Linemen finalists named for Gaziano awards

Bonny Eagle High has a finalist in both categories for the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Linemen Awards.

Zach Klein of the Scots is one of the three offensive finalists and his teammate, Arlo Pike, is a defensive finalist.

The other offensive finalists are Cole Hoffman of Kennebunk and Sean McCormack-Kuhman of Wells. Michael Lunny of Sanford and Aidan Parmenter of Leavitt are the other defensive finalists.

The winners will be announced Jan. 27 at the Augusta Civic Center, and each receive a $5,000 scholarship and a trophy. The other four finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship.


CURRIER NOT CHOSEN: Russell Currier, 30, of Stockholm narrowly edged U.S. Biathlon teammate Leif Nordgren in a time trial Tuesday in Arber, Germany, but team officials selected Nordgren to fill out the U.S. men’s relay at a World Cup event Friday in Ruhpolding, Germany.

Currier finished the 15-kilometer individual race 13 seconds ahead of Nordgren, but Jean Paquet, head development coach for the U.S., said Nordgren was chosen for the relay because “he’s faster on the range.”

Currier and Nordgren both competed in the Sochi Olympics and are competing for two remaining berths on the men’s Olympic team.


WORLD CUP: Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin used a frenetic final run to stretch her winning streak in 2018 to five races in a night race at Flachau, Austria.

Shiffrin became the first female skier to start a calendar year with five straight wins, eclipsing the previous best mark by Vreni Schneider of Switzerland in 1989.


SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL: Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber won her sixth consecutive match of the new season, beating second-seeded Venus Williams 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in a match in Australia delayed for two hours by a thunderstorm.

Kerber, who dropped to No. 22 following a poor 2017 season, needed to save two match points before beating Lucie Safarova in three sets Monday. She won four consecutive singles matches at the Hopman Cup last week.

HOBART INTERNATIONAL: Defending champion Elise Mertens beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 6-4 to advance the quarterfinals in Australia.


KAYAKER BANNED: A Japanese kayaker was banned from competition for eight years for spiking the drink of a rival so he would fail a doping test.

Yasuhiro Suzuki drugged his key rival at the national championships in September. Suzuki spiked the drink of Seiji Komatsu with an anabolic steroid causing him to fail a doping test, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency said.

APPEAL FILED: The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko filed an appeal against his lifetime ban.


VIDEO REVIEWS: A member of soccer’s lawmaking body said a problem with “over-zealous” video assistant referees needs to be resolved before the technology is approved for use at the World Cup.

The International Football Association Board has been overseeing trials with video replay over the last two years.

NATIONAL TEAMS: Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez left the U.S. program to play for Mexico.

– Staff and news service report

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