SOELDEN, Austria -- Denise Karbon of Italy won the World Cup season-opening giant slalom, her first victory in four years, and Olympic champion Julia Mancuso finished runner-up on Saturday.
Karbon, who sustained two debilitating injuries over the last few seasons, tore down the Rettenbach course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 23.21 seconds.
Mancuso, granddaughter of Patterson's Ciro and Velma Mancuso, finished in 2:23.54 after a speedy top section on her second run to rally from 12th position.
"I had a wake-up call after the first run," Mancuso said. "In the second run my technique was poor but I was much faster. When I got down I was excited to be top 10 and then everybody kept falling back. I was definitely surprised to be on the podium."
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The U.S. women's select team lost to CSKA Moscow 75-65 in the final of the FIBA World League tournament. Janel McCarville led the U.S. with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Russians pounded it inside -- the Americans were missing most of their top post players.
U.S. flyweight Rau'shee Warren, who competed in the Athens Olympics, beat Mexico's Avila Juarez Braulio 23-3 Saturday at the World Boxing Championships in Chicago. ... Russian Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs) pounded Chris Byrd until the American's father threw in the towel in the 11th round Saturday in an IBF heavyweight elimination fight in Erfurt, Germany. Byrd's white trunks were smeared in blood from both fighters' cuts, and the sixth round was so fierce the crowd broke into wild cheers. Povetkin faces the winner of the Nov. 2 Eddie Chambers-Calvin Brock fight -- the survivor meets world champ Wladimir Klitschko.
Byrd couldn't get off the ropes during many of the early rounds. After the sixth round, Byrd's 13-year-old son, Justin, implored in the corner, "Don't lay in there." His father replied "Easier said than done."
Japan's Daisuke Takahashi was outpointed in the free skate Saturday night by U.S. champion Evan Lysacek, yet still won Skate America in Reading, Pa., thanks to his huge lead after the short program. Takahashi fell twice and tired toward the end of the routine, but totaled 228.97 points to Lysacek's 220.08.
Kimmie Meissner, the 2006 world champion, beat current world champ Miki Ando in the short program. Meissner's array of jumps and a strong opening spiral sequence -- rare in figure skating -- earned her 59.24 points for a solid lead over Japan's Ando (56.58). But most memorable will be the way junior high schooler Caroline Zhang (3rd, 56.48) wowed everyone in her debut as a senior skater. From her opening triple flip-triple toe loop combination to an incredible finish, Zhang, of Brea, was mesmerizing. The long program is today.
U.S. champions Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto won the original dance with their bluegrass hoedown routine.
Top-ranked Roger Federer defeated big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) to move into the final of his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel. The defending champion will play Jarkko Nieminen -- with a win Federer can clinch No. 1 for the fourth year in a row.