Sports briefs, Oct. 20, 2011

Posted Oct. 21, 2011, at 1:39 a.m.

KVAC Class B soccer title matches canceled

AUGUSTA — The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B soccer championship matches scheduled for Thursday at the Capital Area Recreation Association fields were canceled due to wet field conditions.

Oceanside of Rockland-Thomaston was slated to play Morse of Bath in the girls game, while Camden Hills of Rockport was scheduled to face Winslow in the boys contest.

The Morse girls and Camden Hills boys have been crowned KVAC Class B champions by virtue of their higher seedings in the final Heal point ratings.

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UM men’s Blue-White scrimmage set Saturday

ORONO — The University of Maine men’s basketball team has scheduled its annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage for Saturday at 10 a.m. in Memorial Gymnasium.

It will be the first opportunity for fans to get a look at this season’s team, which includes seven newcomers. Admission is free.

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Bode Miller slams ski officials over new rules

SOELDEN, Austria — Bode Miller is accusing the international ski federation of “ruining” the sport with new equipment regulations that will take effect next year.

The 34-year-old skier, who attended Carrabassett Valley Academy, calls the FIS rule changes regarding minimum size and radius of skis “a complete joke” and “going backwards every time they do a regulation.”

Miller says that longer skis with a wider radius will not make ski racing any safer but instead will wipe out all technical developments that have made the sport more appealing to racers and fans in recent years.

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Lions RB Harrison has brain tumor, says ESPN

DETROIT — ESPN is reporting that Detroit Lions running back Jerome Harrison has a brain tumor.

The network citing two league sources it did not identify in Thursday’s report. The tumor was revealed when Harrison had a physical after being dealt this week by Detroit to the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade that was voided by the discovery.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t confirm or deny the report, citing a privacy issue. He said Harrison was back on the team’s 53-man roster.

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Auriemma blames Irish for realignment issues

NEW YORK — UConn coach Geno Auriemma thinks that the Big East conference’s realignment issues could have been solved years ago with one simple move — Notre Dame’s football team joining the league.

“They’ve been in our league 17 years, so how long are we going to date before we just decide this ain’t working. And I’m not happy about it,” Auriemma said at the conference’s annual women’s basketball media day Thursday. “That’s not the opinion of the University of Connecticut, the Big East Conference. … That’s just Geno Auriemma’s opinion.”

The Irish, whose women’s basketball team is picked first in the conference’s preseason poll, have had all their sports in the Big East with the exception of football — which has remained independent.

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Tennis agent Meyerson dies at 48, cause unknown

Tennis agent Ken Meyerson, who represented Grand Slam winners Andy Roddick, Chris Evert and Justine Henin, has died. He was 48.

Meyerson died Wednesday night at his home in Florida, according to a statement by his agency, Lagardhre Unlimited. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Meyerson had been president of Lagardhre’s tennis division since 2009.

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Mara to head NFL’s management council

NEW YORK — New York Giants owner John Mara has been appointed chairman of the NFL’s most powerful committee, the Management Council.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday several changes to the leadership of league committees, with Mara replacing Panthers owner Jerry Richardson as head of the Management Council, which is the main NFL labor committee.

Goodell also has formed a committee on health and medical issues that will be chaired by 49ers owner John York. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Falcons President Rich McKay, Packers President Mark Murphy and Mara also will serve on that group, called the Health and Safety Advisory Committee.

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