DEFENDING overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher, of Austria, was fastest in both runs to post an emphatic victory in a night slalom Tuesday that was marred by the death of a gate keeper in Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy.
The win moved Hirscher above American rival Ted Ligety into second place in the overall standings. Ligety finished ninth.
There was a delay of about 15 minutes after the first eight starters when a 70-year-old gate keeper, positioned midway down the course, went into cardiac arrest and died. Organizers say medical personnel attempted to resuscitate him for about an hour before he was declared dead. The man was identified as a ski instructor in Madonna di Campiglio. His name was not released because his family could not immediately be notified. Organizers say the man had a history of heart problems.
Gate keepers observe racers to make sure they go around each gate correctly and are usually assigned two or three gates in slalom races.
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The Union kicks off its fourth year March 2 when it hosts Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park. The complete 34-game schedule has not been announced.
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Multiple media outlets are reporting Wisconsin will hire Utah State's Gary Andersen as head football coach to replace Bret Bielema. The 18th-ranked Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference and finished 11-2. Bielema left for Arkansas.
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