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 snow from the track. With snow still falling, Franz founda little 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 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, 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.
Pirates acquire Ramos from A’s: The Pirates acquired minor league right-hander Wilkin Ramos from Oakland as the player to be named from last month’s trade of right-hander Tanner Anderson to the Athletics.
Chinese players banned: Two Chinese snooker players were gibrn 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 tournaments from 2015 to 2017, after an investigation into suspicious betting patterns in the Far East.
Yu, ranked No. 52, was suspended 10 years and nine months and ordered to pay costs of $25,000. He was involved in fixing five matches in five tournaments over 21⁄2 years to earn money for himself and friends, and he admitted to lying to investigators and betting on snooker after being banned.
New Zealand tops US in Dubai Sevens: New Zealand won the Dubai Sevens rugby title a recordtying sixth time after beating first-time finalist 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.