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    Mikaela Shiffrin claims second straight overall World Cup title

    US' Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates after finishing third during the FIS World Cup Women's Giant Slalom competition in Ofterschwang, southern Germany, on March 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
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    Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates after finishing third during the World Cup Giant Slalom competition in Ofterschwang, Germany, ensuring her the overall title.

    Mikaela Shiffrin won her second straight overall World Cup title on Friday, five races before the end of the season. The Olympic champion finished third in a giant slalom race in Ofterschwang, Germany, won by Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway. ‘‘It’s been a big battle for me mentally to know exactly where my focus should be,’’ said Shiffrin, who turns 23 on Tuesday. ‘‘It was quite a relief actually when the Olympics were over so I could focus on the rest of the World Cup season.’’ Shiffrin is the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles. Lindsey Vonn won the sport's most coveted prize four times.


    Clark criticizes Marlins

    Baseball players’ union head Tony Clark claims the Marlins’ rebuilding decision is different from the ones that led to World Series titles for the Chicago Cubs and Houston because Miami broke up a competitive club. ‘‘Those teams didn’t tear themselves down,’’ Clark said. ‘‘Those teams went through rough stretches. And then they added, too. When you start with a team that has a number of talented players and you tear that down, it’s a different conversation than starting from scratch and building up.’’ . . . Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia agreed to a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers and will report to big league spring training.

    Detroit’s move adds depth behind James McCann and John Hicks. If added to the 40-man roster Saltalamacchia would receive a one-year contract with salaries of $650,000 while in the major leagues and $150,000 while in the minors. Saltalamacchia has hit .233 with 110 homers and 381 RBIs over an 11-year big league career. He played in 10 games last season for Toronto and had one hit in 25 at-bats. The 32-year-old played in 93 games with the Tigers in 2016, hitting .171 with 38 RBIs. He began his career in 2007 with Atlanta and has also played for Boston, Miami and Arizona.


    After the Marlins were sold in October to Bruce Sherman’s ownership group, the management team headed by former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter traded NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon for prospects.

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    Clark said those decisions impacted the free agent market and ‘‘can be a detriment to the industry as a whole.’’


    Back surgery for Stars’ Hanzal

    Dallas Stars center Martin Hanzal is set for back surgery that will end his injury-plagued season. Expected recovery time is 6-7 months. Hanzal, who signed a $14.25 million, three-year contract on the first day of free agency in July, last played Feb. 21, and had 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 38 games . . . The NHL fined Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Cousins $2,000 for embellishing on interference whistled against Minnesota Wild defenseman Nick Seeler on March 1 . . . The Washington Capitals re-signed general manager Brian MacLellan to a contract extension. MacLellan is in the fourth year of his original four-year deal . . . Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with his second concussion in less than a year. Okposo and Senators forward Bobby Ryan collided early in Buffalo’s 4-3 shootout win at Ottawa on Thursday.


    McDonough is out at ‘MNF’

    Sean McDonough is out as the play-by-play voice on “Monday Night Football.’’ McDonough who signed a multi-year extension with ESPN, will rejoin ESPN’s college football team in the fall . . . Serena Williams began her latest comeback with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open. Victoria Azarenka won her first-round match over Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-2 . . . A figure skating coach who once trained Olympic champion Tara Lipinski has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct first made against him nearly 20 years ago. Richard Callaghan was accused of sexual misconduct in April 1999 by one of his former students. He has denied the allegations. The US Olympic Committee's misconduct watchdog announced Callaghan's suspension this week. US Figure Skating then issued an order barring him from all of its events . . . Forward Derrick Williams signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams spent this season in China, averaging 20 points for the Tianjin Gold Lions . . . Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. The defending series champion turned a lap at 136.945 miles per hour in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in the last of three rounds of qualifying on the mile oval.