Maine’s Freund finishes first day at Rio Paralympics

Hugh Freund of South Freeport competed in two races on the first day of competition at the Rio Paralympics in Brazil, finishing sixth overall with 10 points after two races in the three-person Sonar class on the opening day.

Freund is teamed with Alphonsus Doerr of Clifton, New Jersey, and Bradley Kendell of Tampa, Florida, as they represent the United States.

Sonar competition consists of 23-foot keelboats operated by crews from 14 countries. The competition will have two races per day, leading to Saturday’s finale.


FIELD HOCKEY: Vonde Saunders scored two unassisted goals while leading UNE (4-1) to a 3-0 win past Colby (1-2) at Biddeford.

Kersey Boulay also scored, tipping in Nicole Matarozzo drive from the top of the circle.

Saunders poked a loose ball into the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead 5:34 into the game. After Boulay increased the lead to 2-0, Saunders completed the scoring by putting in a deflected shot in the 34th minute.


U.S. WOMEN: With her memoir set for publication on Tuesday, retired U.S. women’s soccer star Abby Wambach is opening up about her years of substance abuse.

In her autobiography, “Forward: A Memoir,” she tells of her “bouts with vodka and pills, which included Vicodin, Ambien and Adderall.”

Wambach, 36, also discusses her relationship struggles with fellow soccer player Sarah Huffman, whom she married in 2013 but is in the process of divorcing.


RYDER CUP: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III named Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar as three of his four picks for the upcoming showdown with Europe at Hazeltine.

Those three join Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker and Zach Johnson, who qualified in the final standings for the Americans.

The U.S. is looking to avoid an unprecedented fourth straight defeat to the Europeans in the Ryder Cup, which begins Sept. 30.


NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks signed free-agent guard/forward Xavier Henry to the training camp roster.

A 6-foot-6 native of Gent, Belgium, Henry played in nine games last season with Santa Cruz of the NBA D-League where he averaged 15.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game.

WNBA: Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair her injured right thumb. There is no timetable for her return.

Delle Donne, who won the scoring title in 2015, is tied for the scoring lead this season with New York’s Tina Charles at 21.5 points per game.

Chicago clinched a playoff spot on Sunday with a 96-86 victory over Connecticut.


WOMEN: Boxing star Claressa Shields said she’s still weighing her options about whether to turn pro.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist threw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday night when the Detroit Tigers hosted the Minnesota Twins. Shields, a Flint native, won her second gold at this year’s Rio Olympics.

Shields said she hopes her success brings attention to the water crisis and poverty level in Flint.

– From staff and news services

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