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    Marion Rolland wins downhill world championship

    France’s Marion Rolland picked the biggest race of the season to post her first career victory.

    Rolland won the downhill event Sunday at the world championships in Schladming, Austria, with a time of 1 minute 50.00 seconds.

    Nadia Fanchini of Italy finished 0.16 seconds behind to take the silver medal, and Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, who won the super-combined title Friday, was 0.70 back in third.


    For the US team, Sunday’s race was the first downhill this season without an American on the podium. Julia Mancuso was the top American, finishing fifth.

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    Figure skating — Two-time world champion Mao Asada won the Four Continents in Osaka, Japan, finishing with 205.45 points.

    Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs event with 199.18 points, with US champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir of the Boston Skating Club third.

    In ice dance, Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the US won the gold medal with 187.36 points.

    Biathlon — Norway swept the pursuit races at the world championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Emil Hegle Svendsen won a close finish to take the men’s 12½-kilometer in 32:35.50, while Tora Berger claimed the women’s 10K in 28:48.40.


    Ski jumping — Sara Takanashi swept a World Cup doubleheader in Yamagata, Japan.

    Takanashi had jumps of 95½ and 93½ meters in the first event for a total of 228 points and jumps of 102 and 94 meters in the second competition for 240.4 points.

    Speedskating — Olympic champion Ireen Wust won the 3,000-meter race at a World Cup meet in Inzell, Germany. Wust topped Dutch teammate Diane Valkenburg by 3.08 seconds.

    Denis Yuskov edged Zbigniew Brodka by 0.02 seconds to take the men’s 1,500.

    The men’s mass start went to Arjan Stroetinga, who beat Haralds Silovs by 1.37 seconds.