U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin won the slalom at the world championships in Austria; the 17-year-old is the youngest female world champion in 28 years.
American Shiffrin, 17,
wins world slalom title
American Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, became the youngest female world champion in 28 years with a victory in the slalom Saturday in Schladming, Austria.
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Shiffrin’s two-run time of 1 minute, 39.85 seconds was 0.22 of a second better than runner-up Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria.
Shiffrin, at 17 years, 340 days, is the youngest female world champion in any discipline since American Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, who was 21 days younger when she won the giant-slalom title in 1985.
The slalom world champs younger than Shiffrin were Liechtenstein’s Hanni Wenzel in 1974 and Britain’s Esme Mackinnon in 1931.
Track and field
Lagat sets U.S. record
Bernard Lagat, a former Washington State standout, set an American indoor 2-mile record by winning in 8:09.49 at the Millrose Games in New York. Lagat, 38, surpassed Galen Rupp’s mark by 0.23.
Lagat has U.S. indoor records at 1,500 meters, a mile, 3,000 meters, 2 miles and 5,000 meters.
Pistorius’ uncle speaks
Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is “numb with shock, as well as grief” after the shooting death of his girlfriend at his home in South Africa, the double-amputee runner’s uncle said.
Arnold Pistorius spoke about his nephew’s arrest in the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, who reportedly was shot four times on the morning of Valentine’s Day.
In South Africa, “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, a 26-year-old who competes while wearing high-tech prosthetics, was a national hero revered for overcoming his disability to compete in the 2012 London Games.
“The lives of our entire family have been turned upside down forever by this unimaginable human tragedy,” his uncle said, “and Reeva’s family have suffered a terrible loss.”
A day after securing the No. 1 world ranking, American Serena Williams beat Russian Maria Sharapova for a 10th straight time, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the Qatar Open final in Doha.
Williams will face Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Azarenka, the current No. 1, beat Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Nadal reaches final
Spaniard Rafael Nadal, playing in his second tournament since returning from a left-knee injury, and David Nalbandian of Argentina will meet in the Brazil Open final Sunday in Sao Paulo.
• Arsenal of the English Premier League lost 1-0 at home to second-tier Blackburn in the fifth round of soccer’s FA Cup.
• Lionel Messi scored twice to pass 300 goals in his soccer career for FC Barcelona and extended his record-setting Spanish-league scoring streak to 14 matches as Barcelona won 2-1 at Granada.
• John Tavares had three goals and an assist to lead the host New York Islanders to a 5-1 NHL victory over New Jersey.
• Raphael Martinetti, president of the international wrestling federation, quit in the wake of the International Olympic Committee executive board’s decision Tuesday to remove the sport from the 2020 Games.
• WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner of Cincinnati improved to 26-0 by stopping Gavin Rees of Wales at 2:59 of the fifth round at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Rees is 37-2-1.
• Jockey Gary Stevens‘ comeback at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., is going well. The 49-year-old, who returned last month after announcing in 2005 he was retiring, won his third stakes race in an eight-day span when 5-year-old mare Great Hot took the Grade II Santa Maria.
The A.C. Avila-trained Great Hot, who returned $20.80 on a $2 win bet, led all the way and covered 1-1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43.08 seconds. She beat 11-10 favorite Book Review by a half-length in the $200,000 race.
Stevens led the jockey standings at Longacres in Renton in 1983 and 1984.
• Dice Flavor ($21 to win) took the Grade III El Camino Real Derby, a $200,000 race at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif. The Paddy Gallagher-trained colt, ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., ran 1-1/8 miles in 1:51.45 and beat runner-up Nina’s Dragon by 3 ¾ lengths.
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