WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: A women’s super-G in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, was delayed for 45 minutes and then called off after 11 starters because of strong winds.

Organizers initially postponed the start as course workers needed more time to harden the snow surface following a night of mild temperatures.


BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL: Roger Federer notched his 1,000th career victory and collected his 83rd title with a seesawing 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win over third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada at Brisbane, Australia.

The 17-time major winner broke Raonic’s serve in the third game and again in the opening game of the second set before Raonic broke back for 2-2 and then dominated the tiebreaker.

Only retired greats Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) have won more than 1,000 matches on the men’s tour.

CHENNAI OPEN: Stan Wawrinka’s preparations for the defense of his Australian Open title appear on track as he notched a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene in the final at Chennai, India.

It was the second consecutive Chennai title and third overall for Wawrinka, who was the No. 1 seed.


SPAIN: Lionel Messi almost single-handedly restored peace at Barcelona by scoring once and setting up two more goals in a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid before speaking out about the chaotic week for the Catalan club.

Messi assisted on goal by Neymar and Luis Suarez before he scored his 25th goal in as many games this season.

He then denied media reports by saying he never called for Coach Luis Enrique to be replaced. He also shot down speculation that his father had spoken to Premier League powerhouses Chelsea and Manchester City.

PREMIER LEAGUE: A Southampton shirt had to be scrambled from the dressing room before the forgetful Dusan Tadic could enter the Old Trafford pitch.

Within minutes, it was being ripped off again as the second-half substitute celebrated scoring the goal that gave Southampton its first win at Manchester United in 27 years.

Ronald Koeman’s Southampton side ended United’s 10-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, earning a 1-0 win to dislodge the hosts from third place.

Meanwhile, Arsenal moved to within a point of Manchester United for fourth place with a 3-0 victory over Stoke.


VOLVO OCEAN RACE: Dongfeng Race Team stretched its lead in the third leg at Alicante, Spain, heading to its home port on the southern tip of China.

Charles Caudrelier’s crew can become the first Chinese boat to win a leg in offshore sailing’s leading round-the-world race, which was first held in 1973.

– From staff and news services