Shiffrin claims fourth title in slalom at World Cup

Mikaela Shiffrin clinched her fourth slalom title in five seasons before she took her first run and then capped off an electric day with the win at a World Cup race Saturday in Olympic Valley, California.

Trailing going into the final run, the American standout overcame some early mistakes to turn in a combined time of 1 minute, 39.48 seconds. First-run leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was the last racer of the day and crashed out near the finish line to give Shiffrin her 31st career World Cup victory.

Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was second, 1.03 seconds back. Bernadette Schild of Austria was third.

Shiffrin was assured the season slalom title when her closest competitor, Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia, wiped out right before Shiffrin took her first turn.

Shiffrin leads the overall World Cup race by 378 points over Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec with four races remaining.


FA CUP: Fifth-tier Lincoln City held Arsenal in check for 45 minutes in their cup quarterfinal in London, but Theo Wolcott’s deflected strike gave Arsenal the lead right at halftime, and the more illustrious club took over in the second half for a 5-0 victory.

The loss ended an unlikely run for Lincoln City, which had beaten Premier League opposition in Burnley, along with two second-tier teams.

Manchester City also advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough secured by David Silva and Sergio Aguero.


INDIAN WELLS: Madison Keys won in her first match of 2017 after time off because of a wrist operation, beating Mariana Duque-Marino 6-1, 7-5 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

Keys, a 22-year-old American ranked No. 9, had arthroscopic surgery on her left wrist shortly after the WTA Finals in October.

Joining Keys in the third round are No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki and Kristina Mladenovic.

 In men’s action, No. 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Fabio Fognini 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 in 21/2 hours, while 38-year-old, 6-foot-11 Ivo Karlovic, seeded 19th, bowed out to 21-year-old, 5-foot-7 Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3.

John Isner hit 23 aces and never faced a break point while edging Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (0), 7-6 (6).


IDITAROD: Wade Marrs was in the lead coming out of the halfway point. The 26-year-old veteran musher left Huslia, Alaska, at 7:05 p.m. Friday with 14 dogs.

Current champ Dallas Seavey was 34 minutes behind him in second place, after dropping one of his 14 dogs.

Joar Leifseth Ulsom of Norway trailed the lead by two hours, followed by former champion Mitch Seavey.


WBA: Demetrius Andrade defeated Jack Culcay by split decision at Ludwigshafen, Germany to take the Ecuadorian-born German’s super welterweight title.

The unbeaten American started well but allowed Culcay to grow in confidence before recovering to convince two of the judges to score it 116-112 in his favor. The other had it 115-114 for Culcay.


WORLD CUP: Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier won the women’s overall title after victory in a pursuit race. Dahlmeier has won 10 races this season, double the number for closest rival Gabriela Koukalova for an insurmountable lead.

– News service report