AWARDS

Mike Lowe of the Portland Press Herald has been honored as the Maine Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

It’s the third time Lowe has won the award, voted on by Maine members of the NSMA. He covers the New England Patriots, University of Maine football and high school sports.

Jessica Gagne, sports anchor and reporter at WCSH-TV in Portland, was voted the Maine Sportscaster of the Year. It’s her first state win.

TRACK AND FIELD

ATHLETE SUSPENDED: Kemi Adekoya, a four-time Asian Games champion, was provisionally suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said on its website that the 25-year-old Adekoya, a Nigerian-born runner who switched allegiance to Bahrain, tested positive for stanozolol – the steroid sprinter Ben Johnson used at the 1988 Seoul Olympics – in November.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Freddie Kitchens, the new Cleveland coach, hired Todd Monken as offensive coordinator and Steve Wilks to run his defense.

Monken spent the past three years with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers ranked first in passing yardage per game (320.3) and were 12th in points. Monken called plays but Kitchens is expected to keep that duty following his eight-game run as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator.

A person with knowledge of the agreement said Mike Munchak, who had been a finalist for Denver’s head coaching job, is making a lateral move from Pittsburgh to serve as the Broncos’ offensive line coach.

COLLEGE: Mark Whipple, who stepped down in November as the head coach at Massachusetts, was hired by Pittsburgh to be its offensive coordinator.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: Gabriel Jesus kept up his scoring spree for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers that moved the team back to within four points of Liverpool for first place.

Manchester City moved five points clear of third-place Tottenham, which lost at home Sunday to Manchester United.

David Wagner left his position as manager of Huddersfield, with the team in last place and eight points from rising out of the relegation zone.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: UEFA, the European governing body, said it will allow Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk to return to its usual home stadium in Kharkiv for games after martial law was lifted.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: Dealing with fatigue from seven races in 19 days, Mikaela Shiffrin is scaling back her schedule.

Shiffrin, the overall World Cup ski leader, won’t compete in two downhills in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, this week as planned.

– Staff and news service

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