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Sports briefs, Oct. 4


Millinocket Little League organizing LL World Series trip

Millinocket Little League is organizing a bus trip to the 2012 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. The four-day, three-night trip will run Aug. 16-19 for the opening weekend of the World Series. The trip features two full days at the LLWS and a stop at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. on the return trip home.

Cost per person, based on hotel room occupancy, is single-$805, double-$500, triple-$395, quad-$345, quint-$315. The price includes round-trip motorcoach transportation, three nights hotel accommodations, transportation to and from the stadium for both days at the LLWS and admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Admission to all games at the World Series is free.

For more information, contact Brian Brown at 731-8053 or

WAC apologizes for ‘excessive’ delay in game

HONOLULU — Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson is apologizing for an “excessive” delay during Saturday’s Hawaii-Louisiana Tech football game in Ruston.

The officiating crew took 22 minutes to conduct an instant replay review, which Benson on Tuesday called “an embarrassment to the WAC.”

Benson says the instant replay official “failed terribly” in managing the review process. He added that steps have been taken to prevent it from happening again.

Existing WAC policies say that if a call can’t be overturned in 2 minutes, the play in question must stand.

The review occurred in the second quarter after Hawaii called a timeout. There was confusion on when the time out was granted and whether the play counted.

Hawaii, which is playing its final season in the WAC, beat Louisiana Tech 44-26.

Purdue coach fine with Marve’s tweet

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue football coach Danny Hope says he had no issue with a critical tweet from quarterback Robert Marve.

Marve stepped in for starter Caleb TerBush in the second quarter of Purdue’s 38-10 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. Hope said after the game that TerBush had a better command of the offense, and Marve played outside the system at times when he didn’t need to.

On his Twitter account, Marve said wrote: “Don’t understand how I was not playing in the system! It was rough from the get go, don’t understand how that was on me.”

Hope said he understood Marve’s concern and the only negative issue was the response by the fans and the media.

Houston prospect Kellogg killed in auto accident

HOUSTON — Houston Astros prospect Dustin Kellogg was killed in an automobile accident late Monday night.

Kellogg died when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a freight truck in suburban Houston, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The DPS said the freight truck driver was not injured in the crash. Kellogg was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 18-year-old pitcher was picked by the Astros in the 34th round of this year’s amateur draft. He appeared in six games for the Astros Gulf Coast League team and had a 1-1 record with a 4.26 ERA. He had nine strikeouts in the 6 1-3 innings he pitched.

“He was a great kid with high energy and a lot of confidence, and performed well for us after signing,” Astros’ assistant general manager and scouting director Bobby Heck said. “This is a huge loss for everyone that knew him.”

Heck said Kellogg, who went to high school in the Houston suburb of Conroe, was very excited to be pitching for his hometown team and that the Astros were happy to “make his dream come true.”

Houston general manager Ed Wade said his thoughts were with Kellogg’s family and friends.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Dustin’s passing,” Wade said. “Although he had only been an Astros player for a short time, we share the pain of his family. Our prayers go out to Dustin’s loved ones.”

Avery appears headed to waiver wire

STOCKHOLM — Sean Avery appears to have lost out on the final spot on the New York Rangers’ roster.

The noted agitator is likely headed to the waiver wire after being beaten out by fellow forward Erik Christensen. Avery could end up on another NHL team if claimed off waivers by Wednesday, on the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Connecticut, or loaned to a team in Europe.

Avery was a healthy scratch for New York’s final exhibition games in Slovakia and Switzerland. The Rangers open the regular season this week with games in Sweden.

Summitt to receive Maggie Dixon Courage award

NEW YORK — Coach Pat Summitt will receive the Maggie Dixon Courage award when she brings her Tennessee Lady Vols to the sixth annual Classic that honors the former Army coach.

Summitt surprised the sports world with her announcement in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. She will begin her 38th season when the Lady Vols start practice on Wednesday.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive an award named after Maggie Dixon,” Summitt said through a Tennessee spokesman. “In her short time as a coach, she was a great role model and a rising star in our profession.”

Tennessee will face DePaul in the second game of the annual doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 11. Six-foot-eight Brittney Griner and the Baylor Lady Bears will take on St. John’s in the opener.

The winningest coach in college basketball — men’s or women’s — is the fourth recipient of the award. She joins Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, former Army player Lt. Col. Kim Kawamoto and California’s Tierra Rogers.

It’s the second time Tennessee has played in the Classic named for the former Army women’s coach. The Lady Vols beat Rutgers two years ago. The Scarlet Knights had played in all four of the previous Garden events. Army hosted Ohio State at West Point the first year.

The 28-year-old Dixon died April 6, 2006, of arrhythmia, probably caused by an enlarged heart. Her death came three weeks after she finished her first season as Army coach. She won the admiration of the academy and all of college basketball for leading Army to its first NCAA berth, where the Cadets lost in the first round to Summitt’s Lady Vols.

Jamie Dixon, her brother and men’s coach at Pittsburgh, started the doubleheader in 2006.

Derby suspension leaves Wienke as backup Iowa QB

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The suspension of Iowa backup quarterback A.J. Derby has elevated John Wienke to the No. 2 spot behind junior James Vandenberg.

Derby beat out Wienke, a 6-foot-5 junior from Tuscola, Ill., for the backup job in fall camp. But Derby will miss Saturday’s game at Penn State (4-1) and the Oct. 15 home game against Northwestern after being arrested last weekend and charged with criminal mischief and public intoxication.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says Derby, a redshirt freshman, will practice during his two-week suspension.

Wienke has thrown just one career pass for the Hawkeyes (3-1) entering the Big Ten opener against the Nittany Lions.

“A.J. is a little bit more athletic and (Wienke) is probably more of a thrower, a deep ball thrower,” Ferentz said. “(Wienke) is a real quality young guy…if he’s called upon he’ll do the job.”

Iowa has won all three of its home games this season but lost its only road game, 44-41 to Iowa State in triple overtime. The Hawkeyes are 8-1 in their last nine meetings against Penn State, including a road victory in 2009.

“This is the real meat of your season, especially going on the road to Penn State. We haven’t won a game on the road this year, so obviously that’s going to be a challenge,” Vandenberg said.

Iowa’s best bet is to keep Vandenberg healthy.

Vandenberg has thrown for 10 touchdowns through four games and has directed the Big Ten’s leading pass offense at 281 yards a game.

Turner Motorsports releases Reed Sorenson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Turner Motorsports has released Nationwide Series championship contender Reed Sorenson.

Sorenson is currently third in the Nationwide standings with five races remaining this season. He trails leader Ricky Stenhouse by 27 points.

The team says Brian Vickers will drive the No. 32 at Kansas and Charlotte instead of Sorenson. The driver of the final three races has yet to be announced.

Team owner Steve Turner gave no clear reason for Sorenson’s release in Tuesday’s statement. He says the team is evaluating its programs with a focus on 2012.

Sorenson had one win this year and 18 top-10 finishes. He also led the points for three weeks.

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