Hoefl-Riesch wins super-combined
• Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany bounced back from a disappointing World Cup season to win the super-combined at the skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Friday.
Hoefl-Riesch was fourth after the downhill portion before posting the second-fastest time in the slalom to finish in 2 minutes, 39.92 seconds.
She beat Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.46.
Former overall champion Nicole Hosp was fastest in the slalom and was one second behind in third to earn Austria its first medal.
Charlotte council likes stadium plan
• Charlotte’s City Council is backing a plan to give the Carolina Panthers nearly $144 million from a food and beverage tax hike to pay for upgrades to its downtown stadium. The tentative deal announced by Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx would require approval from the N.C. General Assembly for the city to increase its prepared food and beverage tax by one cent. The money would be paid over 15 years and requires the team to stay in Charlotte for that period of time.
Flames place goalie, center on reserve
• The Calgary Flames have placed goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and center Mikael Backlund on injured reserve on Friday. Kiprusoff was injured in Calgary’s 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Kiprusoff was added to the IR retroactively and is considered day to day with a lower-body injury. Backlund is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Georgia coordinator Grantham to stay
• Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham withdrew from consideration for the same job with the New Orleans Saints. He announced his decision in a statement Friday night, one day after interviewing with Saints coach Sean Payton. Grantham says he and his family love Georgia and “this is where our heart is.” The Saints also interviewed former Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Friday.
Nadal makes singles semifinals in Chile
• Rafael Nadal won his first of two matches in Vina Del Mar, Chile, in a test of his sore left knee, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the VTR Open. Nadal had not played for seven months before he took the court earlier this week in this Pacific coastal resort city. With a doubles match set for later Friday, Nadal will have played five matches in four days.
Columbus Crew sign midfielder Sanchez
• The Columbus Crew agreed to terms with 25-year-old Argentine midfielder Matias Sanchez, who played from 2008-12 with Estudiantes of his country’s Primera Division. The 25-year-old Sanchez is joining the Crew after playing 94 matches in all competitions over the past five years. The central midfielder helped the La Plata side to the 2010 Argentine Apertura and 2009 Copa Libertadores championships.
— From wire reports