Travis Ganong

earned his first World Cup victory at a men's downhill yesterday in Santa Caterina, Italy, less than 6 weeks before his home world championship race in Beaver Creek, Colo.

It's the second downhill win in a row for the U.S. team and the second in Italy after Steven Nyman's triumph in Val Gardena last week. The last American back-to-back downhill wins dated from the 2007-08 season when Bode Miller did it.

"I had a super run and I am very happy," Ganong said. "It's a sensational end to the year. I was attacking and I was having fun."

On a course new to the men's circuit, Ganong finished in 1 minute, 32.42 seconds to beat Olympic champion Matthias Mayer, of Austria, by 0.09 and Dominik Paris, of Italy, by 0.21.

Overall leader Kjetil Jansrud, who won two downhill races this season, was 1.35 behind and finished outside of the top 10, though he still leads the discipline standings.

In other winter sports:

* Russia has left Olympic women's figure skating champion Adelina Sotnikova off its roster for next month's European championships. Sotnikova missed this week's Russian nationals with an ankle injury, but there had been speculation her Olympic achievements could persuade the Russian Figure Skating Federation to give her a place.

Sport Stops

* University of Miami running back

Duke Johnson

announced he is skipping his senior season of eligibility with the Hurricanes and entering the 2015 NFL draft after a career in which he broke or tied at least 11 major school records. Johnson finished his career with 3,519 yards in 33 games. He leaves the Hurricanes as the school's all-time recordholder in rushing yards, yards per carry and all-purpose yards, as well as Miami's leader in kick returns for a game, a season and a career. He also tied school records with 14 games of at least 100 yards rushing, six straight 100-yard games, a 90-yard run from scrimmage and two kickoff return touchdowns.

* The nephew of the former owner of the San Diego Padres died after the sports car he was driving rammed into an SUV on Christmas Eve. Barry Alexander Moores, 21, is the nephew of philanthropist and developer John Moores, who previously owned the baseball team.