Threat of stormy weather prompts schools to push up start times and postpone games

With an eye on the weather forecast for snow today and Wednesday, area high school athletic directors announced Monday that they had changed the start times for a number of area boys’ and girls’ basketball games.

Today’s boys’ games initially scheduled for evening starts will begin as follows: Biddeford plays at Thornton Academy at 4:30 p.m, Kennebunk plays at Scarborough at 4 p.m., and Sanford plays Portland at the Portland Expo at 4 p.m.

In girls’ basketball, Scarborough will play at Kennebunk at 4 p.m.

Greater Portland Christian’s boys’ game originally scheduled for Wednesday night at Buckfield has been rescheduled to a 7 p.m. start on Feb. 9. The schools’ girls’ teams will play that night at 5:30.


AHL: The Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference 11-8 in the AHL All-Star game before a sellout crowd of 10,736 fans in Hershey, Pa.

Binghamton Senators rookie forward Bobby Butler was named most valuable player after registering a goal and three assists for the East.


TORRES’ TRANSFER: Spanish forward Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for a British-record fee said to be $79.5 million as big-spending English clubs concluded a record-breaking spending spree during the January transfer window.

More than $345 million was spent in the month by Premier League teams, breaking the previous high of $290 million in 2009.

Torres’ move from Liverpool is the third-most expensive transfer in the soccer history, bettered only by Real Madrid’s purchases of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for $131 million and Kaka from AC Milan for $92 million.


MOVIESTAR OPEN: Thomaz Bellucci beat Filippo Volandri 6-2, 6-2 in the first round in Santiago, Chile.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-4, and Igor Andreev edged Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 7-6 (4). Pablo Andujar also advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Peter Luczak.

In other first-round matches, Ricardo Mello outlasted Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), and Tommy Robredo defeated Frederico Gil 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Top-seeded David Nalbandian and No. 2 Juan Monaco were scheduled to play today.

Bellucci defeated Monaco in last year’s final.

SA OPEN: Simon Greul, Somdev Devvarman and Rik de Voest won first-round matches in Johannesburg.

Greul beat qualifier Thiago Alves 6-2, 7-5, Devvarman ousted Raven Klaasen 6-4, 6-3, and De Voest edged Stefano Galvani 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (6).

Defending champion Feliciano Lopez, the No. 1 seed and highest ranked player in Johannesburg at No. 33, plays Frank Dancevic in the first round today.

Second-seeded Yen-hsun Lu, ranked No. 37 and the only other top-50 player at the tournament, will open against qualifier Milos Raonic.