Adelina Sotnikova of Russia reacts after placing first in the wonen's free skate program during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday.

Russian Sotnikova wins skating gold; judging under scrutiny

By Reuters on Feb. 20, 2014, at 5:51 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Adelina Sotnikova smashed her career best to become the first Russian to win the Olympic women’s figure skating title on Thursday, leaving defending champion Kim Yuna sobbing with silver and some neutrals questioning the scoring. South Korea’s Kim had been favorite to join Norway’s Sonja Henie and …
USA forward Amanda Kessel (right) goes down to the ice as she battles after the puck against Canada defenseman Meaghan Mikkelson in the third period of the women's hockey gold medal game during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday. Canada defeated the USA in overtime, 3-2.

Canada women’s hockey team stuns US with golden comeback in overtime

By Frank Pingue, Reuters on Feb. 20, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Canada fought back from the brink of defeat to stun their fiercest rivals the United States and capture a fourth consecutive Olympic women’s ice hockey gold medal with a wild 3-2 overtime win at the Sochi Games on Thursday. Trailing by two goals with under four minutes …
Olympic swimmer Jenny Thompson, who now lives in Kennebunk, visited Sea Road School there Friday.

12-time Olympic medalist surprises Kennebunk students at school assembly

By Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star on Feb. 20, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
KENNEBUNK, Maine — A week of activities held in honor of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics ended with a truly Olympic surprise at Sea Road School Friday. The students filled the school’s gymnasium for their Olympic Week’s “Closing Ceremony,” entering by groups proudly carrying their handmade flags of varying countries. …
Maddie Bowman of the U.S. competes during the women's freestyle skiing halfpipe qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor on Thursday. Bowman won gold in the event.

US skier Maddie Bowman wins first women’s freestyle halfpipe gold

By Philip O'Connor, Reuters on Feb. 20, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — Maddie Bowman called on a lifetime of experience on skis to quell her jitters and dominate the inaugural women’s freestyle halfpipe event at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Thursday. The American, who first strapped on a pair of skis at the age of two, continued …
Blind skier Lindsay Ball of Benton follows her guide, Diane Barras, during a 2013 race. Ball and Barras will compete in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, next month.

Benton skier preparing for Paralympics in Sochi

By John Holyoke on Feb. 20, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
Lindsay Ball of Benton says her parents first introduced her to skiing when she was six. Visually impaired since birth, Benton said her parents were eager to have her live an active lifestyle, but she didn’t have as many options as other children. “This kid can’t go play soccer on …
USA's Ted Ligety wins gold medal in the men's giant slalom during the Winter Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Ted Ligety wins historic 2nd US alpine gold

By Frank Fitzpatrick, The Philadelphia Inquirer on Feb. 19, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — He hoisted the white skis that just carried him to victory high over his head, then spread his arms wide. The celebratory “V” he inadvertently formed nicely encapsulated Ted Ligety’s historic day. The 29-year-old American, taking advantage of the perfect conditions these 2014 Winter Games had …
Czech Republic forward Martin Hanzal (11) tries to get a shot off against USA goalie Jonathan Quick (32), as USA defenseman John Carlson (4) and USA forward Paul Stastny (26) assist on defense, during the second period of a Winter Olympics quarterfinal game at Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Olympic ice hockey: Finns break Russian hearts as US, Canada advance

By Steve Keating and Frank Pingue, Reuters on Feb. 19, 2014, at 6:35 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Finland broke Russian hearts in the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Wednesday, robbing the hosts of a shot at arguably the most coveted gold medal of the Games with a 3-1 victory. The United States and Sweden strolled into the semi-finals, but Olympic champions Canada had …

TV, radio sports schedule for Feb. 20, 2014

on Feb. 19, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
AUTO RACING Nationwide Series, DRIVE4COPED practice, noon, FS1-TV NASCAR Truck Series, Daytona practice, 1:30 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR Sprint Cup, Duels at Daytona, 7 p.m., FS1-TV; WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio BASKETBALL, BOYS HODGDON vs. EASTON, 2:05 p.m., MPBN-TV; WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM) radio; WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com); WZON …
David Wise of the US skis on his way to a gold medal in the men's ski halfpipe at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday.

American skier David Wise is first men’s freestyle halfpipe champion

By Nick Mulvenney, Reuters on Feb. 18, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — American David Wise was forced to downgrade his routine but still shone brightly in a Sochi snowstorm to become the first men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe Olympic champion on Tuesday. The skiers were unable to unleash the acrobatics they are capable of as the persistent snow made …

Did NBC interview with Bode Miller go too far?

