Sofia Goggia used what she called her best-ever downhill run to lead an Italian sweep of the podium at a women’s World Cup race Sunday in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria. Racing from a lowered start due to fog in the upper part of the hill, Goggia sped down the bumpy Karnten-Franz Klammer course in gutsy style, beating the field by more than a second. Goggia was timed 1 minute, 4.0 seconds to beat Federica Brignone by 1.10 and Nadia Fanchini by 1.35. It was the first time in the 51-year-history of the World Cup that the Italian team took the top three spots in a women’s downhill. Avoiding the risk of injury a month before the Olympics, American Lindsey Vonn held back throughout in a cautious run and was more than three seconds off the lead in 27th. In contrast to the aggressive runs by the Italians, Vonn had a disappointing showing. ‘‘I really had no grip on the ice, felt like I was skiing on marbles,’’ said the American, who placed ninth in Saturday’s super-G. ‘‘This course takes a lot of aggression and like really willing to risk everything. And I am just not willing to risk everything right now. I have been waiting eight years for the Olympics.’’ . . . Marcel Hirscher is unbeatable in slalom right now, with his fifth straight World Cup win finally giving him a victory in Wengen, Switzerland. Hirscher, 28, is third on the men’s all-time World Cup wins list and will be favored to match the 54-win total of Austrian great Hermann Maier next weekend at Kitzbuehel. In a World Cup comeback after three years out injured, American Nolan Kasper placed 20th. The 28-year-old Kasper’s return could be in time to earn a third Olympic selection. He placed 13th and 24th in the previous two Olympic slaloms.
Pipkins, UMass top Saint Joseph’s
Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points and made all six of his free throws in the final 35 seconds as host UMass completed a comeback to beat Saint Joseph’s, 72-69. Shevar Newkirk — who scored 6 of the Hawks’ last 10 points — missed a 3-pointer and a chance to tie with two seconds left. UMass (10-8, 3-2 Atlantic 10) was down 12, but Rayshawn Miller tied it at 59 with a three with 5:34 left. That was part of a four-minute scoring drought for Saint Joseph’s (7-9, 2-3) in which UMass posted a 10-0 run and led, 64-59. Carl Pierre scored 17 points with five 3-pointers for UMass, while Newkirk and James Demery led the Hawks with 22 points apiece . . . Cedric Hankerson scored 10 points and reached a milestone to help Boston University turn back host Holy Cross, 54-40. Hankerson’s steal and dunk in the middle of the second half made him the 17th Terrier to reach 1,200 career points. He was the only player to reach double figures for BU (9-8, 5-1 Patriot), which have won three straight. The Crusaders (4-13, 1-5), which was 5 of 24 behind the arc, have lost seven of eight . . . Jessica Shepard and No. 2 Notre Dame made certain any memories of their 33-point loss at No. 3 Louisville didn’t linger long. Shepard and the Irish quickly scored the first 9 points of the game, and Notre Dame bounced back from its most-lopsided defeat in 16 seasons, routing the Boston College women’s basketball team, 89-60. ‘‘I think we all came in with a little chip on our shoulders. Quite frankly that game was embarrassing and that is not how Notre Dame basketball is played,’’ Shepard said. The Eagles (6-11, 1-3 ACC) have never beaten Notre Dame in South Bend in 13 tries. Shepard scored 24 points in 22 minutes as the Irish (16-2, 5-1) overwhelmed the young and overmatched Eagles, holding a 54-22 rebounding advantage. Arike Ogunbowale added 18 points for Notre Dame, and freshman Danielle Patterson matched her season high with 11 points. BC freshman Milan Bolden-Morris, held scoreless for three quarters, had 17 points and grad point guard Andie Anastos added 11. ‘‘We've got some young ones who got a little trial by fire today,’’ BC coach Erik Johnson said. ‘‘[Notre Dame is] an amazing team, well coached. They clearly set the tone at the beginning of the game.’’ . . . Sophomore forward Graham McPhee notched his first two-goal game and freshman Christopher Grando added three assists as No. 16 BC beat visiting UNH, 5-2, to take over first place in Hockey East. BC (11-9-3, 11-4-0) has won seven in a row against UNH (9-11-2, 4-7-1) . . . Arizona hired former Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin to a five-year contract. He succeeds Rich Rodriguez, who was fired Jan. 2 amid sexual harassment allegations. Sumlin, 53, was 51-26 in six seasons with the Aggies before being fired in November. The Aggies went 51-26 and went to a bowl game every season under Sumlin, but were 25-23 in SEC play and never matched his first season in College Station, when they were 11-2 with Heisman Trophy quarterback Johnny Manziel.
