Aus­trian wins 2nd straight down­hill race

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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.

Ger­many’s Natalie

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.

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 the last month’s trade of right-han­der Tan­ner An­der­son to the Ath­let­ics.

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 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.

Soc­cer

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.

Manch­ester United

● 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.

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