Benton skier to represent U.S. in the giant slalom in Sochi in March

Benton’s Lindsay Ball, a December graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, will soon be on her way to Sochi, Russia, to compete in the Paralympics.

Ball, who was born visually impaired, was named to the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team and will compete in the giant slalom in Sochi on March 16. Ball is classified as completely blind in the Paralympics competition.

Ball won the bronze medal in the 2012 World Cup giant slalom visually impaired race alongside her skiing guide, Diane Barras.



HOCKEY: Bryce Fraser scored with 6:25 left in the third period to lift Kennebunk (10-6-1) to a 4-3 win over Noble/Wells (12-5) at Biddeford.

Pat Gassman had a goal and three assists for the Rams. Ben Bath and Bo Beveridge also scored.

Connor Pease, Dean Pratt and Kadin Lessard had goals for Noble/Wells.

Travis Townsend scored a tie-breaking goal early in the third, then assisted Mason LaPlante’s goal seven minutes later, and Lake Region/Fryeburg/Oxford Hills (8-9) held on for a 4-3 win over Bonny Eagle (2-13-2) at Gorham.

Cam Brown scored twice for the Scots.

Kyle Halvorsen, Dylan Farrell-Reny and Andrew Whipple scored second-period goals and South Portland (10-7) held off Windham (4-11-1) for a 3-2 win at Gorham.


Travis Grant and Zack Callahan scored for the Eagles.


DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Top-seeded Serena Williams faced some early struggles before defeating Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (8), 6-0 in the second round at Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Williams, playing as a wild card, had been sidelined with a back injury since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open last month.


NFL: Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, writing on Twitter Tuesday, offered apologies to teammate Jonathan Martin, team owner Stephen Ross and investigator Ted Wells in the wake of the NFL-ordered report that found Incognito was part of a “pattern of harassment,” in which he targeted teammates with vicious taunts and racist insults.


A source said DeAngelo Hall has agreed to a four-year deal to stay with the Redskins, keeping the 30-year-old cornerback in Washington, where he has played the past six seasons. Hall had four interceptions last season, including two returned for touchdowns.


PGA: Vijay Singh received a favorable ruling in his lawsuit against the PGA Tour when a judge allowed his complaint that he was treated differently from other players under the tour’s anti-doping policy. The New York State Supreme Court only partially dismissed the lawsuit, meaning the case could be headed for trial.

– From staff and news services

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