HIGH SCHOOLS

Wells fullback-linebacker DiTomasso named Maine Gatorade Player of the Year

Louis DiTomasso of Wells has been selected as the Maine Gatorade football player of the year. A fullback-linebacker, DiTomasso led the Warriors to the Class B state title, the school’s first since 1997.

DiTomasso scored 18 touchdowns and gained 1,559 yards on 203 carries. Defensively, he made 133 tackles for Wells, which finished with a 12-0 record. In the 21-13 victory against Leavitt for the state title, DiTomasso, a senior, ran for 134 yards and scored a touchdown. He was named Campbell Conference player of the year.

DiTomasso maintains a B-plus average in the classroom.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Rachel Yorke had three goals and two assists as York (1-0-1) skated to a 10-1 win over Gorham/Bonny Eagle (0-3) at Gorham. Olivia Leroux, Abby Cruz and Kendall Carr each had a goal and an assist, and Julia Hird, Caroline Hird, Sarah Baker and Carly Lee also scored. Megan Demers scored for Gorham/Bonny Eagle.

Mary Morrison, Meg Finlay and Monica Howland scored, and Emma Seymour stopped 16 shots as Greely (2-0) earned a 3-0 win over Scarborough (2-1-1) at Falmouth. Paige Tuller set up Morrison’s goal, Chelsey Andrews and Shannon Donovan assisted Finlay, and Michelle Gray earned an assist on Howland’s goal.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. was named NASCAR’s most popular driver for the ninth consecutive year.

Kurt Busch, who was fined $50,000 by NASCAR last week for verbally abusing an ESPN reporter and making an obscene gesture in his race car during the season finale at Homestead, said he’s seeing a sports psychologist to address personal issues.

INDYCAR: Newman-Haas Racing, the team started by the late actor Paul Newman, has decided it won’t compete in 2012. It’s the first time since 1982 that Newman-Haas won’t field an open-car team.

BASEBALL

MAJOR LEAGUES: Texas traded catcher Taylor Teagarden to Baltimore for minor league right-hander Randy Henry and a player to be named.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will have surgery today to remove polyps from his vocal cords.

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed infielder Adam Kennedy to a one-year contract.

SOCCER

U.S. MEN: The U.S. soccer team will start its 2012 schedule with a Jan. 21 exhibition against Venezuela at Glendale, Ariz., then play at Panama four days later.

GOLF

CHEVRON WORLD CHALLENGE: K.J. Choi shot a 6-under 66, giving him a three-shot lead over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker at Thousand Oaks, Calif. They were the only players to break 70 in the 18-man field in the final official event in the U.S. this year.

— From staff and news services