Sochi’s chief organizer assures sufficient safety precautions at 2014 Winter Games

The head of Sochi’s Olympic organizing committee said authorities will do everything to make the 2014 Winter Games the “safest in history.”

Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that the security plan for Sochi meets international demands. He said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that the system’s efficiency has been proven at test competitions and will be tested at other events.

While Chernyshenko didn’t mention the Boston Marathon blasts that killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday, several other Russian officials pledged to beef up Sochi security after the bombings.

Sochi is in southern Russia, a region that has been destabilized by an Islamic insurgency.


MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal extended his Monte Carlo Masters winning streak to 43 matches and top-ranked Novak Djokovic won despite a balky ankle.

Nadal cruised past Marinko Matosevi,c 6-1, 6-2. Djokovic spent twice as long on court, defeating Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in 2 hours, 15 minutes.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Former Buffalo Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff will be behind Canada’s bench for the tournament next month in Stockholm and Helsinki.

Ruff was fired by the Sabres on Feb. 20, ending a 16-year run as the team’s coach. He coached Canada to a silver medal in the 2009 world championship and was an associate coach under Mike Babcock on Canada’s 2010 gold-medal Olympic team.


ICU: The International Cycling Union has provisionally suspended four Costa Rican riders who tested positive for the banned black market drug GW501516 at the Tour of Costa Rica last December. They are Vargas Barrantes, Mudarra Segura, Morales Castillo and Villalobos Azofeifa.


BOYS’ LACROSSE: North Yarmouth Academy (1-2) defeated Berwick Academy 15-10 at South Berwick. The Bulldogs (1-4) were within two goals in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers pulled away with a late surge.

Senior Sam Hereford led the home team with three goals and an assist, and Brendan Bradley finished with two goals and an assist.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Melanie Mait scored six goals and Izzy Reis added three to lead Berwick Academy (5-0) to a 14-9 win over the Winsor School (1-2) in Boston.

Tilly Burzynski and Caroline Hernon added two goals and one assist apiece for Berwick.

SOFTBALL: Molly LaPointe had two hits and drove in two runs, and Abby Moore and Suzanna Borg scored two runs each to lead Berwick Academy (3-0) to a 6-3 win over Bancroft at South Berwick.

Borg gave up just one earned run on four singles over the first four innings for the Bulldogs and Taylor Lyman struck out seven over three hitless innings of relief.

— From staff and news services