Norway takes men's, women's World Cup relay


NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (AP) -- Norway proved unbeatable Sunday, winning the men's and women's cross-country World Cup relay races. The U.S. women finished fifth.

Norway's Petter Northug used a strong finish to anchor the favored world champions to win the 4x10-kilometer competition in 1 hour, 40 minutes, 16.8 seconds.

Eldar Roenning, Niklas Dyrhaug and Martin Johnsrud skied the first three legs for the Norwegians, who beat the Russian team of Dmitriy Japarov, Stanislav Volzhentsev, Konstantin Glavatskikh and Maxim Vylegzhanin by 0.6 seconds. Sweden finished third, 2.2 second back.

Marit Bjoergen anchored Norway to a comfortable victory in the women's race. The team also included Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug and Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen. The Norwegians pulled away shortly after the start to win the 4x5-kilometer race in 54 minutes, 51.4 seconds.

The Finland team of Riikka Sarasoja-Lilja, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Riitta-Liisa Roponen and Krista Lahteenmaki took second, 32.6 seconds behind. It edged the Norway II team in a photo finish.