AUS­TRIAN WINS 2ND STRAIGHT DOWN­HILL

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

Snooker

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.

Rugby

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.

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