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first_imgNew Zealand teenager Robinson wins GS in absence of ShiffrinKRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — New Zealand teenager Alice Robinson crowned her breakthrough season in the World Cup with a second career victory on Saturday.Robinson, who turned 18 in December, overtook first-run leader Petra Vlhova to win a giant slalom, almost four months after edging out Mikaela Shiffrin in the season opener.The Olympic GS champion from the United States was missing this time. She is taking an indefinite break from racing following the death of her father Jeff almost two weeks ago.Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener shared third place as they both earned a second career podium result in giant slalom. An illness knocked him out of the Preakness, and he developed a condition in his left front leg in June that required re-admittance to a renowned equine hospital. Then he developed problems in his right front leg, and work was done to keep him alive and well.POLE VAULT-WORLD RECORDDuplantis breaks world pole vault record againGLASGOW (AP) — Armand Duplantis has broken the world pole vault record for the second time in eight days.The American-born Swede eclipsed his own mark by a centimeter when he vaulted 6.18 meters at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday The IBU also announced a similar two-year sanction for Svetlana Sleptsova, a Russian who didn’t win any medals at Sochi, over the banned substance ostarine.SEMENYA RETURNSNot done: Caster Semenya runs again, says ‘I’m here to stay’UNDATED (AP) — Caster Semenya has run her first public race in eight months. The 29-year-old South African broke the national 300-meter record at a low-level meet Friday before proclaiming: “I’m here to stay.”The 2016 Olympic 800-meter champion said the race at the University of Johannesburg, which also featured high school students, was her season-opening event. The Olympics are just five months away and it’s doubtful if Semenya will be able to defend her title in the 800 meters. Semenya is currently banned from competing in her favored event at major meets, and any distance from 400 meters to one mile, unless she follows World Athletics rules that require her to medically reduce her natural testosterone levels to compete in women’s competitions. Semenya has repeatedly refused to adhere to the testosterone regulations, which were designed for female athletes with differences of sex development like Semenya.Semenya has twice appealed against the regulations. She lost her first appeal at sport’s highest court. Her second legal challenge at the Swiss supreme court is still being considered. Two major manufacturers, Bauer and CCM, have factories in China that have closed. Officials with both companies say they are monitoring the situation. Warrior, the other major supplier of custom sticks for top hockey players, has not been affected because its production is based in Tijuana, Mexico.Bauer and CCM say there has been no impact on the production of sticks for amateur players.NHL equipment managers, players and their representatives are trying to navigate the situation the best they can. Detroit Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer said he has enough inventory for the next couple of weeks but isn’t sure what might happen after that given a two-week lag time for sticks to be delivered.Just how many sticks are used each season in the NHL isn’t known, but it’s a lot. Boyer figures Red Wings players go through 70 to 120 each year, which would translate to about 1,600 for a full team — and more than 50,000 across the 31-team league.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN February 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-VIRUS-STICK SHORTAGE CONCERNSAmid virus outbreak, concerns about a hockey stick shortageUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak in China is raising concerns about a potential shortage of the hockey sticks used by the world’s top players. He opened at 5.50 meters and then got over 5.75 on his second try. Two-time world champion Sam Kendricks led at that point, but exited the competition at 5.84.Duplantis sailed over with his first attempt at 5.84. With no one else left in the event, he also flew over at 6.00, a UK indoor all-comers record. The 20-year-old vaulter had the bar moved up to 6.18 and one attempt was all he needed as he flew well clear.Duplantis also broke the record in Torun, Poland last Saturday when an effort of 6.17 bettered the 6.16 set by Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie in Donetsk, Ukraine in February 2014.RUSSIAN DOPINGRussia to lose Sochi Olympic gold medal in new doping case Associated Press Inbee Park takes 3-stroke lead at Women’s Australian OpenADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park hasn’t won an LPGA tournament in nearly two years, but she could soon be adding Australian to her 19 tour victories.Park took a three-stroke lead at the Women’s Australian Open on Saturday, shooting a 5-under 68 that included a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. She has a 54-hole total of 15-under 204.Nineteen-year-old Ayeon Cho will play in the final group with her fellow South Korean. Cho shot 69 on Saturday and was alone in second. American Marina Alex was third at 11-under after a 70, four strokes behind.WCUP-WOMEN’S GS SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Russia is set to lose a biathlon gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in a new doping case.The International Biathlon Union on Saturday announced a two-year ban for Evgeny Ustyugov, who was part of the gold medal-winning men’s relay team six years ago, citing evidence he used the banned steroid oxandrolone around the time of the Olympics.His results from the 2013-14 season have been disqualified, including the Olympic victory.When confirmed by the International Olympic Committee, that will knock Russia off top spot in the Sochi medal table in terms of golds. The host nation would have 10 golds, against 11 for Norway, and 28 total medals, the joint-most along with the United States.Germany is in line to inherit the relay gold, subject to IOC confirmation. HORSE RACING-COUNTRY HOUSE RETIREDKentucky Derby winner Country House retired with foot injuryUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been retired because of a foot ailment.Blackwood Stables says the 4-year-old won’t race again after being treated for laminitis in his right front foot.Country House finished second in the 2019 Derby as a 65-1 shot and was placed first after Maximum Security was disqualified. That race at Churchill Downs was his last. Update on the latest sportslast_img