Mikaela Shiffrin begins pivotal World Cup stretch, live on Peacock

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin‘s World Cup season may be defined by a busy stretch of eight technical races over 15 days, beginning this week, live on Peacock.

Shiffrin goes into the first race, Tuesday’s giant slalom in Semmering, Austria, five World Cup victories shy of Lindsey Vonn‘s career female record 82. Semmering hosts another GS on Wednesday and a slalom on Thursday.

Shiffrin won four of the last six World Cup races held at the venue dating to 2016.

This season, Shiffrin has three victories in nine starts, taking back-to-back slaloms in Finland to open the campaign and then winning the most recent race, a super-G in Switzerland on Dec. 18.

She owns a 105-point lead in the standings for the World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing, through 12 of 39 scheduled races. The season runs into late March with a break in February for the world championships in France.

Shiffrin is tied with Vonn at four overall titles, second-most in women’s history behind Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll‘s six.

She can take steps toward her fifth overall crown in this upcoming run of eight total giant slaloms and slaloms through Jan. 10, all at venues where she won before: Semmering, followed by Zagreb, Croatia (four victories), Kranjska Gora, Slovenia (two) and Flachau, Austria (four).

Semmering World Cup Live Broadcast Schedule (all times Eastern)

Tuesday Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Wednesday Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 1) Peacock 4 a.m.
Women’s Giant Slalom (Run 2) Peacock 7:05 a.m.
Thursday Women’s Slalom (Run 1) Peacock 9 a.m.
Women’s Slalom (Run 2) Peacock 12:30 p.m.

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Canada wins men’s hockey world title; Latvia wins first medal

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TAMPERE, Finland — Samuel Blais scored two goals to rally Canada to a 5-2 victory over Germany in the final of the world men’s hockey championship on Sunday.

It’s a record 28th world title for Canada, and its second in three years. Russia has 27 while Germany has never won the trophy.

Blais netted with a backhand 4:51 into the final period for a 3-2 lead for Canada, which was playing in its fourth straight final.

“It feels really good,” Blais said. “We’ve been in Europe for a month and we’ve all waited for that moment to play for the gold medal game. And we’re lucky enough to have won it.”

Lawson Crouse, Tyler Toffoli and Scott Laughton also scored for Canada, Peyton Krebs had two assists and goaltender Samuel Montembeault stopped 21 shots.

Toffoli stretched the lead to 4-2 from the left circle with 8:09 remaining and Laughton made it 5-2 with an empty net goal.

Adam Fantilli became only the second Canadian player after Jonathan Toews to win gold at the world juniors and world championship the same year.

Canada had to come back twice in the final.

John Peterka wristed a shot past Montembeault from the left circle 7:44 into the game. It was the sixth goal for the Buffalo Sabres forward at the tournament.

Blais was fed by Krebs to beat goaltender Mathias Niederberger and tie it 1-1 at 10:47.

Daniel Fischbuch put the Germans ahead again with a one-timer with 6:13 to go in the middle period.

Crouse equalized on a power play with 2:32 remaining in the frame.

It was the first medal for Germany since 1953 when it was second behind Sweden.

The two previously met just once in the final with Canada winning 6-1 in 1930.


Defenseman Kristian Rubins scored his second goal 1:22 into overtime to lead Latvia to a 4-3 victory over the United States and earn a bronze medal earlier Sunday.

It’s the first top-three finish for Latvia at the tournament. Its previous best was a seventh place it managed three times.

The U.S. lost in the bronze medal game for the second straight year. The U.S. team was cruising through the tournament with eight straight wins until it was defeated by Germany in the semifinal 4-3 in overtime.

Rubins rallied Latvia with his first with 5:39 to go in the final period to tie the game at 3 to force overtime.

Roberts Bukarts and Janis Jaks also scored for Latvia.

Rocco Grimaldi scored twice for the U.S. in the opening period to negate Latvia’s 1-0 and 2-1 leads.

Matt Coronato had put the U.S. 3-2 ahead 6:19 into the final period.

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Turning 22 during the tournament, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

FRENCH OPEN: Broadcast Schedule | Men’s Draw

But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

MORE: All you need to know for 2023 French Open

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2023 French Open Women’s Singles Draw

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