Skowhegan’s Christopher chosen as Gatorade Maine Women’s Basketball Player of the Year

HIGH SCHOOLS

Jaycie Christopher, who led Skowhegan to her first state basketball championship, was chosen as the Gatorade Maine Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Christopher, a 6-foot senior point guard heading to Boston University, averaged 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.5 steals per game in one season 22-0 for the River Hawks.

She scored 24 points in Saturday’s 60-46 victory over Greely in the Class A state finals and ended her high school career as Skowhegan’s all-time leading scorer.

Christopher is also one of three finalists for Miss Maine Basketball, which will be awarded on Saturday.

SOCCER

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: With Manchester City’s progress to the quarter-finals in doubt, even substitute goalkeeper Scott Carson could be taken off the bench for his first appearance in the competition in 17 years.

The 36-year-old third-choice goalkeeper came on as a 73rd-minute substitute for Ederson and kept a clean sheet as City drew 0-0 with Sporting after winning 5-0 in the first leg in Lisbon last month.

It was Carson’s first Champions League appearance since playing for Liverpool in a 2-1 win over Juventus in April 2005.

• Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick in less than 20 minutes in the second half as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 to progress to the quarter-finals.

NWSL: Former NHL and National Lacrosse League executive Jessica Berman has been named commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Jessica Berman, new commissioner of the NWSL. Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Berman replaces Lisa Baird, who resigned last October amid a scandal involving sexual harassment and coercion allegations against one of the league’s most high-profile coaches. Berman’s appointment was announced Wednesday and his four-year term will begin April 20. Interim CEO Marla Messing, hired to oversee the league after Baird’s departure, will continue in her role and advise Berman during the transition until May 31.

Berman takes over the league after a turbulent 2021. Five league coaches have resigned or been fired. Among them was North Carolina coach Paul Riley, who was fired after The Athletic detailed allegations of sexual misconduct. He denied the allegations. Baird resigned in the fallout, and US Soccer and the NWSL opened independent investigations.

Recently, the league seems more stable. A new collective bargaining agreement has been reached with the NWSL Players Association, and two expansion teams will open their inaugural seasons and expand the league to 12 teams.

“Working on behalf of and in partnership with our players is my number one priority,” Berman said in a statement. “Having been involved in professional sports for many years, I know how essential a true partnership with the players is for us all to succeed and continue to grow.”

ENGLAND: Leicester triker Jamie Vardy will be out for several weeks with a knee injury, manager Brendan Rodgers has said.

Vardy, 35, had recently returned from a hamstring injury when he suffered a knee problem in Leicester’s 1-0 win over Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday.

HORSES RACE:

FORMER DERBY WINNER DIES: Go For Gin, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1994 and was the race’s oldest living winner, has died. He was 31 years old.

Kentucky Horse Park announced on its website that Go For Gin died Tuesday of heart failure. He had been living there since retiring from stud in June 2011.

Formed by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, Go For Gin finished second to Tabasco Cat in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

CAR RACE

FORMULA ONE: Kevin Magnussen will make a surprise return to Formula 1 this season with the same team that fired him a year ago.

The Danish driver has been rehired by Haas F1 to replace Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, who was fired this weekend following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Magnussen has signed a multi-year contract and will drive the new Haas car for the first time on Friday at F1 testing in Bahrain. Reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will test the car on Thursday afternoon.

The 29-year-old was released from contracts with Peugeot and Chip Ganassi Racing to return to Haas. Magnussen drove for Ganassi in IMSA sports cars last season and started this year as an endurance driver in the Rolex 24s at Daytona. He was due to be Ganassi’s endurance driver next week at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

SLED DOG RACES

IDITAROD: Dallas Seavey led early Wednesday in his quest to become the race’s greatest champion.

Seavey was the first musher to leave the ghost town of Ophir, Alaska as mushers continue to battle for position at the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and lead changes are common.

Ophir is 352 miles into the nearly 1,000 mile race. Seavey left Wednesday at 3:49 a.m. with 12 harnessed dogs. He had an 18-minute lead over second musher, Brent Sass, who still has 13 dogs on his team. Sass, the race’s 2012 rookie of the year, is looking for his first Iditarod title.

A musher must start the race with at least 12 dogs but no more than 14. Race rules require that at least five dogs be in the team at the finish line.

Seavey, the defending champion, is tied with Rick Swenson for the most Iditarod titles, at five apiece. Swenson won his fifth title in 1991, and the 71-year-old musher last raced the Iditarod in 2012.

SKI

WORLD CUP: Norwegian Atle skier Lie McGrath claimed his first career victory in a night slalom in Flachau, Austria, which produced the eighth different winner in nine races in the discipline this season.

McGrath trailed leader Johannes Strolz by nearly a second after the first run, but the Austrian dropped to fourth after several errors on his final run.

Olympic champion Clement Noel of France was second, 0.29 seconds behind McGrath. The rest of the field, led by Daniel Yule of Switzerland in third, was more than six tenths of a second off the lead.

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