LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The International Gymnastics Federation has dismissed appeals by its top rhythmic gymnastics officials who were found responsible for "irregularities" during coaching courses for judges.
The six members of FIG's rhythmic gymnastics technical committee, including the Russian president, Natalyia Kuzmina, and American delegate Caroline Hunt, were suspended in October. FIG says they are barred from conducting judges' examinations and overseeing judges at competitions through December 2014. Exam results of 16 judges were annulled.
FUKUOKA, Japan - Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., were edged out by Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White for top spot in record performances Saturday in ice dancing at the ISU Grand Prix Final.
Davis and White, the current world champions, earned 191.35 points while Virtue and Moir, the Olympic champs, finished at 190.00. They are the two highest scores ever in the event. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France were third at 169.11.
PARK CITY, Utah - Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse placed second at the women's bobsled World Cup event on Friday, finishing 0.13 seconds away from gold.
Americans Elana Meyers and Aja Evans took first place with a two-heat time of 1 minute, 37.67 seconds to edge Olympic gold-medal favourite Humphries and give the U.S. its first victory on the women's World Cup circuit in nearly three years.
Humphries led at the midway point, then lost some time in her second run with a mistake at the top of the track, and Meyers' took over the top spot.
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. - Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won a World Cup downhill by more than a half-second Friday for her first victory of the season.
Hoefl-Riesch, the 2011 overall World Cup champion and a double gold medallist at the 2010 Olympics, finished in one minute 56.03 seconds.
Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden of Switzerland was next in 1:56.73, with Elena Fanchini of Italy third in 1:57.23.
Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., finished seventh.
Lara Gut of Switzerland, who began the day leading the overall standings, was 10th.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time since 2005, meaning defending champion and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic won't have to play either of his biggest rivals unless he reaches the Australian Open final.
No. 23-seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face unseeded Filippo Volandri of Italy.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Kim Clijsters and losing finalist Li Na could meet in the fourth round at this year's Australian Open after being drawn in the same quarter of the draw Friday.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play Australian Anastasia Rodionova in her first-round match and is in the same half as Clijsters and Li, last year's French Open champion.
On the other half of the draw, five-time champion Serena Williams is in the same section of No. 3 Vera Zvonereva and former Grand Slam champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova.
ALPE D'HUEZ, France - Canadians Marielle Thompson and Christopher Del Bosco won silver medals at a World Cup ski cross event Wednesday.
Sanna Luedi of Switzerland earned her first World Cup victory in the women's final to top the ski cross standings. Thompson, from Whistler, B.C., was second and Andrea Limbacher of Austria finished third.
World champion Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., placed fourth.