Venus Williams out after hurting back
• Venus Williams, a three-time Key Biscayne champion, withdrew from the Sony Open because of a lower back injury shortly before her third-round match against fellow American Sloane Stephens. Williams said her back began to bother her Friday. Stephens will next play defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska. Sam Querrey won in his first match as the top-ranked American, rallying past Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The 20th-ranked Querrey this week moved ahead of No. 23 John Isner, who hit 25 aces and beat Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (5).
Canadiens claim Halpern off waivers
• The Montreal Canadiens grabbed center Jeff Halpern off waivers from the New York Rangers. A 36-year-old checking forward who is strong on faceoffs, Halpern had one assist and was minus-5 in 30 games for New York this season. He is earning a pro-rated $700,000 this season and can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
Ligety wins slalom, sweeping both runs
• World Cup star Ted Ligety won the slalom in the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., sweeping both runs for a 1.48 second victory. Ligety, from Park City, Utah, won his seventh U.S. title.
• Olga Fatkulina won the women’s 1,000-meter title to capture Russia’s second gold in three days at the speedskating world championships in Sochi, Russia. Fatkulina clocked 1 minute, 15.44 seconds at Adler Arena, the venue for the Sochi Olympics. Jorrit Bergsma led a Dutch sweep of the podium in the men’s 10,000-meter race. Bergsma clocked 12 minutes, 57.69 seconds to edge out Sven Kramer by 2.02 seconds.
• Jurij Tepes helped host Slovenia win a team ski flying event at the final ski jump World Cup meet of the season in Planica, Slovenia. Tepes had his team’s longest jump of the day with 223 meters in the first round as Slovenia finished with 1,561.8 points, beating Norway by 10.7 points.
Martin of Ireland gets closer to title
• Daniel Martin of Ireland closed in on the Volta a Catalunya title by extending his lead during the sixth stage, which was won by Australia’s Simon Gerrans. Martin increased his advantage over local favorite Joaquin Rodriguez to 17 seconds. Nairo Quintana is 28 seconds back in third, while Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins remained fourth, 37 seconds off the pace in Valls, Spain.
• Australian rider Richie Porte won the individual time trial to take the overall lead in the Criterium International in Porto-Vecchio, France.
Bodybuilding legend Weider dies at 93
• Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarznenegger to the world, died Saturday at age 93. Weider’s publicist, Charlotte Parker, told the Associated Press that the bodybuilder, publisher and promoter died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.
— From wire reports