Home sweet home: Rebensburg gets 1st downhill win in GermanyGARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg has her first career win in a women’s World Cup downhill, and it came on a slope just over 40 miles from her home as family and friends looked on.After two months of rather disappointing results, Rebensburg had a near-flawless run Saturday to beat Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) by 0.61 seconds. Ester Ledecka, the Czech athlete competing on both the Alpine skiing and snowboarding World Cup circuits, finished 0.83 behind in third.Brignone’s third straight podium finish in a downhill helped her close the gap on leader Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall standings to 190 points. The American three-time overall champion is taking a break from ski racing since the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, last week.FRANCE-RAPE ACCUSATIONS An investigative update released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says there wasn’t any sign of engine failure in the Jan. 26 crash northwest of Los Angeles. The update doesn’t say what caused the crash, but it indicates the pilot was only 100 feet from the cloud tops when he suddenly descended. The update reinforces the notion that the pilot became disoriented while trying to get to clear skies.Investigators also believe that since a tree branch at the crash site was cut, the twin engines were working and the rotors turning at the time of impact. All four of the helicopter’s blades had similar damage.TENNIS-FED CUP-US-LATVIAWilliams remains perfect in Fed Cup; US leads Latvia 2-0EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Serena Williams remains unbeaten in Fed Cup singles matches. Nearly five years after she last played singles in a Fed Cup competition, Williams defeated Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets Friday night to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Latvia. She is now14-0 in Fed Cup singles matches.Williams’ 7-6, 7-6 victory put the U.S. on the cusp of advancing to the Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary, in April. The U.S. needs just one victory in the best-of-five matchup to advance.Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin gave the U.S. an early advantage with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Anastasija Sevastova in last night’s first match.PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AMTaylor still leads after 36 holes Update on the latest sports Sagstsrom falls 1 stroke behind at LPGA’s Vic OpenBARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Ayean Cho shot a 2-under 70 on a difficult day for scoring to take a one-stroke lead over Madelene Sagstrom after three rounds of the LPGA’s Vic Open in Australia.Choi had a three-round total of 12-under 205. Canada’s Alena Sharp was in third, two strokes behind Cho after a 70.The tournament at the 13th Beach Golf Links also features a European Tour men’s tournament running alongside the women’s event. In the men’s event, Min Woo Lee eagled the 18th hole for 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead over three-time European Tour winner Marcus Fraser and fellow Australian Travis Smyth.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILL Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE BRYANT-HELICOPTER CRASHKobe Bryant helicopter had nearly cleared blinding cloudsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators say the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when it plunged and slammed into a Southern California hillside. February 8, 2020 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Canadian Nick Taylor remains the leader heading into the third round of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach Friday for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He is at 14-under 129.Jason Day is two shots back after an 8-under 64. Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th and made a couple of big par saves to move into contention.Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.LPGA-VIC OPEN French skating chief resigns amid sexual abuse scandalPARIS (AP) — The long-serving head of France’s skating federation resigned Saturday amid suspicions that he covered up for a coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by former figure skaters.Announcing his resignation today, Didier Gailhaguet denied protecting the coach and cast blame on a former sports minister. He said no one at the federation was aware of alleged wrongdoing.Paris prosecutors opened a criminal investigation this week into accusations from 10-time French champion Sarah Abitbol that she was raped by skating coach Gilles Beyer from 1990-1992, when she was a teen.Two other former skaters have also accused Beyer, and denounced a lack of support from the federation. Associated Press DOPING-SCHOEMANEx-Olympic swim champ blames contamination for failed testUNDATED (AP) — Former Olympic swimming champion Roland Schoeman is blaming contaminated supplements for a failed doping test last year. The South African claims that he didn’t knowingly take the banned substance (GW501516), which failed medical trials and is considered a cancer risk.Schoeman was banned for a year by world swimming body FINA (FEE’-nuh). His ban ends on May 17 and he says he’s still aiming to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. He won three medals at the 2004 Athens Games including gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He’s also a three-time world champion.