Ted Ligety captures fifth giant slalom
• Ted Ligety of the United States won his fifth giant slalom of the season Saturday in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, to clinch the World Cup discipline title with a race to spare. It’s his fourth GS title after winning in 2008 and 2010-11. He also successfully defended his GS title at the world championships last month. Ligety held his first-run lead to win in 2 minutes, 35.43 seconds for his 16th career victory, all in GS. He established an insurmountable 125-point lead over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who was 0.45 behind in second.
• Tina Maze finished second to Anna Fenninger of Austria in a giant slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, missing out on her 10th victory of the season but becoming the first woman to make eight podiums in the discipline in the same campaign.
• Martin Fourcade of France claimed his eighth biathlon World Cup victory of the season by winning the 10-kilometer sprint race on the Sochi Olympic course in Sochi, Russia. In the women’s race, Polish veteran Magdalena Gwizdon edged Olympic champion Anastasiya Kuzmina to win the 7.5K sprint for her first victory in six years.
• Thomas Wallisch of the United States won the slopestyle at the freestyle skiing world championships, beating James Woods of Britain in Voss, Norway. Canadians swept the top two spots in the women’s race as Kaya Turski took gold ahead of Dara Howell. Grete Eliassen of the U.S. was third.
• American speedskater Heather Richardson clinched the overall World Cup title with an 11th-place in the final 1,000-meter race in Heerenveen, Netherlands. Olympic champion Christine Nesbitt of Canada won the race.
• Kikkan Randall of the United States clinched the cross-country World Cup sprint title by beating Norwegian world champion Marit Bjoergen to the line in a close finish at the Lahti Ski Games in Lahti, Finland.
Tevez’s hat trick keys Man City win
• Carlos Tevez put Manchester City on the road to Wembley with an FA Cup hat trick in a 5-0 win over Barnsley, two days after being arrested for a driving offense. Tevez’s goals came while he is out on bail after being arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license.
• Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league record by scoring in his 17th consecutive game, helping Barcelona beat last-place Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 ahead of a crucial Champions League match against AC Milan.
Hear the Ghost wins San Felipe Stakes
• Hear the Ghost rallied to run down Flashback and Goldencents in the stretch and win the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes by a half-length at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., inserting himself into the Kentucky Derby picture.
• Lleyton Hewitt upset No. 15 seed John Isner 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4, in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open championships in Indian Wells, Calif. The 6-foot-9 Isner, the highest-ranked American, had 18 aces, but lost his serve twice and couldn’t convert any of his four break chances on Hewitt’s serve.
• Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome won the difficult uphill finish of stage four of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race in Italy. Polish rider Mikhal Kwiatkowski finished fourth and took the overall lead from Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammate Mark Cavendish, a sprinter who finished far back.
— From wire reports