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. He finished in 1:01.91, holding off Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland by 0.33 seconds.
Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger improved to 3 for 3 in the young World Cup luge season, with the reigning Olympic champion winning in Whistler, British Columbia. Germany’s Julia Taubitz earned silver, and Emily Sweeney held on for third to deliver the first U.S. medal of the year.
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 tourna- ments 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 recordtying sixth time by 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.