WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Cape Elizabeth native Clare Egan wrapped up her first biathlon World Championships by anchoring the United States women to 12th out of 25 teams in the 4-by-6-kilometer relay Friday in Kontiolahti, Finland.

Egan followed Susan Dunklee, Hannah Dreissigacker and Annelies Cook in the race, won by Germany with France second and Italy third.

She cleaned her prone shooting stage but needed three extra bullets to hit all five targets in standing.

The United States finished 3 minutes, 44 seconds behind the Germans and five seconds behind 10th-place Canada.

“Overall, this was a solid day for our team,” Egan said.

“This has been a season of rebuilding in the absence of two-time Olympian Sara Studebaker, so I have big shoes to fill. We are looking forward to continued improvement next season.”


WORLD CUP: Anna Fenninger of Austria won a giant slalom race at Are, Sweden to snatch the overall lead in the World Cup standings.

Fenninger finished the race 0.71 seconds ahead of Nadia Fanchini of Italy and 1.07 ahead of Eva-Maria Brem of Austria.

The result means Fenninger took the lead in the overall standings from Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who finished 20th after a disappointing second run.

Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. missed the podium by 0.02 seconds and finished fourth.

Fenninger is the defending overall and giant slalom champion.


SPAIN: A Spanish judge indicted Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, for tax fraud and fraudulent administration in a probe centering on the signing of superstar player Neymar.

Investigative magistrate Pablo Ruz accused the club and its management of fabricating a labyrinth of contracts to hide the real cost, and tax implications, of signing the Brazil striker in 2013.


PARIS-NICE: Italian rider Davide Cimolai won the hilly fifth stage of the race, attacking Bryan Coquard in the last 10 meters in a sprint to the line and beating the Frenchman by half a bike length.

The overall standings remain unchanged, with Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski one second ahead of Richie Porte and three seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas.

Michael Matthews, winner of the third stage, finished third.

– From staff and news services