Ligety wins seventh US championship
World Cup star Ted Ligety won the slalom Saturday at the US Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., sweeping both runs for a 1.48-second victory. Ligety, from Park City, Utah, won his seventh US title and first since 2007, when he won the giant slalom and combined. Will Brandenburg finished second. Ligety won the season-ending World Cup giant slalom last week in Switzerland en route to his fourth World Cup giant slalom title . . . Petter Northug closed in on the overall cross-country World Cup title by finishing fourth in a 15-kilometer mass-start race won by fellow Norwegian Eldar Roenning in Falun, Sweden . . . Jorrit Bergsma led a Dutch sweep in the men’s 10,000-meter race at the speedskating world championships in Sochi, Russia, and Russia’s Olga Fatkulina won the women’s 1,000. American Brittany Bowe edged out Olympic 1,000 champion Christine Nesbitt for third place and her first major podium finish.
Former ace Wang back with Yankees
The Yankees brought back a familiar face, signing righthander Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league deal. Wang was originally signed by the Yankees in 2000 and went 55-26 with them during five seasons. He was a 19-game winner in consecutive years (2006-07) but has struggled since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2009. Wang had been with the Nationals the last three years . . . AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his fourth home run of the spring as the Tigers beat the Yankees, 10-6, in Lakeland, Fla. . . . Cardinals closer Jason Motte probably will start the season on the disabled list because of a mild muscle flexor strain in his pitching arm . . . Braves catcher Brian McCann, rehabbing from right shoulder surgery, will bat in simulated games by the middle of this week but won’t be cleared for game action until at least April 16 . . . Freshman lefthander Ryan Kellogg threw a no-hitter in Arizona State’s 4-0 victory over Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. Kellogg struck out three with no walks but was victimized by two errors that cost him a shot at a perfect game.
Williams withdraws with back injury
Three-time champion Venus Williams withdrew from the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., with a lower-back injury shortly before her third-round match against Sloane Stephens. Williams, extended to three sets in the second round Thursday against Kimiko Date -Krumm, said her back began to bother her Friday. Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded fourth, needed nearly 2½ hours to beat Magdalena Rybarikova, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-3. No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki lost to wild card Garbine Muguruza, 6-2, 6-4. No. 5 Li Na beat Varvara Lepchenko, 6-2, 6-4. In men’s play, Sam Querrey won in his first match as the top-ranked American, beating Lukasz Kubot, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Second-seeded Andy Murray beat Bernard Tomic, 6-3, 6-1.
Stieglitz reclaims WBO championship
Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KOs) reclaimed his WBO super middleweight title from Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KOs) on a technical knockout after three rounds in Magdeburg, Germany . . . Cornell senior Kyle Dake became the first wrestler in NCAA history to win four national titles at four weights in Des Moines, Iowa, while Penn State won the national team title for the third year in a row. Dake had won titles at 141, 149, and 157 pounds. He jumped to 165 and beat defending champion David Taylor of Penn State, joining Cael Sanderson and Pat Smith as four-time NCAA champions . . . Shane Lechler, 36, the NFL’s career leader in gross punting average (47.3 yards), signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans . . . Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson was sued by two women who say they were assaulted last year at his home in Columbia Station, Ohio . . . Will Power won the pole for Sunday’s IndyCar opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. . . . Joe Weider, 93, a legendary figure in bodybuilding, died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles. (Obituary, B11) . . . Black Onyx took a step toward the Kentucky Derby, winning the $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Black Onyx earned 50 points in the Road to the Derby standings, and trainer Kelly Breen planned to pay the $6,000 Triple Crown entry fee for a horse that wasn’t an early nominee.