TV, radio sports schedule for Feb. 13, 2014

on Feb. 12, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
Warm weather has taken a toll on the snow pack at the Sochi Winter Olympics. From the Laura Nordic Center on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, the Caucasus Mountain showed plenty of snow cover at higher elevations, but lower areas of the mountain were showing the signs of warmer weather.

Sochi Games temps climb into 50s, organizers say it’s not a problem

By Karolos Grohmann, Reuters on Feb. 12, 2014, at 6:40 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — The sun is shining and temperatures feel more like spring than winter but at the Sochi Olympics — the ultimate spectacle of ice and snow — that is not a problem. Quizzed about whether some events might be affected by the mild weather, the International Olympic Committee …
Shaun White of the U.S. crashes during the men's snowboard halfpipe final event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in Rosa Khutor February 11, 2014.

Shaun White finishes fourth as Swiss ‘I-Pod’ wins halfpipe gold

By Nick Mulvenney, Reuters on Feb. 11, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov nailed the run of a lifetime to win the halfpipe gold for Switzerland at the Sochi Games on Tuesday and bring a stunning end to Shaun White’s eight-year reign as Olympic champion. One of the only riders who can match American White in …
Switzerland's Elena Koenz comes off the last jump during her first run in the ladies' snowboarding slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

Mild weather makes for ‘mushy’ snow at Winter Games, temps to rise further

By Karolos Grohmann, Reuters on Feb. 11, 2014, at 6:36 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — A spell of mild winter weather is disrupting events at the Sochi Olympics and Games organizers are concerned about the outlook with temperatures forecast to rise further this week. Training for the women’s Alpine skiing downhill was scrapped on Tuesday to protect the piste while mild conditions …

Local sports results for Feb. 10, 2014

on Feb. 10, 2014, at 10:33 p.m.
Tourney scoreboard HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL EASTERN MAINE Preliminary round Tuesday, Feb. 11 Class B BP5: No. 10 Ellsworth (9-9) at No. 7 Medomak (10-8), 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 Class A AP1: No. 9 Lawrence (8-10) at No. 8 Lewiston (8-10), 6 p.m. Class B BP1: No. 9 Presque …

TV, radio sports schedule for Feb. 11, 2014

on Feb. 10, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
BASKETBALL, BOYS Class B Preliminary ELLSWORTH at MEDOMAK VALLEY, 5:30 p.m., WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM) radio; WDEA Internet ( www.wdea.am); WBYA Islesboro (105.5 FM), WBYA Internet (1055frank.com) BASKETBALL, GIRLS Class D Preliminary GREATER HOULTON CHRISTIAN at LCS/MSSM, 6 p.m., WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM) radio; WEGP Internet (wegp.net); WHOU Houlton …
Stockholm, Maine, native Russell Currier finishes the 10-kilometer biathlon during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.

Maine Olympian Currier copes with Olympic transit system, reflects on debut race

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 10, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
Their events aren’t the only long-distance challenges Stockholm native Russell Currier and the rest of the U.S. Olympic biathlon team are facing during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. “It takes a lot of time and effort to do much around here,” said Currier via e-mail from the Sloboda …
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with a USA coach after the conclusion of the team figure skating during the Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

Russia, and Putin, bask in afterglow of Games gold

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters on Feb. 10, 2014, at 7:11 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Russia was basking in the afterglow of its first gold of the Winter Olympics on Monday, as the team figure skating victory enthralled the host nation and banished memories of Vancouver four years ago when the perennial sporting superpower stumbled. The inaugural team event, decided at a …
USA's Meryl Davis and Charlie White perform in the team free ice dance during the Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

Team Russia gets team skating gold, US takes bronze as skating union denies conspiracy among judges

By Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register on Feb. 10, 2014, at 6:27 a.m.
ADLER, Russia — As Team Russia made its way down a hallway at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Sunday night celebrating the host country’s first gold medal of these Olympic Games, a victory in the inaugural team figure skating competition, the skaters and their coaches were greeted by a surprise …

Olympic athletes banned from wearing Burke memorial stickers on helmets

By Karolos Grohmann, Reuters on Feb. 10, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Athletes at the Sochi Games will not be allowed to use helmet stickers as a mark of respect for Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died in an accident two years ago, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday. The IOC has told at least one athlete, …

No sibling jealousy for sister who missed medal

By Julian Linden, Reuters on Feb. 09, 2014, at 8:34 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — It was Maxime Dufour-Lapointe’s 25th birthday on Sunday and she spent it the way she had always dreamed of — sharing the stage with her two little sisters at the Sochi Olympics. Their parents, Yves Lapointe and Johane Dufour, were there, too, ushered on to the rostrum …

