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Canada’s Ed Podivinsky stole America’s thunder, defeating AJ Kitt to win the men’s downhill at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Kirsten Clark of Raymond, Maine, second out of the start gate, won the women’s race.

In Minneapolis, freshman Misty Hyman led Stanford to its sixth NCAA Division I women’s swimming and diving title in seven years, becoming the first team to win eight such women’s titles overall.

Hyman, who won three individual titles and two relay titles, was swimmer of the year. Washington State’s Erin Eldridge, the first Cougar ever to participate in the meet, was clocked in 2:18.55, putting her 26th in the 200-yard breaststroke preliminaries.

Kenya’s John Kibowen outsprinted four teammates to win the gold medal in the men’s 4,000-meter race and earn the $40,000 prize at the World Cross Country Championships in Marrakech, Morocco. Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan won the women’s 8,000-meter race, overtaking Britain’s Paula Radcliffe in the final six-tenths of a mile.

The championships were marred by Morocco’s refusal to grant visas to the Israeli team, despite earlier pledges to allow entry.

New Hampshire’s women’s hockey team won the first national collegiate championship, defeating Brown 4-1 in Boston’s FleetCenter.

Germany’s Graciano Rocchigiani pounded American Michael Nunn over 12 rounds to win the WBC light heavyweight title in a split decision in Berlin.

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