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Starcks up for yacht honors

The short lists have been announced by US Sailing for the 2013 Rolex Yachtsman and Yacthswoman of the Year and an Amherst couple has made the lists.David and Jody Starck were shortlisted for the honor.

Jody has five first-place finishes this year, including winning the Lightning Atlantic Coast Championships in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

David has four first-place finishes, highlighted by the Lighting World Championships in Castiglione del Lago, Italy.

The winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on Feb. 25 at a ceremony at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.

Two make Paralympic squad

Two Western New Yorkers were named to the roster for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team and will compete in Sochi March 8-15.

For Adam Page, 21, of Lancaster, this will be his second Olympic experience as he was a member of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won the gold medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, B.C. He has been with Team USA since the 2007-08 season, when he was the youngest member at age 15.

This is the first year with the national team for Paul Schaus, 25, of Buffalo. In 17 games he has four goals and two assists.

Vonn skipping St. Moritz

Mapping out her Olympics preparation after a three-race test, Lindsey Vonn will skip this weekend's World Cup stop at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and is planning to return to the circuit in a downhill at Val d'Isere, France, on Dec. 21.

Vonn's schedule was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Ski Team.

The 29-year-old American returned to competition at Lake Louise, Alberta, last week, 10 months after tearing two ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in that leg during a crash at the world championships. She also had a setback when she partially re- tore one of those surgically reconstructed ligaments in a fall during practice on Nov. 19.

Vonn finished 40th in a downhill Friday in her World Cup season debut, then 11th in another downhill Saturday, and fifth in a super- G on Sunday.

Asked after that last event what those 72 hours of racing told her, Vonn replied:

"It tells me that I do need a couple more starts. I want to make sure that I get on the podium at least once, if not win, before ... Sochi. For me, mentally, I really want to have that in my back pocket."

Lowe sentenced in tax case

Former North Carolina State basketball coach Sidney Lowe pleaded guilty to failing to file his North Carolina tax returns for three years.

Lowe entered his plea Wednesday in Wake County District Court before Judge Margaret Eagles.

He received a suspended 45-day jail sentence, was placed on 36 months of unsupervised probation, must complete 100 hours of community service within the year and must pay more than $79,000 in restitution plus a $2,000 fine.

In a statement announcing the plea, the state Department of Revenue said the 53-year-old Lowe, currently an assistant with the NBA's Utah Jazz, didn't file returns from 2009-11 - the last three years he coached the Wolfpack.

The agency says Lowe didn't file his state tax returns for those years even after he was contacted about it - but he did file them prior to his court date.Lee Turner, Lowe's Raleigh-based attorney, told the Associated Press that his client "has been very embarrassed by this from the beginning" and attributed it to Lowe not paying attention to detail.

"I assure you this is something that is never going to happen again," Turner said.

The department says Lowe received roughly $962,000 in income in 2009 and $953,000 in 2010 from N.C. State and roughly $659,000 in 2011 from the school and the Jazz, who hired him after he resigned as the Wolfpack's coach that year.

At N.C. State, Lowe was paid a base salary of around $210,000 per year. That was boosted to $760,000 with television and radio commitments, and with bonuses and endorsements could have been up to $900,000 a year. …