Alpine World Ski Championships: Mikaela Shiffrin wins third world slalom gold

American Mikaela Shiffrin won a record-equalling third consecutive world slalom gold with a dominant victory at the Alpine World Ski Championships.

The 21-year-old clocked the fastest times of both the first and second runs and claimed gold by 1.64 seconds.

Wendy Holdener, of Switzerland, was second and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter finished third.

Great Britain’s Alexandra Tilley came in 25th as she finished 5.45 behind the winner in St Moritz on Saturday.

Shiffrin’s third win in the slalom equalled the record of German Christl Cranz, who completed her treble in 1939.

World Super 6: Brett Rumford top qualifier into Perth matchplay rounds

World Super 6: Brett Rumford top qualifier into Perth matchplay rounds

World Super 6 qualifiers for Sunday’s matchplay
-17 * B Rumford (Aus); -12 * J Scrivener (Aus), * A Connelly (Can), * L Oosthuizen (SA), * A Blyth (Aus), * L Herbert (Aus), * S Jeffress (Aus); -11 * J Higginbottom (Aus)
* denotes seeded players who receive a bye into last 16 of match play
-11 D Bransdon (Aus), J Veerman (US), R Evans (Eng), T Detry (Bel), D Fox (Aus), D Bransdon; -10 N Cullen (Aus), H Tanihara (Jpn); -9 A Bland (Aus), P Angles (Sp), W Ormsby (Aus), C O’Toole (US); -8 M Millar (Aus), D Stewart (Sco), S Brazel (Aus), JM Singh (Ind), P Khongwatmai (Tha)

Australian Brett Rumford was top of the third-round leaderboard in Perth at the inaugural World Super 6, which becomes a matchplay event for the final day.

World number 274 Rumford, who has been top in each round, shot a four-under 68 to finish five clear at 17 under.

Former Masters and Open champion Louis Oosthuizen shared second after a 67.

The leading 24 players progressed to the final day on Sunday and the top eight earned a bye into the last-16 round of the matchplay format.

Australia’s Jake Higginbottom took the final seeded spot on count back as his 66 was the best round from the six players who finished on 11 under.

A total of 19 players, who were nine under or better, secured their places for the matchplay finale, leaving the eight golfers a shot further back to play off in two groups at the 18th hole for the five remaining available spots.

Four went through with pars at the first time of asking. Wiltshire’s Jordan Smith, the 24-year-old in his maiden season on the European Tour, missed out at the first extra hole and 17-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand claimed the 24th and final place with a par when the 18th was played for a third time.

Sunday’s matches will be six-hole contests played over the 10th, second, eighth, 11th, 12th and 18th, a mixture of three par-fours, plus two par-threes and a par-five.

Should a match not produce a winner after six holes, a specially constructed 93-yard ‘knockout hole’ to the 18th green will be used for a sudden death play-off.

Oosthuizen, the world number 25, has dropped just one shot in 54 holes and said: “The goal was to make the top eight so I’m happy.

“In the matchplay I’ll need to be a little bit more aggressive, play more towards the pin and see if I can get them really close and try and hit the putts a little firmer to get them there.”

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Women’s Australian Open: Amy Boulden five behind Lizette Salas

Women's Australian Open: Amy Boulden five behind Lizette Salas

Women’s Australian Open third-round leaderboard
-10 L Salas (US); -8 Su Oh (Aus), P Phatlum (Tha), SJ Smith (Aus); -7 MA Leblanc (Can), N Madsen (Den)
Selected others: -5 A Boulden (Wal); -4 A Jutanugarn (Tha); -2 M Wie (US); -1 C Woods (US); level L Ko (NZ); +2 C Hull (Eng)

Wales’ Amy Boulden is five shots off the lead despite a superb finish in the penultimate round of the Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide.

The 23-year-old was five over with six holes to play but followed that with two birdies and holed out from a bunker to eagle the 17th and reach five under.

England’s Charley Hull mixed five bogeys with three birdies for a two-over-par 75 and is 12 adrift.

American Lizette Salas leads the way after three birdies in her last five.

World number one Lydia Ko, who dropped six shots in round two at the Royal Adelaide course, is 10 behind Salas at level par.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, the LPGA’s Player of the Year and a five-time winner in 2016, shot a 71 and is four under.

American Michelle Wie shot 76 and is eight strokes off the lead, with compatriot Cheyenne Woods – Tiger’s niece – one further back after five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey for a level-par 73.

Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and Michele Thomson, who began the day four under par, plummeted down the leaderboard after rounds of 80 and 81 respectively.

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Track World Cup: Emily Nelson wins omnium silver in Colombia

Track World Cup: Emily Nelson wins omnium silver in Colombia

Emily Nelson won silver for Great Britain in the omnium at the Track Cycling World Cup in Colombia.

The race includes scratch, tempo, elimination and points races, with Nelson third going into the last of those events.

In her first omnium at world level, the 20-year-old was third in the points race to earn silver behind winner Lotte Kopecky of Belgium.

Nelson will next race in the team pursuit qualifying on Saturday in Cali.

She will line up with team-mates Manon Lloyd, Emily Kay and Neah Evans in the event.

“Extremely happy with a silver medal in the Omnium!,” Nelson wrote on Twitter. “On to the Team Pursuit now with qualification tomorrow.”

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Genesis Open: Jhonattan Vegas shares lead at storm-hit Riviera Country Club

Genesis Open: Jhonattan Vegas shares lead at storm-hit Riviera Country Club

Genesis Open
Full leaderboard (second round incomplete)

Only 24 players were able to complete their second rounds at the Genesis Open as a heavy storm battered Riviera Country Club in California on Friday.

A huge limb from a eucalyptus tree fell near the third hole and with heavy rain falling play was called off at 12:18pm.

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas picked up three shots and was seven under after 14 holes when the round was ended.

That put him level at the top of the leaderboard with Sam Saunders, one of those not to hit a shot on Friday.

Officials hoped to resume play on Saturday at 7am local time (15:00 GMT).

Genesis Open: Jhonattan Vegas shares lead at storm-hit Riviera Country Club

World number six Jordan Spieth also improved by three shots in the 16 holes he managed and was five under alongside second-round clubhouse leader Cameron Percy of Australia.

Scotland’s Martin Laird was one of the few to complete his round and a three-under 68 left him inside the top 10 on four under.

Vegas, one of 48 players who had returned early on Friday morning to complete a first round which had been delayed by fog, dropped only one shot in his 14 holes in round two.

He said: “I knew I was going to hit a lot of bad shots so had to find a way to get a lot of up-and-downs. Staying patient was the key.”

Super League: Leigh Centurions 14-17 Leeds Rhinos

Super League: Leigh Centurions 14-17 Leeds Rhinos

Super League
Leigh Centurions (8) 14
Tries: Dawson, Brown, Crooks Goals: Reynolds
Leeds Rhinos (15) 17
Tries: Cuthbertson, Hall, Keinhorst Goals: Sutcliffe 2 Drop-goal: Sutcliffe

Leeds Rhinos edged to their first win of the season by overcoming Leigh in the Centurions’ first Super League home game for almost 12 years.

The visitors led 15-8 at the break, with Liam Sutcliffe kicking a drop goal after Adam Cuthbertson, Ryan Hall and Jimmy Keinhorst went over for tries.

Leigh’s first-half tries came from Matty Dawson and Mitch Brown.

Ben Crooks got a third Centurions try after the break, but a Sutcliff penalty proved enough to seal victory.

Winger Dawson got Leigh’s Super League homecoming off to an ideal start, opening the scoring after four minutes, with full-back Brown adding a second try soon after.

Prop Cuthbertson was the catalyst for the Rhinos’ response, crashing through for a try within a minute of coming off the bench, while hooker Matt Parcell was instrumental in allowing second rower Carl Ablett to get winger Hall over for a second try.

Keinhorst forced his way over for Leeds’ third try on 32 minutes, with Sutcliffe edging the visitors further ahead with a drop-goal from 40 metres.

After the interval both sides had chances before Leeds eventually added to the lead after Leigh had Jamie Acton sin-binned for a foul on winger Tom Briscoe.

Despite playing against 12 men, Leeds could only add two points from the boot of Sutcliffe, and Crooks set up a pulsating finish with a try 13 minutes from the end, with Keinhorst then making a try-saving tackle on Atelea Vea to ensure the win.

Leigh Centurions coach Neil Jukes:

“It was a big improvement but I’m really disappointed with the result.

“We hung in there for long enough and I thought there were two big moments at the end on our right edge, where we needed to pass the ball.

“They are fine margins and we’ve got to make sure we take them. We’re going to have to win some tight games and to do that we’ve got to nail the plays when they are presented to us.”

Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott:

“I’m pretty pleased and proud of the defensive effort we showed in the second half but disappointed with what we did with the ball and how many times we turned it over, probably in the most cheapest fashion I’ve seen.

“There was error after error which is clearly not going to get us too far this year.

“But I know from experience that you can correct those things within a matter of days. What you can’t put into a team is the toughness and steel you need to be to go through those tough periods.”

Leigh Centurions: Brown, Higson, Crooks, Tonga, Dawson, Reynolds, Drinkwater, Hock, Pelissier, Maria, Paterson, Vea, Hansen.

Replacements: Hampshire, Hopkins, Acton, Tickle.

Leeds Rhinos: Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Keinhorst, Hall, Sutcliffe, Burrow, Mullally, Parcell, Singleton, Ward, Ablett, Jones-Buchanan.

Replacements: Cuthbertson, Walters, Ormondroyd, McGuire.

Referee: Jack Smith (RFL)

Peter Richardson: Ex-Kent, Worcestershire & England batsman dies aged 85

Peter Richardson: Ex-Kent, Worcestershire & England batsman dies aged 85

Former Kent, Worcestershire and England opening batsman Peter Richardson has died at the age of 85.

Richardson scored 2,061 runs in 34 Tests between 1956 and 1963, making five centuries, and was named Wisden cricketer of the year in 1957.

He made 104 at Old Trafford in the Ashes Test of 1956, the match in which Jim Laker took a record 19 wickets.

The left-hander played 161 first-class games for Worcestershire between 1949 and 1958, when he left to join Kent.

He made a further 162 first-class appearances before his retirement in 1965.

Premiership: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Premiership: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Aviva Premiership
Gloucester (16) 31
Tries: Marshall, Thrush, Hibbard Cons: Burns 2 Pens: Burns 3, Twelvetrees
Saracens (13) 23
Tries: Brits, Fraser Cons: Lozowski 2 Pens: Bosch, Lozowski 2

Saracens suffered a second straight Premiership defeat but fit-again prop Mako Vunipola staked a claim to rejoin England as he played 70 minutes of their loss at an inspired Gloucester.

Vunipola, returning after nine weeks out, proved his fitness in a game won by Richard Hibbard’s late try.

It was level at 23-23 after tries from Sarries’ Schalk Brits and Will Fraser plus Gloucester’ Tom Marshall and Jeremy Thrush.

But Hibbard’s late score clinched it.

A Billy Twelvetrees penalty seven minutes from the end had edged Gloucester ahead for the third time in the enthralling top-flight battle before the hosts’ third try denied Saracens a losing bonus point.

Sarries, who lost back-to-back first-team games for the first time since May 2015, missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Wasps at the top.

Things had looked ominous for Gloucester – who have lost just once at home in all competitions since October – when Saracens crossed early on through South Africa hooker Brits after clever play from Richard Wigglesworth.

But David Humphreys’ side settled into a bruising game and eventually earned themselves a three-point half-time lead thanks to Marshall’s try and Billy Burns’ accurate boot.

After the break, lock Thrush collected a loose Saracens pass to extend the hosts’ lead with only his second try for the club, before Alex Lozowski’s penalty cut the deficit for Sarries.

A gripping game was then interrupted by a worrying injury to Gloucester fly-half Burns, who went down after a try-saving tackle in the corner and received lengthy treatment before being taken off on a stretcher with an oxygen mask, with the medical staff taking care not to move the 22-year-old.

Saracens then drew level when Will Fraser crossed after a driving maul from a line-out and Lozowski converted to make it 23-23, and the visitors looked set for a late comeback.

But then, after Twelvetrees had kicked Gloucester back in front from the tee, David Halaifonua broke quickly and almost crossed in the corner before the match-clinching try finally came from the resulting line-out, as Hibbard’s strength saw him over.

Premiership: Gloucester 31-23 Saracens

Gloucester: Marshall; Sharples, Scott, Twelvetrees, Halaifonua; Burns, Heinz (capt); Hohneck, Hibbard, Ma’afu; Savage, Thrush; Moriarty, Rowan, Morgan.

Replacements: Matu’u, Thomas, Doran-Jones, Galarza, Ludlow, Braley, Hook, Trinder.

Saracens: Taylor; Ashton, Bosch, Barritt (capt), Ellery; Lozowski, Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, Brits, Figallo, Rhodes, Hamilton, Fraser, Burger, Wray.

Replacements: Saunders, Barrington, Du Plessis, Flanagan, Brown, Spencer, Malins, Gallagher.

