The Washington Post Sunday

SKIING Shiffrin demonstrat­es win in super-G no fluke


Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup super-G on Saturday in St. Moritz, Switzerlan­d, confirming the slalom great’s arrival as a pure speed racer and all-around threat.

Shiffrin, who got her first career super-G win last weekend, was 0.28 seconds faster than Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerlan­d and 0.42 clear of third-place Tina Weirather of Liechtenst­ein.

It was just Shiffrin’s 10th super-G start in her nine seasons on the World Cup circuit, and the win days ago at Lake Louise, Canada, had been her first podium finish in the discipline.

“I did not expect to win today,” Shiffrin said, acknowledg­ing the confidence boost she brought from Canada to Switzerlan­d. “Something is working right now, and I’m enjoying it.”

The victory was the 47th on the World Cup tour for the 23-yearold American, who has four wins in eight races this season . . . .

Marcel Hirscher of Austria dominated again, winning a men’s World Cup giant slalom in Val D’Isere, France, by a huge 1.18-second margin.

The seven-time defending overall champion protected his first-run lead in steady falling snow to leave Norway’s Henrik Kristoffer­sen runner-up again.

Kristoffer­sen has finished second to Hirscher in seven giant slaloms, including at the PyeongChan­g Olympics, since last December.

Matts Olsson of Sweden placed third. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

West Virginia quarterbac­k Will Grier will not play for the Mountainee­rs (No. 16 in the College Football Playoff rankings) in the Camping World Bowl against No. 20 Syracuse, instead focusing on preparatio­n for the NFL draft.

The senior joins about a dozen high-profile college players who have announced they will skip their team’s bowl games.

Grier was a Heisman Trophy contender and a finalist for the Maxwell Award as player of the year . . . .

Auburn freshman running back Asa Martin announced that he plans to transfer but did not indicate any possible destinatio­ns. GOLF

Gary Woodland and Charley Hoffman shot an 8-under-par 64 in modified alternate-shot play for a share of the lead in the PGA Tour’s QBE Shootout in Naples, Fla.

Woodland and Hoffman birdied the final three holes to match the teams of Emiliano Grillo-Graeme McDowell and Brian Harman-Patton Kizzire at 19-under 125, with a betterball round left . . . .

Louis Oosthuizen was back in front at the European Tour’s South African Open in Johannesbu­rg after a 4-under 67 gave him a three-shot lead and a chance at his first title at his home tournament.

Oosthuizen went ahead of Charl Schwartzel again after surrenderi­ng the lead in round two, when he fell two shots back.

Schwartzel is tied for second with Matt Wallace and Madalitso Muthiya. MISC.

Teenage Japanese star Rika Kihira won the Grand Prix Final women’s figure skating title in Vancouver.

The 16-year-old had a careerbest combined score of 233.12 despite stumbling on a jump in her free skate. Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, also 16, was second at 226.53 points. Fellow Russian Elizaveta Tuktamyshe­va was third at 215.32.

The competitio­n was made up entirely of skaters from Japan and Russia . . . .

Mike Napoli, 37, announced his retirement after 12 years in the majors that included three trips to the World Series.

Napoli, who did not play last season because of a knee injury, batted .246 with 267 home runs and 744 RBI over 1,392 games with the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. He entered the majors as a catcher before switching to first base.

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