Mikaela Shiffrin captures World Cup ski event
Mikaela Shiffrin won her third straight World Cup event Sunday, beating Petra Vlhova in the head-to-head final of parallel slalom at St. Moritz, Switzerland. Shiffrin trailed midway down the course after clipping a gate, but led her Slovakian opponent through the final three gates to win by 0.11 seconds. The American star has three wins in eight days after super-G victories Saturday at St. Moritz and last Sunday at Lake Louise, Alberta. Shiffrin now has more than double the World Cup points of any rival in her chase for a third straight season-long overall title.
. . . Germany’s Francesco Friedrich combined with brakeman Martin Grothkopp to win his second World Cup two-man bobsled gold medal in as many days, narrowly holding off Latvia’s Oskars Kibermanis in a winning time of 1 misdanute 40.25 seconds.
Harbaugh is staying put
Responding to speculation he’s returning to the NFL, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told ESPN he’s staying put at his alma mater in Ann Arbor, Mich. Although Fox Sports analyst Cris Carter said Harbaugh is a potential candidate to lead Green Bay and Cleveland, Harbaugh insisted he’s staying at Michigan, which won 10 games this season for the third time under Harbaugh but dropped to 0-4 against rival Ohio State.
Murray sorry for tweets
Newly minted Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray apologized for anti-gay tweets posted to his Twitter account several years ago, when the Oklahoma quarterback was 14 and 15. Murray says he didn’t intend to single out any individual or group. The tweets have since been deleted from his account . . . Iowa State and coach Matt Campbell agreed to a contract extension through 2024, a sign that one of the hottest names in the annual coaching carousel is staying put in Ames, Iowa . . . UCLA coach Chip Kelly promoted offensive line coach Justin Frye, who spent the previous five seasons as run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Boston College, to offensive coordinator for next season . . . North Carolina coach Mack Brown hired Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman to serve as his co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in Chapel Hill, N.C.
No. 1 Gonzaga upset
Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half, helping No. 7 Tennessee (7-1) knock off top-ranked Gonzaga (9-1), 76-73, in the Colangelo Classic on Sunday in Phoenix . . . The Big East Conference extended its agreement with Madison Square Garden to hold its postseason tournament at the venue through 2028 . . . In women’s play, Destiny Pitts scored a career-high 35 points and No. 14 Minnesota (9-0) used an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to defeat host Boston College, 77-69, at Conte Forum. Taylor Ortlepp led the Eagles (8-2) with 25 points.
Davis is hired by Mets
Chili Davis was hired as hitting coach of the New York Mets after spending last season in the role with the Chicago Cubs. Davis was hitting coach for Oakland manager Bob Melvin (2012-14) and Boston manager John Farrell (2015-17) before moving to the Cubs under manager Joe Maddon and being fired in October . . . Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman won the QBE Shootout in Naples, Fla., eagling the par-5 17th and closing with a par for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell and Emiliano Grillo . . . Amar Sejdic scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute and Maryland held off Akron 1-0 to win its fourth NCAA men’s soccer title.
. . . Louis Oosthuizen won his first South African Open title, shooting a 4-under 67 for a six-shot victory in Johannesburg. . . River Plate defeated fierce Argentine rival Boca Juniors, 3-1, in the twice-suspended final of the Copa Libertadores in Madrid. River Plate won its fourth South American crown by an aggregate 5-3 tally.