American Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, cried and left Tina Maze of Slovenia in tears. Shiffrin, who is from Eagle-Vail, Colo., defeated Maze, 29, for...
Shiffrin, 18, earns title
American Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, cried and left Tina Maze of Slovenia in tears.
Shiffrin, who is from Eagle-Vail, Colo., defeated Maze, 29, for the season World Cup slalom title in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Shiffrin won her fourth slalom event of the season and became the first U.S. slalom World Cup champion since Tamara McKinney in the 1983-84 season.
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World Cup overall champion Maze sobbed on the sideline as Shiffrin paraded with her crystal trophy.
“I started crying,” said Shiffrin, laughing later at the memory. “I didn’t really mean to. I was thinking, ‘Come on, woman, pull yourself together, it’s just a race.’ “
Maze led her by 1.17 seconds after the first run, but Shiffrin won with a combined time of 1:55.60. Bernadette Schild of Austria was second at 1:55.80 and Maze was third at 1:55.95.
Meanwhile, Ted Ligety of Park City, Utah, capped his dominant season in giant slalom with a sixth World Cup victory.
Ligety joined Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden as the only men in the 47-year history of the World Cup to get six GS victories in a season. Stenmark’s 10-race sweep in 1978-79 is the record.
Mixed martial arts
St. Pierre wins decision
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre of Canada manhandled Nick Diaz of Stockton, Calif., for five rounds en route to a lopsided unanimous decision at UFC 158 in Montreal.
St. Pierre (24-2) won 50-45 on all three judges’ cards.
Diaz (27-9-1) said he was flat after a 13-month layoff and added his fighting days might be over.
“I think I’m done with this mixed martial arts,” he said.
Busch edges Larson
Kyle Busch held off 20-year-old rookie Kyle Larson at the finish to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
Busch won the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 by .023 seconds.
Busch, 27, has a series-record 53 victories.
No. 1 Djokovic loses
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Djokovic’s winning streak was snapped at 22.
Del Potro, seeded seventh, will face No. 5 Rafael Nadal of Spain for the men’s title Sunday.
Nadal beat Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 in the other semifinal match.
In the women’s final, second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia will play No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
Coach dies in bus crash
A bus carrying the Seton Hill women’s team veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child, and the driver, and injuring numerous others, authorities said.
Coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, Pa., was flown to a hospital but died there of injuries she suffered in the crash, Cumberland County authorities said.
Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn child did not survive, authorities said.
The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, Pa., died at the scene.
Seton Hill was headed to play Saturday afternoon at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania, for its fourth game of the year.
Seton Hill is a Catholic school of about 2,500 students near Pittsburgh.
• A dog that died in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska asphyxiated while getting buried in snow during severe wind, officials said.
Race officials disclosed the results of the necropsy for 5-year-old Dorado, who was found dead Friday in Unalakleet. Dorado belonged to rookie musher Paige Drobny‘s team.
The dog was dropped from the race Monday and was in an area set up to care for dogs dropped from the race.
Drobny, 38, continued on to Nome, and finished the 998-mile race Thursday in 34th place.
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