U.S. wins world gymnastics title

NANNING, China — World all-around champion Simone Biles led the United States to the gold medal in the women’s team event at the gymnastics world championships on Wednesday.

The U.S. finished with a total of 179.280 points to defend the title it won at the 2011 worlds in Tokyo.

Host China was second with 172.587, followed by 2010 champion Russia with 171.462.

As the last gymnast of the competition, Biles needed just an 8.683 on the floor to take the team gold medal and tumbled and pranced to a score of 15.375.

Former Horse of Year Cigar dies at 24

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year whose 16-race winning streak is considered one of racing’s greatest achievements, died Tuesday. He was 24.

A release from Kentucky Horse Park said that Cigar died at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. Cigar won 19 of 33 starts and earned nearly $10 million but was best known for his incredible run of wins that tied Citation.

He was Horse of the Year in 1995 and 1996.

Cigar was retired in 1999 and enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2002.

New season begins with Frys.com Open

NAPA, Calif. — A new PGA Tour season begins Thursday with the Frys.com Open, the first chance for Jimmy Walker to defend a title. He’ll have to do it on a different golf course, with the tournament moving from CordeValle to Silverado, the resort amid the vineyards and foothills of Napa Valley.

The final hour of last year’s tournament was a blur. Walker closed with a 66 and rallied past Brooks Koepka. It was his first victory in eight years on tour, and Walker never imagined what would follow. He won a shootout at Waialae in the Sony Open, and then held on to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Walker certainly wasn’t lacking. had top 10s at Augusta National (his Masters debut), Pinehurst No. 2 and made a late bid at Valhalla to get into the mix before he tied for seventh. He also tied for sixth at The Players Championship.

Nicholls-Southern soccer canceled

Nicholls State’s soccer match against Southern, originally set for Thursday at 6 p.m. in Baton Rouge, has been canceled because of scheduling conflicts.

The Colonels (7-5, 3-2 SLC) will host Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. Sunday.