January 8

Sports Digest

FIGURE SKATING

Yarmouth skater finishes eighth at U.S. Championships in Boston

Franz-Peter Jerosch of Yarmouth placed eighth in the Juvenile Boys level of the U.S. figure skating championships Wednesday morning in Boston.

A seventh-grader at Harrison Middle School, Jerosch received a score of 43.23 points, just over three points shy of a medal.

“We are very proud of Franz,” said his coach, Lynda Hathaway. “He skated clean and strong, met all of his goals for the season, and his marks were his personal best. Much like his skate at sectionals, his calmness and focus carried him through.”

Tommy-Jo Nyman of Florida won the competition with 49.48 points.

PREP SCHOOLS

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Rebecca Siegel scored 19 points, and Maggie DuChene had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Berwick Academy (7-1) to a 53-34 win over Southfield School (3-3) at South Berwick.

Torie St. Pierre also scored 12 points for the Bulldogs.

AUTO RACING

SCHUMACHER UPDATE: Investigators said two minutes of footage from a camera on Michael Schumacher’s ski helmet showed he was skiing well off a groomed trail when he lost his balance and crashed, leaving him with critical head injuries.

TENNIS

HOBART INTERNATIONAL: Former U.S. Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Samantha Stosur rallied to win their second-round matches at Sydney.

BASEBALL

MAJORS: Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016.

The Tigers agreed to a one-year deal with shortstop Jose Iglesias.

SOCCER

WORLD CUP: Ian Darke is replacing Martin Tyler as ESPN’s lead play-by-play broadcaster for the World Cup.

PLAYER COMES OUT: A former World Cup player from Germany came out as gay, rebuking the Russian anti-gay law that threatens to tarnish next month’s Olympics and challenging the longstanding stigma against homosexuality in soccer.

With his announcement, Thomas Hitzlsperger became the biggest name in soccer to declare he is gay. He said he wants to help break down the prejudice against homosexuality that has long permeated the macho, testosterone-fueled culture of the world’s most popular sport.

GOLF

LPGA: The LPGA Tour is going to a points race this year, offering $1 million to the winner of the new “Race to the CME Globe.”

The women will earn points for 31 events going into the CME Group Tour Championship.

– From staff and news services

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