South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (centers) enters a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Olympics superstar Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years for killing his girlfriend

By Terrence McCoy, Washington Post on Oct. 21, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who dazzled the world with his sprinting in the 2012 Olympics, was sentenced to 5 years in prison by a South African judge on Tuesday morning, bringing to a close a trial that has captivated world audiences in a way unseen since the trial of …
Julia Clukey (center) poses for a photo with some of the participants during her week-long Camp For Girls in June at Maranacook Lake in Readfield.

Augusta’s Julia Clukey fourth in Lillehammer Cup pre-season luge race

on Oct. 15, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Augusta’s Julia Clukey raced to a fourth-place finish at the preseason Lillehammer Cup held recently on the 1994 Olympic luge course. The race, featuring the world’s top competitors in the sport, capped off a week of overseas training for the U.S. team. Erin Hamlin of Remsen, New …
The Olympic flame is reflected in the window at the Olympics Park during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games in February 2014.

Will Maine sites be included in regional Boston 2024 Olympics bid?

By William Hall on July 22, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | The cities and the years are almost synonymous. Sochi 2014. London 2012. Atlanta 1996. Can you say, “Portland 2024”? The region could be a site of international Olympic competition 10 years from now, after Boston last month advanced to the short list of U.S. cities that may …
Julia Clukey said she would compete in the luge for one more year during a press conference held Tuesday in Readfield.

Augusta luger Julia Clukey to continue competing at least one more season

By Ernie Clark on June 24, 2014, at 8:29 p.m.
Julia Clukey isn’t ready to forgo her competitive urges just yet. The 2010 U.S. Olympic luger from Augusta, who nearly qualified for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, only to come up 13 one-thousandths of a second short, told 40 young participants Tuesday at her summer camp on Maranacook …
Members of the Maine Warden Service gather at the public boat access lot at Megunticook Lake in Camden as they prepare to send divers into the water in search of a James Wescott, who fell in on Tuesday morning.

Wardens find body of James Wescott, father of Olympic snowboarder

By Abigail Curtis and Stephen Betts on May 27, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
CAMDEN | The body of 71-year-old James Wescott, beloved coach and father of Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott, was found Tuesday night in Megunticook Lake, where he drowned Tuesday morning while rowing with a friend, according to John MacDonald, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Wescott …
Julia Clukey of the United States waves at the finish after her first run of the women's singles luge competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

Augusta’s Julia Clukey earns spot on USA Luge team

on May 20, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
LAKE PLACID, New York — Sochi Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin headlines the team scheduled to hit the ice when the luge World Cup kicks off Nov. 29-30 in Igls, Austria. Six of her fellow Sochi Olympians were also named to teams within the USA Luge structure. Hamlin, of Remsen, …
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame inducted nine new members during a ceremony Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center. A President's Award was also given to William Haggett. The inductees are (front row, from left): former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, Abigail Spector, Bill Green, and President's Award winner Haggett; and back row: Steve Pound, Ed Flaherty, Eleanor Logan, Julia Clukey, Jack Cosgrove and Joe Ferris.

Nine members inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame

on May 04, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A prestigious nine-member class was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame during its 39th annual awards banquet Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center. The inductees included former U.S. Senate majority leader George Mitchell, winter Olympian Julia Clukey, University of Maine football coach Jack Cosgrove, former …

Maine native and Olympic luger Julia Clukey tells her story and gets a birthday surprise

By Seth Koenig on April 29, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
Julia Clukey, an Augusta native and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team, tells a Biddeford High School audience of her rise in the sport and encourages the students to follow their dreams. Then the students give her a birthday surprise.

‘I’m scared to sleep,’ tearful Pistorius tells court

By David Dolan, Reuters on April 07, 2014, at 7:58 p.m.
PRETORIA — His voice trembling with emotion, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defense Monday, saying the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend last year had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. The disabled South African track star, on trial for murder, apologized to the …
Russell Currier is a member of the US Olympic biathlon team.

Maine biathlete Currier to make White House visit

By Ernie Clark on April 01, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox were honored at the White House on Tuesday. On Thursday, it’s Russell Currier’s turn. The 26-year-old biathlete from the Aroostook County hamlet of Stockholm and other members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that competed at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, …

Sports briefs for February 25, 2014

By wire service reports on Feb. 25, 2014, at 7:40 p.m.
NBA to consider enlarging courts The NBA is exploring the possibility of expanding the dimensions of the basketball court to accommodate the growing size and increased athleticism of players, ESPN reported on Tuesday. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe also acknowledged in an interview …
Finland's goalie Tuukka Rask attempts to tie up Russia's Alexander Ovechkin during the second period of their men's quarter-finals ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, on Feb. 19, 2014.

