Strong skiing propels American to biathlon sprint title in youth world championships in Presque Isle

on Feb. 28, 2014, at 7:07 p.m.
American biathlete Sean Doherty suffered four penalties, but went on to win the 7.5-kilometer youth sprint race during the International Biathlon Union Youth/Junior World Championships Friday at the Nordic Heritage Center. Doherty turned in a strong skiing effort to overcome problems on the shooting range, edging …

TV, radio sports schedule for Mar. 1-2, 2014

on Feb. 28, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup, The Profit on CNBC 500 practice, 11 a.m.; final practice 2 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR Nationwide Series, Blue Jeans Go Green 200, practice, noon, FS1-TV; Race 3:30 p.m., ABC-TV BASEBALL, COLLEGE MAINE vs. IOWA, 1 p.m., WWNZ Veazie (1400 AM) radio; UMaine Internet ( BASEBALL, …

Final Local sports results for Feb. 28, 2014

on Feb. 27, 2014, at 9:04 p.m.
Skiing HIGH SCHOOL At Sunday River, Newry Class C State meet Girls Combined team scores (Alpine and Nordic): Fort Kent 152; Telstar 348; Mountain Valley 392 Giant Slalom Team scores: 1. Mountain Valley 50; 2. Fort Kent 51; 3. Telstar 89; 4. John Bapst 106 Individual results: 1. Sarah Klein1:23.9 …

On deck, a sports calendar for Feb. 27, 2014

on Feb. 27, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
BASEBALL BANGOR — Baseball Coaches Clinic, 5-8 p.m. March 2, at Sluggers, instructed by Husson baseball coaching staff. Cost is $75 per coach. Topics include team building and chemistry; philosophies of team, pitching, hitting and defense; pitching mechanics; managing pitching staff; hitting and bunting mechanics; hitting and bunting drills; infield …
Joe Albee, 27, of East Vassalboro experiments with "monoskijoring" at Heywood Kennel Sled Dog Adventures on Feb. 24, 2014, in Augusta. Albee has spina bifida, a disorder resulting in paralysis of his legs. He and his friends decided to try hooking sled dogs to his monoski so he could participate in local skijoring races.

Disabled skier from Vassalboro pioneers ‘monoskijoring’ with local sled dogs

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 26, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
“He’s getting back up,” Erin Noll said as she watched her friend from a distance. Across the snowy field, Joe Albee dug his poles into the snow and righted himself on his monoski. The two sled dogs, Manny and Beckett, waited patiently for their driver. They’d stopped as soon as …
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 …

Local sports results for Feb. 22-23, 2014

on Feb. 23, 2014, at 9:29 p.m.
HIgh school hockey Tourney scoreboard Note: Teams traveling from the farthest distance play the early time for semifinals and regional finals. Class A East Tuesday, Feb. 25 Quarterfinals A1: No. 5 Brunswick (9-7-2) at No. 4 Lawrence/Skowhegan (12-6) A2: No. 6 Edward Little (10-7-1) at No. 3 St. Dominic (10-7-1) …

Local sports results for Feb. 21, 2014

on Feb. 21, 2014, at 9:42 p.m.
Tourney scoreboard HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL EASTERN MAINE Thursday, Feb. 20 At Cross Center Class D D5: No. 3 Hodgdon 45, No. 2 Easton 31 D6: No. 5 So. Aroostook 49, No. 8 Van Buren 45 (OT) Friday, Feb. 21 Championship At Augusta Civic Center Class A A7: No. 1 …
Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. celebrates winning gold in ladies' alpine skiing slalom during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Friday.

US teen Mikaela Shiffrin youngest-ever winner of slalom gold

By Alan Baldwin, Reuters on Feb. 21, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia — U.S. teenager Mikaela Shiffrin won slalom gold on Friday with a heart-stopping second run on the ragged edge that sent her into the Olympic record books as the youngest champion in the discipline. Shiffrin, 18 years and 345 days old but already a world champion last …

*THIRD Local sports results for February 20, 2014

on Feb. 20, 2014, at 9:42 p.m.
Tourney scoreboard HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL EASTERN MAINE Semifinals Wednesday, Feb. 19 At Augusta Civic Center Class A A5: No. 6 Oxford Hills 61, No. 2 Brunswick 58 A6: No. 1 Hampden Acad. 67, No. 5 Edward Little 49 At Cross Center Class B B5: No. 6 Old Town 53, …

Merriconeag-Waldorf sweeps ‘C’ Nordic skiing titles

By Randy Whitehouse, Sun Journal on Feb. 20, 2014, at 9:07 p.m.
RUMFORD — A dramatic change in conditions from Wednesday’s classical to Thursday’s 5K freestyle didn’t faze Monmouth Academy’s Dylan Thombs. “I like skiing in the warm,” said Thombs, a senior. “My (fall) cross country coach, Tom Menendez, he always tells us don’t even think about the weather. We all have …

Falmouth sweeps Class A Nordic skiing crowns

By Justin Pelletier, Sun Journal on Feb. 20, 2014, at 8:59 p.m.
RANGELEY — Mt. Blue’s Sarah Wade was back in her familiar position atop the standings Thursday, but the Cougars knew it would take more than that to overcome a tough, talented group from Falmouth on Day 2 of the Class A high school skiing championships on Thursday. In a fashion …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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