Maze completes the set with a super-G win

Updated 13 January 2013
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Maze completes the set with a super-G win

ST ANTON, Austria: Tina Maze became only the sixth woman to win in all five Alpine ski World Cup disciplines when she took victory in a super-G yesterday.
The Slovenian’s sixth race win of the season, in one minute 16.55 seconds, completed the set for Maze, who now looks almost certain to win the overall World Cup given her enormous lead over her rivals.
The 29-year-old Maze, who had earned eight podium places in super-G before Sunday, joined Lindsey Vonn, Janica Kostelic, Anja Paerson, Pernilla Wiberg and Petra Kronberger among the women skiers crowned in every discipline.
“It was a big dream. I’d been thinking about winning in all five disciplines for a long time. I knew I had a good chance here and I gave it my all because I knew it was really a chance not to be missed,” Maze told reporters.
“It’s a great reward for me and a great achievement for my team. For a such a small team to achieve what we’re doing this season is simply extraordinary. I’m over the moon,” she added.
It was, though, a close call for the giant slalom world champion as she beat local favorite Anna Fenninger by 0.04 seconds on a tough, technical Klaus Schranz piste.
Fenninger, the winner of a giant slalom in Semmering a week ago and third in Saturday’s downhill, will be Austria’s best hope at home in the world championships in Schladming next month.
“It’s disappointing to lose by 0.04 but at the same time it was my goal to be entered in four disciplines in Schladming,” said the Fenninger, who will defend her super-combined world title.
Swiss Fabienne Suter pushed Vonn off the podium by 0.01 seconds to take third place.
Four-times World Cup champion Vonn, who was joint sixth on Saturday after taking a self-imposed three-week break, finished exactly a second behind Maze.

“It’s a shame to miss the podium by 0.01 seconds but it’s harder to take a break in the middle of the season,” said the American.
“I’ll be back to my best in Cortina (d’Ampezzo next week). As for Tina, well she’s just running away with the Cup, isn’t she?” In the World Cup overall standings, Maze leads nearest rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by 545 points while her total of 1,289 points is more than twice as much as any other skier.


Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

Updated 21 April 2018
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Manchester United inflict more semifinal misery on sorry Spurs

  • Manchester United come from behind to make FA Cup final.
  • Mauricio Pochettino yet to win a trophy as manager.

A third cup final with Manchester United for Jose Mourinho. More FA Cup semifinal misery for Tottenham.
While Mauricio Pochettino wins admiration for his style of football, the manager has yet to actually win a trophy in management.
A 2-1 collapse to United at Wembley Stadium on Saturday left Tottenham reeling from an eighth successive loss in the FA Cup semifinals.
Pochettino is responsible for two of the setbacks, having also fallen short against Chelsea last season.
At the stadium where Tottenham have been playing their home matches this season, Dele Alli's goal gave the 1991 FA Cup winners hope of turning around their miserable record in world football's oldest knockout competition.
But Alexis Sanchez leveled in the 24th minute and Ander Herrera struck the winner in the second half. It ensured Mourinho, who won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season at United, has a chance to also end this campaign with silverware against Chelsea or Southampton in the FA Cup final.
"We're getting used to being in finals," Herrera said. "This club is all about titles and finals."
While Mourinho has fallen short in the English Premier League behind newly crowned champion Manchester City, United are second and on course for their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Tottenham would settle with holding onto fourth place to secure a third season in a row in the Champions League.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games. Juergen Klopp's side threw away a two-goal lead to draw with last-place West Bromwich Albion 2-2 and move only three points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea, who plays Southampton in the other FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, are five points behind Tottenham with four games remaining.

POGBA TRANSFORMED
When United fell behind to Tottenham, Paul Pogba was culpable.
A high ball was launched forward by Tottenham, a lethargic Pogba didn't try to break sweat in an attempt to prevent it reaching Eriksen. It allowed the Dane to whip in a cross for Alli to slide onto at the far post and strike past David De Gea in 11th minute
Had Harry Kane made a connection at the far post with Son Heung-min's cross three minutes later, Tottenham might have extended their lead.
Instead, United were able to draw level. Pogba made amends for his earlier inertia by dispossessing Mousa Dembele and delivering a cross that Sanchez headed past static goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Sanchez did the hard work to create the winner in the 62nd, holding off Kieran Trippier and rolling the ball into the penalty area where Jesse Lingard teed up Herrera to shoot past Vorm.