By Paul Farhi, The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
ABC perfected the Olympic storytelling style more than four decades ago by producing “up-close-and-personal” features about the games’ competitors — heartwarming stories that emphasized athletes’ personal sacrifice, family support and victories over adversity. On Sunday night, that style may have gone too far. NBC, the Winter Olympics broadcaster, has drawn …

Olympic ski jumping: Germany beats Austria in thrilling team event

By David Ljunggren and Mark Trevelyan, Reuters on Feb. 17, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — An 18-year-old Olympic debutant helped propel Germany to a dramatic victory over defending champions Austria in the men’s ski jumping competition at the Sochi Games on Monday. In a see-saw battle that saw the lead change hands several times, Austria held a tiny 0.3 point lead …

TV, radio sports schedule for Feb. 18, 2014

on Feb. 17, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
Eastern Maine Class C Quarterfinals LEE ACADEMY vs. GEORGE STEVENS ACADEMY, 9:30 a.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM) radio; WHOU Internet video (whoufm.com); WZON Bangor (620 AM) radio; WZON Internet (zoneradio.com); WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio, Internet (929theticket.com) CALAIS vs. ORONO, 11:05 a.m., WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM) radio; WHOU Internet video …
Ice dancing gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. hold and pose with an American flag following the flower ceremony at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Monday.

Americans make Olympic history with gold medal in ice dance

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters on Feb. 17, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated into the history books at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Monday when they won the ice dance gold, but thick fog in the mountains forced organizers to postpone two events and warn of more delays to come. Belarus maintained their …
Team USA's Phil Kessel (left) shakes hands with Slovenia's Ziga Pavlin after Team USA defeated Slovenia in the men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 16, 2014.

Olympic hockey: Kessel hat-trick powers US to win over Slovenia

By Frank Pingue, Reuters on Feb. 16, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Phil Kessel took a minute to open the scoring and went on to record a natural hat-trick as the United States beat Slovenia 5-1 on Sunday to secure a bye into the quarter-finals of the men’s ice hockey tournament at the Sochi Games. Kessel opened the scoring …
Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova practices during a night training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the extreme park in Rosa Khutor, Russia February 2, 2014.

Russian Freestyle skier Maria Komissarova ‘seriously hurt’ in crash

By Ossian Shine, Reuters on Feb. 15, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Doctors are operating on Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova’s spine after the 23-year-old was seriously hurt in training on Saturday. Komissarova sustained the injury while training at the PSX Olympic skicross venue at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. She was taken to Krasnaya Polyana Hospital Number 8, which …
Team USA mobs forward T.J. Oshie (74) after he scored to win a shootout against Russia in a men's hockey game at Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. USA defeated Russia, 3-2.

Olympic hockey: No Russian revenge as US prevails 3-2 in amazing shootout

By Steve Keating, Reuters on Feb. 15, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — There was no Russian revenge in the “miracle on ice” rematch on Saturday as the United States triumphed 3-2 following a remarkable sudden-death shootout after the teams finished level at 2-2 after overtime in a thrilling Winter Olympics preliminary game. With Russian President Vladimir Putin among the …

TV, radio sports schedule for Feb. 15-16, 2014

on Feb. 15, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup, Daytona 500, practice, 10:30 a.m., FS1-TV ARCA RE/MAX Series, Daytona, 4:15 p.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, COLLEGE MAINE at MIAMI, 7 p.m., WGUY Veazie (94.1 FM); UMaine Internet (GoBlackBears.com) BASKETBALL, BOYS HYDE vs. BUCKFIELD, 9:30 a.m., WOXO Norway (92.7 FM) radio SPRUCE MT. vs. POLAND, 10:30 …
Maine native Russell Currier during the men's individual 20-kilometer biathlon at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.

Currier finds little time for recreation at Olympics as County biathlete readies for weekend relay

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 14, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
Russell Currier has had little opportunity to explore the other sights and sounds of the Winter Olympics that the magic of television delivers to millions of Americans each evening. “We haven’t had much free time at all, much less time to explore the other athlete villages,” said Currier, the Stockholm …
N.H. native Bode Miller competes in men's super combined slalom during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.

Swiss Viletta wins skiing super combined gold, Bode Miller takes 6th place

By Annika Breidthardt, Reuters on Feb. 14, 2014, at 8:43 a.m.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — Sandro Viletta’s season has been so poor until now that he is not competing in another race at the Sochi Olympics after his surprise super-combined gold on Friday. The Swiss will not even take part in the super-G, the only event in which he has won …

Local sports results for Feb. 13, 2014

on Feb. 13, 2014, at 7:57 p.m.
Tourney scoreboard HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL EASTERN MAINE Preliminary round Tuesday, Feb. 11 Class B BP5: No. 10 Ellsworth 47, No. 7 Medomak 44 Wednesday, Feb. 12 Class A AP1: No. 8 Lewiston 44, No. 9 Lawrence 40 Class B BP1: No. 8 Hermon 47, No. 9 Presque Isle 30 …
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