Crocker earns entry to swimming Hall of Fame

Portland native Ian Crocker will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame this summer.

Crocker, who attended Cheverus High, earned gold medals at three Olympics – 2000 in Sydney, 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing – as a member of U.S. 400-meter medley relay teams. He also earned a silver medal at Athens in the 100-meter butterfly and a bronze medal with the 400-meter freestyle relay team.

He set world records in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly (long course and short course) and the 100-meter freestyle (short course) before his retirement after the Beijing Olympics.

Crocker, 34, will be inducted with 15 others at ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Aug. 25-27..


PNB PARIBAS OPEN: Jack Sock defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for the biggest singles victory of his career in the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, California.

Sock improved to 15-2 this year and set up a semifinal against Roger Federer, who advanced via walkover when Nick Kyrgios withdrew with food poisoning.


WORLD CUP: Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t even need to step into the starting gate at Aspen, Colorado, to wrap up her first overall title.

Shiffrin secured the season-long title after Ilka Stuhec and her coach said the Slovenian skier won’t compete in the slalom. Stuhec wasn’t listed among the racers on the board Friday evening.

The 22-year-old Shiffrin joined an elite group in Phil Mahre, Tamara McKinney, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn as the only American overall World Cup champions.


U.S. MEN: American midfielder Fabian Johnson will miss World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama because of a right hamstring injury. Sporting Kansas City’s Graham Zusi was picked by Coach Bruce Arena to replace Johnson on his 24-man roster.


RIO GAMES: A British film company has agreed to buy the rights to the story of a teenage refugee who fled Syria and swam at the Olympics a year later. Yusra Mardini and her sister Sara were forced to swim for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

The International Olympic Committee picked Yusra for its first ever refugee team at the Summer Games in Rio.


SPHL: Trevor Fleurent, a senior at the University of New England, signed a contract with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Fleurent, who plans on working toward the completion of his degree while with Fayetteville, was scheduled to be in the lineup as the FireAntz faced the Knoxville Ice Bears on Friday night.

A graduate of Biddeford High School and a past winner of the Travis Roy Award, he completed his career as the Nor’easters’ all-time leader with 116 points, the most career goals with 50 and assists with 66.

U.S. WOMEN: USA Hockey is contacting representatives of the women’s team that threatened to boycott the upcoming world championships over a wage dispute. Executive Director Dave Ogrean said the organization remains committed to having the players selected for the tournament play when it begins March 31 at Plymouth, Michigan.