VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) _ Patrick Ortlieb of Austria, the 1992 Olympic downhill champion, had the fastest training run on Wednesday for the World Cup men’s downhill.
Ortlieb, who won the super-G in Tignes on Sunday, clocked 1 minute, 43.76 seconds on the Oreiller-Killy course. Ortlieb won the Olympic downhill in Val d’Isere two years ago but on a different course about one mile away.
Americans Tommy Moe, the 1994 Olympic downhill champion, was 21st in 1:45.45 and AJ Kitt was 41st in 1:46.36.
DIDCOT, England (AP) - Formula One driver David Coulthard is contracted to drive for Williams next season, not McLaren, the sport’s Contract Recognition Board announced Wednesday.
Reports that the 23-year-old Scot had signed for McLaren angered Williams officials, who said he was still under contract to them.
The issue went to the board which ruled that Williams, which has already signed 1994 world championship runner up Damon Hill, would be entitled to Coulthard’s services next season.
Former world champion Nigel Mansell also is negotiating with Williams for the 1995 season. Mansell, who spent two seasons Indy car racing, replaced Coulthard for the last three Formula One Grand Prix races.
MIAMI (AP) - Steve Holman, the top-ranked miler in the United States, will compete in the American Airlines Miami Mile Jan. 22.
Holman was ranked fifth in the world this year, after recording a career- best 3 minutes, 50.91 seconds, in the mile at the Bislett Games in Oslo, becoming the seventh-fastest U.S. miler of all time, moving ahead of Jim Ryun.
Holman, a 1992 Olympic semifinalist at 1,500 meters, also finished third at the Goodwill Games this year.
The Miami Mile also will feature Americans Terrance Harrington, Jason Pyrah, Paul Vandegrift, Mike Michno and Bill Burke, defending champion Edgar de Oliviera of Brazil, Joaquim Cruz of Brazil, Michal Bartoszak of Poland, Lhoussine Ciba of Morocco, Martin Johns of New Zealand and Joao Tyamba of Angola.
ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) - Canadians Pierre Lueders and Jack Pyc captured a two-man World Cup bobsled race Wednesday for their second victory this season.
Their Canaada 1 sled had a combined time of one minute, 56.51 seconds for the two runs.
World champion Christoph Langen of Germany with brakeman Kai-Uwe Kohlert finished second.
Canadians Chris Lori and Mattew Hindle took fifth in Canada 2.
MILAN, Italy (AP) - Alexi Lalas, the first American in the Italian soccer League, on Wednesday was suspended for the first time this season on Wednesday.
The disciplinary commission suspended Lalas, who plays for Padua, for Sunday’s game after he was booked for rough play last Sunday against Cagliari.
GENEVA (AP) - Call it the luck of the draw, but the three Italian teams in the UEFA Cup quarterfinals all managed to avoid each other Wednesday. So did the three German clubs and, in the Cup Winners Cup, so did the two English teams.
The UEFA Cup draw matched Eintracht Frankfurt against Juventus of Turin, Lazio of Rome against Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen against French club Nantes and Italy’s Parma against Odense.
The draw means three Italian clubs can make it to the semifinal. So can three German teams.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - The leader of a soccer fan club was sentenced to 26 years in prison for the shooting death of a member of a rival group, a court official said Wednesday.
A seven-person jury on Tuesday found Mauro Ribeiro de Paiva, 21, guilty of killing 14-year-old Andre Pereira Batista during a brawl between fan clubs at a dance club in January.
Paiva was the vice president of the Young Fans of Botafogo, and Pereira belonged to a Flamengo fan club. Flamengo and Botafogo are traditional rivals in Rio soccer.
A recent wave of hooliganism has led to a crackdown on organized fan clubs. Soccer officials stopped distributing free tickets to them and expelled them from their meeting halls at stadiums.