Mikaela Shiffrin wins super-G title but ‘never thought’ she could

Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup super-G title after placing fourth in the season-ending race, which was won by Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany at Soldeu, Andorra.

It was the American’s 10th career crystal globe but the first in a speed discipline. She has also won three overall titles and six slalom titles.

“It’s special because I really never thought I could be in this position this season already in super-G,” said Shiffrin, whose title comes five weeks after she won gold in super-G at the world championships.

Shiffrin, who clinched the overall and the slalom titles weeks ago, is the first woman since Tina Maze six years ago to win discipline titles in a technical and a speed event in the same season.


Kerber beats Venus

at Indian Wells

Eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber beat error-prone Venus Williams 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a BNP Paribas Open semifinal matchup of 30-somethings.

Williams led 4-2 in the first set before Kerber won three straight games to go up 5-4. Williams broke the German to tie it 5-all and then held for a 6-5 lead. Kerber held in the next game to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.

Williams fought off two break points to tie the second set 2-all before Kerber again won three games in a row for a 5-2 lead. She broke Williams in the match’s longest game that went to deuce five times when Williams’ forehand went wide.

Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since last year in the desert.

“I played the best I could here,” she said.

Horse racing: A filly broke both front legs at the end of a workout on the main dirt track at Santa Anita and was euthanized, becoming the 22nd horse to suffer catastrophic injuries since the winter meet at the Los Angeles County racetrack opened Dec. 26.

Trainer and owner David Bernstein said the 3-year-old filly named Princess Lili B broke down just past the finish line after a half-mile workout, but added the filly’s exercise rider didn’t indicate any problem with the dirt surface. After canceling racing and closing the track for six days, Santa Anita had reopened its main track for limited workouts Monday, with horses limited to jogging and galloping while the surface was monitored for any irregularities.

Cycling: Three-time world champion Peter Sagan and 2017 Tour of California champion George Bennett will be at the start line when the most prestigious cycling race in the U.S. begins May 12 in Sacramento.

Race organizers announced the men’s and women’s teams and some of their riders.

Sagan will be back to lead BORA-hansgrohe while adding to his record 16 stage wins. Tejay van Garderen, the 2013 champ, will be back with EF Education First Pro Cycling. Other prominent cyclists set to compete include Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Rohan Dennis.

Olympic gold medalist and world champion Anna Van der Breggen and reigning race champ Katie Hall will be back to headline the women’s race, which begins May 16.

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