An undisupted world champion? Heavyweights set unification bouts
Unbeaten heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua (20-0, WBA and IBF champ) and Joseph Parker (24-0, WBO champ) will meet in a bout to unify the division March 31 in Cardiff, Wales. The winner may then meet up with unbeaten American Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion. The last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was Lennox Lewis in 1999. Wilder (39-0) announced Friday that he will defend his title March 3 against unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
Kizzire needs six OT holes to win Sony
Patton Kizzire outlasted James Hahn in six extra holes to win the Sony Open to become the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season. Kizzire, who won the OHL Classic in Mexico last fall, closed with a 2-under-par 68 in Honolulu. Hahn shot 62 in the final round and got into a playoff with Kizzire at 17-under 263. They matched two pars and two birdies on the par-5 18th. They matched pars when they went to the par-3 17th. It ended on the par-3 along the Pacific Ocean when Hahn putted from right of the green to about 8 feet, and his par putt caught the lip . . . Chris Paisley, with wife Keri serving as caddie for the first time, held off home favorite Branden Grace to win the South African Open by three shots for his first European Tour title. Ahead by one overnight, Paisley increased the gap at the top with a final-round 6-under-par 66 at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg to finish 21 under . . . Scott Parel beat fellow Champions player Scott Dunlap on the first hole of a playoff to complete a wire-to-wire victory in the Diamond Resorts Invitational in Orlando. Parel, 52, spent 10 years as a computer programmer before turning pro at age 31. Parel and Dunlap finished with 93 points in the 54-hole Modified Stableford event. John Daly was third with 88 points after a 34-point day. Five-time LPGA Tour winner Brooke Henderson, playing from the same tees as the men, was seventh with 80 points . . . Union workers for video and audio production at Golf Channel events walked out over stalled contract negotiations, leading to limited coverage of the final round at the Sony Open and two other events in the Bahamas and Florida. Golf Channel said it has been negotiating an agreement for nine months with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, a union for tournament technicians at golf tournaments, such as the camera crew. The strike involves only tournaments that Golf Channel produces.
Mets pick up 1B Gonzalez for $545k
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the Mets reached agreement on a one-year contract. Gonzalez, 35, was limited to 71 games last season because of a herniated disk in his back, and was left off the Dodgers’ postseason roster. Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star, batted just .242 last season and was traded to Atlanta in December. The Braves released him shortly after the deal. Gonzalez is owed more than $21 million next season, but the Mets would be responsible for just $545,000 if he makes the team . . . Doug Harvey, one of 10 baseball umpires enshrined in the Hall of Fame, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 87. The Hall said Harvey had been in hospice care in Visalia, Calif. Harvey umpired in the National League from 1962 through 1992, and was a crew chief for 18 of his 31 seasons. He worked the World Series five times, six All-Star Games, and 4,673 games in the regular season . . . Manchester City’s 22-match unbeaten start to the Premier League came to an end with a 4-3 loss to Liverpool at Anfield, where City has just one league win in 37 years. ‘‘This was a historical game you will talk about in 20 years because it looks like City will not lose another one this year,’’ Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. ‘‘People watched this game all over the world and this is why — take your heart, throw it on the pitch and play like this.’’ . . . Ethiopians Bazu Worku (2 hours, 8 minutes, 30 seconds) and Biruktayit Degefa (2:24:51) won the Houston Marathon, while two-time Olympian Molly Huddle of Providence set the record for the fastest half-marathon by an American woman. Huddle’s time of 1:07:25 broke the previous record by nine seconds, which was set by Deena Kastor in 2006 . . . Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL, ending the fourth-longest consecutive games streak in NHL history at 830 games. Cogliano was suspended for a late hit on the Kings’ Adrian Kempe on Saturday night in the Ducks’ 4-2 victory. Doug Jarvis holds the active-games streak at 964. Florida defenseman Keith Yandle takes over the NHL’s longest active streak at 676 . . . Auto racing pioneer Dan Gurney, the first driver to win in Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 86. Click here to read the obituary.