Shani Davis

won the 1,500 meters in a world record of 1 minute, 41.04 seconds yesterday at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, bettering the 1:41.80 the Olympic speedskater set March 6 at the same track. American rival

Chad Hedrick

was second in 1:42.50.

Davis' mark was the second world record to fall on the opening day of the three-day meet.

Jenny Wolf of Germany skated 500 meters in 37 seconds to eclipse the mark of 37.02 she set Nov. 16, 2007 at Calgary.

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Claudia Pechstein of Germany finished 13th in the 3,000, her first race of the season as she continues appealing a two-year ban for blood doping. Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won in 3:56.29.

Defending Olympic gold medalist Shaun White placed first in qualifying in the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colo., the first of five halfpipe events that will determine the Olympic team.

COLLEGES: Penn State (35-0), the top seed in the NCAA women's volleyball regional in Gainesville, Fla., won its 99th consecutive match last night with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-21) victory over No. 16 Florida. The Nittany Lions advanced to today's regional final against California at 4 p.m.

In the win over the Gators, Megan Hodge had 20 kills and 10 digs, while Alisha Glass dished out 45 assists and had five kills.

Delaware Valley linebacker Kyle Gesswein was named to the all-East region first team in Division III.

Wayne State running back Joique Bell is the 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy winner as the Division II college football player of the year.

Brian Ownby scored in the third minute of overtime, helping Virginia (18-3-3) defeat Atlantic Coast Conference rival Wake Forest, 2-1, in the NCAA men's College Cup soccer semifinals in Cary, N.C. The Deacons finished 17-4-3.

Tomorrow, the Cavaliers will play top-seeded Akron (23-0-1), which eliminated No. 5 North Carolina, 5-4, on penalty kicks. The game was scoreless through two overtimes.

GOLF: In-Kyung Kim shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a 3-stroke lead at 14-under 202, while Michelle Wie dropped into a tie for fourth, 6 shots behind Kim, after three rounds of the Dubai Ladies Masters at the Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.

AUTO RACING: A federal appeals court rejected claims by the former owners of a Kentucky racetrack that NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. violated federal antitrust laws by keeping it off the premier racing circuit.

The decision by a three-judge panel from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ends, for now, the ownership group's legal efforts to force NASCAR to bring a Sprint Cup race to the track in Sparta, Ky.

Elsewhere: Kyle Busch is entering team ownership with two entries next season in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series. . . . Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi said he will be racing in Formula One next season.

BOXING: Jan Zaveck (28-1, 16 knockouts) stopped Isaac Hlatshwayo (29-2-1) in the third round to win the IBF welterweight title at Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) goes for his third successful WBC heavyweight title defense of the year tonight, taking on unbeaten American Kevin Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in Bern, Switzerland.

HORSE RACING: Joel Rosario rode six winners at Hollywood Park. That tied a track record originally set by Hall of Fame jockey Bill Shoemaker in 1953.

SWIMMING: Michael Phelps won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly in the North Baltimore Aquatic Club's three-day holiday meet in Annapolis, Md.

- Staff and wire reports