Austrian wins 2nd straight downhill race
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 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.
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.
Pirates acquire Ramos from A’s: The Pirates acquired minor league right-hander Wilkin Ramos from Oakland as the player to be named from the last month’s trade of right-hander 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, fol- lowing 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. He was involved in fixing five matches across five tournaments over a period of 2
1⁄ years to earn money for 2 himself and friends, and also admitted to lying to investigators and betting on snooker when banned from doing so.
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, highlighting the cost for fans.
River was already angered it was fined $400,000 and ordered to play the next two CONMEBOL games behind closed doors after its fans attacked the Boca Junior team bus heading into its Buenos Aires stadium for the meeting of Argentina’s fiercest soccer rivals last Saturday.
● came from two goals down after 20 minutes to draw at Southampton 2-2 in the English Premier League, with Romelu Lukaku playing his part in the recovery by scoring for the first time since midSeptember.
Juventus extended its ● lead in Serie A to 11 points after beating Fiorentina 3-0 in Milan. Rodrigo Bentancur and Giorgio Chiellini scored and Cristiano Ronaldo added a late penalty to condemn Fiorentina to its first defeat of the season.
Nigeria won its 11th
● title in 13 editions of the Women’s African Cup of Nations by beating South Africa in a penalty shootout in the final in Ghana. The game ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and although Nigeria missed its first penalty kick in the shootout, when Onome Ebi hit the post, South Africa missed twice and the Nigerians prevailed 4-3.