Sports briefs: Lolo Jones a step closer to Sochi; Park City's Steven Holcomb sweeps bobsled trials
BOBSLED • Lolo Jones is a step closer to the Sochi Games, and Lauryn Williams might not have raced in her final Olympics after all.
Jones and Williams are best known for their track accomplishments, Jones as one of the world's elite hurdlers and Williams as an NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist sprinter.
In an announcement Saturday in Park City, they were among nine women chosen for the U.S. bobsled national team, putting them squarely into the mix for spots in Sochi in February.
Elana Meyers will drive USA-1, Jamie Greubel will drive USA-2 and Jazmine Fenlator will drive USA-3. Meyers was a bronze medalist as a push athlete at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
The men's national team will be announced Sunday, with Steven Holcomb, Nick Cunningham and Cory Butner the expected drivers on the squad. Holcomb the 2010 Olympic gold medalist who has a bye onto the national team swept the four-man team trials Saturday, driving his "Night Train" sled to a two-run time of 1 minute, 35.88 seconds.
SKIING • Swizerland's Lara Gut held her big first-run lead to win the season-opening women's World Cup giant slalom Saturday in Soelden, Austria, while favorites Tina Maze of Slovenia and Tessa Worley of France struggled. Four-time overall champ Lindsey Vonn skipped the race and plans to start her season next month after recovering from knee surgery.
Serena limps into final in Istanbul against Li
TENNIS • Serena Williams, 32, in obvious discomfort and walking slowly during changeovers, struggled past Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday and will play Li Na, 31, in the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Li advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2, setting up a showdown Sunday between the two oldest players in the tournament.
• Roger Federer set up a rematch with Juan Martin del Potro for his hometown Swiss Indoors title by beating Vasek Pospisil in a tense semifinal Saturday in Basel, Switzerland. Federer advanced to his eighth straight Basel final with a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5 win over the 40th-ranked Canadian. Earlier, defending champion del Potro beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
• Defending Valencia (Spain) Open champ David Ferrer beat former winner Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the final. Ferrer will play Mikhail Youzhny, who beat fellow Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 6-4.
From wire reports
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