OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) _ The International Ski Federation failed Monday to bring forward the World Cup schedule to fill the gap left by the scrapping of the World Championships.
FIS spokeswoman Sonja Reichen said it was impossible to move the dates of races because accommodations in ski resorts already was booked by tourists and television networks were unable to change their scheduling.
The Adelboden men’s giant slalom, postponed by bad weather last week, will be held Feb. 4 in the same resort. The next World Cup event after that will be a slalom and giant slalom at Furano, Japan, Feb. 18-19.
To ease the boredom of the enforced break, an invitational slalom and giant slalom will be held at Lienz, Austria, Feb. 11-12. Although endorsed by FIS, this will not carry World Cup points.
For the women, the next race will be Feb 18-19 at Are, Sweden.
The two-week World Championships, which would have started Monday, were postponed last week until next year because of lack of snow in the Spanish resort of Sierra Nevada.
NEW YORK (AP) _ High jumper Tony Barton has soared into the men’s overall lead after four meets of the 10-meet Mobil Indoor Grand Prix circuit.
Barton, winner of the high jump at Saturday’s USAir Invitational at Johnson City, Tenn., has 30 Grand Prix points. Pole vaulter Billy Payne is second with 28 points, three ahead of 400-meter runner Calvin Davis.
Sprinter Carlette Guidry, second to Gwen Torrence in the 55-meter dash at Johnson City, is the women’s overall leader with 36 points. Miler Paula Schnurr of Canada is runner-up with 30 points, followed by 400-meter runner Sandie Richards of Jamaica with 27.
This week’s Grand Prix meet is the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden Friday night.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Fox Sports will begin its coverage of NHL games Sunday, April 2, as originally scheduled, David Hills, the network’s president said Monday.
However, because of the NHL’s revised schedule following the 103-day lockout, Fox will broadcast five Sundays of regular-season play. Before the change, the network had planned to cover the final two Sundays of the regular season, formerly scheduled to be April 2 and 9.
Now, Fox will show 29 games, featuring 17 teams, over five successive Sundays in April. The opening day coverage will include regionalized coverage of six games, including the defending Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers at Philadelphia.