Camden Hills’ McFarland wins top basketball honor

Tyler McFarland of Camden Hills was selected as Maine’s Gatorade boys’ basketball player of the year, the Portland Press Herald learned Thursday. The 6-foot-6 senior forward averaged 24.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.8 blocks a game.

He shot 55 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the line. He scored 24 points in the state Class B final as the Windjammers beat Cape Elizabeth, 68-59.


Super-G races canceled because of bad weather

Racing at Alpine skiing’s World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, has been canceled due to rain and forecasts of more bad weather.

The International Ski Federation said Thursday’s super-G races for men and women can’t be rescheduled this week during the finals.

The duel between Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch for the women’s overall title is now a two-race contest in today’s slalom and the giant slalom on Saturday.


SABERS TRYOUT: Candidates wishing to play for the Maine Sabers football club can attend the team’s second workout Saturday at the Portland Sports Complex, beginning at noon.

The workout is open to all interested players regardless of experience. No equipment is required other than shorts and cleats.


EUROPA CUP: Liverpool and Manchester City were eliminated from the Europa League, and Giuseppe Rossi scored his tournament-high eighth goal to help Villarreal reach the quarterfinals.

Manchester City beat visiting Dynamo Kiev 1-0 as Aleksandar Kolarov scored on a 39th-minute free kick but lost the total-goals series 2-1. Liverpool was held to a 0-0 tie by Braga at Anfield, and Liverpool was knocked out on 1-0 aggregate. Porto defeated visiting CSKA Moscow to advance 3-1, and Benfica tied 1-1 at Paris Saint-Germain to advance 3-2.


RIDERS BACK BANS: Four-year bans for doping appear likely to become the norm in cycling following recommendations from both the UCI-endorsed Professional Cycling Council and the Association of Professional Cyclists.

Both bodies were meeting in Milan before the season’s first single-day classic, the Milan-San Remo on Saturday.

The move from two- to four-year bans would be for serious doping offenses, such as use of EPO, growth hormones or blood transfusions.

The council also proposed penalties for teams that hire riders returning from doping bans, while the cyclists’ association suggested sanctioning teams with riders found doping.

BOYCOTT PROPOSED: The professional cycling teams’ association is threatening to boycott the Tour of Beijing in October if the sport’s governing body doesn’t withdraw its proposed ban on radio communication during races by May 1.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semifinals in Indian Wells, Calif., when Victoria Azarenka retired with a hip injury while trailing 3-0 in the first set.

On the men’s side, 25th-seeded Tommy Robredo withdrew before his quarterfinal against Juan Martin del Potro because of a strained left abductor muscle he suffered in his match a day earlier.

SONY ERICSSON OPEN: Venus Williams withdrew from the upcoming event in Key Biscayne, Fla., citing an abdominal injury that has sidelined her for nearly two months.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Jose Manuel Lara overcame an early double bogey to finish tied for the lead with Stephen Dodd on the opening day of the Sicilian Open in Ragusa, Sicily.

Lara had nine birdies and finished with a 6-under 65, matching Dodd’s earlier effort.

Dodd combined six birdies with two bogeys before a late eagle on the par-5 16th. He has won three times on the European Tour.


AQUEDUCT: Digger beat Sun Dance Moon by two lengths in the $46,000 feature at Aqueduct, giving trainer Bruce Brown three winners at the track in New York. A 7-year-old gelding, Digger earned his 14th win in 38 starts. Mike Luzzi was aboard for the six furlongs run in 1:09.60 on the fast track. The 8-5 favorite, Digger paid $5.20, $3 and $2.30. Sun Dance Moon returned $4 and $3. Ricoriatoa earned $3 to show.