Tessa Worley

, of France, won a third straight women's World Cup giant slalom yesterday in Semmering, Austria, while second-place

Maria Riesch


Lindsey Vonn

at the top of the overall standings.

Worley finished her two runs on the Panorama course in a combined time of 2 minutes, 9.66 seconds to beat Riesch by 0.62 seconds. World champion Kathrin Hoelzl was third.

Julia Mancuso was fifth. Vonn, the three-time overall World Cup champion, finished seventh.

Worley is two wins away from the record held by Anja Paerson, who won five GS races in a row in 2004.

"I felt a bit of pressure, but I managed to shake it off by concentrating on the technical things of my skiing," Worley said.

In other skiing news:

* Marco Sullivan, of the United States, and Louis-Pierre Helie, of Canada, were airlifted to a hospital after crashing in a World Cup downhill training session in Bormio, Italy. Sullivan, who lost control while landing a jump, was on the verge of losing consciousness but recovered. Helie suffered a head injury and a twisted knee.

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* Longtime baseball executive Bill Lajoie, Detroit's general manager when the Tigers won the 1984 World Series, died at 76. He was a special assistant to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the time of his death.

* Czech Republic defenseman Petr Senkerik was communicating with doctors after being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher during a World Junior Hockey Championship tournament game against Canada. Assistant coach Jiri Fischer said after the 7-2 loss that Senkerik was still being evaluated and was likely to be taken to a hospital for further tests.