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Natalie Geisenberger posted her fourth World Cup victory of the season.

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) -- Overall leader Natalie Geisenberger led a German sweep of the top four places to post her fourth World Cup victory of the season on Saturday.

Germans also won the men's doubles, with Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken ending the five-race winning streak of compatriots Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arl. Austria's Peter Penz-Georg Fischler claimed third.

The races also counted as the European Championships.

Geisenberger left Tatjana Huefner, Anke Wischnewski and Dajana Eitberger behind, beating Huefner by 0.187 seconds.

Julia Clukey of the United States was sixth and teammate Erin Hamlin was seventh.

Wendl and Arl remain overwhelming leaders in the overall doubles standings at 585 points, ahead of Eggert-Benecken (467) and Penz-Fischler in second and third place.

American Hendrickson wins World Cup ski jump

HINTERZARTEN, Germany (AP) -- Defending overall World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson of the United States edged Sawra Takanashi of Japan in a ski jump event on Saturday.

Hendrickson rallied for her second victory of the season. She was 0.2 points behind Coline Mattel of France in the first heat, then produced the longest jump of the second series by soaring 98.5 meters to win with 243.6 points.

Takanashi had the longest jump of the day at 99 meters in the first round and moved up one place to second with her second jump of 98 meters to collect 242.4 points. Mattel dropped to third at 240.4.

Takanashi remains in the lead overall, 139 points ahead of Hendrickson.

In the men's competition in Zakopane, Poland, Anders Jacobsen of Norway won the event. Overall leader Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was eighth on his return from an illness.

Jacobsen had jumps of 128.5 and 131.5 meters for a total of 273.3 points and remained third in the overall standings.

Anders Bardal of Norway was second and Kamil Stoch of Poland was third.

Dutchwoman Wust leads at European Championship

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch speedskaters Irene Wust and Sven Kramer lead at the European Championships after Saturday's races.

Wust won the 3,000-meter in 4 minutes, 1.25 seconds, beating four-time champion Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic by 2.43 seconds.

Wust also took fourth place in the 500, which was won by Czech racer Karolina Erbanova in 38.72 seconds.

Dutchwomen hold the overall top four spots before the 1,500 and 3,000 races on Sunday.

Poland's Konrad Niedzwiedzki won the men's 1,500 in 1:46.32.

Five-time champion Kramer finished eighth, but remains more than 5 seconds ahead in the overall standings after dominating the 5,000 on Friday.

The men's 10,000 is Sunday.

Germany's Tino Edelmann wins Nordic Combined event

CHAUX-NEUVE, France (AP) -- Tino Edelmann of Germany won his first Nordic combined event of the season Saturday and Jason Lamy Chappuis of France extended his overall lead despite finishing only sixth.

The 27-year-old Edelmann, whose previous best individual result of the season was 13th, finished just ahead of Austria's Bernhard Gruber. Japan's Akito Watabe was third.

Edelmann was third after the ski jump but did enough in the 10-kilometer cross-country race to clinch victory.

Chappuis, who was 14th in the jump and sixth in cross-country, increased his lead on Magnus Moan in the overall standings because the Norwegian placed 26th place after a poor jump.

Chappuis has 495 points to Moan's 388 after seven of 19 events.

Fourcade of France wins 10K biathlon sprint

RUHPOLDING, Germany (AP) -- Martin Fourcade of France shot perfectly while keeping a fast pace on the cross-country trail to win a 10-kilometer biathlon World Cup on Saturday for his third victory of the season.

The 16th victory of Fourcade's career extended his lead atop the overall standings.

The Frenchman took longer than his rival to complete the shooting, but he was clearly the fastest on skis to win comfortably against Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia, who was 16.4 seconds behind.

Andrei Makoveev of Russia was third.

None of the top three finishers missed any of the 10 targets.

Latvian Dukurs dominates skeleton World Cup race

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) -- Martins Dukurs of Latvia won his sixth skeleton World Cup race of the season Saturday and closed in on his third straight season title.

The reigning world champion won comfortably over runner-up Frank Rommel of Germany, who was 0.47 seconds back. Alexander Tretyakov of Russia finished 0.70 seconds behind Dukrus for third.

Dukurs made up for missing out on the podium in last year's race in Koenigssee.

Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery of Canada was sixth, his best result so far this season.

Dukurs holds a clear lead in overall rankings with 1,560 points, with brother Thomas second at 1,362 after finishing fifth. Alexander Kroeckel of Germany finished fourth and is third overall after seven of the nine races with 1,308 points.

Fiva and Limbacher win World Cup ski cross events

LES CONTAMINES, France (AP) -- Alex Fiva of Switzerland won his second straight ski cross event to move ahead of countryman Armin Niederer in the overall freestyle World Cup standings, while Andrea Limbacher of Austria secured her first victory of the season in the women's event.

Fiva followed up his win in Innichen, Italy, just before Christmas by beating Filip Flisar of Slovenia. Czech skier Tomas Kraus was third, while Niederer finished sixth. In the overall men's standings, Fiva has 344 points to Niederer's 313.

Limbacher beat Sweden's Anna Holmlund, with overall World Cup leader Fanny Smith of Switzerland in third.

Smith leads the standings with 396 points, ahead of Holmlund (245) and Limbacher (238).

Canada's Rush wins 2nd bobsled race of season

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) -- Lyndon Rush and brakeman Jesse Lumsden of Canada won their second two-man bobsled race of the season and extended their overall World Cup lead on Saturday.

Rush and Lumsden came in 0.38 seconds ahead of Latvian duo Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens, whose second place brought them their best result of the season and their first podium finish since December 2011.

Junior world champion Francesco Friedrich of Germany and brakeman Gino Gerhardi was third.

Rush's victory gave him a total of 1,288 points in the overall standings. Manuel Machata of Germany, who finished sixth, is second with 1,224 points. World champion Steven Holcomb of the United States is third with 1,219 points after placing eighth.

Peterson, Malvalehto win cross-country sprints

LIBEREC, Czech Republic (AP) -- Teodor Peterson of Sweden and Mona-Lisa Malvalehto of Finland won cross-country skiing World Cup sprints on Saturday.

Peterson won the 1.6-kilometer classical style race in 3 minutes, 30.4 seconds, beating a fellow Swede Emil Joensson in a photo finish. Paal Golberg of Norway finished third, 0.6 second behind.

After World Cup leaders skipped the race, Alexander Legkov of Russia remains the overall leader with 799 points ahead of Petter Northug of Norway in second with 759 and Dario Cologna of Switzerland with 751.

Malvalehto claimed the 850-meter classical style sprint for her first career victory, beating World Cup leader Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland by 1.7 seconds.

Kowalczyk leads the overall standings with 1,302 points, ahead of Therese Johaug of Norway with 852.

The World Cup team sprint events are Sunday.

Kosir, Kummer win snowboard parallel slalom events

BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) -- Slovenian snowboarder Zan Kosir won a men's parallel slalom Saturday, the final World Cup event before the snowboard world championships.

Kosir defeated Roland Fischnaller of Italy in the final for his first career victory. Fischnaller also finished runner-up in Friday's night event on the same course.

Aaron March of Italy beat Vic Wild of Russia for third place. Andreas Prommegger of Austria retained his lead in the World Cup standings with 2,160 points, 60 ahead of Fischnaller.

Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland earned her seventh career victory by beating Julia Dujmovits of Austria in the final of the women's event. Svetlana Boldylova defeated Russian teammate Alena Zavarzina to take third.

Dujmovits went top of the standings with 1,540 points, followed by Kummer with 1,420.

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