Compiled from wire reports
Tina Maze wraps up her first overall title
•?Tina Maze of Slovenia clinched her first overall World Cup title, winning the super-combined in Meribel, France, for her eighth victory this season with nine races still to go.
Maze led the downhill section and coasted home in the slalom after Maria Hoefl-Riesch crashed out of contention. She also tied a season record with her 18th top-three finish, matching the podium mark set by Pernilla Wiberg of Sweden and Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein.
“I’m an emotional person; I didn’t want to cry [on the podium],” Maze said, adding she felt sick before the slalom. “I went to the toilet six times before I started.”
Maze already has 1,844 points and is all but certain to smash the season record — men or women — of 2,000 held by Austrian great Hermann Maier.
•?Alexis Pinturault of France used a daring second run to win a World Cup giant slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, as his closest German challengers faltered. Pinturault was second after the first heat, behind hometown favorite Felix Neureuther and ahead of Fritz Dopfer. But Dopfer crashed out in the second run and Neureuther made a mistake that dropped him down in the standings.
•?Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins gave the United States its first gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Nordic world championships in Val Di Fiemme, Italy, with a victory in the women’s team sprint. The Americans finished 7.8 seconds ahead of defending champions Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingemarsdotter of Sweden, which also finished second in the men’s event. The men’s race was closer, with Alexei Petukhov and Nikita Kriukov of Russia edging Marcus Hellner and Emil Joensson by 0.4 seconds. Olympic champion Jason Lamy Chappuis led France to victory in the Nordic combined team event. Japan won the first mixed team ski jumping title for its first gold of the championships.
•?Germany’s Andi Langenhan won the final luge World Cup meet of the season in Sochi, Russia, while Felix Loch of Germany clinched the overall title.
Buffalo releases receiver Nelson
•?Wide receiver David Nelson was informed by the Buffalo Bills through his agent that the team will not issue the third-year player a contract offer to retain his rights. Nelson will now prepare to become an unrestricted free agent.
•?Georgia tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith is free on bond after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Athens, Ga., accusing him of lying about the theft of his textbooks. Campus police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Sunday that Flournoy-Smith reported his textbooks stolen a few days ago. Police investigated and said they found the player had sold them to a local bookstore.
•?Miami hired Larry Scott as tight ends coach, a move that comes with the Hurricanes opening spring practice this coming weekend. Scott has been an offensive assistant at South Florida since 2005.
Blue Jackets put defenseman on IR
•?The Columbus Blue Jackets placed defenseman Jack Johnson on injured reserve and recalled center Ryan Johansen from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. Johnson has a goal and seven assists in 17 games this year while averaging over 26 minutes on the ice per game. He sustained an upper-body injury in Saturday night’s 2-1 loss at St. Louis. He will be evaluated further by club doctors.
•?The Dallas Stars placed defensemen Trevor Daley and Aaron Rome on injured reserve and recalled a pair of replacements from their American Hockey League affiliate. Daley sustained an upper-body injury Feb. 17 against Calgary, and Rome was hurt Saturday against San Jose. The team said Sunday that Rome has a lower-body injury. Dallas recalled defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Carl Sneep from the Texas Stars.
Schumacher earns NHRA Top Fuel title
•?Tony Schumacher beat Morgan Lucas in the tire-smoking Top Fuel final at the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler, Ariz., for his 70th career victory and fourth at Firebird International Raceway. Schumacher had a 4.606-second run at 213.20 mph, while Lucas finished in 4.652 at 258.67. Ron Capps topped the Funny Car field, and Erica Enders-Stevens won in Pro Stock.
•?Sarah Hammer of the United States earned her sixth career gold medal and second one this week by winning the women’s omnium event at the track cycling world championships in Minsk, Belarus, while Stefan Botticher won the men’s sprint title and his second gold medal.
•?Dennis Kimetto set a race record of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 50 seconds to lead a Kenyan sweep of the podium at the Tokyo Marathon. Ethiopia’s Aberu Kebede won the women’s race in 2:25:34.
— From wire reports