The Washington Post Sunday
Norway’s Kilde wins crash-marred downhill
Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won by a large margin in a World Cup downhill Saturday in Val Gardena, Italy, that was marred by a nasty crash involving Swiss skier Marc Gisin.
Kilde finished a significant 0.86 seconds ahead of Austria’s Max Franz. Beat Feuz of Switzerland was third, 0.92 back.
Gisin lost control before a jump midway down, flew into the air and landed awkwardly on his side and back right in the middle of the Saslong course’s famous camel bumps. He was then bumped into the air again, and the back of his head hit the snow in a second impact.
Gisin was lying motionless on the course before doctors and trainers arrived for assistance. A rescue helicopter landed on the snow and took off for the hospital in nearby Bolzano with Gisin aboard after he had received treatment for almost a half-hour.
“His condition is stable enough that he can be flown back to Switzerland tonight for further diagnoses,” the Swiss ski team said in a statement. “The exact diagnoses of his injuries we expect Sunday afternoon.”
It was the third career World Cup win for Kilde, 26. Franz moved atop the overall standings, seven points ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal, who was seventh . . . .
In Winterberg, Germany, American Elana Meyers Taylor won a bronze medal, but the rest of the day belonged to the Germans.
Germany took five of the six medals handed out in a pair of World Cup bobsled races, with Stephanie Schneider driving to the win in the women’s event and Nico Walther taking the victory in the four-person competition.
Meyers Taylor, a three-time Olympic medalist, teamed with Lake Kwaza to win bronze . . . .
The German luge doubles team of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken was a World Cup race winner in Lake Placid, N.Y., for the fifth consecutive year.
Russia’s Roman Repilov won the men’s race for the second straight year. PRO FOOTBALL
Dallas Cowboys running Ezekiel Elliott was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness for leading with his helmet and making contact with the Philadelphia Eagles safety Corey Graham in a Week 14 game.
Elliott is the first offensive player docked money under the league’s new helmet rule.
Scott Jamieson took a oneshot lead into the final round of the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 4under-par 68 moved him to 11 under overall and ahead of overnight leader David Lipsky in Malelane, South Africa.
South Africans Zander Lombard (68) and defending champion Brandon Stone (69) are tied for third at 8 under and three behind Jamieson . . . .
John and Little John Daly birdied the final six holes for a 13under 59 and a one-stroke lead in the Father-Son Challenge in Orlando.
The Dalys played the back nine in 8-under 28 in occasional rain at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes. Little John is 15. They tied the tournament course record with the 59.
David and Carter Toms were second in the scramble event, and
Jack and grandson GT Nicklaus matched Stewart and Connor Cink at 61. Davis and Dru Love shot 62. BASEBALL
The Cleveland Indians made another offseason move, trading first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Chicago White Sox.
Cleveland gets 24-year-old outfielder Alex Call in the deal. Call, 24, has yet to make his major league debut. The Indians also rid themselves of Alonso’s entire $8 million salary for 2019.
This past week at the winter meetings, the Indians traded away slugger Edwin Encarnacion and infielder Yandy Diaz and reacquired first baseman Carlos Santana in a three-team trade.
Alonso batted .250 with 23 homers and 83 RBI in his only season with the Indians, who signed him as a free agent last December.