Aus­trian wins 2nd straight down­hill

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

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.

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