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    Skier Mikaela Shiffrin breaks women’s slalom record

    SEMMERING, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 29: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on December 29, 2018 in Semmering Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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    American skier Mikaela Shiffrin was on top of the slalom world after winning in Semmering, Austria.

    Mikaela Shiffrin won her 36th slalom Saturday to become the most successful female slalom skier in the 52-year history of the World Cup. Shiffrin won the last race in 2018, in Semmering, Austria. The American built on a big first-run lead to beat Petra Vlhova of Slovakia by 0.29 seconds and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.38 for her record 36th slalom win. Shiffrin previously shared the record with Marlies Raich. Competing as Marlies Schild, the Austrian won 35 times before retiring in 2014. ‘‘She is my biggest idol beside Bode Miller,’’ Shiffrin said. ‘‘When I was young I wanted to be the best skier in the world. I was always watching Marlies, she was a legend. To me, she is the best slalom skier. I wouldn’t be here without her. For me, she has this record forever.’’ Only Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark has won more World Cup slaloms — 40, between 1974 and 1987. Shiffrin also became the first skier, male or female, to win 15 World Cup races in a calendar year.

    Hockey

    BU’s Farabee leads US

    Boston University freshman Joel Farabee had a natural hat trick in a 6:52 span of the first period and the US beat Kazakhstan, 8-2, on Friday night to improve to 2-0 at the world junior hockey championship in Vancouver, British Columbia. Drafted 14th overall by Philadelphia Flyers this year, Farabee gave the US a 2-1 lead with a power-play strike at 5:13, then added goals at 8:53 and 12:05 . . . Montreal Canadiens forward Phillip Danault was fined $5,000 for a dangerous trip against Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad Friday night . . . The No. 11 Northeastern men’s team (12-3-1) extended its winning streak to eight games, currently the longest in the nation, with a 2-0 shutout of Alabama-Huntsville (3-17-0) at the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt. . . . Quinnipiac men’s coach Rand Pecknold picked up his 500th career victory as the fifth-ranked Bobcats (14-3-0) shut out Colgate (4-9-2), 6-0, in Uniondale, N.Y. . . . Host UMass Lowell men (8-8-1) were routed by Denver (10-4-2), 4-1.

     Joel Farabee (No. 28) puts a shot past Kazakhstan goaltender Demid Yeremeyev during the first period of a world junior hockey championships game.
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    Joel Farabee (No. 28) puts a shot past Kazakhstan goaltender Demid Yeremeyev during the first period of a world junior hockey championships game.

    College football

    Florida wins Peach Bowl

    Lamical Perine had a 5-yard scoring catch and 53-yard touchdown run to lead No. 10 Florida’s strong rushing attack, helping the Gators cap their comeback season with a 41-15 rout of No. 8 Michigan in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. After finishing 4-7 in 2017, Florida enjoyed a dramatic turnaround in Dan Mullen’s debut season as coach. Florida (10-3) closed the season with four straight wins.

    College basketball

    Harvard holds off Mercer

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    Noah Kirkwood came off the bench to score 19 points as Harvard’s men built a big lead in the first half and held off Mercer (5-8) for a 71-67 win in Atlanta. Harvard (6-5) led, 41-28, at the break, pushed that to 48-33, before Ross Cummings drained two straight from long range to close to 48-39 with 12:30 left . . . Christian Lutete poured in 29 points on 10-of-12 shooting, scoring 5 in a 12-2 overtime run, to lead UMass Lowell men (8-7) to a 100-91 victory over Sacred Heart (4-9) in Fairfield, Conn. Lutete sank 4 of 6 from 3-point range and grabbed nine rebounds . . . Jessica George had a career-high 22 points, including 18 from beyond the arc as UMass’s women (8-6) defeated host Marist (8-4), 70-55 . . . UMass Lowell’s women lost their nonconference finale to host Morgan State, 61-49.

    Miscellany

    Surgery ends Wall’s season

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    Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will have season-ending surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel sometime in the next few days, the team announced. It is the latest blow to the reeling Wizards. Wall was told that surgery was the best option, and he and the team conferred hours later before a final decision was made . . . The NFL fined Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield $10,026, but not for staring down former coach Hue Jackson in the closing minutes of the Browns’ win over Cincinnati. Mayfield’s fine was for a lewd gesture during a touchdown celebration on the sideline. Other notable fines: Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, $40,110 for hitting Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles late and grabbing his facemask, and Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams, $43,449, about half for an altercation with Green Bay right tackle Bryan Bulaga, and the rest for a hit on quarterback Aaron Rodgers . . . Right guard Kyle Long (tendon) was activated from the injured reserve list by the Chicago Bears, clearing the way for the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to play in the regular-season finale at Minnesota.