Quick hits — from winter sports to baseball and horse racing

December 22, 2013 

MIKE CLARKE

Winter sports

White third in slopestyle

At Copper Mountain, Colo, Shaun White finished third at the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday, putting himself in position to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the Olympic debut of slopestyle. White, also known as “The Flying Tomato” because of his trademark long red hair, hurt his left ankle last week and skipped the halfpipe to focus on slopestyle, a newly-created Winter Olympic event. ...

David Duncan Katrin Mueller

Jason Lamy Chappuis

At Alta Badia, Italy, two-time defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher won the challenging giant slalom on the Gran Risa course with two solid runs, while favorite Ted Ligety finished third at the site of one of his most memorable victories.

Golf

Ko fires coach

At Wellington, New Zealand, Lydia Ko, 16, has split with the only coach she has had since she took up the sport as a 5-year-old. Guy Wilson issued a statement saying he was “incredibly disappointed.” Ko, who didn’t comment on Wilson’s firing, won the Women’s Canadian Open at 15 last year to become the youngest winner in LPGA history, and successfully defended her title this year.

Baseball

Cabrera sets HR record

At Caracas, Venzuela, former major leaguer Alex Cabrera broke a three-decade-old Venezuelan record for most home runs in a season when he socked his 21st for Los Tiburones.

Emmanuel Adebayor Tim Sherwood’s Andre Villas-Boas

Horse racing

Historic Betfair closes

At Ingelwood, Calif., fans waited in a long line to get into Betfair Hollywood Park for the last time. The track closed for good, ending 75 years of racing that featured such thoroughbred stars as Seabiscuit, Triple Crown winners Citation, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, and superstar mare Zenyatta. The first Breeders’ Cup in 1984 was run there. The track will be turned into a residential and retail development starting next year.

Diving

Boudia, Dorman win diving titles

At Austin, Texas, David Boudia and Sam Dorman won the men's 3-meter synchronized title on the final day of the U.S. Diving Winter Nationals. Boudia of Noblesville, Ind., and Dorman of Tempe Ariz., totaled 799.77 points over two rounds. Dorman also teamed with Darian Schmidt of Bloomington, Ind., to claim the silver with 778.95.

From Wire Reports

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