WORLD CUP SKIING • Three weeks after Park City’s Ted Ligety won gold in the giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Games, he notched another first Wednesday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland: a top-three finish in the World Cup downhill finals. Ligety, 29, tied for second, 0.11 seconds behind winner Matthias Mayer, of Austria. Ligety’s downhill podium finish indicates he’s extending his ability beyond the giant slalom, his specialty, and into other disciplines, which is important if he is to have a shot at the overall title, one of skiing’s top honors and an accolade he wants to win.
Braves sign Santana
MLB • Atlanta agreed Wednesday on a $14.1 million, one-year deal with Ervin Santana, 33, to bolster their injury-plagued rotation. The righty went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts for Kansas City last season and should make an impact with the battered Braves, facing the prospect of losing Kris Medlen for the year and opening with Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor on the disabled list.
Indian Wells upsets
TENNIS • Kevin Anderson upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday in Indian Wells., Calif. Sixth-ranked Andy Murray lost to the big-serving Milos Raonic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Anderson advanced to the quarterfinals against Roger Federer, who beat 11th-seeded Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4. Two-time tournament winner Novak Djokovic played a late match. On the women’s side, sixth-seeded Simona Halep beat Australian Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 6-2 to make the semifinals.
From wire reports
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