Sports Digest: Lewiston’s Landry Wins Becky Schaffer Award

HIGH SCHOOLS

Leah Landry, a forward from Lewiston High, won the fifth annual Becky Schaffer Award, given to Maine’s top high school girl in women’s hockey.

Landry led Maine in regular season scoring with 26 goals and 21 assists. She also scored four playoff goals, including two in the Class A state championship game, which Lewiston won 3-0 against Scarborough on February 19.

Becky Schaffer was a 2006 Yarmouth High graduate who played on her school’s women’s club team while also playing on the boys’ varsity and junior teams. She is considered one of the many trailblazers who helped women’s hockey gain sanction from the Maine Principals’ Association in 2008.

Schaffer, a McGill University graduate and member of the Peace Corps, died in a hiking accident in 2011 at the age of 23 while on a teaching assignment in Micronesia.

RACETRACK

UNITED STATES INDOOR ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS: With a push on the final lap, Lewiston native Isaiah Harris finished second in the men’s 800-meter final on Sunday in Spokane, Washington.

With his runner-up finish, the 2015 Lewiston High School graduate qualified for the World Indoor Championships in Athletics, to be held March 11-13 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Harris finished the four-lap race in a season-best 1:46.30, one second behind winner Bryce Hoppel.

He was in fourth place heading into the final lap, then jumped to second on the back stretch of the 200-meter track.

GOLF

PGA: Bryson DeChambeau pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, saying he didn’t want to risk further injury to his hand and hip as he wasn’t fully ready to defend his title at Bay Hill.

DeChambeau has not competed since retiring after the first round of the Saudi International on Feb. 3. The previous week, he had missed the cut at Torrey Pines.

DeChambeau said he will try to be ready for the Players Championship next week. He said he was able to hit golf balls in a simulator, but it wasn’t “comfortable”.
“It’s just not ready yet,” he said.

He suffers from a bone bruise on his left hand. And he said he hurt his hip slipping and falling in Saudi Arabia.

RYDER CUT: Zach Johnson was on a ski vacation in Colorado in late January when what he thought was a routine video call turned into so much more. During the roll call, the entire Ryder Cup committee asked him to be the next American captain.

“I had a pretty good day of skiing that day,” Johnson said with a broad smile. “I had blue pants and a red top and hit the white powder.”

The gold Ryder Cup trophy was on a table next to him at the PGA of America headquarters as Johnson was introduced as the 30th American captain. His job is to try and achieve what six previous captains couldn’t: win the Ryder Cup away from home.

Expectations for Americans winning on European soil for the first time since 1993 at The Belfry will be higher than ever. They are coming off the biggest ever defeat in Europe, a 19-9 margin at Whistling Straits.

Johnson wasn’t going to change anything.

The United States went from eight automatic qualifiers and four captain’s picks to six each due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 which left an uncertain PGA Tour schedule and ultimately led to matches being postponed from ‘a year.

Johnson said that would remain the same for 2023 — six qualifiers, six picks — with the same point system in place. PGA Tour players can only earn points at major tournaments, the Players Championship and one World Golf Championships event this year. And then in the year of the Ryder Cup, there will be points for each tournament (except opposite field events), with the four majors getting an extra point and a half (double for the winner).

BASEBALL

MAJORS: The New York Yankees hired Hensley Meulens as assistant batting coach after the Crosstown Mets poached Eric Chavez from the same position last month.

Meulens played for the franchise from 1989 to 1993 at the start of a seven-year major league career, then won three World Series titles in 10 seasons as a bench coach and batting coach for the Giants from San Francisco. His last big league job was as a bench coach for the Mets in 2020.

The Yankees hired Chavez in November as one of two assistants to new batting coach Dillon Lawson. A few weeks later, the Mets hired the 17-year-old big leaguer to be their lead hitting coach. The Yankees knew Chavez could take the promotion when they hired him.

SOCCER

PELE: Pelé was discharged from hospital after being treated for a urinary tract infection.

Pele, 81, was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on Feb. 13 to continue treatment for colon cancer, but days later doctors discovered an infection. The hospital announced that the great footballer had been discharged on Saturday.

“The patient is in stable clinical condition, already cured of his urinary tract infection, and will continue treatment for the colon tumor, identified in September 2021”, specifies the hospital.

PREMIER LEAGUE: United States manager Jesse Marsch has been signed by Leeds as the club hopes a change of manager at the end of the season can help preserve their status in the English Premier League.

Marsch replaced Marcelo Bielsa, who was fired on Sunday following a dramatic drop in results, and is back at work nearly three months after leaving German side Leipzig.

TENNIS

WTA: Top seed Elina Svitolina, a 27-year-old professional tennis player from Ukraine, has said she would withdraw from the Monterrey Open rather than face a Russian opponent in the Mexican tournament unless tennis governing bodies decide. follow the lead of the International Olympic Committee and insist that players from Russia and Belarus are only identified as ‘neutral athletes’.

Svitolina wrote on Twitter that she did not want to play her opening match against Anastasia Potapova “nor any other match against Russian or Belarusian tennis players as long as” the WTA women’s tour, the men’s ATP tour and the International Federation of tennis “will follow the recommendations of the IOC” and prohibit competitors from these countries from using national symbols, colors, flags or anthems.

RANKINGS: Daniil Medvedev has officially moved up to No. 1 in the ATP rankings, overtaking Novak Djokovic to become the 27th man to hold the No. 1 spot since the computerized rankings began in 1973.

Medvedev, a 26-year-old Russian who won the US Open last year and was a runner-up at this year’s Australian Open, has risen from No. 2.

Djokovic slipped one spot after only taking part in one tournament in 2022 as he was not vaccinated against COVID-19. He was kicked out of Australia and not allowed to try to defend his title at Melbourne Park because he is not vaccinated – and said he would not get the shots, even if he had any need to be able to play elsewhere, such as the French Open or Wimbledon.

Medvedev is the first player other than Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to reach No.1 since February 2004, when Andy Roddick was there.

Alexander Zverev remained at No. 3 after being kicked out of the Mexican Open for a violent outburst directed at a chair umpire.

SKI

RETIREMENT: Five-time Olympic medalist Kjetil Jansrud will end his skiing career at home in Norway on Saturday.

Jansrud, 36, wrote on Instagram that he would complete the course where he won the first of his 23 World Cup victories.

Jansrud is retiring weeks after recovering unexpectedly from a knee injury to compete in the Beijing Olympics, where he was seeking a medal at his fourth consecutive Winter Games.

He won super-G gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and also won two silver and two bronze medals between 2010 and 2018 – twice sharing the podium with friend and team-mate Aksel Lund Svindal.

Jansrud also won a downhill world championship title in 2019 and topped the downhill World Cup standings in the 2014-15 season. He won three more crystal globe trophies as the season’s super-G champion.


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