Bend’s Max wins — Sarah Max, of Bend, placed first among women finishers in the 2013 Vasaloppet USA cross-country ski race, staged Saturday in Mora, Minn. Max, 37, won the women’s division of the 58-kilometer race with a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 0.8 seconds. The Bend skier was 16th overall among 216 race finishers. Jan Guenther, 53 and of Mound, Minn., was the second female finisher; her time was 2:08:28.7. The overall winner was Matthew Liebsch, 29 and of Orono, Minn. His time was 1:53:20.0.
Austria takes team event — Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher helped Austria win the team event Tuesday and earn the host nation its first gold medal at the alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria. Hirscher teamed with Philipp Schoerghofer, Michaela Kirchgasser and Nicole Hosp to defeat Sweden 4-0 in the final. The United States team lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals, 3-1. Bend’s Laurenne Ross competed for the U.S. team.
Snedeker withdraws — Brandt Snedeker withdrew from the Match Play Championship on Tuesday because of sore ribs that have been causing him discomfort despite his torrid stretch of golf. Snedeker said he began feeling soreness in his left rib cage a month ago at the Humana Challenge. He then finished runner-up in consecutive weeks to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for his second win in his last seven starts. Already this year, Snedeker has earned nearly $3 million and has risen to a career-best No. 4 in the world. Snedeker also sustained a rib injury last summer, causing him to miss the U.S. Open.
M’s, Felix agree — Felix Hernandez and Seattle reached agreement Tuesday on a contract that is expected to make the Mariners ace the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. Hernandez’s deal is expected to be for $175 million over seven years. Terms of the contract were not released by the team. Hernandez and Zduriencik will hold a news conference in Seattle this afternoon, when Hernandez is expected to sign the contract. Hernandez, who will turn 27 on April 8, is 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons with the Mariners.
Alabama players arrested — Three University of Alabama football players have been charged with knocking students unconscious and stealing their wallets, while a fourth player has been charged with using a stolen debit card, officials said Tuesday. Linebacker Tyler Hayes, 18, and safety Eddie Williams, 20, confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back early Monday morning, according to court documents. Williams said D.J. Pettway, 20, a defensive lineman, and Hayes waited in a nearby vehicle about an hour later while he knocked out and robbed another student. Williams and Hayes both admitted to their involvement, according to the documents. Williams and running back Brent Calloway, 20, both admitted to using a stolen credit card to buy snacks from vending machines inside a dormitory, the documents said. All four students were indefinitely suspended by coach Nick Saban.
Sagan takes stage — Peter Sagan launched a late attack Tuesday to win the second stage of the Tour of Oman and take the overall lead, with Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins finishing in the middle of the pack. Wiggins, who struggled on the first day after being delayed by a crash, finished 11 seconds behind Tuesday and is 1:42 behind Sagan.
— From wire reports