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January 25, 1997

SAN CANDIDO, Italy (AP) _ American Mike Jacoby beat Italian Elmar Messner of in the parallel slalom final Saturday at the World Snowboarding Championships, adding a gold medal to the silver he won earlier in the week.

Jacoby, of Hood River, Ore., relied on his powerful style to defeat all his challengers in the head-to-head competition. The 27-year-old American won a silver medal Wednesday in the giant slalom.

Last season Jacoby won the overall World Cup title, and was favored to take the slalom, parallel slalom and giant slalom events here.

Snowboarding will make its Olympic debut at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

On the women’s side, Italy’s Dagmar Mair won her first international race.

Mair, 22, defeated last season’s World Cup titlist, Karine Ruby of France, in an exciting final during which both fell.

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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) _ Jeroen Straathof of the Netherlands won the 1,500-meter World Cup speed skating event Saturday, retaining his lead in the standings over second-place finisher Hiroyuki Noake of Japan.

Straathof was timed in 1 minute, 55.47 seconds, .14 seconds faster than Noake, whom he leads by nine points.

Third on Saturday was Canadian Jason Parker, whose time of 1:56.79 left him .05 ahead of American K.C. Boutiette. Rintje Ritsma of the Netherlands was fifth at 1:56.97, followed by American Cory Carpenter at 1:57.04.

In the women’s 3,000 meters, Germany swept the podium with Gunda Niemann taking the event in 4:19.70. She was followed by compatriots Claudia Pechstein and Anni Friesinger, and American Kirstin Holum.

Dutch skater Tonny de Jong, who leads the standings in the event, finished 12th, but retained a 20-point lead over Niemann.

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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) _ Switzerland’s favored team of Reto Goetschi and Guido Acklin took a clear lead Saturday after the first round of in the two-man bobsled world championships.

With a combined time of 2 minutes, 9.10 seconds for two runs, they led European champions Guenther Huber and Antonio Tartaglia of Italy by 33-hundredths of a second. The Italians led by a hundredth of a second after the first run.

Third was the American pairing of Brian Shimer and Robert Oleson. They were .39 seconds behind Huber and .72 off the pace. The competition concludes Sunday.

The U.S. second team of Jim Herberich and Garrett Hines was ninth place, 5.49 seconds behind.

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) _ Jason Livingston of Britain, making a comeback after a four-year drug ban, won the 60-meter hurdles Saturday at the British AAA indoor championships.

Livingston, 25, who was sent home from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics after a positive test, was timed 6.58 seconds, the fastest time in the world this season.

Colin Jackson, the 1993 world champion and outdoor world-record holder in the 110-meter hurdles, finished out of the top three places in the sprint.

``I didn’t feel I had anything to prove, except to myself,″ Livingston said. ``Now I have to do it all again (next month) at the world (indoor) trials.″

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OBERHOF, Germany (AP) _ Overall leader Markus Prock of Austria raced to an easy victory with a two-run time of 1 minute, 28.751 seconds Saturday at a World Cup luge competition.

Jens Muller of Germany was second in 1:29.047, and brothers Wilfried and Norbert Huber of Italy tied for third in 1:29.056.

In women’s competition, Andrea Tagwerker of Austria won in 1:23.808, edging teammate Angelica Neuner, who was timed in 1:23.889. Three-time world champion Susi Erdmann of Germany was third in 1:23.892.

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