Winter Sports


Maze picks up win in homeland

In Maribor, Slovenia, overall leader Tina Maze won a World Cup slalom Sunday before her home fans a day after she just missed capturing the giant slalom.

She led after the opening run and finished the two runs in 1 minute, 33.68 seconds down the Radvanje course. Frida Hansdotter, of Sweden, was second, 0.86 seconds behind. Kathrin Zettel, of Austria, was third, 1.13 back.

Maze lost Saturday’s giant slalom by 0.08 seconds to Lindsey Vonn.

In the slalom, Vonn failed to qualify for the second leg. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin moved up from 13th after the opening run to finish sixth and maintained a 13-point lead ahead of Maze in the slalom standings.

In the overall standings, Maze has more than twice as many points as her nearest challenger, Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

• In Kitzbuehel, Austria, Marcel Hirscher earned his 10th career World Cup slalom victory Sunday, and Ivica Kostelic took third to win the combined event, which adds the slalom results to those from Saturday’s downhill.

Hirscher was third after the opening leg but was fastest in the second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 44.34 seconds. The defending overall champion extended his lead in both the overall and slalom World Cup standings.

Felix Neureuther, of Germany, was 0.77 back in second, and Kostelic finished 0.91 behind Hirscher.

• In Vikersund, Norway, Robert Kranjec cleared 230 meters in both rounds to win a ski flying event Sunday for his first individual ski jump World Cup victory of the season.

Kranjec held a big lead after jumping 231.5 meters in the first round, and then managed 230 in the second to win with 416.5 points.



Slagter captures Tour Down Under

In Adelaide, Australia, rookie Tom-Jelte Slagter claimed overall victory in the Tour Down Under on Sunday as Germany’s Andre Greipel won the final stage to notch the 100th win of his professional career.

Slagter posted his first stage win as a professional in the third of the Tour’s six stages Thursday and was able to parlay that success into a 17-second win on general classification.

Javier Moreno, of Spain, was second overall and Welshman Geraint Thomas was third, having led the tour after four stages.



Swede is tops in Australian event

In Sydney, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall won the New South Wales Open on Sunday, closing with 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over defending champion Lydia Ko, of New Zealand.

Hedwall finished at 13-under 203 on the Oatlands course. Ko, the 15-year-old amateur who won the Canadian Open last year, shot 69.


Mixed Martial Arts

Jackson falls in likely UFC finale

In Chicago, in possibly Rampage Jackson’s last UFC fight, the former champion was visibly exhausted.

It also was easy to see that Glover Teixeira was well on his way to a unanimous decision Saturday night at the United Center.

Jackson, the 34-year-old former light heavyweight champion was taken down in all three rounds, but Teixeira (20-2) couldn’t finish him. Jackson (32-11) got back to his feet every time. Late in the second round, Jackson tried to shrug off Teixeira’s punches, but fatigue appeared to be setting in.

The fight was scored 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.