Elana Meyers Taylor


Cherelle Garrett

set both the track and start records in winning the opening women's World Cup bobsled race of the season in Lake Placid, N.Y., Saturday and leading an American sweep of the medal spots.

Meyers Taylor and Garrett finished two runs at Mount Van Hoevenberg in 1 minute, 52.68 seconds - winning by 1.12 seconds, a gigantic gap in bobsledding.

Jazmine Fenlator and Natalie Deratt were second in 1:53.80, and Jamie Gruebel Poser and Lauren Gibbs were third in 1:54.04.

Heather Richardson equaled the Thialf oval track record in the Netherlands to win a 1,000-meter speedskating World Cup race, beating American teammate Brittany Bowe. Li Qishi of China's third place was enough to send her alone to the top of the World Cup standings.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia extended her lead with a personal-best free skate to win the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain.

American Ashley Wagner repeated her third-place finish from last year's final with 189.50 points.

Sam Edney became the first Canadian male winner in World Cup luge history, winning in Calgary, Alberta. Felix Loch of Germany was second, and Chris Mazdzer of the United States was third.

BOXING Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he's ready to fight Manny Pacquiao next May in a long-anticipated bout that would be the richest ever in boxing. Mayweather called for negotiations for the fight to take place, though he warned Pacquiao not to expect to get anywhere near the money that he himself would make.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Arkansas senior cornerback Carroll Washington and junior safety Rohan Gaines have been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy and will miss the Texas Bowl against Texas on Dec. 29.

GOLF Curtis and Tom Strange saved par from a greenside water hazard on the 17th hole and finished with a 10-under 62 for a share of the first-round lead with Bernhard and Jason Langer in the PNC Father/Son Challenge scramble event in Florida.

TENNIS Novak Djokovic signed off in style at the International Premier Tennis League by thrashing Gael Monfils, 6-0, but it was not enough for his UAE Royals to win the inaugural exhibition event in United Arab Emirates.

The Indian Aces, who had the likes of Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Ana Ivanovic turning out at different stages of the four-leg mixed tournament, lifted the trophy, a life-size tennis racket with ball, decorated with diamonds and gemstones.

- Associated Press