Sports briefs, Sept. 20

Posted Sept. 20, 2011, at 11:41 p.m.

Local swimmers to have opportunity to learn from Olympians

PORTLAND —Maine swimmers will have a unique chance to enhance their competitive swimming skills by working with two Olympic champions, Josh Davis and Aaron Peirsol, when Maine Swimming, Inc hosts a Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Bath Area Family YMCA.

The clinic visits more than 70 cities a year.

The event is a four-hour in-water stroke technique clinic from noon to 4 p.m. for athletes ages 11-18. The cost is $75 for any registered Maine Swimming, Inc. athlete.

The swimmers will hear inspiring messages from Josh Davis and Aaron Peirsol and then they will hit the water with Davis and Peirsol for in-water demonstration and instruction on swim strokes and techniques.

To register for the clinic, contact Jim Willis, MSI general chair by e-mail: generalchair@maineswimming.org or by going to the MSI website: www.maineswimming.org.

Glasses stolen off Ernie Harwell statue in Detroit

DETROIT — Glasses ripped off the white bronze statue of late Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell at Comerica Park in Detroit are expected to be replaced later this week.

Sculptor Lou Cela says Comerica Park officials reported this summer that the glasses were missing. It’s unclear exactly how — or when — the glasses were taken. The statue is inside the ballpark’s main gates.

Cela is a sculptor for the Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany outside Chicago. He says the glasses were made to be durable but “if somebody wants to go all out and rip the things off, they can just do it.”

A West Michigan foundry is doing the repair work.

Harwell, a baseball announcing legend, died in May 2010 at the age of 92.

Cowboys re-sign WR Robinson, cut CB McCann

IRVING, Texas — With Miles Austin and Dez Bryant hurting, the Dallas Cowboys have re-signed receiver Laurent Robinson.

Robinson has 89 catches for 1,000 yards and four touchdowns over two seasons with Atlanta and two with St. Louis.

The Cowboys signed Robinson before the opener. He got hurt in practice and didn’t play, then was cut last week.

Cornerback-kick returner Bryan McCann was released to clear a spot for Robinson.

Dallas plays Washington at home on Monday night. The Cowboys have so many injured players that they aren’t working out Wednesday.

Austin left the last game when he aggravated a hamstring injury and Bryant missed the game with a thigh problem.

Nuggets forward Gallinari rejoins Italian club

MILAN — Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari rejoined his former Italian team Olimpia Milano on Tuesday, agreeing to play until the NBA lockout ends.

“I’m happy for the opportunity that Olimpia offered me to get back on the court with the team that I had some unforgettable experiences with,” Gallinari said. “I hope to give the Milan fans more to cheer about and give them back in return the affection they showed by following me once I reached the NBA.”

Olimpia’s new coach is Sergio Scariolo, who guided Spain to the European Championship title Sunday in Lithuania. Along with fellow NBA players Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli, Gallinari was on the Italy squad that failed to advance to the second round.

“The only player for which we would have even considered making an exception to the rule of not hiring ‘part-time’ players was Danilo Gallinari,” Scarolo said. “We’re confident to get from him, even for only a brief time, the effort and dedication needed to become part of the team.”

Gallinari played for Olimpia from 2005 to 2008 before being drafted sixth overall by the New York Knicks in 2008. In February, the Knicks traded him to the Nuggets in a three-way blockbuster deal.

Gallinari’s father, Vittorio, also played with Olimpia.

Also known by its sponsor’s name Emporio Armani, Olimpia has a difficult series of games to open this season’s Europa League, where it will face Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

“With the time frame coinciding with our goal of qualifying for the top 16 in the Europa League, that obviously gave us extra motivation to make this deal,” Scarolo said.

Olimpia opens the Italian league season against Varese on Oct. 9.

Gallinari is expected to travel with Olimpia to a preseason camp in Spain on Thursday.

Other NBA players have committed to leagues outside the United States.

Nuggets free agents Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith plan to play in China, Denver’s Ty Lawson will play in Lithuania and New Jersey Nets All-Star Deron Williams signed with the Turkish club Besiktas.

The NBA season usually begins in late October but owners and players have so far failed to agree on a new labor deal. The sides are at odds over how to divide the league’s revenue, a salary-cap structure and the length of guaranteed contracts.

Gisele Bundchen given verbal warning for speeding

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — Gisele Bundchen, supermodel and wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, was stopped for speeding and given a verbal warning by a Massachusetts state trooper.

State police spokesman David Procopio says Bundchen was going about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone on state Route 6 in Barnstable when she was stopped Saturday.

Procopio says two children were in the Cadillac SUV, properly fastened in car seats.

The trooper reminded Bundchen that the speed limit on Route 6 is 55, and let her go on her way.

Procopio says Bundchen did not get any special treatment. The same trooper gave four other drivers verbal warnings that afternoon. He gave 20 others written citations, but those drivers committed other violations in addition to speeding.

The stop was first reported by the Boston Herald.

Ravens, Ngata sign 5-year, $61-million deal

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens signed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a five-year, $61-million contract on Tuesday.

His agent, Mike McCartney, said Ngata will get $40 million in the first two years of the deal. The All-Pro defensive tackle has 10 tackles, six solos, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

“Haloti’s re-signing is significant as we push to win consistently and battle for championships,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “His leadership is not only integral to our defense, but also the entire team. This is another commitment from (owner) Steve Bisciotti making sure we keep our best players.”

The deal came before Tuesday’s NFL deadline to sign a multiyear contract or extension to a franchise player. Ngata headed into this season with a $12.4 million franchise tender that was fully guaranteed.

Ngata was drafted 12th overall by the Ravens in the 2006 NFL draft. The former Oregon player has 12 career sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Jets D Byfuglien charged in boating incident

MINNEAPOLIS — Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was charged Tuesday with boating while intoxicated three weeks after his arrest in Minnesota.

According to a criminal complaint from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, a water patrol officer on Lake Minnetonka stopped Byfuglien’s boat the evening of Aug. 31 because the navigational lights weren’t on.

According to the officer, Byfuglien’s speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, he was unsteady on his feet and he smelled of alcohol. There were three people in the boat with him.

Authorities also said Byfuglien admitted to taking a muscle relaxant but couldn’t remember the name of the drug and he said he takes a “handful of supplements from 16 or 17 different bottles every day.”

Byfuglien was charged with third-degree boating while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to a year in jail, and refusing to submit to a test. He was also charged with failing to display the proper warning lights on the boat and not having enough flotation devices for everyone on board.

Mitch Robinson, Byfuglien’s attorney, said he planned to enter an innocent plea at Byfuglien’s next court appearance Oct. 21.

Asked about the supplements cited in the criminal complaint, Robinson said: “I don’t know everything that he’s been taking, but he assures me that everything he’s been taking is sanctioned by the NHL.”

Substance abuse has been a sensitive issue in the NHL after the deaths of two players in the offseason, including former Minnesota Wild tough guy Derek Boogaard.

Byfuglien, a Minnesota native, was on the Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2010. He was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in a salary dump, and the franchise was relocated to Winnipeg in the offseason.

From Staff and Wire Reports

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