November 25, 2012

Sports Digest

HIGH SCHOOLS

Landry’s seven goals lead Leavitt over Falmouth

Taylor Landry scored seven goals to lead Leavitt/Edward Little to a 9-1 victory over Falmouth in a girls’ hockey season-opener at Family Ice Center in Falmouth on Saturday.

Shelbea Russell added a goal and two assists and Abby Roy had two helpers for the Red Hornets.
Martina St. Angelo scored for the Yachtsmen.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: At Aspen, Colo., Tina Maze of Slovenia won her second straight World Cup giant slalom race, while an exhausted Lindsey Vonn finished 21st in her return after missing time with an intestinal illness at Aspen, Colo.

Maze beat Kathrin Zettel of Austria by nearly a second; Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was third.

Vonn was 10th after the first run, but didn’t have anything left for the second pass through the course.

In the men’s division held at Lake Louise, Alberta, Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the season-opening men’s downhill, beating Austria’s Max Franz by 0.64 seconds.

American Marco Sullivan and Austria’s Klaus Kroell tied for third.

LUGE

WORLD CUP: Anke Wischnewski led a 1-2 German finish ahead of Natalie Geisenberger at the season-opening women’s luge World Cup race at Igls, Austria.

It was Wischnewski’s second career victory. Maine Olympian Julia Clukey, of Augusta, finished sixth.

GOLF

DUBAI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Top-ranked Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole to join Luke Donald at the top of the leaderboard, putting them three shots ahead of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship.

The two-time major champion, who has already wrapped up the European and PGA Tour money titles, struggled early when he bogeyed the first hole and missed several makeable birdie putts.

Donald, tied for the lead with McIlroy and Marc Warren after the second round, sank several clutch putts on his way to a 66.

TRACK

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Usain Bolt has won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time over United States hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenyan runner David Rudisha.

The Jamaican sprinter, who defended his 100 and 200 meter gold medals at this summer’s Olympic Games, also won the award in 2008, 2009, and 2011.

United States sprinter Allyson Felix won the women’s World Athlete of the Year award. The other finalists were Valerie Adams and Jessica Ennis.

The awards were announced on the final day of the IAAF’s 100th anniversary celebration at Barcelona, Spain.

FOOTBALL

BENEFIT GAME: The Maine Sabers of the Eastern Football League will host the Southern Maine Raging Bulls of the New England Football League in an interleague contest at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Admission is free, but donations will be collected for the MS Society of Southern Maine.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United moved back into the league lead, rallying at home to beat last-place Queens Park Rangers 3-1.

United (10-3), which lost at Norwich last weekend, is two points ahead of defending champion Manchester City (8-4), which plays Sunday at Chelsea (7-2-3).

BASEBALL

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese is OK after crashing his SUV while trying to avoid a deer in the St. Louis suburb of Wildwood.

Freese refused medical attention and his SUV was towed from the scene. Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

– From news service reports

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