Austrian wins 2nd straight downhill
Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria won a World Cup downhill for the second straight day in Alberta.
Schmidhofer was even faster Saturday than she was in Friday’s season opener with a time of 1 minute, 47.68 seconds.
Teammate Cornelia Hutter was second, 0.44 seconds behind. Michelle Gisin of Switzerland was third, 0.47 seconds back.
Max Franz of Austria conquered the snow and fog in Colorado for his first World Cup super-G victory.
Racing was delayed an hour as course workers cleared a considerable amount of snow from the track. With snowflakes still falling, Franz found just a
Alittle more speed in a tightly contested event.
He finished in 1 minute, 1.91 seconds, holding off Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland by 0.33 seconds.
Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger is still perfect in this World Cup luge season. And Emily Sweeney delivered the first U.S. medal of the year.
Geisenberger improved to 3-for-3 on the young season, with the reigning Olympic champion winning the women’s race at the World Cup stop in Whistler, British Columbia. Germany’s Julia Taubitz won the silver, and Sweeney held on for third in her first race of the season.
APirates acquire Ramos from A’s: The Pirates acquired minor league righthander Wilkin Ramos from Oakland as the player to be named from the last month’s trade of righthander Tanner Anderson to the Athletics.
Chinese players banned for fixing matches: Two Chinese snooker players were handed long bans for fixing matches in one of the sport’s biggest corruption scandals.
Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng admitted to manipulating the scores of matches they played in certain ranking tournaments from 2015-17, following an investigation resulting from suspicious betting patterns in the Far East.
Yu, ranked No. 52, was handed a suspension of 10 years and nine months, and ordered to pay costs of $25,000.
New Zealand tops US in Dubai Sevens: New Zealand won the Dubai Sevens rugby title a record-tying sixth time after beating first-time finalist the United States 21-5.
The Kiwis easily beat the Eagles on Friday in pool play, but the final was in the balance until two minutes to go, when Andrew Knewstubb’s second conversion to Dylan Collier’s brazen try gave the Kiwis a safe 14-5 lead.
River Plate rejects moving final: Plans to complete the violence-delayed Copa Libertadores final in Madrid were thrown into disarray when River Plate refused to accept the fixture against Boca Juniors being moved from Argentina.
“Spectators are now denied – unjustifiably – the possibility of witnessing the spectacle,” River said in a statement.