Benjamin Raich to miss rest of worlds

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Benjamin Raich of Austria has been ruled out of the rest of the world championships after hurting his left knee in a crash during the team event.

The Austrian ski federation says the 2007 overall World Cup champion will have surgery after tearing ligaments and damaging cartilage and the meniscus during the first run of Wednesday's parallel slalom event.

The 32-year-old Raich, who has won seven medals at the worlds since 2001, will miss Friday's giant slalom and Sunday's slalom.

The Austrian team has been hit by a recent string of injuries. Hans Grugger, Mario Scheiber, Georg Streitberger and Marcel Hirscher were all ruled out shortly before the start of the worlds following crashes in World Cup races.