Marcel Hirscher, Lara Gut ski to World Cup wins

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Switzerland's Lara Gut (center), winner of Sunday’s super-G, takes a selfie with Tina Weirather, the second-place finisher, in Val d'Isere, France.

By staff and wire reports  

Marcel Hirscher matched Alberto Tomba with a record fourth giant slalom win in World Cup skiing in Alta Badia, Italy, on Sunday. The overall World Cup leader from Austria finished .71 seconds ahead of Mathieu Faivre of France and 1.10 in front of Florian Eisath of Italy. Hirscher, who is attempting to become the first skier to win six consecutive overall titles, increased his lead in the standings to 218 points ahead of Kjetil Jansrud, who didn’t qualify for a second run. In the women’s super-G in Val d'Isere, France, Lara Gut bounced back from two miserable performances to get her third victory of the season. The defending World Cup overall champion from Switzerland had failed to finish Friday’s Alpine combined race and Saturday’s downhill, falling back in her quest to close the gap on current leader Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States. But Gut made no mistake this time, powering down the Oreillier-Killy course to beat Liechtenstein skier Tina Weirather by .13 seconds and Italian Elena Curtoni by more than one second. The win closed the gap on Shiffrin to 5 points heading into their showdown in a giant slalom Tuesday, in the nearby Alpine resort of Courchevel . . . Spanish snowboarders Regino Hernandez and Lucas Eguibar won the World Cup cross team event in Montafon, Austria, while France triumphed in the women’s competition.


Ronaldo, Real Madrid win Club title

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as European champion Real Madrid claimed its second Club World Cup title by beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers, 4-2, after extra time. With the score at 2-2 after normal time, Ronaldo received a pass from Karim Benzema in the 98th minute and calmly fired under Kashima goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata to make it 3-2. The Portuguese star then sealed the win six minutes later with a left-footed shot to the roof of the net . . . In the English Premier League, Manchester City scored twice in a second-half rally to post a 2-1 win over Arsenal in a match between teams battling to stay in sight of league leader Chelsea. After Leroy Sane equalized in the 47th minute, Raheem Sterling scored the winner in the 71st minute when he collected a stunning cross-field ball from Kevin De Bruyne, cut inside, and drove a low finish in at the near post . . . Jay Rodriguez scored two second-half goals to cap Southampton’s comeback in a 3-1 win over south-coast rival Bournemouth. Rodriguez tapped home Steven Davis’s cross to put Southampton ahead, 2-1, in the 48th and sent a dipping shot into the top corner in the 85th . . . Danny Rose popped up from the back to score a second-half winner as Tottenham came from behind to beat Burnley, 2-1.


Faber, 37, gets to retire as a winner


Urijah Faber survived being knocked down in the third round and beat Brad Pickett by unanimous decision to win in the final fight of his career at UFC Fight Night on Saturday night in Sacramento. The 37-year-old Faber, who had announced his retirement earlier this year, repeatedly took Pickett to the mat throughout the fifth and opened a gaping cut on the Englishman’s left eye. Pickett landed a straight left that put Faber down with 1:22 left in the third. Faber quickly got to his feet and smiled before chasing Pickett down and trying for a final submission attempt as a raucous, near-sellout crowd at GoldenOne Center roared. All three judges scored the fight 30-26. In the co-main event, Mickey Gall got up-and-coming Sage Northcutt to submit in the second round of their welterweight bout to stay unbeaten. On the women’s card, Michelle Waterson beat Paige VanZant with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their scheduled five-round fight . . . Joe Smith Jr. stopped Bernard Hopkins 53 seconds into the eighth round — knocking the 51-year-old former champion clear out of the ring — to win their World Boxing Council international light heavyweight title fight Saturday night in Inglewood, Calif. Smith (23-1, 19 KOs) used a six-punch combination to send Hopkins through the ropes and on to the floor, effectively ending Hopkins’s 28-year boxing career with a record of 56-8-2.


Murray is top personality (again)

Andy Murray has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time after winning the Wimbledon and Olympic singles titles in 2016 and also finishing the season as the world’s top-ranked player. Murray won the domestic award in 2013 and 2015, too. Two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee was second in the voting and Olympic showjumping gold medalist Nick Skelton came third at a ceremony in Birmingham.