Schmidhofer wins gold as Vonn fails to finish

Austrian skier Nicole Schmidhofer won gold Tuesday at the world championships in the super-G, a race which Lindsey Vonn failed to finish.

Vonn took a too-straight line and went off the course midway down the Corviglia course at St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The 27-year-old Schmidhofer had only had one runner-up finish since joining the World Cup circuit in 2007, and even that super-G result was four years ago.

Schmidhofer leaned back and screamed after crossing the line and seeing she was 0.33 seconds faster than second-place Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein.

Prerace favorite Lara Gut of Switzerland, starting immediately before Schmidhofer, was third, 0.36 behind.

Gut slumped in the finish area and shook her head after seeing she trailed then-leader Weirather’s time.


FOOTBALL: Army has suspended defensive coordinator Jay Bateman for two weeks for mishandling information about the Wake Forest football program.

West Point also fined Bateman $25,000 for his role in the so-called WakeyLeaks scandal and ordered him to attend an ethics training program. The academy said it will use the forfeited money for ethics training for the athletics staff.

An investigation by Wake Forest concluded that former Demon Deacons assistant coach-turned-broadcaster Tommy Elrod leaked or attempted to leak game plans to opponents. Army, Louisville and Virginia Tech said they were tipped off by Elrod.

Baylor University fired Brandon Washington, a newly hired assistant strength and conditioning coach, after he was arrested on a prostitution solicitation charge, the latest legal development at a school wracked a by a sexual assault scandal.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Taylor Choate scored 12 points to lead visiting Bowdoin to a 96-65 victory over Husson at Bangor.

The Polar Bears improved to 18-3, and Husson dipped to 17-3.

Kenzie Worcester had 20 points for Husson.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Raheem Anderson scored 21 and visiting Husson outscored Colby 53-36 in the second half for an 89-69 win at Waterville.

Justin Martin added 19 points with 10 rebounds for the Eagles (15-6).

Alex Dorion led Colby (10-12) with 12 points.


RECORD SET: Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia broke the women’s 2,000-meter world record at the indoor Miting International de Catalunya in Spain.

Dibaba’s time of 5:23.75 bettered the world indoor best set by Gabriela Szabo in 1998 by almost 7 seconds.

The 2,000 indoors isn’t considered an official world record event by the IAAF, but athletics’ governing body said in a statement that Dibaba’s time can be “classed as an outright world record” since it is faster than Sonia O’Sullivan’s outdoor mark of 5:25.36.


POSTPONEMENTS: High schools throughout southern Maine were forced to postpone athletic events because of Tuesday’s snowstorm, with all basketball games moved to Wednesday as the regular season nears its conclusion. The basketball season is scheduled to end Thursday, and the playoffs begin next week.

Three boys’ hockey games were also postponed, with no makeup dates announced.