GERMANS WIN BOBSLED WORLD CUP; 2 US SLEDS CRASH

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WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) - Maximilian Arndt drove to gold and Francesco Friedrich piloted his sled to silver Saturday, as Germany dominated a World Cup four-man bobsled race on one of its home tracks.

American pilots Steven Holcomb and Cory Butner both crashed, with Holcomb's second-run topple likely costing him a medal.

Arndt and teammates Marko Huebenbecker, Alexander Roediger and Martin Putze finished two runs in 1 minute, 49.97 seconds. Friedrich and Jannie Baecker, Gregor Bermback and Thorsten Margis were timed in 1:50.14. The Russian team of Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Aleksei Pushkarev took third in 1:50.17.

Nick Cunningham was the top U.S. driver, placing 12th with push athletes Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson.

Arndt took over the top spot in the four-man season standings, 70 points ahead of Holcomb.

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