Ovechkin, Backstrom ready to forget Olympic hockey experience

By Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on Feb. 25, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom returned to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday determined to forget their bitter Olympic experiences and help their National Hockey League club secure a spot in the playoffs. Ovechkin scored just one goal in five games for Russia and never reached the podium …
Russell Currier of Stockholm, Maine during the men's individual biathlon of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.

Maine Olympian Currier ready to resume World Cup biathlon schedule

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 25, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
His Olympic debut may be history, but the competitive season continues for Maine biathlete Russell Currier. The 26-year-old Stockholm native, who took part in three events for the U.S. Olympic men’s biathlon team during its two-week stay at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, is expected to remain in …
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (right) waves the Olympic flag next to Sochi Mayor Anatoliy Pakhomov during the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Sunday.

Russia tops medals table as Sochi Games end amid doping scandals

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters on Feb. 23, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — The Winter Olympics drew to a close on Sunday with host nation Russia on top of the medals table and Canada winning the men’s ice hockey final, but news that two more athletes tested positive for banned substances dimmed the golden glow. Canada claimed the last, most …
Canada players celebrate after defeating Sweden in the men's ice hockey gold medal game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Sunday.

Canada captures men’s hockey gold; Sweden’s Backstrom fails dope test

By Steve Keating, Reuters on Feb. 23, 2014, at 9:48 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Canada swept past Sweden 3-0 on Sunday in the Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey final, a game Swedish forward Nicklas Backstrom missed due to a failed a dope test. News of Backstrom’s failed test broke as Canada and Sweden were accepting their medals to wild cheers at …
Russell Currier (USA) competes in the men's 4x7.5km relay during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on Saturday. Team USA finished in 16th place.

Currier, Team USA 16th in men’s Olympic biathlon relay

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 22, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia – Stockholm native Russell Currier, earned a 16th-place finish Saturday in the team’s final event of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Team USA, consisting of Currier, Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, N.Y., Sean Doherty of Center Conway, N.H., and Leif Nordgren of Marine, Minn., posted a …
Team USA's Zach Parise skates away as Finland celebrates their win in their men's ice hockey bronze medal game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Saturday.

Finland men’s hockey team shuts out US to capture bronze in Sochi

By Reuters on Feb. 22, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Finland hammered the United States 5-0 at the Sochi Games on Saturday to win their second consecutive Olympic men’s ice hockey bronze medal. The Finns made a quick start to the second period, getting goals 11 seconds apart from Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen in the first …
France's Jean-Baptiste Grange clears a pole as he competes in the first run of the men's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Saturday.

Despite judging, doping scandals, Russia says Games ‘broke the ice’ of skepticism

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters on Feb. 22, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Norway held their lead at the top of the medals table on Saturday as the Sochi Olympics entered the final weekend, and Russia said its first Winter Games helped “break the ice” of skepticism towards the host nation. Organizers were confident they had achieved what they and …

TV, radio sports schedule for Feb. 22-23, 2014

on Feb. 21, 2014, at 6:29 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup, Daytona 500 final practice, 10 a.m., FS1-TV NASCAR Nationwide Series, DRIVE4COPD 300, 1:15 p.m., ESPN-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio; WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio BASEBALL, COLLEGE MAINE at CLEMSON, 2 p.m., WWNZ Veazie (1400 AM) radio; UMaine Internet (GoBlackBears.com) BASKETBALL, BOYS …
Sweden forward Gustav Nyquist (41), a former University of Maine star, celebrates his team's win over Finland in a men's hockey semifinal at Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Sweden defeated Finland 2-1 to advance to the gold-medal game.

Canada shuts out US, earns gold-medal men’s hockey final against Sweden

By Steve Keating, Reuters on Feb. 21, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Canada squeezed past archrivals the United States 1-0 on Friday to reach the final of the Sochi Winter Games men’s ice hockey competition as it bids to successfully defend its 2010 Olympic crown. Sweden, 2-1 winners over Finland in the other semifinal, will face off against Canada …
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