Kennebunk’s Leonardi is repeat Gatorade winner

Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunk High was named Maine’s Gatorade girls’ track and field athlete of the year for the third year in a row.

Leonardi, a senior, won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the Class A state meet and set a New England record of 10 minutes, 19.09 seconds in the 3,200.

Leonardi also has been named girls’ cross country athlete of the year three times, joining Emma Brink of Kentucky as the top award winners in the program’s 26-year history with six.


UMAINE SPORTS HALL OF FAME: The University of Maine announced seven 2011 inductees to its Sports Hall of Fame, including former men’s hockey goalie Jimmy Howard, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings.

Joining Howard, who played for the Black Bears from 2002 to 2005, are Jim Ballinger (track and field, 1966), Dick Collins (basketball, 1959), Linda Consolante-Hathorn (soccer, 2006), Mark Coutts (football, 1986), William Hunnewell (cross country, 1937) and Tim Tobin (riflery, 1980).


SOUTHERN LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME: Former Deering High standout Ryan Flaherty of the Tennessee Smokies flied out in his only at-bat for the North, which won the Double-A league’s All-Star game 6-3 at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tenn.

Flaherty was a pinch hitter with runners on first and second and no outs in the seventh inning. He played second base for the remainder of the game and had a putout and two assists.


BASEBALL: Steven Rodriguez pitched no-hit relief for 41/3 innings as Florida finished a 3-1 victory over Vanderbilt in the completion of a College World Series game suspended because of inclement weather at Omaha, Neb.

Derek Campbell drove in two runs, closer Matt Flemer pitched three scoreless innings and California beat Texas A&M, 7-3.

Colby Holmes, John Taylor and Matt Price combined on a five-hitter and defending national champion South Carolina tied the record for consecutive NCAA tournament wins (13) with a 7-1 victory over Virginia.

SOFTBALL: The NCAA is considering a rules change that would allow a defensive team to choose a penalty if a runner leaves base before the pitcher releases the ball.

The proposal would allow the defensive team to have the runner called out and replay the pitch, as the rules currently require, or take the result of the play if that’s more advantageous.


NASCAR: NASCAR fined Joe Gibbs Racing’s three crew chiefs $50,000 each for bringing unapproved oil pans to Michigan International Speedway last week.


WNBA: Angel McCoughtry scored 14 points to lead the Atlanta Dream past visiting Chicago, 71-68.

Reserve guard Shavonte Zellous scored 21 points and the Indiana Fever held off the Washington Mystics 89-80 at Washington.

Sue Bird scored 21 points and the Seattle Storm rallied for an 82-77 victory over the Tulsa Shock at Tulsa, Okla.