Two Maine racewalkers qualify for U.S. team

Maine racewalkers Katie Flanders of Gorham and Abby Dunn of Edward Little earned spots on the U.S. Junior track and field team with their finishes in the USA Junior national championships at Indiana University last weekend.

Flanders was fourth in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 58:04. Dunn was fifth in 59:04. Both compete for the Maine Racewalkers Club and earned their second all-America honors this year.

Flanders will attend Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., on a racewalking scholarship, and Dunn will attend Goshen (Ind.) College, also on scholarship.

Nicole Court-Menendez of Lewiston finished ninth in the event. She will attend Dakota Wesleyan College in Mitchell, S.D., also on scholarship.


NBA: Pat Riley, the Miami Heat president, was named this year’s recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the National Basketball Coaches Association.

Guard Ramon Sessions of the Lakers is declining his player option for next season to test free agency.

A St. Petersburg, Fla., jury awarded Tim Donaghy, a former NBA referee who was involved with gamblers, $1.3 million in a lawsuit against the company that published his memoir.


FOOTBALL: Doug Williams, a former NFL quarterback and 1988 Super Bowl MVP with Washington, will earn $250,000 annually with the opportunity to earn bonuses totaling nearly $100,000 under a new three-year contract with Grambling.


COMMISSION FAVORED: Two senators introduced legislation that would create a special boxing commission to oversee all matches in the U.S.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are pushing the measure establishing the U.S. Boxing Commission, which would carry out federal boxing law, work with the industry and local commissions, and license boxers, promoters, managers and sanctioning organizations.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Wayne Rooney returned from suspension and scored on a header in the 48th minute to give England a 1-0 victory over Ukraine at Donetsk, Ukraine, and a spot in the quarterfinals.

England won Group D and will next face Italy in Kiev on Sunday.

France advanced to the quarterfinals in unimpressive fashion, losing 2-0 to Sweden at Kiev but going through thanks to England’s win over Ukraine. France will face Spain in the quarterfinals Saturday.


PREAKNESS: Secretariat’s winning time in the 1973 Preakness was changed to reflect that the Triple Crown-winning colt’s time was actually faster than the stakes record.

The Maryland Racing Commission voted 7-0 in a special hearing at Laurel Park to change the official time of the race from 1:542/5 to 1:53. That gives Secretariat records in each of his three Triple Crown races – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes – that still stand.


NHL: Voters in Glendale, Ariz., can go ahead with a referendum on a lease agreement between the city and the prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Minnesota re-signed goalie Josh Harding to a three-year contract.

Ottawa agreed to terms with Norris Trophy finalist Erik Karlsson on a seven-year contract extension.

Detroit center Darren Helm, 25, agreed to an $8.5 million, four-year deal.


NECBL: Troy Black drove in the winner as the Sanford Mainers (3-6) rallied to a 5-1 victory over the Bay Sox (5-4) at New Bedford, N.H.

FCBL: Sean Lyons’ three-run triple in the fifth put the Silver Knights (5-4) ahead in a 5-2 win over the Raging Tide (4-5) at Old Orchard Beach.

CWS: Scott Sitz gave up five hits and struck out eight in a season-high 6 2/3 innings, and Florida State eliminated UCLA from the College World Series with a 4-1 victory at Omaha, Neb.