Clemmer, Clippers blank Falmouth in girls hockey

Katie Clemmer scored twice to lead Yarmouth/Freeport/Gray-New Gloucester to a 3-0 win over Falmouth in a high school girls’ hockey game at Falmouth.

Clemmer had a power-play goal at 5:26 into the first period on assists from Michelle Robichaud and Jenny Holmquist.

Keeley Arnold also scored on a power play with a minute left in the first period with Holmquist and Robichaud again assisting.

Clemmer added the third goal unassisted at 9:09 into the second period.

Hannah Williams turned away all 18 shots she faced while Falmouth’s Alex Hurdman finished with 16 saves.

Yarmouth/Freeport/Gray-New Gloucester improves to 5-4. Falmouth falls to 6-2.


HOPMAN CUP: Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the Australian team in Perth because of a back injury and was replaced by Matthew Ebden.

Kyrgios, who beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at Wimbledon in July, also planned to play in the Sydney International before the Australian Open begins on Jan. 19, but this is now uncertain.

Ebden will be partnered by Casey Dellacqua in the Hopman Cup mixed teams event.

Australia opens play on Sunday against Poland, with Canada earlier taking on Czech Republic.

Americans Serena Williams and John Isner will play their first match Monday against Italy.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina withdrew from the Australian tourney with a left wrist injury, joining another former U.S. Open champion, Marin Cilic, on the sidelines.

Del Potro has been off the tour since undergoing surgery in March, but had targeted Brisbane as his return. The withdrawal of the 2009 U.S. Open champion also leaves him in doubt for the Australian Open, while he appears unlikely to defend the Sydney International he won last year.

Cilic, who has a right shoulder injury, announced his withdrawal Tuesday.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Frank Lampard will carry on playing for Manchester City throughout the season.

“Manchester City can confirm that it has extended Frank Lampard’s contract up to the end of Manchester City’s season, enabling his continued participation in both domestic and European campaigns,” the club said.

The 36-year-old former England and Chelsea midfielder was on a short-term deal which was due to expire on New Year’s Day when he would officially become a player of MLS team New York City – a sister club of Manchester City.


NATIONAL LEAGUE: The Reds acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash from the Phillies for a minor league pitcher, filling the biggest hole in their lineup.

The Reds tried to get a left fielder through free agency but failed, prompting them to trade for the 37-year-old Byrd.

“Hopefully it’s going to be like riding a bike,” Byrd said. “I’m going to have to put a little extra work on it this offseason.”

Byrd is the latest veteran traded for prospects as the Phillies rebuild. They’ve also sent 2007 National league MVP Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers and left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates. The Phillies have missed the playoffs three straight years after winning five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series.

– From staff and news services