ROAD RACING

Beach to Beacon registration begins

Online registration for the popular Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race begins Thursday morning for Cape Elizabeth residents and Friday morning for the general public.

At 7 a.m. Thursday 600 slots will be made available for Cape Elizabeth residents on a first come, first served basis at beach2beacon.org.

At the same time Friday morning 4,000 slots open up for the general public. A lottery for the remaining 1,950 entries will begin immediately after online registration ends.

Last year’s Cape Elizabeth field filled in 8 minutes, 53 seconds. The general public field has filled in less than five minutes for the past three years, taking only 4:15 last March.

SOCCER

U.S. WOMEN: Goalkeeper Hope Solo took to Twitter to show her concern about the field conditions at FAU Stadium for Wednesday night’s match against Germany.

Solo posted a photo of worn grass at the Boca Raton, Florida, stadium on Tuesday, writing, “This is what the top two women’s teams in the world will play on tomorrow night.” She also added a #EqualMeansEqual.

The call for gender equity comes as U.S. Soccer and the players’ union seek a new collective bargaining agreement.

AFRICA: Matches were fixed at this year’s African Nations Championship, the continent’s second-biggest soccer tournament, the head of the Zimbabwe federation said.

Zimbabwe Football Association President Phillip Chiyangwa said there was “overwhelming” evidence that his team’s games at the tournament were manipulated by a ring of fixers that included federation officials, coaches, players and the federation’s former chief executive.

CHINA: After the $300 million splurge on high-profile foreign stars in the preseason transfer window, there is one striking statistic from the opening round of the Chinese Super League.

Of the 16 goals scored, not one could be attributed to a homegrown Chinese player.

The influx of expensive imports has increased attendance and the league’s profile overseas, but compounded concerns about the effects of too many overseas strikers in the domestic competition.

HORSE RACING

HALL OF FAME: Jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret are among the 10 finalists for the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, New York.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: Doctors are pleased at the pace Tony Stewart’s broken back is healing and have given the three-time NASCAR champion a rehabilitation program aimed to get him back in a race car for his final NASCAR season. Stewart was injured Jan. 31 in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

FORMULA ONE: The U.S. Grand Prix will run in 2016 after months of speculation that its financial struggles could scuttle the only U.S. race, run in Austin, Texas.

BASKETBALL

U.S. MEN: Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin’s chance of participating in the Rio Olympics hasn’t been jeopardized by his injuries or his suspension for punching a team staff member.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said he doesn’t judge people based on their poor decisions.

Griffin was suspended and docked five games’ pay totaling $859,442 for his altercation with the team’s assistant equipment manager at a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23.

– From staff and news services