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Sports news briefs — March 12

Compiled from wire reports

winter SPORTS

Dramatic crash ends season for Riesch

• A dramatic season-ending crash for Maria-Hoefl Riesch on Wednesday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, denied Alpine skiing one of its two overall title duels at the World Cup Finals.

Hoefl-Riesch’s exit — from the downhill course into safety nets, then airlifted from the slope by helicopter — left Anna Fenninger of Austria favorite to win. Lara Gut of Switzerland won the race in 1 minute, 32.31 seconds. Hoefl-Riesch will miss them all after sustaining upper leg, elbow and shoulder injuries on her left side.

American Ted Ligety, 29, tied for second with Christof Innerhofer, 29, of Italy, in a World Cup men’s downhill race with a time of 1 minute 30.10 seconds, 0.11 behind the winner, 23-year-old Matthias Mayer of Austria.

• Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for hitting Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith from behind.

 Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley will not play again this season after collapsing on the bench during a recent game.


Star Kansas center does shooting drills

• Injured Kansas center Joel Embiid remains unlikely to return before the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, even though he participated in a light shoot-around Wednesday. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said the 7-footer’s status hasn’t changed since Monday, when Embiid received a second opinion on his back from a specialist in Los Angeles.

• Creighton’s Doug McDermott, the nation’s leading scorer, was named the Big East Conference’s player of the year. Jay Wright of Villanova is the coach of the year.

• Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier was named the American Athletic Conference’s inaugural player of the year and Mick Cronin of Cincinnati was named the coach of the year.

other SPORTS

Maine running back arrested in Georgia

• University of Maine senior running back Zedric Joseph was arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday that Joseph, 23, was being held in Richmond County, Ga., on a Palm Beach County warrant.

• Americans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker won the short dance at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

• Milos Raonic rode his big serve to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Andy Murray in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

 Tom-Jelte Slagter of the Netherlands won the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice, with British rider Geraint Thomas taking the overall lead after finishing second in a sprint to the line in Belleville, France.

• Larry Dee Scott, a trailblazing bodybuilder who rose to fame in the 1960s and became the first Mr. Olympia by winning the top international competition, died Saturday in Bountiful, Utah, at the age of 75.

— From wire reports


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