Nathan Bilow, Associated Press
Park City's Ted Ligety skis to a 4th-best finish Sunday in the giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo.

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Park City's Ted Ligety took over the World Cup giant slalom points lead Sunday as he narrowly missed another podium, finishing fourth. Erik Schlopy, also Park City, was 21st in the Rauch Men's GS at the Charles Schwab Birds of Prey races, scoring his first points of the season.

A day after a snowstorm forced a two-day postponement of the super G, Switzerland's Daniel Albrecht duplicated his victory in Thursday's super combined. He finished two GS runs in 2:24.30, 0.05 ahead of Austrian Mario Matt, the slalom world champion.

Ligety, fifth in the first run, finished in 2:24.45, 0.04 off the podium. Schlopy's total time was 2:25.54. No other American reached the second run on the sunny day with temperatures in the mid-20s.

Ligety took over the discipline lead from Norwegian star Aksel Lund Svindal, the defending World Cup overall champion and GS world champion. One of Ligety's good friends, he was injured Tuesday in a downhill training crash.

"I'm happy being fourth," said Ligety, whose sole World Cup victory came in a GS in March 2006 in South Korea. "I wish it were a tighter, turnier course today, but that's what happens. I can't count on that."

Bode Miller, who won the giant slalom here two years ago, lost his edge 45 seconds into the opening run and went down on his hip on a turn. Miller hiked up to re-ski the gate but finished more than 10 seconds off the pace. The 30-year-old American angrily left the finish area without putting on a coat or returning his race bib.

American Lindsey Vonn, who won Saturday's downhill, fell, hit a gate and slid into the fencing. Vonn — formerly Kildow — was sore and bruised but not seriously injured.


U.S. WRAPS UP TITLE: James Blake defeated Dmitry Tursunov 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 and the United States wrapped up its Davis Cup victory 4-1 over Russia on Sunday. Igor Andreev gave the Russians their only win in the final by defeating Bob Bryan 6-3, 7-6 (4) earlier in the day, after United States had already clinched the title for the first time in 12 years. Bryan and his brother Mike defeated the Russian duo of Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to give the Americans an insurmountable 3-0 advantage. The victory gave the United States its 32nd title in the international team tennis competition, dating to 1900.

Water polo

CAL WINS 13TH TITLE: Adam Haley scored twice to help California win its 13th NCAA men's water polo title with an 8-6 victory over top-ranked Southern California on Sunday. Senior goalkeeper Mark Sheredy made several key saves down the stretch for second-ranked Cal (28-4), including a penalty shot late in the third period. Zac Monsees also scored twice for the Bears.


LICKLITER LEADS BY 5: Frank Lickliter II shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla., to take a five-stroke lead after the fifth of six rounds in the PGA Tour National Qualifying Tournament. The top 25 finishers and ties will earn 2008 PGA Tour cards, while the next number of players nearest 50 will get full Nationwide Tour exemptions.


CYCLIST CONSIDERED SUICIDE: Michael Rasmussen considered suicide after he was kicked out of the Tour de France for lying about his whereabouts to avoid doping tests.

Rasmussen wore the leader's yellow jersey and won the 16th stage before being removed from the showcase event on July 25.

"On the other side of the road, trucks kept passing us. It would have been easy to grab the steering wheel," he told the Dutch daily De Telegraaf in weekend editions. "Then this terrible nightmare would have been over."