HIGH SCHOOLS

Deering football coach posts he won’t be back

Jason Jackson will apparently not return next season as Deering High’s football coach.

Posting a message on a Deering Rams Football Facebook page, Jackson wrote, “It’s Been Real Deering! I was relieved of my coaching duties today.”

Jackson did not return a phone message late Wednesday evening.

A former assistant coach at Cape Elizabeth, Jackson was hired as Deering’s coach in March 2015. In three seasons, Jackson’s teams went 11-19, including a 1-2 record in the annual Thanksgiving Day game with Portland. Deering won this year’s Thanksgiving game, 22-20, after a 1-8 season.

OLYMPICS

WINTER GAMES: The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, officials said.

The agreements still require approval from the International Olympic Committee. But they are the most prominent steps toward rapprochement achieved by the Koreas since they recently began exploring cooperation during the Olympics following a year of heightened tension over the North’s nuclear weapons program.

During their third day of talks at the border in about a week, senior officials reached a package of agreements, including fielding a joint women’s hockey team and marching together under a blue and white “unification flag” depicting their peninsula in the opening ceremony, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said.

MEDIA: NBC is bringing back Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and will live-stream the pomp for the first time.

GOLF

LPGA: The LPGA is returning to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence with a $1.5 million tournament in April.

The HUGEL-JTBC Open will be played April 19-22 at Wilshire Country Club, which has hosted LPGA, PGA and Champions Tour events.

The LPGA visited Los Angeles from 2001-05 when its Office Depot Championship was played at various courses.

SOCCER

MLS: The Portland Timbers acquired winger Andy Polo on loan from Liga MX club Monarcas Morelia.

The 23-year-old native of Peru played in 25 matches last year for Morelia and made six starts, with two goals.

FIGURE SKATING

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Javier Fernandez took a step toward his sixth consecutive gold medal by being the only skater in the men’s short program to land two quads, in Moscow.

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France took the lead in the pairs, where the top five are within 5.15 points of each other after the short program.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: Six-time world championships medalist Maria Pietilae Holmner of Sweden is retiring because of a chronic back problem.

The International Ski Federation says Pietilae Holmner, who excelled in slalom and giant slalom, was attempting to recuperate from a degenerative disk issue in time for next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics, “but she ultimately decided that her limitations are too severe to compete again at the highest level.”