Maze skis super-G after death threat
World Cup-winning skier Tina Maze was placed under police protection for a super-G race on Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, after an e-mailed death threat against her. The Slovenian finished fourth and had two bodyguards close by after the race, which was won by Anna Fenninger of Austria. The threat came in an e-mail received Saturday afternoon after Maze won the downhill on the same slope and became the first skier to collect more than 2,000 points in a season. ‘‘If somebody is strong and showing good performances and perfect in the thing you are doing, there are people who want to disturb you,’’ Maze said. ‘‘I guess it’s part of the game, but it didn’t disturb me that much.” Fenninger beat hometown favorite Maria Hoefl-Riesch for her third career victory and second of the season. American Julia Mancuso was third. She and Maze are still in competition for the season super-G title, which will be decided at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in two weeks. Maze already secured the overall title and passed 2,000 points by winning the downhill . . . Aksel Lund Svindal clinched the men’s World Cup super-G title after winning his first race in Kvitfjell, Norway. The Norwegian edged Austria’s Georg Streitberger, while Werner Heel of Italy finished third. In the overall standings, Svindal closed in on leader Marcel Hirscher with six races left. The Austrian has 1,215 points, while Svindal is second with 1,186. Ted Ligety of the United States is third with 809 . . . American Brittany Bowe won a 1,000-meter speedskating World Cup race in Erfurt, Germany, edging Ireen Wust of the Netherlands. Heather Richardson of the United States still leads the overall standings.
Zolnierczyk is suspended four games
The NHL suspended Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk four games for charging Senators defenseman Mike Lundin, who suffered a concussion. The play happened Saturday in the first period of the Flyers’ 2-1 win. Zolnierczyk received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. He will be fined just under $13,000 . . . Headache-free and with his short-term memory returned, Penguins star Evgeni Malkin (concussion) went through a full-contact practice and said he “felt pretty good” afterward. Coach Dan Bylsma said the next step was for Malkin to pass an imPACT test. The team did not rule out a return Monday when the Penguins host the Lightning, but Malkin, who has missed the past four games, indicated he’d prefer more time.
MLS champion Galaxy open with a win
Mike Magee scored three goals as the two-time defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy began the post-David Beckham era with a season-opening 4-0 win over the Chicago Fire in Carson, Calif. Robbie Keane scored the other goal . . . The Portland Timbers overcame two early goals by Fabian Espindola to forge a 3-3 draw with the visiting New York Red Bulls in their opener. Jamison Olave also scored for New York, but had a ball bounce off him into his own net for an own goal. Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe scored for Portland . . . Alvaro Saboria scored twice as Real Salt Lake opened their season with a 2-0 win over the host San Jose Earthquakes . . . Jozy Altidore broke Clint Dempsey’s record for most goals by an American in a European club season, scoring his 24th in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-1 loss at RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch Eridivisie.
Tryout ends poorly for female kicker
Lauren Silberman’s NFL tryout in Florham Park, N.J., lasted all of two kicks. Silberman, 28, a former University of Wisconsin soccer player, is the first woman to compete at an NFL regional scouting combine. She left the Jets’ practice field after injuring her quadriceps. She tried two kickoffs, the first going 19 yards, the second about 13 yards, before asking to see a trainer. ‘‘They certainly didn’t go as far as they were in practices,’’ Silberman said, ‘‘but I tried to work through the pain.’’ About 30 minutes later, while 36 kickers continued workouts, she left the complex . . . Central Florida, which joins the Big East Conference next season, is working on a two-year extension for football coach George O’Leary that would keep him under contract through the 2017 season. O’Leary signed a 10-year deal in 2006 . . . Qualifier Ernests Gulbis beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, to win the Delray Beach (Fla.) International Championships. The 109th-ranked Gulbis, who also won this tennis tournament in 2010, is the first qualifier to reach a final this season . . . Karolina Pliskova rallied to beat American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, and win the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur . . . Bulgaria’s national wrestling team coach and former gold medalist Armen Nazaryan started a hunger strike to protest the IOC decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic program in 2020. The country’s wrestling federation said that Nazaryan, 39, ‘‘will not eat until the start of the European Championship on March 22 in Tbilisi, Georgia, and will only take juices.’’