BORMIO, Italy -- Ted Ligety of the U.S. rallied to win the final World Cup giant slalom Friday and capture the discipline title.
Bode Miller, who won the overall title Thursday, missed a gate in the second run. He had a comfortable lead after the first run before the mishap.
U.S. men's coach Phil McNichol said of Ligety, "He was clearly the fastest skier this season. Now that he's won his first cup, he can branch out and go for the overall."
Ligety moved from seventh to first in a blazing second run to beat Benjamin Raich of Austria, his nearest challenger for the giant slalom title. The American made the two runs down the Stelvio course in 2 minutes, 18.04 seconds to beat Raich by 0.31.
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"Second run, I knew I had to hammer it down and I took a lot of risks," Ligety said. "I was pretty lucky to come through."
Lindsey Vonn clinched the women's overall title earlier in the day when she tied for 11th and Maria Riesch of Germany failed to finish. Marlies Schild of Austria repeated as women's slalom champ by winning the season's final race Friday.
The Oakland Raiders signed free agent defensive tackle William Joseph in a move that provides added depth on a defensive line that lost tackle Warren Sapp to retirement and end Chris Clemons to free agency. Joseph, 28, was a first-round pick out of Miami in 2003 and spent his first five seasons with the New York Giants. He missed all of last season with a back injury. He's expected to compete for playing time behind projected starters Tommy Kelly and Gerard Warren. Also, Oakland signed exclusive rights free agent offensive tackle Jonathan Palmer. ...
The San Francisco 49ers landed their seventh free agent when former Cardinals receiver Bryant Johnson agreed to a one-year deal. A first-round pick in 2003, for the past five seasons Johnson has been the No. 3 receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. His best season came in 2006 when he caught 40 passes for 740 yards and four touchdowns. This past season, he started eight games, mainly in place of an injured Boldin, and caught 46 passes for 528 yards and two TDs. ...
The trial of suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick on state dogfighting charges in Surry, Va., has been delayed. A new date will be announced March 25. ... Russ Michna threw five touchdown passes -- two to Damian Harrell -- to help Chicago rout host Grand Rapids 64-35 in the Arena Football League. ... Shane Stafford threw six TD passes as host Orlando beat Utah 69-61.
Rain washed out Sprint Cup qualifying Friday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, giving Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon front-row spots when Sunday's field was set by last season's points.
Track and Field
Arizona State soph Ryan Whiting won the shot put, setting a collegiate indoor record of 71 feet, 3½ inches at the NCAA Division I indoor championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Texas freshman Bianca Knight set a collegiate indoor record of 22.40 in the women's 200. Florida State sprint star Walter Dix scratched from the meet with strep throat.
FIFA accepted a proposal to standardize the size of international soccer fields at all new stadiums at 105 yards by 68 yards. The rule will not apply to existing stadiums. ... FIFA rejected a proposal for 24 teams at the 2011 Women's World Cup, sticking with 16.
Taiwan, South Korea and Canada will play at the Beijing Olympics after finishing in the top three in the qualifying tourney in Taipei, Taiwan. The U.S. had already qualified.