Brignone dedicates super-G win to teammate — After winning a women’s World Cup super-G, Federica Brignone dedicated her victory to Italian teammate Elena Fanchini in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, on Saturday. The 32-year-old Fanchini had to end her season because of a tumor, forcing her out of her fourth Olympics in Pyeongchang next month. In the penultimate super-G before the Olympics, Brignone timed 1 minute, 9.80 seconds on the Karnten-Franz Klammer course and denied then-leader Lara Gut her first win of the season, beating the Swiss former overall champion by 0.18. Cornelia Huetter of Austria was 0.46 behind in third. Bend’s Laurenne Ross finished 29th (1:13.19). Lindsey Vonn finished 1.43 off the lead in ninth place.
Feuz gets home win in Swiss downhill — Beat Feuz won the Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday to give Switzerland yet another victory in its signature Alpine skiing race in Wengen. Racing first, Feuz set a time on the longest World Cup course of 2.65 miles that only Aksel Lund Svindal could threaten. Svindal wore the No. 3 bib and led at four of the five time splits, but the Norwegian finished 0.18 seconds behind Feuz’s 2 minutes, 26.50 seconds. Matthias Mayer of Austria was third, trailing 0.67 behind Feuz.
Astros land Pirates ace Cole — The World Series champion Houston Astros boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade. The deal was announced Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace. Cole will join former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander on a team that just won its first championship. Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last season. The 27-year-old righty was the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft and a 2015 All-Star with the Pirates.
— From wire reports