Kostelic wins World Cup slalom; Hirscher gets DQ



WENGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Ivica Kostelic proved the master of Wengen yet again Sunday, winning a World Cup slalom to close the gap on overall standings leader Marcel Hirscher.

Kostelic was almost flawless in the second run to finish 0.85 seconds ahead of Andre Myhrer of Sweden. Fritz Dopfer of Germany was third.

The 32-year-old Croatian has won five of the last seven World Cup events raced at the storied Swiss venue since January 2010.

Kostelic’s 22nd career World Cup victory was his third straight in the Wengen slalom, and cut Hirscher’s lead to 30 points.

Hirscher was disqualified after being fastest in the first run because he straddled a gate.

The Austrian had been unbeaten in 2012, winning his last three races.