Lake Region junior Kate Hall was named the Gatorade Maine Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. It is the second straight year Hall has won the award, which recognizes athletics, academics and character.

Hall, who is home-schooled and competes for Lake Region, has a 3.8 grade-point average, won the 100-meter dash, the 200, the long jump and the triple jump at the Class B state championship.

She was third in the 100, sixth in the long jump and eighth in the 200 at the national outdoor championships.


JUNIOR OLYMPICS: The Maine Association of USA Track and Field will host its Junior Olympic Championship and Region 1 Qualifying meet Saturday and Sunday at Scarborough High School. The top six finishers in each event qualify for the Region 1 Championship in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, July 10-13.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and the meet begins at 9 a.m. Non-USATF members must bring proof of age. Participants can register in advance at


NBA: A judge Thursday rejected an urgent request by Shelly Sterling’s attorney asking that her husband Donald Sterling and his lawyers be ordered to stop harassing her legal team and doctors in their dispute over the planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

A petition filed by Shelly Sterling’s attorneys quoted allegedly threatening remarks made by Donald Sterling in phone calls and a letter sent by his lawyer to two doctors who declared him mentally incapacitated.

Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the matter may involve “high emotions and some litigation posturing” and urged both parties to tone down their communications.

• Kansas center Joel Embiid, one of the top prospects in next week’s draft, has a stress fracture in his right foot and will have surgery on Friday.

Embiid was widely considered to be the favorite for the No. 1 pick held by Cleveland.


TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP: Brendan Steele opened with an 8-under 62, two shy of the course record at River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

The course record is 60, set in 2011 by Patrick Cantlay as an amateur.

IRISH OPEN: Finland’s Mikko Illonen shot a seven-under-par 64 to set a new course record and take a three-stroke lead as crowd favorite Rory McIlroy struggled to a three-over 74 on the opening day at Fota Island in Cork.


NHL: The Carolina Hurricanes hired Detroit assistant Bill Peters as their new coach.

The 48-year-old Peters spent the past three years working primarily with the Red Wings’ defensemen and penalty-killers.

• Ducks General Manager Bob Murray confirmed that center Saku Koivu and goalie Jonas Hiller won’t be offered contracts for next season.


TOPSHELF OPEN: Benjamin Becker of Germany reached his first ATP semifinals in almost 21/2 years when he beat Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4 at rainy ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

AEGON INTERNATIONAL: Caroline Wozniacki, champion in 2009, held off a strong challenge from Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2, while 2010 champ Ekaterina Makarova fell to fifth seed Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals at Eastbourne, England.

– From staff and news services