Mikaela Shiffrin captures World Cup super-G title
American ski champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup super-G title on Thursday after placing fourth in the season-ending race in Soldeu, Andorra, which was won by Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg. It was Shiffrin’s 10th career crystal globe, but her first in a speed discipline. She has also won three overall titles and six slalom titles. ‘‘It’s special because I really never thought I could be in this position this season already in super-G,’’ said Shiffrin, 24, whose title comes five weeks after she won gold in super-G at the world championships. Shiffrin had not won a race in the discipline before this season, but triumphed in all three previous World Cup super-Gs she competed in during this campaign and praised her speed coaches from the US ski team for helping her. Shiffrin, who locked up the overall and the slalom titles weeks ago, is the first woman since Tina Maze six years ago to win discipline titles in a technical and a speed event in the same season . . . Russian cross-country skiers Yegor Beryozin and Vasily Pushkin were each banned four years for doping effective last month after they tested positive for unspecified substances. The bans come as the sport reels from the arrest last month at the world championships in Austria of five skiers — two Austrians, two Estonians, and a Kazakh — who were suspected of blood doping with a German doctor, along with two Austrian cyclists who competed in the Tour de France.
Mixed MArtial arts
McGregor faces civil lawsuit
Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor is facing a $15,000 civil lawsuit after being charged in South Florida with stealing the cellphone of Ahmed Abdirzak, 22, who attempted to photograph the fighter as he left the Fontainebleau Miami Beach early Monday morning. McGregor slapped the phone out of Abdirzak’s hand and then stomped on it several times.
Williamson, Duke roll in ACC
Duke freshman Zion Williamson returned to the court after a five-game absence from a knee sprain and didn’t miss a beat, posting a double-double with 29 points and 14 rebounds (both game highs) to lead the Blue Devils to an 84-72 victory over Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals in Charlotte, N.C. . . . Christian Vital scored 25 points to lead the University of Connecticut to an 80-73 victory over South Florida in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament in Memphis. The Huskies (16-16) will face 11th-ranked and top-seeded Houston in Friday’s quarterfinals . . . The third time was not the charm for Providence. The Friars (18-15) were eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden after a 73-62 loss to No. 25 Villanova (23-9), the third loss for Providence this season against the defending national champions . . . Cyril Langevine scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to lead eighth-seeded Rhode Island to a 76-57 win over ninth-seeded LaSalle in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Rams (17-14) will face VCU in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Fatality shocks Santa Anita
Princess Lili B, a 3-year-old filly, broke both front legs at the end of a workout on the main dirt track at Santa Anita and was euthanized on Thursday, becoming the 22nd horse to suffer catastrophic injuries since Dec. 26. Track ownership later announced a ban on race-day medication at the historic venue . . . San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek will require surgery for torn ligaments in his right knee suffered Tuesday night against Winnipeg . . . Milos Raonic defeated 19-year-old Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open and improve to 19-4 at Indian Wells since 2014 . . . Birch Bayh, the former US senator who championed Title IX federal laws banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at 91 . . . Paul Hutchins, the former British Davis Cup captain who led the team to the final in 1978, died of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73 . . . USA Cycling announced the creation of a Stanford math scholarship fund in honor of Kelly Catlin, the 23-year-old cyclist who killed herself in her apartment last week. Catlin’s family, who have donated her brain to Boston University’s Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Bank, hoped to learn whether a concussion may have resulted in mental or behavioral changes that led to her death