Sports briefs, Oct. 27

Posted Oct. 28, 2011, at 12:40 a.m.

Morrison captures state candlepin bowling singles title

FRYEBURG — Shawn Morrison of Brewer rolled a 1,357 total over 10 strings to capture the Maine Candlepin Bowling Association’s singles title at the Saco Valley Sports Center over the weekend.

Joey Hutchinson of Vacationland Bowling Center in Saco finished second with a 1,229 and was followed by Mark Smith of Hobbs Lucky Lanes in South Paris (1,227), Frank Layne of Saco Valley (1,221) and Brian Purdy of the Big 20 Lanes in Scarborough.

Amanda Carroll of Big 20 won the women’s singles title with a 1,120 pinfall and was followed by Brooke Anton of Big 20 (1,084), Kim Kangas of Lucky Lanes (1,083), Angie Davis of Big 20 (1,072) and Grace Leavitt of Big 20 (916).

Champions were also crowned in the average plus handicap divisions with Brandon Morgan of Bowl A Rama in Sanford winning the men’s title with a 1,519 and Catie Scribner of Big 20 claiming the women’s crown with a 1,503.

Rounding out the top five for the men in the APH were Kyle Sherman of Bowl A Rama (1,472), Morrison (1,457), Sean Murphy of Vacationland (1,456) and Steve Widger of Vacationland (1,454). Placing in the top five for the women were Roni Cavallero of Big 20 (1,471), Sharon Jacques of Vacationland (1,435), Anne Turner of Saco Valley (1,427) and Kate Archambault of Vacationland (1,425).

Caribou native named UMFK men’s basketball coach

FORT KENT — Caribou native Bradley Holabird has been named the women’s basketball coach at the University of Maine-Fort Kent, UMFK Athletic Director Bill Ashby announced Thursday.

Holabird takes over for Lucas Levesque, who was recently named the UMFK assistant director of admissions.

Holabird, who is the current head athletic trainer at UMFK, graduated from UM-Presque Isle in 2005. He was an assistant coach on the Caribou High boys basketball team from 2006-09.

NASCAR bans power tools in transferring fuel

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR has banned the use of power tools when teams are transferring fuel.

The decision Thursday is in response to a fuel fire next to Regan Smith’s hauler at Talladega Superspeedway. The fire broke out as spouts from gas cans were being removed so excess fuel could be poured into storage.

A spark from a power tool apparently ignited gas inside one can. No one was hurt in the fire, which sent thick clouds of black smoke through the garage.

There was no previous rule as to how the spouts could be removed. This is the first year these cans have been used.

The ban was issued by NASCAR Vice President Robin Pemberton and applies to all NASCAR series.

Beasley suit alleges improper benefits at K-State

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley is accusing his former agent and an AAU coach of conspiring to forge a relationship with him from the age of 14 and giving his mother improper cash benefits while Beasley starred at Kansas State, all in an effort to land the basketball prodigy as a client.

Beasley laid out the allegations in a lawsuit filed in Maryland a month ago in response to agent Joel Bell’s wrongful termination lawsuit against him. Beasley said Bell gave his mother living expenses when he went to school there, which would likely violate NCAA rules and federal regulations governing sports agents.

The Associated Press left messages for attorneys representing Beasley and Bell seeking comment. Both an attorney for AAU coach Curtis Malone and Malone himself vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

A Kansas State spokesman wrote in an email to The AP that the school is aware of the lawsuit “but at this time we have no further information on which to comment.” The allegations were first reported by The Washington Post.

Beasley was unaware of the financial help his mother was receiving and did not become aware of it until after he signed a contract to be represented by Bell, the lawsuit states.

Beasley was drafted second overall by the Miami Heat in 2008 and didn’t find out about his mother allegedly receiving money from Bell and Malone until about three months later. The lawsuit said Beasley felt “betrayed” by the men and immediately fired Bell. He later hired a new agent, signed his contract with the Heat and inked an endorsement deal with adidas, one that Bell claims was nearly identical to the deal he had set up for Beasley before he was fired.

Bell claims Beasley fired him to avoid paying the commission on the deal and he filed suit for wrongful termination in January.

Obama congratulates WNBA champs

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has called the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx to congratulate her and her team on winning the WNBA championship.

The White House says Obama told coach Cheryl Reeve on Thursday that he’s very proud of how the Lynx played and how hard they worked as they pursued their first WNBA title. He said he looked forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House.

The Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 73-67 earlier this month to complete a three-game sweep of the women’s basketball championship series.

Former Alabama, New York Jets punter Gantt dies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Former Alabama and New York Jets punter Greg Gantt, who may be best known for having two punts blocked and returned for touchdowns in a 17-16 loss to Auburn in 1972, has died. His sister, Patricia Gantt of Gardendale, said Gantt died Wednesday of complications from heart disease and diabetes.

Gantt led the Southeastern Conference in punting for three seasons from 1971-73 and also kicked long field goals for the Crimson Tide. He is tied with two other kickers for the longest field goal in Cotton Bowl history, a 50-yarder against Texas in 1973. He punted for two seasons for the New York Jets.

Dolphins credited for 6, not 7, sacks on Tebow

NEW YORK — An official scoring change is now giving the Miami Dolphins credit for six sacks instead of seven on Denver quarterback Tim Tebow.

During its weekly review of plays, the NFL and the Elias Sports Bureau determined that a second-quarter play originally ruled a sack was a designed run by Tebow.

The play in Sunday’s game came with 41 seconds left in the first half. Tebow took a shotgun snap and ran a draw play. He was tackled for a loss by Kendall Langford and fumbled. The stats crew at the stadium ruled a sack because it was viewed as a pass play.

With Tebow leading the charge, the Broncos rallied for an 18-15 overtime win.

Occasionally, the NFL makes statistical changes after reviewing game tapes.

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