In brief: Iditarod takes off in Anchorage
A record field of mushers drove dog teams through Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday in the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Well-bundled fans braved wind-chills hovering just higher than zero to line up along the 11-mile run. Many in the crowd traveled to Alaska just to experience part of the race.
“I decided if I wanted to see the Iditarod, I better get to doing it,” said 91-year-old Roberta Moore, of Sarasota, Fla.
The actual start of the 1,100-mile race begins today in Willow, about 50 miles to the north.
Ochoa extends lead at HSBC
Lorena Ochoa had five birdies for a 3-under-par 69 to extend her lead in the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore to eight strokes going into the final round.
“Luke Donald shot a 4-under 66, Mark Calcavecchia finished with 67, and the two former Honda Classic champions wound up tied with Matt Jones (71) atop the leaderboard at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Davenport gets singles victory 55
Lindsay Davenport won her 55th career singles title by beating Olga Govortsova 6-2 6-1 in 60 minutes in the Cellular South Cup final in Memphis, Tenn.
“Robin Soderling advanced to his second straight ATP final by beating Radek Stepanek 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn. He will play Steve Darcis, who beat Jonas Bjorkman 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
■Eighth-seeded Elena Dementieva won the Dubai Championships in Dubai, beating second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
“Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine won his first ATP title, defeating top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-5, 6-4 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Wooden has blood transfusions
John Wooden remained hospitalized in good condition in Los Angeles, having undergone blood transfusions after the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great broke his left wrist and collarbone Thursday.
Miller wins World Cup downhill
Bode Miller skied a nearly flawless run to capture a World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway. Miller finished 0.40 seconds ahead of Didier Cuche of Switzerland.
“Lindsay Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner gave the United States a first-place sweep in the U.S. Snowboarding Cup snowboard cross event at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Jacobellis and Baumgartner each won all of their qualifying races as well as the final heats..
“Skier Steve Omischl of Canada won the World Cup aerials title while Emily Cook of the United States captured her first World Cup event in Moscow.
“Paul Hamm and Nastia Liukin won at the gymnastics American Cup in New York.
“Denise Karbon of Italy won the World Cup giant slalom title without strapping on her skis. The race in Zwiesel, Germany, was canceled because of rain and strong winds.
Karbon led by 181 points over Elisabeth Goergl of Austria.
“Rachael Flatt won the title and led a U.S. sweep in the women’s competition at the junior world figure skating championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Caroline Zhang was a close second and Mirai Nagasu third.
“Israel Vazquez dominated the last three rounds to outpoint Rafael Marquez and retain the WBC super bantamweight title in a split decision in Carson, Calif.
“Heatseeker chased down a tiring Monterey Jazz in the stretch to win the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap for older horses by three-quarters of a length, and Colonel John held off the closing charge of El Gato Malo to win the $200,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.