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.