Cape Elizabeth Olympian will continue in biathlon

Clare Egan of Cape Elizabeth announced Saturday in a blog post that she plans to compete on the World Cup biathlon circuit for one more year, ending speculation about whether she would retire following a season in which she earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the first time.

Egan, 30, ranked second among U.S. women in World Cup points in 2017-18, with a best individual finish of 13th in a 7.5K sprint in Finland on March 9. At the Olympics, she placed 61st and 62nd in her two individual events, then had a perfect shooting day in the 4x6K relay, in which the U.S. finished 13th.

Egan also was the runner-up to Susan Dunklee in all three races at the U.S. championships in late March.


ITALIAN OPEN: Rafael Nadal was challenged in the first set by Novak Djokovic before pulling away for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win to reach the final at Rome against defending champion Alexander Zverev.

In their 51st meeting but first in more than a year, Nadal’s court coverage eventually proved too much to handle for Djokovic, who is still regaining his form from a persistent right elbow injury.

On the women’s side, top-ranked Simona Halep rallied past three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and will face Elina Svitolina for the trophy.


MLS: Lalas Abubakar scored in the 85th minute to give the Columbus Crew their third straight victory, 1-0 over the New England Revolution at Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Abubakar headed home Federico Higuain’s corner, overwhelming goalkeeper Matt Turner, who got his hands on the shot, for his first goal of the season.

FA CUP: Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea’s lackluster season ended on a high note by scoring on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the final at Wembley Stadium in London.

GERMAN CUP: Niko Kovac stunned his future employer by leading Eintracht Frankfurt to a 3-1 victory against Bayern Munich in the final at Berlin.


MAINE MAMMOTHS: The Jacksonville Sharks outscored Maine 32-3 in the second half and won 46-25 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Maine (1-5) led 19-7 after Jonathan Bane tossed his third touchdown pass of the half on a 15-yard score to Devin Wilson. Patrick Caine led Jacksonville (4-3) with four touchdown passes.

CANADIAN LEAGUE: Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is heading to the Canadian Football League, looking to salvage his football career after a turbulent and unsuccessful stay with the Cleveland Browns. The quarterback signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


SEA DOGS: The Altoona Curve scored four runs in the seventh inning and held off the visiting Portland Sea Dogs, 6-3.

The Sea Dogs (15-25) scored their three runs in the eighth inning, when Chad De La Guerra hit a two-run homer.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Switzerland stunned title favorite Canada 3-2 at Copenhagen, Denmark, to reach only its third final.

The Swiss will play the gold medal game Sunday against defending champion Sweden, which strode into the final by beating the United States, 6-0. Canada and the U.S. will play for bronze.


WNBA: Allie Quigley scored 19 points, Diamond DeShields added 18 in her debut, and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 82-64 in an opener at Indianapolis.

Chicago led 36-34 at halftime and held the advantage throughout the second half.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Chris Froome responded to his critics with a fantastic ride up Monte Zoncolan to win the 14th stage at Monte Zoncolan, Italy.

Froome’s British compatriot, Simon Yates, consolidated his overall lead.

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: Fernando Gaviria of Colombia sprinted to his third stage win of the weeklong race on the crowd-lined streets of Sacramento, California, and fellow Colombian Egan Bernal finished safely in the main field to secure the overall victory.

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