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Bilodeau twists, flips way to World Cup freestyle win

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ARE, Sweden -- Three-time dual moguls champion Alex Bilodeau went outside the box to win Saturday's freestyle World Cup event.

The skier from Rosemere, Que., used a double twisting back flip to defeat Canadian teammate Mikael Kingsbury in the final for his second gold medal in as many days.

"Every time it's super tight between us and could go either way," said Bilodeau, who also beat Kingsbury in the moguls final on Friday. "It's a trick that's never done in duals, and I didn't even train it because I wanted to keep it a secret, but I'm pretty confident with that jump so it was a gamble to do it, but it paid off."

Despite finishing second, Kingsbury -- the moguls world champ from Deux-Montagne, Que. -- only needs three points from the season-ending dual moguls event in Sierra Nevada, Spain, next week to win the overall crown.

"Against (Bilodeau) it's never easy, so I pushed to the max," he said. "Alex for sure did a bigger air on the top, but I got him by half a second in speed."

Pregnant coach killed

CARLISLE, Pa. -- A tour bus carrying a college's women's lacrosse team to a game went off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach and the driver and sending others to hospitals, authorities said.

Lacrosse players from Seton Hall University and three coaches were among the 23 people aboard when the bus crashed at about 9 a.m., turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn said. It's not clear what caused the crash, but state police were investigating, said Megan Silverstram of the Cumberland County public safety department.

Kristina Quigley of Greensburg, 30, was flown to a hospital and died there from injuries from the crash, Cumberland County authorities said Saturday. They say Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn child did not survive. The driver, 61-year-old Anthony Guaetta of Johnstown, died at the scene of the crash.

Two other victims were flown by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Danielle Ran said. She did not give their conditions. Officials said all other passengers were taken to hospitals as a precaution.

Frost holds slim lead

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- David Frost maintained a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, eagling the final hole Saturday for a 5-under 66.

After opening with a 63, Frost had a 13-under 129 total. The South African made an 18-foot putt for the eagle on the par-5 18th, while Couples two-putted from 35 feet for birdie and a 66 of his own.

"It was a day where Freddy and I battled it out," Frost said. "We were on top of the leaderboard all day and he made a nice birdie on 10 and I followed it with one and we did the same thing on 13. I think we played steady golf."

Jim Gallagher Jr. was third at 8 under after a 68, and Scott Hoch (64), Jay Haas (66), Bob Tway (67) and D.A. Weibring (68) were another stroke back at Newport Beach Country Club.

"You never know, someone could go out and shoot 63 early in the day, that can always happen," Frost said. "I just will have to play my normal game and 68 will be a good score. I'd take that right now."

Couples spent more time on the range before the round to stay loose, but battled his driver most of the day. He hit only six of 14 fairways, but needed only 26 putts.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 17, 2013 B6

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