Sports world champion Ogier beaten off in Finland - Tänak wins
Riding high: Suter wins downhill for her 1st gold at worlds
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy — Corinne Suter ended Switzerland’s 32-year wait for a women’s downhill world title on Saturday, winning her fourth straight medal at a major championship but the first gold. Racing in sunshine under crisp blue skies, Suter mastered the Olympia delle Tofane and decided the race by using excellent gliding skills on the flat bottom section of the iconic course. “It’s for sure a huge step,” Suter said about her first gold. “I am so, so happy because all the hard work in the last years paid off today.
After a "weekend to forget", rally world champion Sebastien Ogier has already lost his championship lead after the second stop in the season.
After a "weekend to forget", world rally champion Sebastien Ogier (France) has already lost his World Championship lead after the second stop in the season. At the Arctic Rally in Finland, the Toyota driver landed in a snow bank on Saturday and from then on played no role. The Estonian Ott Tänak (Hyundai) won on Sunday ahead of Ogier's brand colleague Kalle Rovanperä (+17.5 seconds), who impressed in his home game. Third place went to Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai / + 19.8), Ogier was ultimately more than eleven minutes behind. The Frenchman, who won the season opener in Monte Carlo, is only third in the standings (31 points). The only 20 year old Rovanperä (39) leads before Neuville (35).
The name is Karatsev; Russian reaches semis on major debut
MELBOURNE, Australia — Aslan Karatsev will have no trouble with name recognition now. With a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over 18th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday, the 114th-ranked Russian qualifier became the first man in the professional era to reach the semifinals in his Grand Slam debut. His next assignment couldn't get any more difficult. He has to play top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who is into the semifinals in Australia for the ninth time and has never lost a match at Melbourne Park after reaching the last four.
Ogier's mishap occurred on Saturday evening in the last special stage of the day. In the dark, the target on ice and snow was only around 200 meters away when the stern broke too far. "It was the last real corner," said Ogier later, "the tires were exhausted. That was a weekend to forget."
The Arctic Rally around Rovaniemi, six kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, has been held since the 1960s, but was never part of the World Cup. This season she slipped into the program for the event in Sweden due to corona. The "normal" Rally Finland (July 29th to August 1st) continues this year further south around Jyväskylä.
March Madness Bubble Watch: Bid thieves threatening to ruin NCAA Tournament at-large hopes .
Conference championship week always shakes up the men's NCAA Tournament bubble in unpredictable fashion. This year, among the three major programs to opt out of their league tourneys due to COVID-19 protocols was Duke – Kansas and Virginia also were forced the shut it down. The Blue Devils never got a shot to face Florida State and make a run for an at-large or auto bid in the ACC Tournament, and while that likely served as good news for any of the bubble teams sitting at home (ahem, Drake), now there's more trouble for chasing bubble teams.