Sophomore Kate Marshall, a standout in girls’ soccer and lacrosse despite her lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis, was selected as Sports Illustrated’s high school athlete of the month for December.

According to the magazine, the award honors athletes who best embody, in character and performance, the qualities of service, dedication, integrity and athletic ability.

The 15-year-old Marshall plays midfield for both her high school soccer team and regional league team Seacoast United.

Having been diagnosed with the genetic disease as an infant, she wakes up far earlier than most classmates to administer intensive daily treatments.

Her father, Patrick Marshall, has started a biopharmaceutical recruitment and staffing firm, StratAcuity. Vertex, a client of StratAcuity, is involved in developing the FDA-approved drug Kalydeco – a breakthrough in treating the disease.

Marshall will be honored at York High on Dec. 18. The ceremony will include an award presentation by Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Chris Stone.


GRAND PRIX: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva led a Russian teen sweep of the short program at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final at Barcelona, Spain on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Tuktamysheva earned a top score of 67.52 points, performing to Ravel’s “Bolero.”

Julia Lipnitskaia, who is 16, was next with 66.24, followed by Elena Radionova (15) and Anna Pogorilaya (16).

Japan’s Rika Hongo was fifth, while American Ashley Wagner had the lowest score of the six finalists with 60.24.

In pairs, Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford took the lead with the highest score in the short program.


EUROPA LEAGUE: Torino came back to beat nine-man Copenhagen 5-1 and complete a sweep in Rome, with all four Italian clubs advancing from the group phase.

Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Napoli had already reached the last 32 and Roma dropped down to the continent’s secondary competition by finishing third in its Champions League group.

With Juventus advancing in the Champions League, Italy has six clubs still competing in Europe – the best showing for the Serie A since 2008-09.

MLS: D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola was suspended by the league for six games and fined because he shoved a game official following a playoff game last month.

NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE: Retired Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has joined the ownership group of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.


WBA: Russia’s Fyodor Chudinov knocked out previously unbeaten Australian Ben McCulloch in the second round to win the vacant interim super-middleweight belt in Moscow.

The unbeaten Chudinov, brother of interim WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov, moves to a 12-0 career record.

McCulloch drops to 14-1.


AMERICA’S CUP: In Switzerland, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced sailor Dirk de Ridder’s suspension from sanctioned events from three years to 18 months.

De Ridder was suspended by the International Sailing Federation for his alleged involvement in the manipulation of the weight distribution of boats sailed by Oracle Team USA in warmup regattas prior to the 2013 America’s Cup.

– From staff and news services