Esposito, McDevitt among award finalists

Gorham’s Emily Esposito and Greely’s Mike McDevitt, who led their teams to state championship on Saturday, are among the finalists for the Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball awards.

Colin Coyne of Falmouth and Jacob Hickey of Winthrop join McDevitt, who helped Greely win the Class A title as finalist for Mr. Basketball.

Katie Butler of Bangor and Sophia Holmes of Messalonskee, who led the Eagles win the Class A title, are the Miss Basketball finalists along with Esposito, who helped Gorham win a second straight Class AA championship.

The awards will be handed out at the senior all-star banquet Friday in Bangor.


WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Italy’s Sofia Goggia edged Lindsey Vonn into second place at a World Cup event for the second time in two days, winning the Super-G at the 2018 Olympic course on Sunday to follow her victory in the downhill at Jeongseon, South Korea.

Goggia finished 0.04 seconds ahead of Vonn in the Super-G, 24 hours after beating the 32-year-old American by 0.07 in the downhill to capture her career first World Cup win.

MEN’S WORLD CUP: Overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher wrapped up his fourth slalom title with Austrian compatriot Michael Matt winning the penultimate race of the season at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Hirscher’s fourth-place finish, 0.80 seconds behind Matt, was enough for the 28-year-old to take his third globe of the weekend after his only rival, Henrik Kristoffersen, made a huge mistake and failed to qualify for the second run.

NORDIC: Canada’s Alex Harvey won the men’s 50K freestyle race at the world championships in Lahti, Finland.

Harvey timed his final attack perfectly, taking the lead on the last corner and holding off Russian Sergei Ustyugov in the final sprint to win by 0.6 seconds. Harvey then celebrated in exuberant style, playing air guitar in front of the crowd.


MLS: Cyle Larin scored the first goal at the new Orlando City Stadium, Joe Bendik had seven saves and Orlando City beat New York City FC 1-0 in the season opener for both teams. Larin, who scored an MLS rookie-record 17 goals in 2015, has 32 goals in 54 career games.

RUSSIA: A Russian lawmaker has proposed an unorthodox solution to the country’s problems with soccer hooliganism ahead of next year’s World Cup – legalize it and make it a spectator sport.

Organized groups of Russian fans, many with martial arts training, fought English fans on the streets of Marseille during last year’s European Championship.

That inspired Igor Lebedev, who sits in the Russian parliament, to draw up rules for what he calls “draka,” the Russian word for “fight” – 20 fighters on each side, unarmed, in an arena.

Some fan groups in Russia already hold illicit fights along similar lines, typically pre-arranged mass brawls in rural locations, away from police.


HEAVYWEIGHT: Tony Bellew broke his right hand in the early stages of his victory over David Haye, who ruptured his right Achilles tendon.


MALAYSIAN OPEN: Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won her first WTA singles title, overpowering Japan’s Nao Hibino 6-3, 6-2 at Kuala Lumpur.

– Staff and news service report

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