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AGENCIES

■RUGBY UNION

‘Chunk’ facing long lay off

Scotland prop Allan Jacobsen could be out for four months after tests revealed he needs surgery on his shoulder, the team doctor said on Sunday. Jacobsen, 30, damaged his right shoulder during Scotland’s 26-6 win over Italy at Murrayfield in the Six Nations Championship on Saturday. “‘Chunk’ has damaged the pectoralis major muscle adjacent to his right shoulder,” James Robson said. “It will require repair and the operation will be carried out later this week by surgeon Richard Nutton at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital.” The news will be a major blow for Scotland head coach Frank Hadden, as the forward played in all 10 internationals last year and has featured in all three Six Nations games this season.

■SKIING

Lizeroux claims slalom win

France’s Julien Lizeroux produced a blistering second run to win a slalom in Kranjska Gora on Sunday and secure his second World Cup victory. Lizeroux jumped from fourth after the first run to take top spot in an overall time of one minute 40.11 seconds. It was Lizeroux’s second victory this season after his success in Kitzbuehel in January. Italian Giuliano Razzoli was the fastest in the morning but had to settle for second place, 0.34 seconds adrift. It was his best result in a World Cup slalom, bettering his third place in Zagreb in January. Germany’s Felix Neureuther took advantage of another collective failure by the Austrians to steal third place, 0.56 off the pace. Austria had to be content with four men in the top eight after their top slalom specialist, Reinfried Herbst, straddled a gate on the second run having clocked the second fastest time in the opening run. Benjamin Raich missed a podium placing by 0.04 seconds but his fourth place moved the Austrian to within two points of Croat Ivica Kostelic in the World Cup overall standings. A disastrous 25th after the first leg, Kostelic clocked the fastest second run time to finish 11th. Next weekend’s program in Kvitfjell, Norway, with a downhill and a super-G on the schedule, will favour speed specialists like Swiss Didier Cuche and local hope Aksel Lund Svindal, who are still within reach of the overall crystal globe. The slalom World Cup title will be decided in the last race in Are. Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Grange leads on 481 points, 49 points ahead of Kostelic while Austrian world champion Manfred Pranger is the only other contender on 389 points.

■BOBSLED

US earns rare gold medal

American Steven Holcomb has won the four-man bobsled title at the world championships, the first gold medal for the US at the worlds in 50 years. Holcomb finished with a four-run time of three minutes, 36.61 seconds to beat defending champion Andre Lange of Germany by 0.97 seconds. Janis Minins of Latvia took the bronze, a full second behind Holcomb.

■HORSE RACING

Midshipman to miss Derby

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman injured his left front leg and will miss the Kentucky Derby and the rest of the Triple Crown races. The three-year-old colt owned by Dubai’s Sheik Mohammed sustained a “minor soft tissue injury” during a routine exercise at Godolphin’s al Quoz Stables on Saturday, Godolpin Racing said on its Web site on Sunday. Midshipman, the two-year-old champion colt and an early Derby favorite, was purchased by Sheik Mohammed late last year and sent to Dubai to train for the race. The injury is not considered serious, and it is hoped that Midshipman could return to racing for the second half of the year.

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