True debuts in 39th at world cross country meet

Ben True, a native of North Yarmouth and graduate of Greely High and Dartmouth College, placed 36th in his international racing debut Sunday at the 39th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain.

True, 25, ran the 12-kilometer course in 35 minutes, 56 seconds. He was the first of five American men to finish in a field of 120.

Imana Marga of Ethiopia won the race ahead of four Kenyan runners in a time of 33:50. Led by True, the United States placed 10th of 17 teams. Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda swept the top three places.

In the women’s race, Shalane Flanagan placed third overall to lead the U.S. women to third among 15 teams behind Kenya and Ethiopia. Molly Huddle, Magdalena Lewy-Boulet and Blake Russell finished 17th, 18th and 19th for the U.S.

NYC HALF MARATHON: Mo Farah of England outsprinted Gebre Gebremariam in the final 200 meters of the New York City half marathon, edging the Ethiopian by 2 seconds.


WORLD CUP: World Cup champion Maria Riesch helped Germany win the season-ending team event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The United States did not enter the team event.


WORLD CUP: Emil Hegle Svendsen won a 15-kilometer biathlon to close out the season in Oslo, Norway, while fellow Norwegian Tarjei Boe earned the overall World Cup title. Darya Domracheva of Belarus won the 12.5K biathlon to clinch the women’s World Cup mass start title, while Kaisa Makarainen of Finland took the overall trophy.


QMJHL: Michael Chaput, Pierre-Olivier Morin and Etienne Brodeur each scored goals to lead the Lewiston Maineiacs to a 3-1 victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in their regular season finale on at Chicoutimi, Quebec. Lewiston will host Moncton on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Game 1 of their best-of-seven playoff series.


PORTLAND BOXING CLUB: Portland Boxing Club middleweight Russell Lamour defeated 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist John Joe Joyce of Kildare, Ireland, while fighting for the Los Angeles Matadors as part of the World Series of Boxing.

Portland Boxing Club lightweight Liz Leddy lost a unanimous decision to 10-time national champion Carrie Berry of Fort Carson, Colo., in a box-off of elite USA boxers at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.


MLS: Juninho scored for the second time in two games, helping the Los Angeles Galaxy forge a 1-1 tie in their rain-soaked home opener against the New England Revolution.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal, the world’s top-ranked player, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the championship in Indian Wells, Calif. Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki defeated Marion Bartoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 on the women’s side.