WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Petra Vlhova gained her third World Cup race in six days Thursday, beating unheralded Paula Moltzan of the USA in a floodlit parallel occasion in Lech-Zuers, Austria.
Coming off two straight slalom wins in Finland final weekend, Vlhova gained the primary run of the ultimate towards Moltzan by 0.21 seconds. The American appeared to have made up the deficit within the deciding run on the sooner blue course however she crashed 4 gates in need of the end. It was the American’s first profession podium on the World Cup, lower than six weeks after she earned her first prime 10 on the season-opening big slalom in Austria.
Vlhova prolonged her lead within the general standings. The World Cup slalom champion from Slovakia was on the rostrum in all 4 races to date, having completed third within the season-opening big slalom in October.
Former general champion Lara Intestine-Behrami, who was the quickest in qualification earlier Thursday, completed third after beating Sara Hector within the small last.
Mikaela Shiffrin, who returned from her 10-month break from racing with second and fifth-place finishes in Finland final weekend, skipped the occasion. The three-time general champion most popular to coach for upcoming super-G races and big slaloms. Restricted in her choices by the pandemic and a again damage, Shiffrin had solely educated slalom just lately.
Within the absence of her teammate with 66 World Cup wins, Moltzan got here near her first.
MEN’S WORLD CUP: Two males’s World Cup races scheduled in France subsequent week have been switched to Italy on Thursday due to a scarcity of snow.
The Worldwide Ski Federation mentioned Val d’Isere couldn’t stage big slaloms on Dec. 5-6 which now go to Santa Caterina Valfurva. The canceled races have been because of open three straight weekends of World Cup races at Val d’Isere in a redrafted program that skips North America throughout journey restrictions within the coronavirus pandemic.
Till the worldwide well being disaster, the boys’s circuit was to spend the primary weekend in December racing at Beaver Creek, Colorado, earlier than returning to Europe. Val d’Isere is scheduled to host males’s downhill and super-G races on Dec. 12-13. Three girls’s velocity races are scheduled on the French Alps resort on Dec. 18-20.
MARADONA FUNERAL: Tens of hundreds of followers, many weeping however desperate to honor Diego Maradona, filed previous the coffin of Argentina’s most iconic soccer star on Thursday.
Followers blew kisses as they handed Maradona’s picket casket in the principle foyer of the presidential Casa Rosada, some strike their chests with closed fists and shouting, “Let’s go Diego.”
It was the kind of honor often given heads of state, however few heads of state have ever aroused such loyalty or ardour. On the road, the road to see Maradona’s casket was greater than 20 blocks lengthy, and disturbances broke out no less than twice as followers desperate to view the casket clashed with safety forces in entrance of presidential palace, interrupting the move of tourists.
The casket was lined in an Argentine flag and the No. 10 shirt he famously wore the nationwide staff. Dozens of different shirts of various soccer groups tossed in by weeping guests have been scattered on and across the casket. Maradona died on Wednesday of a coronary heart assault in a home outdoors Buenos Aires the place he had been recovering from a a mind operation on Nov. 3.
UEFA LEVIES LIFETIME BAN: A membership official from Azerbaijan was banned from soccer for all times by UEFA on Thursday for “racist habits” after posting feedback on social media. Nurlan Ibrahimov wrote the feedback, which have been allegedly about Armenians and never linked to soccer, throughout battle between Azerbaijan and Armenia which flared once more in September over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
UEFA, which didn’t give particulars concerning the feedback, mentioned it might ask FIFA to increase the ban worldwide towards Ibrahimov, who labored as a press officer for Europa League membership Qarabag.
Qarabag was additionally fined $119,000 by UEFA’s disciplinary panel, which discovered prices of “racist habits” and an incident “of a non-sporting nature” confirmed towards the membership and its worker.
TRACK AND FIELD
COLEMAN APPEALS: Males’s 100-meter world champion Christian Coleman has formally appealed towards his two-year ban for lacking a number of doping exams, the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport mentioned Thursday.
The courtroom additionally obtained an attraction by the World Athletics governing physique towards a call to clear girls’s 400-meter world champion Salwa Eid Naser on a technicality regardless of going through related prices as Coleman.
The verdicts within the separate instances could have a big effect on two of probably the most anticipated dash occasions on the Tokyo Olympics subsequent yr.
Coleman is difficult a two-year ban imposed last month by an unbiased tribunal at observe and area’s Athletics Integrity Unit. The American sprinter had three so-called “whereabouts failures” – missed exams or not updating particulars the place pattern assortment officers may discover him – in a one-year interval to set off a doping violation.
Coleman requested for his ban, which at present guidelines him out of the Olympics, to “be eradicated, or within the different, lowered,” the court said in a statement.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Robin Roussel reeled off 5 straight birdies firstly of his again 9 to shoot a 7-under 65 and take a share of the first-round lead on the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday in Malelane, South Africa.
Roussel additionally completed with a birdie, his ninth of the day at Leopard Creek. He made two bogeys. The Frenchman was tied with Adrian Meronk of Poland, who had two eagles in his opening spherical. Scott Jamieson is one shot again in third and Richard Bland was fourth after a 67.
Roussel has fond reminiscences of Leopard Creek, having achieved his finest end on the tour right here final yr when he was tied for 14th. He additionally benefited on Thursday by having native caddie Military Nathi Mdluli on his bag.