Two Maine skiers make cut for U.S. moguls team

Maine skiers Jeremy Cota and Troy Murphy were named to the U.S. freestyle moguls team for the 2015-16 World Cup season on Tuesday.

Cota, from Carrabassett Valley, was named to the A team. The 27-year-old had five top-10 finishes on the World Cup last year, including a second at Tazawako, Japan, last Feb. 28.

Murphy, from Bethel, was named to the B team. The 2014 World Cup rookie of the year, he had four top-10 World Cup finishes last year and also won the U.S. moguls championship last March 27. He is 23.

A total of 19 athletes, including Carrabassett Valley Academy’s Nessa Dziemian of East Hampstead, New Hampshire (selected to the C team), were named to the U.S. team.

The first race of the season is Dec. 12 in Ruka, Finland.


VOLLEYBALL: Jocelyn Moody of Biddeford High was named the Maine Gatorade volleyball player of the year.

Moody, a senior outside hitter, had 173 kills, 299 digs, 68 aces and 65 assists, while compiling a 3.67 grade-point average in the classroom.

Moody is the third volleyball player of the year from Biddeford, joining Mariah Hebert (2012-13) and Keila Grigware (’10-11).


FIFA INVESTIGATION: FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout agreed to be extradited to the United States to face charges in the soccer bribery case.

Napout, who is from Paraguay, consented to his extradition at a police hearing Tuesday, the Swiss justice ministry said in a statement.

Napout contested extradition at a first hearing last Thursday, hours after he was arrested in a pre-dawn police raid at a hotel in Zurich.

The president of the South American confederation is said to have received bribes worth millions of dollars from Copa America broadcasting rights.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Ronaldo scored four goals and set up two others as host Madrid routed Malmo 8-0, making him the first player with 10 goals or more in the group stage of the Champions League. Ronaldo has 11 goals in six games.


IOC MEETINGS: Recent scandals are undermining the credibility of sports and casting suspicion on millions of clean athletes, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.

Bach called on all sports organizations to follow rules of “good governance” to prevent the type of corruption cases that have rocked the global governing bodies of soccer and track and field.

In an op-ed piece published in newspapers around the world, Bach did not specifically name the scandals enveloping FIFA, the IAAF, and Russia’s track and field program, but the references were clear and unmistakable.

Because of the scandals, clean athletes “see the finger of suspicion pointing at them,” a situation akin to “the very worst side-effect of doping,” Bach said.

His comments came as the IOC executive board discussed issues of ethics and governance on the first day of a three-day meeting.


WTA: Serena Williams won the WTA’s player of the year award for the fourth consecutive time and seventh overall.

Williams was ranked No. 1 throughout 2015, going 53-3 with a WTA-high five titles, including three at major tournaments.

Her older sister Venus was comeback player of the year.

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