American pair tie for first in two-man bobsled

CESANA, Italy -- Steven Holcomb of the United States and Ivo
Rueegg of Switzerland tied for first place in a two-man bobsled
World Cup race Saturday.

Holcomb and teammate Curtis Tomasevicz finished in a combined
time of 1 minute, 53.43 seconds, matching the time of Rueegg and
brakeman Cedric Grand. Austria's Wolfgang Stampfer and Gerhard
Koehler were third, 0.14 behind the leaders.

Olympic and world champion Andre Lange of Germany had the
fastest time in the first heat in 56.14 seconds, but he was
disqualified for having a sled that was a pound under the minimum
weight of 375 pounds.

Holcomb leads the two-man World Cup standings with 540 points,
40 more than Pierre Lueders of Canada, who finished fourth
Saturday. Rueegg is third in the standings with 383 points,
followed by Lange with 365.

In the women's event, Germany's Sandra Kiriasis won her third
straight race to move into a tie for first place in the World Cup

Kiriasis and brakeman Anja Schneiderheinze-Stoeckel had a
combined time of 1:56.01 -- 0.30 seconds ahead of American pair
Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming.

Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer of Germany were third, 0.90
behind Kiriasis.

Kiriasis, Rohbock and Martini are tied for the World Cup lead
with 530 points.