Maine team wins the silver at Lowell tournament

The Nor’Easters Open Adult Synchronized Skating Team earned a silver medal at the 30th annual Colonial Classic held last weekend at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass. The team is made up of 12 skaters ranging in age from 25 to 61: Carrie McCormick of Freeport, Nina Sylvia of West Bath, Susan Black of Windham, Kathy Cain of Oxford, Heidi Coffin of Brunswick, Chelsea Ferk of Biddeford, Sue Gagne of Lewiston, Susan Greenwood of Gorham, Sarah Lawsure of Scarborough, Meghan O’Brien of Gray and Caroline Paras and Lori Johnson of Portland.

The team is one of five that represent the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club of Falmouth.


MAJORS: Brian Roberts and the Yankees completed their $2 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows the second baseman to earn $4.6 million if he becomes a starter.


The contract was agreed to on Dec. 17 and finalized Tuesday, three days after a spot on the 40-man roster opened when Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the season.


MLS: The Columbus Crew acquired midfielder Hector Jimenez and a first-round pick in Thursday’s draft from the L.A. Galaxy for the Crew’s second-round pick and money.

The first-round pick is 14th overall, while the selection sent to the Galaxy is the 23rd.

D.C. United traded defender Ethan White to the Philadelphia Union for defender Jeff Parke.



WORLD CUP: American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin cemented her status as the best slalom skier, winning a night race in Flachau, Austria, just 38 days before the same event at the Sochi Olympics.

The 18-year-old racer from Colorado finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 45.83 seconds and beat Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.83.


WNBA: The San Antonio Silver Stars will be simply the Stars.

The franchise was founded in 1997 as the Utah Starzz, moved to San Antonio in 2003 and was rebranded the Silver Stars with the black-and-silver motif of its owners, the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA.



PGA: Defending champion Phil Mickelson has officially committed to play the Phoenix Open.

Ian Poulter, Bill Haas and K.J. Choi also committed to the Jan. 30-Feb. 2 event at TPC Scottsdale.

Last year, Mickelson opened with a 60 and finished at a tournament-record 28-under 256. The former Arizona State star also won in 1996 and 2005.

– From staff and news services

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