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MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy — A drone crash near four-time defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher marred a slalom race that Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway won by a massive 1.25-second margin Tuesday.

The drone carrying a TV camera for the broadcast crew crashed to the snow during Hirscher's second run just behind the Austrian. Though Hirscher might have been hit by some small pieces, he didn't appear to notice.

"This is horrible," said Hirscher, who finished second. "This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury."

Still, Hirscher reclaimed the overall World Cup lead from Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who no longer races slalom.

The Olympic bronze medalist in slalom last year, Kristoffersen earned his sixth World Cup victory. He also became the first man to win the opening two slaloms of the season since Austria's Reinfried Herbst six years ago.

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Presidential hopeful races to appeal FIFA ban

The sport's world governing body, FIFA, told Michel Platini he cannot bypass its appeals process by challenging his eight-year ban from the organization directly at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Platini, the president of Europe's governing body, had hoped to cut out the required FIFA appeals procedure as he races to try to overturn his ban before FIFA's Feb. 26 presidential election, in which he wants to be a candidate.

FIFA said it told Platini's lawyers that he can go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport only if the governing body's appeals committee first rejects his request. FIFA rules say a list of presidential candidates must be finalized one month before the election.

Platini was banned Monday for eight years along with FIFA president Sepp Blatter over a 2011 payment of $2 million from FIFA that Blatter authorized for him. Both were banned for unethical conduct.

Blatter had previously said he wouldn't run for re-election.

U.S. player of year: National team captain Michael Bradley was voted the U.S. Soccer Federation's male player of the year.

Rule changes on table: Instituting video replays and adding penalty boxes will be on the agenda of a meeting of the rules-making International Football Association Board next month, FIFA said. Rule changes could be made at the main board meeting in March.

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Baseball: Free agent pitcher Mike Leake and the Cardinals agreed to an $80 million, five-year contract. … Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and the Mets agreed to a $5.75 million, one-year contract, the Associated Press reported.

Track and field: The sport's governing body, IAAF, said the director of president Sebastian Coe's office is temporarily stepping down pending an ethics investigation into emails linked to Russian doping cases. French newspaper Le Monde reported that Nick Davies tried to delay public identification of alleged Russian drug cheats ahead of the 2013 world championships in Moscow. Davies, at the time communications director under then-president Lamine Diack, denied the allegation. … French magistrates filed new, tougher corruption charges against Diack in connection with coverups of Russian doping. Diack is now accused of "active corruption," the Paris financial prosecutor's office said. He had been accused of "passive corruption." The new charge centers on suspicions that Diack bribed Gabriel Dolle, the IAAF's former anti-doping chief who also is under investigation, to delay reporting of violations by Russian athletes.

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