenney is his uncle.

Miller calls his breakaway squad "Team America."

Soccer

Motherwell captain dies after collapse

In Motherwell, Scotland, the captain of a Scottish Premier League soccer team died Saturday, collapsing during a game just as he was about to leave the field for a substitute.

Phil O'Donnell , a 35-year-old midfielder for Motherwell, fell to the ground at Fir Park and was carried off on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Motherwell said its medical staff and that of Dundee United believed O'Donnell had a seizure, but did not elaborate.

Club chairman Bill Dickie said there will be an autopsy.

O'Donnell collapsed before he could be replaced by substitute Marc Fitzpatrick. He was treated on the field for about five minutes and Fitzpatrick entered in the 78th minute.

Saturday's game was played to completion, the teams apparently unaware of O'Donnell's condition. Motherwell won 5-3.

Junior hockey

Canada's win spell snapped by Sweden

In Pardubice, Czech Republic, Sweden ended Canada's winning streak in the world junior hockey championship at 20, beating the three-time defending champions 4-3 on Tobias Forsberg's goal with 7 seconds left.

Also Saturday in Liberec, Tyler Ruegsegger, James vanRiemsdyk and Mike Carman scored to help the United States improve to 3-0 in Group B with a 3-2 victory over Russia.

Eric Moe, Tony Lagerstrom and Moller added goals for Sweden, the Group A leader at 3-0.

Claude Giroux, Brad Marchand and Shawn Matthias scored for Canada (2-1).

In the other Group A game, the Czech Republic beat Slovakia 5-2. In Group B, Finland routed Kazakhstan 5-0.

Tennis

Fill-in paces U.S. in the Hopman opener

In Perth, Australia, Meghann Shaughnessy, filling in for Serena Williams, got the United States off to a winning start Saturday and Mardy Fish clinched the win over India at the opener of the 20th Hopman Cup.

Shaughnessy won the last five games against an ailing Sania Mirza for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory and Fish secured the U.S. lead with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Rohan Bopanna. Mirza and Bopanna won the doubles 6-4, 6-4.

Australia upset the third-seeded Czech Republic 2-1 when Alicia Molik and Peter Luczak beat Lucie Safarova and Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-3 in the decisive mixed doubles match.

Molik won the singles 7-5, 6-2 to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, but Berdych defeated Luczak 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Top-seeded Serbia starts its Group A campaign against Taiwan and France plays Argentina on Sunday.


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