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Sports news briefs — Jan. 25

Compiled from wire reports

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winter SPORTS

Maze wins Cortina downhill race in Italy

• Defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze finally got her first victory of the season, winning the prestigious Cortina downhill in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy.

• Hannes Reichelt became the first Austrian winner of the classic Hahnenkamm downhill in eight years in Kitzbuehel, Austria, beating pre-race favorites Aksel Lund Svindal and Bode Miller.

• Steven Holcomb of the United States won his second World Cup overall two-man championship. His seventh-place finish in the season finale with Curt Tomasevicz in Konigssee, Germany, earned the title.

• Latvia’s Martins Dukurs clinched his fifth consecutive overall World Cup men’s skeleton championship with a win in Konigssee, Germany, in the final race this season.

• Alex Fiva of Switzerland won the final World Cup freestyle ski cross before the Sochi Olympics, while Ophelie David of France took the women’s competition in Kreischberg, Austria.

golf

Woods misses cut after shooting 79

 Tiger Woods made his 2014 debut in a most dubious fashion — his first trip to Torrey Pines without sticking around until Sunday. Woods went seven consecutive holes making bogey or worse and wound up with a 7-over 79 in the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif., to match his worst score on American soil. For the first time in his career, he missed a 54-hole cut that is in effect when more than 78 players make it to the weekend. Gary Woodland holds a 1-stroke lead after shooting 70.

• Sergio Garcia birdied the third extra hole to beat Mikko Ilonen in a playoff and win the Qatar Masters in Doha, Qatar, for his second victory in three events. Garcia entered the round 3 shots behind overnight leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello but birdied six of his last 12 for a 7-under 65, forcing Ilonen to make an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force the playoff with a 66.

• Na Yeon Choi shot a 7-under 66 to take a 1-stroke lead in the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic in Paradise Island, Bahamas. She chipped to a foot to set up a birdie on the par-5 18th hole. The seventh-ranked Choi, a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, birdied three of the last four holes in her bogey-free round to reach 15 under. Lizette Salas is a stroke back.

college SPORTS

Ankle injury shelves Gophers’ top scorer

• Minnesota men’s basketball will be without leading scorer Andre Hollins for a while as the junior shooting guard recovers from a sprained left ankle. Malik Smith will start in his place.

• Former Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker was in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as the sophomore considers transferring to Alabama. Coker, who is from Mobile, Ala., backed up Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston this past season.

• Michigan running back Thomas Rawls is one of three players who have been granted a release by the school. Rawls along with safety Josh Furman and defensive tackle Richard Ash can now transfer.

• Wisconsin’s athletic board has approved a one-year contract extension for coach Gary Andersen.

other sports

Crash takes leaders out of Rolex 24 race

• Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli were transported to a Daytona Beach, Fla., hospital following a two-car accident right before the three-hour mark of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Gidley, driving for the pole-winning GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team, had to be cut out of the No. 99 Corvette.

• WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, 30, and Manny Pacquiao, 35, agreed to fight again April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

— From wire reports


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