WORLD CUP: Switzerland's Michael von Gruenigen overcame nearly a full-second deficit on the second run Friday to capture his second straight men's World Cup giant slalom ski race.

Von Gruenigen reeled in first-run leader Lasse Kjus of Norway, and Urs Kaelin of Switzerland placed third to duplicate the top-three finish of last week's season-opening race in France.

Track and field

HONORS: Michael Johnson and world record-breaking athletes Noureddine Morceli, Haile Gebrselassie, Moses Kiptanui and Jonathan Edwards were among the top ten nominated for the IAAF male Athlete of the Year.


BRAVES TIX: The Atlanta Braves are asking their fans to pay the price for a World Series champion. The team announced on Friday that ticket prices for their top three seat categories will go up $2 to $5 next year.

DODGERS SIGN MARTINEZ: Ramon Martinez is guaranteed $15 million from his new three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and could make $20 million over four seasons.


TRADE: The Tampa Bay Lightning traded defenseman Eric Charron to the Washington Capitals for future considerations Friday.

SUSPENSION: Dallas Stars right wing Shane Churla was suspended for two games and fined the maximum $1,000 by the NHL on Friday for slashing center Chad Kilger of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in a game Oct. 26.