Canadiens tell Gomez to hit the road
The Montreal Canadiens have sent Scott Gomez home for the season. General manager Marc Bergevin said at the opening of training camp Sunday that he will buy out the center’s contract next summer to remove his team-high $7.3 million salary cap hit from the books. Under the new collective bargaining agreement signed Saturday, the cap is to plunge by about $10 million next season, but teams will be allowed two ‘‘amnesty’’ buyouts to help reach the cap. However, if a player is injured, he cannot be bought out. Bergevin said it was safest for the team that Gomez not play this season. ‘‘I have nothing against Scott Gomez,’’ he said. ‘‘It was the best thing for the future of the team.’’ Gomez has been a disappointment on the ice the last two seasons. Last season, the 33-year-old was limited by injuries to 38 games and had two goals and nine assists. . . . The defending champion Los Angeles Kings and most teams in the league practiced Sunday for the first time. The Kings will unveil their first championship banner Saturday before hosting the Blackhawks.
Maze reaches milestone with victory
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 at St. Anton, Austria. The Slovenian's sixth race win of the season, in 1 minute 16.55 seconds, completed the set for Maze, who now looks almost certain to win the overall title given her enormous lead over her rivals. The 29-year-old joins Lindsey Vonn, Janica Kostelic, Anja Paerson, Pernilla Wiberg and Petra Kronberger among the women skiers crowned in every discipline. Austrian Anna Fenninger finished second and Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter pushed American Vonn off the podium by 0.01 seconds to take third. In the 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 . . . On the men’s side, Marcel Hirscher turned in a scintillating second run to win a World Cup slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland, after being eighth in the opening leg. Hirscher, the overall Cup leader, was at least 0.83 seconds faster than any rival in the afternoon to best Austrian teammate Mario Matt by 0.30 seconds. American Ted Ligety remained third overall after finishing 11th, 2.44 behind Hirscher. Ligety, who won Saturday’s giant slalom, has 179 points to make up on the defending champion midway through the season. ‘‘Eleventh place isn’t my goal, that’s for sure,’’ Ligety said. ‘‘In order to really make everything meaningful, in slalom I need to be doing a lot better in order to make an impact in the overall.’’ American teammate David Chodounsky placed 10th for his best Cup result in an injury-plagued career at age 28.
Russia’s Zubkov makes bobsled move
At Koenigssee, Germany, World Cup champion Alexander Zubkov won his fifth four-man bobsled race of the season to close the gap on Maximilian Arndt in the standings. The Russian and his crew completed both runs in a total of 1:38.06 — 0.2 seconds faster than Arndt’s team. Germans Thomas Florschuetz and Manuel Machata were third and fourth. With two races remaining, Arndt has 1,349 points to Zubkov’s 1,335 . . . Tora Berger of Norway and Martin Fourcade of France both won biathlon World Cup races at Ruhpolding, Germany to extend their leads in the overall standings. Berger won her fifth race of the season in excellent conditions to win the women’s 12.5K mass start race in 37:14.4. Fourcade shot cleanly to extend his lead atop the overall standings after his 18th career win . . . Mikhail Jun Devjatiarov teamed with Nikolay Morilov to win a men’s team sprint for Russia at a cross-country skiing World Cup event in Liberec, Czech Republic . . . At Hinterzarten, Germany, Sara Takanashi of Japan won her fourth women’s Cup ski jump event of the season to extend her lead in the World Cup standings. Defending overall champion Sarah Hendrickson of the US, who won Saturday’s event, was second after jumps of 103 and 101.5 meters for 245.9 points.
Ethiopians pull off sweep in Houston
Bazu Worku and Merima Mohammed gave Ethiopia victories in the men’s and women’s divisions of the Houston Marathon. Worku finished in 2:10:17, winning by more than two minutes. Mohammed was timed in 2:23:37 on a day when temperatures were in the 40s. Teferi Balcha finished second among the men in 2:12:50. Andrew Carlson was the top American, seventh in 2:17:16. Buzunesh Deba was the women’s runner-up in 2:24:36. Tera Moody was the top American in sixth — 2:39:10.
United, van Persie slip past Liverpool
Manchester United weathered a late fightback from visiting Liverpool to secure a 2-1 win over its rival, tightening the leader’s grip at the top of the English Premier League. Robin van Persie’s league-high 17th goal of the campaign gave United a 19th-minute lead, and the hosts added another strike when Liverpool’s Nemanja Vidic unwittingly deflected the ball in from close range to make it 2-0 in the 54th . . . Free agent reliever Brian Wilson worked out privately for Mets general manager Sandy Alderson Saturday, according to an ESPN report that cited a baseball source. The 30-year-old Giants ex-closer underwent Tommy John surgery last April.