Mancuso retires following World Cup downhill race

Four-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso retired from skiing after an emotional goodbye run in a World Cup downhill Friday at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

The 33-year-old Mancuso came down the course in a Wonder Woman suit with a red cape. She was greeted in the finish area by Lindsey Vonn and other American teammates who sprayed her with champagne.

Slowed by persistent hip problems, Mancuso did not qualify for next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics but will still go to South Korea as part of NBC’s broadcast team.

Mancuso won gold in giant slalom at the 2006 Turin Games, silver in downhill and combined at the 2010 Vancouver Games and bronze in combined at the 2014 Sochi Games – making her the most decorated American female skier in Olympic history.

Sofia Goggia of Italy won Friday’s race after Vonn had trouble landing a jump and slammed on the brakes to clear the next gate.

Goggia finished 0.47 seconds ahead of Vonn in second. Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin finished third, 0.84 behind, in her first attempt at the Cortina downhill.

MEN’S WORLD CUP: Aksel Lund Svindal made a triumphant return to the hill where a downhill crash almost ended his career two years ago.

In the opening event of the 78th Hahnenkamm races at Kitzbuehel, Austria, the 2010 Olympic super-G champion led a Norwegian 1-2 finish ahead of Kjetil Jansrud in the last World Cup race in the discipline before the Olympics.


NBA G LEAGUE: NBC Sports Boston will televise five Maine Red Claws games during the remainder of the regular season.

The first will be a delayed airing of Maine’s Jan. 20 game against Westchester. The telecast will start at 9:30 p.m.

The remaining four will be aired live: 1 p.m. Jan. 28 vs. Long Island, 7 p.m. Feb. 10 vs. Fort Wayne, 1 p.m. Feb. 25 vs. Windy City and 1 p.m. March 18 vs. Lakeland.


NHL: Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens break a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Capitals at Washington.

Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, spoiling former coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida.

Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will have surgery on his left knee and is out indefinitely.

The prized free-agent acquisition said he has been playing through an injury all season.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Thomas Pieters shot a second-round 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship as top-ranked Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy moved into contention in the United Arab Emirates.

Johnson followed up his ragged opening-round 72 with a bogey-free 8-under 64 and was four shots back.

McIlroy, playing his first event since October, finished with an eagle on the par-5 18th and was three shots back after a 66.

Chapchai Nirat birdied his first four holes and then his last two in a 7-under 64 to grab the clubhouse lead in the second round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

PGA: Andrew Landry shot a 7-under 65 to reach 16 under and top a crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day at La Quinta, California.