Purdue vs Michigan in Big 10 championship…Hirscher secures 7th overall title…Roger Bannister dead at 88

NEW YORK (AP) — No. 15 Michigan takes on No. 8 Purdue in the Big Ten championship game this afternoon at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Wolverines beat second-ranked Michigan in yesterday’s Big Ten semifinals, while Purdue knocked off Penn State.

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher has become the first skier in the 51-year history of the World Cup to win seven overall titles. The Austrian secured his title by winning today’s World Cup men’s slalom in Slovenia. The two-time Olympic champion from Austria stretched his lead over his only remaining rival, Henrik Kristoffersen, to 289 points. The Norwegian cannot overtake Hirscher as he will only compete in two more races this season.

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) edged Olympic champion Michelle Gisin of Switzerland to win the last women’s World Cup Alpine combined event of the season. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia finished third. Sofia Goggia (GOH’-jah) of Italy, who led after the super-G run, dropped to eighth.

SINGAPORE (AP) — Michelle Wie sank a lengthy putt from off the green on the final hole to win the LPGA’s Women’s World Championship by one stroke. It was her first LPGA tournament win since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. Jenny Shin made her only bogey of the day on the last hole to finish in a four-way tie for second at 16-under with third-round leader Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang and Brooke Henderson.

LONDON (AP) — The first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile has died. Roger Bannister was 88. In 1954, Bannister ran four laps on a cinder track in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds to crack the mythical 4-minute mile — a feat many had thought humanly impossible. Bannister later gave up running to pursue a long and distinguished medical career. His family says Bannister died peacefully yesterday in Oxford, England.

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