Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel heads to Pakistan on Monday for talks as Washington seeks to defuse tensions over controversial US drone strikes and Islamabad's role in Afghanistan. In the first visit by a US defence secretary in nearly four years, Hagel will fly from Kabul to Islamabad to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other top officials, including the country's new army chief.
Beaver Creek (United States) (AFP) - American Ted Ligety cruised to victory in the men's giant slalom Sunday, becoming the first man in 22 years to win four consecutive giant slaloms. Ligety won in a combined time of two minutes, 35.77 seconds to beat fellow American Bode Miller (2:37.09) and Austria's Marcel Hirscher who finished third in 2:37.59. Ligety set a blistering pace in the first run that left him more than a second ahead of the field. He equalled Alberto Tomba's mark of four straight wins which the Italian set in 1991.