Referee: Wayne Barnes.

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Jose Mourinho: Manchester United boss learned from ‘throwing away’ FA Cup games

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United boss learned from 'throwing away' FA Cup games

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he has learned from “throwing away” FA Cup games in the past and will not make that mistake at Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round on Sunday.

United face the Championship side at Ewood Park, kick-off 16:15 GMT.

In 2005, Mourinho’s Chelsea went out to Newcastle in the same week as wins in the League Cup final over Liverpool and Champions League against Barcelona.

“I gambled too much, I focused too much on Barcelona and Liverpool,” he said.

“It was good because we beat Barcelona and we won the final against Liverpool, but the feeling I threw it away was not good, so I don’t throw it away.

“If I lose, I lose because the opponent was better or because we didn’t play well, but I’m not going to throw it away.”

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The Portuguese faces a similarly busy schedule this time around, with the Europa League last-32 second leg against Saint-Etienne to come on Wednesday and the EFL Cup final against Southampton a week on Sunday.

“I’m going to Blackburn with that respect,” he added. “I go serious.

“I am going to change a few players, but am going with a good team because I respect the competition a lot and Manchester United demands that you go serious to every game.”

There have already been several upsets in this year’s competition, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool the highest-placed Premier League side to get knocked out when they lost to second-tier Wolves in the fourth round.

Mourinho, who arrived at Chelsea for the first time before the 2004-05 season, says foreign managers may not understand the culture of the FA Cup like their English counterparts.

“In my case, I had immediately the first time that situation at Newcastle, so for me that was a lesson,” added the United boss, whose only success in the FA Cup came in 2006-07 during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

“With Chelsea, we lost against a League One team [Bradford in 2015], but I never threw it away, we lost because we lost.

“Normally it is because of attitude because you think it is easy and it is not easy.

“The lower-league teams, they are getting better and better and sometimes we have to give some rest to some players, other times we need to give some players football.

“We try to go serious. I like Wembley, I like the FA Cup, so I have to try to get the second one.”

Pro12: Leinster 39-10 Edinburgh

Pro12: Leinster 39-10 Edinburgh

Guinness Pro12
Leinster (8) 39
Tries: Daly 2, Carbery 2, Leavy, B Byrne Cons: R Byrne 3 Pen: Carbery
Edinburgh (3) 10
Try: Weir Con: Weir Pen: Weir

Leinster replaced Irish rivals Munster at the top of the Pro12 – at least overnight – by clinching a bonus-point victory over Edinburgh at the RDS.

Winger Barry Daly and fly-half Joey Carbery scored two tries each for the victors, who have reaped 19 points from their last four Pro12 matches.

Flanker Dan Leavy and hooker Bryan Byrne got further tries for Leinster.

Fly-half Duncan Weir scored all of Edinburgh’s points, including a well-taken 70th-minute try.

Munster can reclaim top spot on Saturday when they play Ospreys.

Leinster, losing finalists to Connacht last season, got an early touchdown after a fine break by flanker Leavy, on as an early replacement for Josh van der Flier. When the ball was recycled, Leinster had the numbers out on the left and Daly managed to just get in at the corner.

Edinburgh were having a lot of the possession without making it count on the scoreboard and they fell further behind when fly-half Carbery, who had been short with his conversion attempt, slotted over a straightforward penalty.

Weir quickly replied with a penalty for the visitors, who finished the first half strongly.

Pro12: Leinster 39-10 Edinburgh

They could have been level but for a costly drop by Tom Brown in the last move of the half. The winger just had to collect a pass from Chris Dean to be in, but somehow failed to gather.

As the half-time whistle blew, a dejected Brown, who had earlier taken a knock, was consoled by team-mates and Leinster enjoyed an 8-3 interval advantage.

Leinster, unbeaten since Boxing Day, went further ahead as 21-year-old Carbery scored two tries early in the second half.

The Auckland-born fly-half wriggled over from close range in the 48th minute after the home forwards had been held up several times just short of the line.

Then, on 53 minutes, turnover ball saw Leinster break from deep in their own half with Carbery finishing it off and Ross Byrne converting for 20-3.

Leinster, Pro12 winners in 2013 and 2014, clinched the bonus point when winger Daly ran through to score his second try of the evening.

Leavy then got on the end of a drive to get the hosts’ fifth try.

Weir grabbed Edinburgh’s sole touchdown but Bryan Byrne had the last word with a try which Ross Byrne converted for a 39-10 winning margin.