SKIING

Carrabassett Valley’s Cota finishes fourth in moguls at freestyle world championships

Jeremy Cota of Carrabassett Valley was the top American finisher in the moguls event at the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championships in Deer Valley, Utah.

Cota was fourth, missing a podium finish by .83 points. Guilbaut Colas of France won the men’s title with 26.26 points. Defending Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau took second and Canadian teammate Mikael Kingsbury was third.

Jennifer Heil of Canada won the women’s title, edging Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of the U.S. by .04. Kristi Richards of Canada took the bronze.

GOLF

PGA: Frozen turf wiped out the pro-am round at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., and frost was expected to lead to long delays before play today and Friday.

The temperature was in the high 20s early in the morning when the players started arriving at TPC Scottsdale and only 35 in late morning when the pro-am was called off to prevent damage to the frozen putting surfaces.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: The Los Angeles Sparks re-signed guards Ticha Penicheiro and Noelle Quinn, and signed forward Ebony Hoffman to a free-agent contract.

Hoffman played the last seven seasons with the Indiana Fever, averaging 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds a game.

The Indiana Fever signed center Tangela Smith to a multiyear deal.

The 6-foot-4 Smith has career averages of 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.

TENNIS

ZAGREB INDOORS: Top-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Igor Kunitsyn of Russia at Zagreb, Croatia.

Fifth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany advanced by beating Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (3), 6-3, and third-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain cruised past Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

SA TENNIS OPEN: Defending champion Feliciano Lopez of Spain became the fourth seeded player ousted when he lost 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (8) to Frank Dancevic of Canada in the first round at Johannesburg.

MOVISTAR OPEN: Defending champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil rallied to beat Rui Machado of Portugal 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 and reach the quarterfinals at Santiago, Chile.

CYCLING

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: The Tour of California has strengthened its anti-doping program to start pre-race testing earlier and have the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, not cycling’s governing body, oversee in-competition testing.

SKI JUMPING

WORLD CUP: Kamil Stoch of Poland won a large hill event at Klingenthal, Germany, scoring 264.6 points for jumps of 132.0 and 136.5 meters.

Overall World Cup leader Thomas Morgenstern of Austria was 0.6 points behind with two jumps of 134 meters, and two-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann of Switzerland was third.