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Two Ohio players found guilty of rape
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Two Ohio high school football players who were found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl have been sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail.
Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond were found guilty yesterday of attacking the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August. The case roiled the small city and stirred reaction from activists online.
The judge sentenced them both to at least one year in juvenile jail and said both can be held until they’re 21. Mays, who’s 17, was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, to be served after his rape sentence is completed.
Teixeira has partially torn tendon sheath
TAMPA, Fla. – Mark Teixeira said he has a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist and didn’t rule out missing up to two months of the regular season.
The first baseman rejoined the New York Yankees at spring training yesterday after getting hurt March 5 while with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic. The injury initially was announced as a strained wrist.
Teixeira plans to start limited baseball drills in about a week and is optimistic that surgery will not be necessary. The Yankees have said Teixeira will be out until at least May.
Streelman finally a PGA Tour winner
PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Kevin Streelman finally won on the PGA Tour with a game that looked as if he had done this many times before.
Streelman didn’t make a bogey over the final 37 holes on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook. He didn’t miss a shot over the last 11 holes yesterday on his way to a 4-under 67. That gave him a two-shot win over Boo Weekley in the Tampa Bay Championship.
Streelman won in his 153rd start on the PGA Tour. The win puts him into the Masters for the second time in his career.
Jordan Spieth, the 19-year-old from Texas, tied for seventh and earned special temporary membership on the PGA Tour for the rest of the year.
Sharapova wins Indian Wells title over Wozniacki
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Maria Sharapova defeated Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-2, to win her first title of the year at the BNP Paribas Open yesterday in a final between two former top-ranked players.
It was Sharapova’s second career title at Indian Wells, where she first won in 2006. Wozniacki won here in 2011. The women met in a final for the first time; their six other matches came in earlier rounds.
The Russian is projected to rise one spot in the WTA Tour rankings to No. 2 today, dropping Victoria Azarenka to third.
Four years later, Kim remains gold standard
LONDON, Ontario – Kim Yu-na was in a class all her own ahead of the Vancouver Olympics, so far superior there was no way anyone was going to steal that gold medal from her.
Four years later, not much has changed.
Back after a two-year hiatus, Kim needed one competition to show she is the one to beat at the Sochi Olympics. And good luck trying.
Her scores at the World Figure Skating Championship on Saturday night – 218.31 overall and 148.34 for the free skate – were surpassed only by the records she set in Vancouver. Her 20-point victory was the largest at worlds since the current scoring system took effect in 2005. Defending champion Carolina Kostner was second, and Japan’s Mao Asada was third.
Bus crash that killed coach being investigated
The police are investigating what caused a bus carrying a college women’s lacrosse team to veer off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crash into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver.
Players and coaches from Seton Hill University, near Pittsburgh, were among 23 people aboard when the bus crashed Saturday morning. The team was headed to an afternoon game at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania.
Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, died of her injuries at a hospital, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn son didn’t survive. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene.
Police couldn’t immediately say what had caused the crash. The front side of the bus, which was towed from the scene Saturday night, was shorn away, and the vehicle came to rest upright about 70 yards from the highway at the bottom of a grassy slope.
Lotus’ Raikkonen wins Australian GP
MELBOURNE, Australia – Kimi Raikkonen won Formula One’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix yesterdayday, jumpstarting Lotus’s bid to challenge the series’ bigger teams for the 2013 championship.
Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was second, while pole sitter and three-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel was third in his Red Bull, forced to pit after just seven laps due to worn super-soft tires.
Sheriff: Race crash victim was driver’s cousin
MARYSVILLE, Calif. – Authorities identified the victims of a California raceway crash as a race car owner and the 14-year-old cousin of the teenage driver.
The Yuba County Sheriff’s office yesterday said 68-year-old Dale Wondergem Jr. of Grass Valley and Marcus Johnson of Santa Rosa died after they were struck by a race car in the pit area at the Marysville Raceway Park about 6 p.m. Saturday.
Officials say Marcus Johnson is the cousin of the 17-year-old driver Chase Johnson, who was not injured in the collision.
Maze ends Cup season with giant slalom win
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Tina Maze rebounded from her heartbreaking World Cup slalom title defeat to Mikaela Shiffrin by ending her historic season with a giant slalom victory yesterday.
Maze performed her trademark celebration cartwheel in the finish area after first-run leader Tessa Worley of France fell 0.35 seconds behind her winning two-run time of 2 minutes, 16.67 seconds. Lara Gut of Switzerland was third, 1.38 back.
Neureuther wins final World Cup slalom
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Felix Neureuther of Germany edged overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher in a men’s season-ending slalom race yesterday.
Neureuther hung on to his opening-leg lead to finish 0.36 seconds ahead of Austrian Hirscher in a two-run time of 1 minute, 52.20 seconds.
Ivica Kostelic, the 2011 overall World Cup champion from Croatia, was third, trailing Neureuther by 0.51.
Hendrickson again edges Takanashi to win Cup meet
OSLO, Norway – American Sarah Hendrickson edged Japan’s Sara Takanashi yesterday to win the season’s last women’s ski jumping World Cup meet on the large hill at Holmenkollen.
The 18-year-old Hendrickson led by 1.9 points after the first round and won the second by 0.1 points for a total of 262.8 from jumps of 135.5 and 129 meters. The 16-year-old Takanashi gained 260.8 points from leaps of 134 and 133.5 meters.
Men’s overall winner Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria finished off his season with another victory, tying for first with Piotr Zyla of Poland.
Norway’s Johaug wins 30K freestyle at home
OSLO, Norway – Norway’s Therese Johaug won a 30-kilometer mass start freestyle World Cup race yesterday before a delirious home crowd.
She finished in 1 hour, 21 minutes and 17.7 seconds in a dominating performance. World Cup champion Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland closed the gap and was runner-up, 46.6 seconds behind in the 18.7-mile race. Yulia Tshekaleva of Russia was third, 51.9 seconds behind. Elizabeth Stephen of the U.S. was ninth.
Life ban from Greece team for Nazi salute player
ATHENS, Greece – Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis has been banned from his national team for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal in the topflight league.
Greece’s soccer federation said yesterday in a statement that the AEK Athens midfielder’s gesture “is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.”
The 20-year-old Katidis gave a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal Saturday in AEK’s 2-1 victory over Veria in the Greek league. He pleaded ignorance of the meaning of his gesture – right arm extended and hand straightened. He claimed on his Twitter account that he detests fascism.
Man dies after competing in Barcelona Marathon
BARCELONA, Spain – A 47-year-old man died of a heart attack after running in the Barcelona Marathon.
Barcelona’s Clinic Hospital said he had the attack during yesterday’s race and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Ethiopians Gezahgne Abrera and Lemelen Berha were the men’s and women’s winners. Abrera won in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 17 seconds. Berha finished in 2:34:39.