Aus­trian wins 2nd straight down­hill

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Weather -

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.

Base­ball

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.

Snooker

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.

Rugby

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.

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