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Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, celebrates at the finish line after winning an Alpine ski World Cup women's Super G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
shortened World Cup super-G
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy – Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won a shortened World Cup super-G amid heavy snow yesterday.
Rebensburg finished in 1 minute, 16.45 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course. Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria finished second, 0.33 seconds behind, and overall leader Tina Maze of Slovenia was third, 0.34 back.
Americans Julia Mancuso, Leanne Smith and Lindsey Vonn were fifth, sixth and seventh.
World Cup slalom
WENGEN, Switzerland – Felix Neureuther of Germany finally beat Marcel Hirscher to win a World Cup slalom yesterday.
Neureuther made up a 0.05-second deficit after the first leg to win by 0.21 over the Austrian overall World Cup leader, who was seeking his fourth straight slalom win.
Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was third, 0.25 behind Neureuther’s two-run time of 1 minute, 50.53 seconds.
Gay wins Humana Challenge
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Brian Gay won the Humana Challenge yesterday for his fourth PGA Tour title, beating Charles Howell III with a 5 1∕2-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.
Gay closed with a 9-under 63 on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course to match Howell and Swedish rookie David Lingmerth at 25-under 263.
Howell shot a 64, and Lingmerth had a 62. Scott Stallings, five strokes ahead entering the round, bogeyed the final hole for a 70 to miss the playoff by a stroke.
Rose to win in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Jamie Donaldson won the Abu Dhabi Championship by one shot yesterday, with Justin Rose narrowly missing a birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff.
Rose’s 8-foot putt rimmed out of the hole, giving the Welshman his second European Tour victory.
Rose tied for second with Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who also failed to force a playoff on the 18th.
Korea’s Lee sets
500-meter world record
CALGARY, Alberta – Sang-Hwa Lee of Korea set a 500-meter world record yesterday at the World Cup speedskating event at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.
Lee’s time of 36.80 seconds lowered the 36.94 set by China’s Yu Jinh at the world sprint championships on the same oval last Jan. 29.
Heather Richardson of the United States was second in 37.42, while Margot Boer of the Netherlands won the bronze in 37.54.
Jans Smeekens of the Netherlands won the men’s 500 in 34.39. Japan’s Joji Kato took silver in 24.44 and Michel Mulders of the Netherlands the bronze in 34.55.
Fraser, former Miami
coach, dies at 79
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Ron Fraser, the coach who was called “the wizard of college baseball” and turned Miami into one of the game’s powerhouse programs, has died. He was 79.
Fraser’s family spokesman, Tony Segreto, said he died yesterday morning. Fraser had been battling Alzheimer’s disease for many years.
Fraser led Miami to the 1982 and 1985 national titles and took the Hurricanes to the College World Series 12 times. He spent 30 years at the school, retiring in 1992 with 1,271 wins.
Fraser was best known for ideas that even he called “crazy” in order to generate fan interest, everything from raffling off car batteries to bikini nights during Hurricanes games. He’s a member of at least six different Halls of Fame, was a three-time NCAA coach of the year and led the 1992 U.S. Olympic team.
Leafs sign Lupul
to contract extension
TORONTO – Forward Joffrey Lupul signed a five-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lupul is now signed through to the 2017-18 season. Yesterday’s deal comes a day after Lupul was picked as one of the Leafs’ alternate captains.
The 29-year-old played 66 games last season and ranked second on the team in goals (25), assists (42), points (67) and power-play goals (8). He had career highs for assists and points.
Toronto acquired Lupul along with defenseman Jake Gardiner from the Anaheim Ducks for Francois Beauchemin on Feb. 9, 2011.
Lupul has 151 goals and 172 assists in 517 games with Toronto, Anaheim, the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers. The Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, native was originally selected seventh overall by the Ducks in the 2002 draft.
Fourcade helps France
win World Cup relay
ANTERSELVA, Italy – Martin Fourcade anchored France to a second consecutive relay victory in the biathlon World Cup yesterday.
France completed the 4x7.5-kilometer race in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 26 seconds – 10.1 seconds ahead of Russia, which was anchored by Dmitry Malyshko.
Austria was third, 1:18.5 behind France.
Germany won the women’s race in 1:13:02.1, beating Russia by 17.4 seconds. France was third, 40.9 seconds slower than the Germans.
Heat signs Andersen
to 10-day contract
MIAMI – Chris Andersen is getting another chance in the NBA.
The Miami Heat signed Andersen to a 10-day contract. The Heat also brought forward-center Jarvis Varnado back for a second 10-day deal.
Andersen has averaged 5.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in his NBA career. His last appearance was with Denver on March 25.
Phoenix Suns pick
Hunter as interim coach
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns picked player development director Lindsey Hunter as interim coach, two days after the team parted ways with Alvin Gentry.
Hunter played for 17 seasons in the NBA. He joined the Suns in the scouting department last year and this season took over the team’s new player development department.
As a guard with five NBA teams, Hunter averaged 8.5 points in 937 games, 438 as a starter.
Frenzel wins World Cup event; Fletcher of U.S. third
SEEFELD, Austria – Eric Frenzel of Germany won his second Nordic combined World Cup event of the weekend yesterday. Taylor Fletcher of the United States was third.
Frenzel outsprinted Norway’s Mikko Kokslien and Fletcher in the home stretch of the 10-kilometer cross country to finish in 25 minutes, 19.9 seconds. It was his sixth World Cup victory.
Defending World Cup champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France, who finished 15th, leads the standings with 527 points, He is followed by Norway’s Magnus Moan (508) and Frenzel (474).
German women dominate; Austrians win luge doubles
WINTERBERG, Germany – Natalie Geisenberger won her fifth luge World Cup event of the season yesterday, leading a German sweep of the top four places.
Geisenberger beat Anke Wischnewski by .020 seconds to stretch her overall lead in the World Cup standings two weeks before the world championships in Whistler, British Columbia.
Olympic champion Tatjana Huefner was third and Corinna Martini fourth.
Olympic champions Andreas and Wolfgang Linger of Austria won the men’s doubles, becoming the first non-Germans to win the event in seven races this season.
Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany placed second, ahead of Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber.
Czech Matura wins second World Cup event
SAPPORO, Japan – Jan Matura of the Czech Republic won a large hill event yesterday for his second straight victory in World Cup ski jumping.
Matura landed jumps of 132.5 and 133 meters for a total of 247 points. He beat Robert Kranjec of Slovenia by 1.3 points. Kranjec had jumps of 131 and 134 meters. Andreas Wank of Germany finished third with 241 points.