Thursday, December 12, 2013
From staff and news services
Scarborough teenager soars to New England title
Morgan Sewall, 15, of Scarborough won the junior ladies figure skating title by a wide margin Monday night at the New England Regional Championships in Warwick, R.I.
A sophomore at Scarborough High, Sewall landed two triple Salchows – one in combination – on her way to a score of 87.32 points in Monday's free skate. That was more than 18 points higher than the best score from the other 16 skaters.
In Sunday's short program, Sewall landed her first triple Salchow in competition and received the highest score, 40.78. Her two-event total was 128.10.
Only two other skaters broke 100 points, runner-up Heidi Munger (108.03) of the Skating Club of Boston and Ainsley McGill (105.98) of the Charter Oak Figure Skating Club of Connecticut.
In Monday's free skate, Sewall also landed a combination of three consecutive jumps, a double Lutz followed by two double toe loops.
With the victory, Sewall advances to the Eastern Regional competition. Last year she placed 11th in the country in the ladies novice division.
NBA: Spencer Hawes scored 17 points and Thaddeus Young had 15 to lead the host Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-75 win over the Boston Celtics in a preseason game.
Lavoy Allen had 11 points and Evan Turner 10 for the Sixers. Nick Young scored 14 points.
Paul Pierce scored 16 points and Brandon Bass added 11 for the Celtics. Kevin Garnett was given the night off.
The Sixers dominated the third quarter to stretch a seven-point lead to 21.
U.S. HALL OF FAME: Mike Modano, the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, joined longtime New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, and player-turned-broadcaster Ed Olczyk, as the newest inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Dallas.
Modano was chosen with the first pick of the 1988 NHL draft. By the time he retired in 2011, the Livonia, Mich., native was the Minnesota North Stars' leader in games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802) and points (1,359). Modano, who played his final NHL season with the Detroit Red Wings, leads U.S.-born players in goals (561) and points (1,374).
BASKETBALL: Bob Knight is selling his championship basketball rings and Olympic gold medal.
A collection of the former coach's memorabilia will be auctioned by Steiner Sports Memorabilia, of New York.
The auction runs through Dec. 5 and will feature Knight's rings from his three NCAA championship teams at Indiana – the undefeated 1976 season and the ones from 1981 and 1987.
WORLD CUP: FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will talk to Cuban officials about the defection of three national team players before a World Cup qualifier in Canada last week.
The players disappeared nine months after two players with the Cuba women's team fled to the United States following a match against Canada in Vancouver.
Cuba had just 11 players and lost 3-0 to Canada on Friday.