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Alpine skiers beaten out for Austria Sportsman of the Year award

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Alpine skiing may be a national sport in Austria, but the country’s best sportsman for the second straight year was a soccer player.

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba beat three-time reigning Alpine skiing World Cup overall champion Marcel Hirscher for Austria’s Sportsman of the Year award for a second straight year. Women’s Alpine skiing World Cup overall champion Anna Fenninger won the Sportswoman of the Year award for a second straight year, too.

Alaba earned 1,193 points in journalist voting, beating Hirscher by a single point.

Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League in 2013, known as the treble in European soccer. It won the Bundesliga this year and bowed out in the Champions League semifinals. The Austrian national team did not qualify for the World Cup.

Hirscher was favored to win the Sochi Olympic slalom title but finished second to countryman Mario Matt. He clinched the World Cup overall title after the Olympics in March. Matt was third in the Sportsman of the Year voting, followed by Sochi Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer.

Alaba became the first man since another Alpine skier, Hermann Maier, to repeat as Austria’s Sportsman of the Year. The four-time Olympic medalist Maier won four straight from 1998 through 2001.

Fenninger, the Sochi Olympic super-G champion, had nearly twice as many voting points for the Sportswoman award over the runner-up, Sochi Olympic parallel slalom snowboarding champion Julia Dujmovits.

The last five Austrian Sportswoman of the Year awards have gone to Alpine skiers (Andrea Fishbacher, Elisabeth GoerglMarlies Schild and Fenninger twice).

World champion sailors Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar won the Team of the Year award.

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Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in crash over bridge wall into ravine

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Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis crashing his bike and flipping over a bridge wall into a ravine at the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on Saturday.

Video showed Evenepoel, the 20-year-old world time trial silver medalist, being put in an ambulance on a stretcher minutes after the crash.

His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, reported he remained conscious while being put on a stretcher, into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He also suffered a right lung contusion.

In 2019, Evenepoel became the youngest-ever male podium finisher in a senior world road cycling championships event, according to Gracenote. In 2018, he swept the junior road race and time trial world titles.

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Noah Lyles raises black-gloved fist, wins 200m in Monaco

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Noah Lyles said he had plans going forward to make statements, beyond his rapid sprint times. He did that in Monaco on Friday.

Lyles raised a black, fingerless-gloved right fist before getting into the blocks to win a 200m in his first international race of the season, conjuring memories of the famous 1968 Olympic podium gesture.

He clocked 19.76 seconds, leading a one-two with younger brother Josephus. Full results are here.

“As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed,” was posted on Lyles’ Instagram, along with hashtags including #blacklivesmatter. “This is my way of saying this country is great but it can be better.”

Lyles, the world 200m champion, also paid respect to 1968 Olympic 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos three hours before the race.

He tweeted an iconic image of Smith and Carlos raising their single black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Games. Thirteen minutes earlier, Lyles posted an Instagram Story image of his socks for the meet — plain, dark colored.

Smith and Carlos wore black socks without shoes on the podium to signify endemic poverty back in the U.S. at the time.

Lyles is known for his socks, often posting images of colorful pairs he wears before races, themes including Speed Racer, R2-D2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We are at the point where you can’t do nothing anymore,” Lyles said Wednesday. “There aren’t any rules set out. You’re kind of just pushing the boundary as far as you can go. Some people have said, even if there were rules, they’re willing to go farther than that.”

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