Spanish MotoGP champion Marc Marquez opted for an alternative method to tackle one of the toughest Alpine ski courses in Europe -- charging up it on his Honda bike. The 23-year-old triple world champion put snow spikes on his wheels as he rode up Austria's Hahnenkamm mountain in the Kitzbuehel Alps, which skiers normally race down at speeds of up to 110 km per hour. "It was really difficult to keep the bike under control, but I'm young and it's good fun to try some crazy things," Marquez was quoted as saying by Red Bull, who helped put on the stunt.
The Orlando Magic’s defensive struggles came to bare again on Friday, as they fell 118-98 to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. This one was over before the fourth quarter started, with the Pelicans turning 18 Magic turnovers into 22 points, as well as 38 fast break points. The Pelicans would take a lead with 1:25 left in the first quarter and never trail again. New Orleans cracked 100 points with nearly nine minutes still left in the game, as the once-strong Magic defense surrendered triple digits for the eleventh-straight game. The Pelicans’ twenty-sixth ranked offense finished shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from three – all this despite a four-and-a-half
Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan won Thursday's third stage of the Tour Down Under cycle race while compatriot Richie Porte retained the overall lead with three stages remaining. Ewan outsprinted two-time world champion Peter Sagan to win the 144-kilometer (89-mile) stage from Glenelg to Victor Harbor, claiming his fourth stage win on the tour and the 19th of his professional career. Both Ewan and Sagan were lucky to avoid a crash in the finishing straight which brought down Spain's Gorka Izaguirre and two other riders.