Eight semifinalists named for Travis Roy Award

Eight semifinalists were announced Tuesday for the annual Travis Roy Award, given to the top senior in Maine high school boys’ hockey among Class A schools. The award is presented by the Maine Class A Hockey Coaches Association.

Among Western Class A schools, the semifinalists are Brandon Daigle, Biddeford; Isac Nordstrom, Falmouth; Dean Pratt, Noble/Wells; and Andrew Whipple, South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete.

The semifinalists from Eastern A are Bradford Berube and Caleb Labrie, St. Dominic; Jake Fournier, Bangor; and Cody Martin, Lawrence/Skowhegan.

Finalists will be announced Monday. The winner will be announced at the coaches’ all-state banquet March 15 in Lewiston.


AHL: The Portland Pirates traded forward Dyson Stevenson to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for defenseman Matt Lashoff.

Lashoff, 28, has a goal and three assists in 11 games for Bridgeport this season.

Before signing with the Sound Tigers on Jan. 12, Lashoff played in 23 games for Metallurg Novokuznetsk in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League this season.

In 323 AHL games with Providence, Norfolk, Toronto and Bridgeport, he has 43 goals and 113 assists.

Lashoff, a first-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2005, has one goal and 15 assists in 74 NHL games with Boston, Tampa Bay and Toronto.


NFL: A person familiar with the situation said Greg Hardy, a Carolina defense end who will become a free agent March 10, will meet Wednesday with NFL officials in New York to discuss his domestic violence case.

Hardy, 26, was convicted of assault on a female and communicating threats last summer, but charges were dismissed Feb. 9 during an appeal trial when his accuser failed to testify. Prosecutors said Hardy reached a civil suit agreement with the accuser.

EAGLES: A person familiar with the deal says Philadelphia agreed to trade star running back LeSean McCoy for Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso.


NEW YORK LEGALIZATION: The fight to legalize mixed martial arts in New York — the last state to prohibit cage matches with small gloves — resumed with legislation advancing out of committee and some lawmakers advocating a special fund for brain-damaged fighters.

The Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation voted 4-2 to approve the bill that would give the New York State Athletic Commission authority to regulate the sport as it does professional boxing.


SAILING VENUE: A program has been halted to retrieve floating rubbish from the sailing venue of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to Brazilian media.

A report in the newspaper O Globo came three days after top International Olympic Committee officials ended week-long meetings in Rio, saying they had been “reassured” that severely polluted Guanabara Bay would be suitable for Olympic sailing when the games open.


ARGENTINE RIOT: An Argentine football stadium was closed until the end of the year after stampeding fans injured 26 police, two critically, during a fourth-division match.

– From staff and news services