In Brief: 1st win for U.S. ski vet

CHAMONIX, France -- Persistence finally paid off for Marco Sullivan.

The American skier won his first World Cup race in his ninth season on the U.S. team, capitalizing on his gliding skills to win the Kandahar downhill Saturday.

Sullivan, 27, covered the 2.08-mile course in 2 minutes, 0.11 seconds, edging Didier Cuche of Switzerland by 0.40 seconds.

"I knew I could kill 'em with my gliding if I could carry my speed off the top," said Sullivan, a two-time Olympian. "It all came together."

American Bode Miller finished seventh. Miller was faster than Sullivan over the first two stages of the course but lost time at the bottom. Sullivan was 22nd after the first stage.

"I had bib No. 11 and that's my sister's favorite number. I talked to her last night and told her I was gonna lay one down for her," Sullivan said. ...

Despite a broken left thumb hurt in training Wednesday that made it hard to grip her ski pole, Italy's Denise Karbon won a giant slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, for her fifth win in six races. Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. stayed second in the overall rankings by placing sixth; teammate Julia Mancuso was 11th.

Motor Sports

An intense battle went into the 10th hour Saturday in the Rolex 24-Hour at Daytona International Speedway, with David Donohue, son of the late Indianapolis 500 winner Mark Donohue, narrowly leading a large group of Daytona Prototypes. Five of the sleek sports car prototypes were on the lead lap in what was already the most competitive race in the 46-year history of America's top endurance race.

Donohue was driving a Brumos Porsche Riley with five-time race winner Hurley Haywood, 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice and Darren Law. They were just ahead of the Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley driven by Scott Pruett, part of the winning team last year, Juan Pablo Montoya, IndyCar champion and NASCAR rookie Dario Franchitti and Memo Rojas.

Track and Field

Jenn Stuczynski won the women's pole vault, clearing

15 feet, 1 inch Saturday in the Boston Indoor Games at Reggie Lewis Center. She missed at an American record height of

15 feet, 9¾ inches -- on the third attempt she didn't get far enough over the landing pad and hit the bar on the way down. Four-time U.S. outdoor champion Khadevis Robinson won the men's 800 in 1:50.92, beating Nick Symmonds to the tape. ...

World champion Bernard Lagat had a good start to an Olympic year, defending his 1,500-meters title in 3 minutes, 45.89 seconds at the Norwich Union International indoor meet. His 2007 Norwich win was his first as an American citizen.


Alexander Povetkin (15-0,

11 KOs) won by unanimous decision against American Eddie Chambers (30-1) in Berlin, taking control in the final

two rounds. He earned a heavyweight title fight against IBF king Wladimir Klitschko, assuming the Ukrainian beats WBO champ Sultan Ibragimov in next month's unfication fight. ... Indonesia's Yohannes Christian John retained his WBA featherweight title by stopping Roinet Caballero of Panama in the seventh round in Jakarta, Indonesia.