TV, radio sports schedule for Feb. 10, 2014

on Feb. 09, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
BASKETBALL, BOYS BREWER vs. BANGOR, 8 p.m., (tape), Time Warner Cable Access-TV (Ch. 9) BASKETBALL, GIRLS BREWER vs. BANGOR, 9:30 p.m., (tape), Time Warner Cable Access-TV (Ch. 9) BASKETBALL, MEN MIAMI at FLORIDA STATE, 7 p.m., ESPN-TV PROVIDENCE at GEORGETOWN, 7 p.m., FS1-TV KANSAS at KANSAS STATE, 9 p.m., ESPN-TV …
The Russian figure skating team steps onto the podium at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014. From left to right: Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, Ksenia Stolbova and Fyodor Klimov, Yulia Lipnitskaya, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, Evgeni Plushenko.

Maine’s Currier finishes 61st in 10K biathlon; Russia captures its first gold Sunday

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters on Feb. 09, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia —Russell Currier of Stockholm, the only Maine native competing in the Winter Olympics, finished 61st in the 10-kilometer biathlon competition Saturday morning. Currier completed the course in 26 minutes, 58.5 seconds in the event, which combines target shooting and cross country skiing. Currier suffered four penalties while shooting …
Russian security forces patrol the streets as preparations continue for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor in this February 2014 file photo.

US lawmakers see serious threat of attacks in Russia during Olympics

By Alina Selyukh, Reuters on Feb. 09, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Top lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives’ intelligence and homeland security panels on Sunday warned of a serious threat of attacks in Russia during the Winter Olympics, though U.S. officials say the Olympic grounds are secure. The Olympics formally opened Friday in Sochi. Islamist militant groups based …
Austria's Matthias Mayer reacts on podium after winning the men's alpine skiing downhill race during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Sunday.

Austria claims Olympic gold in men’s downhill; US wins women’s snowboarding slopestyle

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters on Feb. 09, 2014, at 11 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Austrian Matthias Mayer conquered the treacherous Rosa Khutor run at Russia’s Winter Olympics on Sunday to win the men’s downhill, while the host nation was eyeing its first gold medal of the Games in the inaugural figure skating team event. On the second day of full competition …
Meryl Davis (left) and Charlie White of the U.S. compete during the team ice dance short dance at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 8, 2014.

Americans dismiss reports of judging conspiracy in figure skating events

By Pritha Sarkar, Reuters on Feb. 08, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
SOCHI, Russia — U.S. Figure Skating has strongly denied reports suggesting the United States and Russia are conspiring to help each other win gold medals at the Sochi Olympics. “Comments made in a L’Equipe story are categorically false,” the American governing body said in a statement Saturday. “There is no …
Winner Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. celebrates after the men's snowboard slopestyle final competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor on Feb. 8, 2014.

Winter Olympics Day 1: US claims first gold medal

By Mike Collett-White, Reuters on Feb. 08, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — Russia’s Winter Olympics sprang into action on Saturday with the first five gold medals decided, and the world began to forget the security fears and political wrangling that had marred the buildup to the most expensive Games ever staged. The United States claimed the first gold in …
Bode Miller (USA) during a press conference before the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Gorki Media Center.

Maine-linked athletes hope to make mark in Sochi

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 06, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
While biathlete Russell Currier of Stockholm will be the only Maine native competing in the Winter Olympics, the Sochi, Russia, landscape will be dotted with other athletes and officials who share links to the Pine Tree State. Currier is just one of six Maine Winter Sports Center alumni to qualify …
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington Feb. 2. Howard, a former University of Maine player, will be competing for Team USA in the Sochi Olympics.

Three UMaine hockey stars in Sochi to play for three different countries

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 06, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
Three former University of Maine hockey stars will be playing in the winter Olympics — for three different countries. Goalie Jimmy Howard, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings, joins Team USA. His Detroit teammate Gustav Nyquist was named to the Swedish Olympic team earlier this week. Matthias Trattnig, a …
Russell Currier, a  member of the US Olympic biathlon team, competes in an IBU World Cup biathlon event on Jan. 17 in Antholz, Italy.

From Stockholm to Sochi, biathlete Currier realizing an Olympic dream

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 05, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
STOCKHOLM, Maine — This cozy village nestled in a valley on a snow-covered side road somewhat hidden between U.S. Route 1 and State Route 161 fits the stereotype of a winter wonderland. Visitors must traverse down a steep hill to enter the northern Aroostook County town of a little more …
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