American skier wins men's World Cup race
A.J. Kitt became the first American in seven years to win a men's World Cup race, taking the opening downhill of the season yesterday at Val D'Isere, France.
Kitt, 23, from Rochester, N.Y., flew down the 2.1-mile course in 1 minute, 55.69 seconds. Leonhard Stock of Austria, the defending champion at Val D'Isere and the 1980 Olympic gold medalist in the downhill, was second in 1:56.18. Switzerland's world champion, Franz Heinzer, was third in 1:56.21, edging another Swiss, Daniel Mahrer, by .01 of a second.
"I think it's good for the whole team -- men and women," Kitt said. "We know it's possible now and there's definitely more to come down the road."
Kitt's victory in the World Cup was the first for an American man LTC since Bill Johnson won the last downhill race of 1984 at Whistler Mountain, British Columbia.
* German Katja Seizinger captured her first World Cup victory, edging Austrian Barbara Sadleder by two-hundredths of a second in a women's super-giant slalom at Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy. Seizinger, 19, beat out the favorites from France and Austria, racing down the Cevedale track in 1:19.97.
Bernhard Langer grabbed an eight-stroke lead at the Million Dollar Golf Challenge at Sun City, South Africa. Langer shot a 5-under-par 67, after rounds of 68 and 65, for a 54-hole score of 16-under 200, a tournament record over the 7,727-yard Gary Player Country Club course. Zimbabwean Mark McNulty, the first-round leader, shot a 71 and held second place at 208. Britain's Nick Faldo was third at 209, and Mark Calcavecchia shot a 71 for 210.
Eric Lindros set up the eventual winning goal by Dave `D Archibald, as the Canadian national team defeated the United States, 5-3, in Albany, N.Y., in a tuneup for the 1992 Winter Olympics. Lindros passed the puck from the left corner across the crease to Archibald, who poked it past sprawling goalie Ray LeBlanc during a power play 46 seconds into the third period.
The collapse of the Soviet state sport committee should not stop the Soviet Union from sending joint teams to the 1992 Winter and Summer Games, Olympic officials said at Lausanne, Switzerland. Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, and Vitaly Smirnov, chief of the Soviet Olympic Committee, expressed confidence that Soviet athletes will compete as planned at Albertville, France, and Barcelona, Spain.
"There will be no problem," Smirnov said. "I am absolutely convinced."
Doubts over Soviet participaton were raised after the closure Friday of Gossport, the government agency that funded and controlled Soviet sports. Gossport officials said the organization could no longer meet its payroll to keep the state system of 25,000 athletes and 12,000 coaches operating.
Rick Schwendinger missed a 27-yard field goal as time expired, giving Youngstown State a 30-28 upset over top-ranked Nevada in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in Reno. The Penguins (10-3) advanced to Saturday's semifinals against Samford (12-1), a 24-21 winner over James Madison.
* Quarterback Todd Wilkowski ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, as Ithaca defeated Susquehanna, 49-13, in Selinsgrove, Pa., to advance to the NCAA Division III championship game. Ithaca (11-1) will face Dayton (13-0) Saturday at the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Bradenton, Fla. Dayton defeated St. John's, Minn., 19-7.
Boris Becker defeated Ivan Lendl, 6-4, 7-5, in the semifinals of the European Community Championship in Antwerp, Belgium. The winner of the tournament gets $250,000 of the overall $1.1 million prize money, but if Lendl had won, he would have kept the gold-and-diamond racket trophy valued at about $1 million.