Victoria Bossong of Cumberland advanced to the women’s 800-meter quarterfinals at the NCAA Division I East regional by posting the eighth fastest time – 2 minutes, 4.01 seconds – in the first round Thursday at Lexington, Kentucky.

Bossong, a junior at Harvard, was officially second in her heat, finishing alongside winner Star Price of Virginia Tech. She’ll race again on Saturday, and the top 12 finishers move on to the national championships June 5-8 in Eugene, Oregon.

Mackenzie Wilson, a UMaine senior from Lasalle, Ontario, qualified for nationals in the women’s hammer with a best throw of 203 feet, good for ninth place.


SCHEFFLER ARREST: The Kentucky police officer who arrested top-ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler outside the PGA Championship is receiving “corrective action” for not having his body-worn camera activated when he approached the golfer’s vehicle – an interaction that allegedly resulted in the officer being dragged to the ground, authorities said.


Louisville officials said they are not aware of any video footage of the initial interaction last Friday between Scheffler and Louisville Detective Bryan Gillis outside the gates of Valhalla Golf Club on a dark and rainy morning. But Gillis wrote in a report on his failure to turn on the camera that Scheffler “demanded to be let in and proceeded forward … I was dragged/knocked down by the driver.”

Police did release video Thursday from a street pole camera that appears to show Scheffler’s SUV turning into the golf club entrance, prompting an officer to run toward the vehicle and seemingly strike it as it came to a stop. The camera is too far away to capture the full details of the encounter.

EUROPEAN: Sam Jones, a tour rookie from New Zealand, holed his second shot from 273 yards at the par-5 17th at Antwerp, Belgium, and went on to card a 9-under 62 for a two-stroke lead after the first round.


PREMIER LEAGUE: West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta, a Brazilian international, was charged by English soccer authorities after it was alleged he deliberately received yellow cards during league matches to influence betting markets.

“I deny the charges in their entirety,” Paqueta wrote in an immediate response on his Instagram account, “and will fight with every breath to clear my name.”


GERMAN LEAGUE: An own goal, a counterattack and a rebound gave visiting Fortuna Düsseldorf a big advantage with a 3-0 win over Bochum in the first leg of their relegation/promotion playoff. The teams meet again Monday in Düsseldorf for the second leg of the total-goal playoff.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Czech Republic eliminated the United States 1-0 at Prague to reach the semifinals.

Boston Bruins forward Pavel Zacha scored a power-play goal in the second period and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Lukas Dostal stopped 36 shots.

Also, Nick Paul scored twice as defending champion Canada beat Slovakia, 6-3. Canada will play Switzerland in the final four on Saturday. The Czech Republic will meet Sweden.

NHL: Less than two weeks after being fired by Toronto, Sheldon Keefe was hired as coach by New Jersey and given the task of turning a young team into a Stanley Cup contender.


• Gabriel Landeskog, the Colorado captain who has missed two seasons with a right knee injury, said he’s planning to play next season but isn’t sure when. “Between mid-September and the start of April,” Landeskog said with a laugh. “I feel pretty good about it.”

• Dallas center Roope Hintz remained out of the lineup for the Western Conference finals opener against Edmonton, which is still without forward Adam Henrique.Both players are expected to return at some point during the series.


ARIZONA STATE: The school named longtime sports business executive Graham Rossini as its next athletic director.

An Arizona State alum, Rossini replaced Ray Anderson, who stepped down as athletic director in November.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Tim Merlier of Belgium won a chaotic bunch sprint at Padua, Italy, for his second victory at this year’s event as Tadej Pogacar maintained his considerable lead with three days remaining.

Merlier timed his last effort precisely to beat Jonathan Milan by less than half a wheel at the end of the 18th stage, a mainly flat 111-mile route that offered some respite after two brutal days in the high mountains.

– News service report

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