Finalists named for first state girls’ hockey award

Greely/Gray-New Gloucester teammates Courtney Sullivan and Bridget Roberts, Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland goalie Abby Joy, St. Dominic defenseman Katya Fons and Winslow/Gardiner forward Evelyn Hinkley were chosen as finalists for the first Becky Schaeffer Award, which will be presented to the most outstanding senior girls’ hockey player in Maine.

The award is named in honor of a former Yarmouth High player who died in 2011 at age 23 in Micronesia, where she was teaching. Schaeffer played for the Yarmouth boys’ team before girls’ hockey became a Maine Principals’ Association-sanctioned sport.

The winner of the award will be announced Feb. 28 at the Senior Game at Family Ice Center in Falmouth.


EX-SEA DOG SUSPENDED: Catcher Jake Romanski, who played parts of the last three seasons with the Portland Sea Dogs, was suspended 100 games following a positive amphetamine test. It was his second ban for a stimulant under the minor league drug program.

Romanski, 27, was suspended for 50 games in December 2016 following a positive amphetamine test. He hit .250 with one homer and 11 RBI in 48 games last year for the Sea Dogs and Triple-A Pawtucket. In 2016 he hit .308 for Portland with four homers and 38 RBI in 334 at-bats, and in 2015 batted .268 in 56 at-bats.


U.S. MEN: The U.S. invited 14 players to training camp before selecting its roster for the next stage of qualifying games for the Basketball World Cup.

The players who will be in camp include Larry Drew II, Semaj Christon and Travis Wear, who all played for the Americans in the fall when they won their first two qualifying games. Also attending will be Taylor Braun, Alonzo Gee, Aaron Harrison, Terrence Jones, Trey McKinney Jones, Rodney Purvis, Xavier Silas, David Stockton, Rashawn Thomas, Marcus Thornton and Devin Williams.

WNBA: The Atlanta Dream said All-Star Angel McCoughtry will return for this season.


PREMIER LEAGUE: West Bromwich Albion forward Jay Rodriguez was charged by the English Football Association with racially abusing an opponent during a game.

The England international, who faces a five-game ban if found guilty, denies the charge.

DUTCH LEAGUE: American defender Matt Miazga was fined by Vitesse Arnhem for unprofessional behavior after grabbing Denzel Dumfries of Heerenveen in a sensitive area during a Jan. 20 game.


OPEN SUD DE FRANCE: Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet won a hard-fought all-French match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert to reach the quarterfinals at Montpellier, France.

Gasquet, who played against his Davis Cup teammate for the first time on the main tour, prevailed 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 in more than two hours.