FIGURE SKATING

Scarborough’s Sewall in sixth at sectionals after short program

Morgan Sewall, a 14-year-old freshman at Scarborough High, was in sixth place after her short program Thursday morning in the novice ladies division of the Eastern sectional figure skating championships in Jamestown, N.Y.

Sewall had a score of 34.97 points. Madison Vinci and Brianna Laxson of the Washington D.C. Figure Skating Club led the field with scores of 41.20 and 39.66.

The novice competition concludes this morning with the free skate. The top four advance to the national championships in January in San Jose, Calif.

SOCCER

BLATTER CRITICIZED: With his organization still reeling from corruption allegations, FIFA President Sepp Blatter faced calls for his resignation after saying racial abuse on the soccer field could be settled by a handshake and quickly forgotten.

The comment in television interviews drew outrage across soccer. British Prime Minister David Cameron called Blatter’s suggestion “appalling,” while the country’s sports minister urged Blatter to leave “for the sake of the game.” The European Union described his remedy for racism as “completely unacceptable.”

GOLF

LPGA: Na Yeon Choi shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel and Karrie Webb after the first round of the season-ending Titleholders at Orlando, Fla.

HALL OF FAME: Hollis Stacy, a four-time major winner on the LPGA Tour, was selected for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

VOLLEYBALL

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The United States secured a berth at next year’s London Olympics by defeating Italy 25-23, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21 at the World Cup in Tokyo.

The Americans improved to 9-1 and can clinch the gold medal with a win today over Japan.

TENNIS

WILLIAMS READY TO RETURN: Venus Williams will make her comeback in an exhibition match against her sister Serena in Colombia on Wednesday, two months after pulling out of the U.S. Open because of an immune system disease.

AUTO RACING

FORMULA ONE: The 2012 U.S. Grand Prix will be canceled unless the organizers in Austin, Texas, sign a contract with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone by the end of next week and prove they have the money to put on the race.

— From staff and news services