Sports briefs, Nov. 4, 2011

Posted Nov. 04, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 04, 2011, at 11:38 p.m.

Farley, Albino named Colby men’s hoops assistant coaches

WATERVILLE — Damian Farley and Nelson Albino join the Colby men’s basketball staff as assistant coaches under new head coach Damien Strahorn.

Farley served as the top assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Clarkson University for the past three seasons, and Albino was the director of basketball operations at New Jersey Institute of Technology for the past two years.

Prior to Clarkson, Farley coached at Wheelock College in Brookline, Mass., helping revive basketball at that institution. Farley graduated from Springfield College in 2007.

Albino, a 2009 graduate of Drew University in Madison, N.J., was responsible for the day-to-day administrative duties of the basketball office at NJIT.

Jets’ Burress, DeVito questionable for game

LORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress is questionable for the team’s game at Buffalo on Sunday with a sore lower back.

Defensive linemen Mike DeVito (knee), a former UMaine standout, and Kenrick Ellis (left ankle), and defensive back Isaiah Trufant (hamstring) were also limited at practice Friday and listed as questionable. Coach Rex Ryan says if the game against the Bills were Friday, it’s likely neither DeVito nor Ellis would play.

Burress, added to the injury report Thursday, still has soreness — something he has experienced at times throughout the season but hadn’t previously been limited by it. Ryan says he thinks he’ll be fine, “but sometimes those backs are troublesome. Hopefully he’s feeling good when we play on Sunday.” Burress is coming off a three-touchdown performance against San Diego before the bye.

Patrick paying tribute to Wheldon in NASCAR race

FORT WORTH, Texas — Danica Patrick will pay tribute to the memory of two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon with a special paint scheme on the hood of her NASCAR Nationwide Series car at Texas.

Patrick, who is moving full time to NASCAR next season, is racing Saturday for the first time since the IndyCar Series finale at Las Vegas three weeks ago. That was when Wheldon was killed in a fiery 15-car crash.

The hood of Patrick’s No. 7 Chevrolet will have an enlarged Lionheart Knight image like the one Wheldon had on the back of his helmets.

Patrick will wear a specially designed helmet honoring Wheldon, and it will be auctioned after the race for the Dan Wheldon Memorial Fund. She also is donating her prize money this weekend to the fund.

Olympian Rulon Gardner moves to Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two-time Olympic medalist Rulon Gardner has moved to Colorado Springs and plans to wrestle at the Olympic Training Center.

The Gazette reports the 40-year-old made the announcement Thursday during a Peak Vista Community Health Centers fundraiser at The Broadmoor.

The Wyoming native was living in Logan, Utah, but had been visiting the Olympic Training Center periodically. He is trying to make the 2012 Olympics in London after losing around 180 pounds on the NBC show “The Biggest Loser.”

He has yet to return competition.

Broker gets 17-year sentence in Texas fraud scheme

AUSTIN, Texas — The former CEO of a Texas-based investment firm has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for a scheme that used former NFL players to bilk hundreds of investors out of more than $50 million.

Kurt Barton gave a tearful apology Friday at the hearing in Austin. The former head of Triton Financial was convicted on 39 counts in August, including more than a dozen each of wire fraud and money laundering.

Investors including Barton’s family and church members thought their money was for real estate deals and business loans. Prosecutors say Barton spent it on himself, using the money to pay for such things as a luxury box at University of Texas football games and a $150,000 car.

He could have been sentenced to up to life in prison.

Steelers S Ryan Clark, Texans OT Duane Brown fined

NEW YORK — Four players were fined $15,000 each by the NFL on Wednesday for actions in last weekend’s games.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined for unnecessary roughness. Clark hit Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski late and out of bounds during Pittsburgh’s 25-17 victory over New England last Sunday.

Another safety, Antrell Rolle of the New York Giants, was docked for making a horse-collar tackle on Miami’s Reggie Bush at the end of a 35-yard run in the second quarter. He was penalized on the play.

Rolle was fined $20,000 for spearing Washington tight end Fred Davis in the first game of the season.

San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith roughed quarterback Colt McCoy of Cleveland and it cost him $15,000. He struck McCoy in the head and neck area.

Rams linebacker Bryan Kehl got his $15,000 fine for unnecessary roughness against New Orleans. He was penalized 15 yards after running into punt returner Darren Sproles in the fourth quarter of St. Louis’ 31-21 victory.

Also fined Friday was Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown for throwing a punch at Jacksonville linebacker Clint Session. He was cited for unnecessary roughness. Brown claimed he was trying to avoid falling when his left hand hit Session in the stomach, but was docked $7,500.

Session sacked quarterback Matt Schaub on the play and Schaub lost a fumble. Houston won the game 24-14.

Giants DT Linvale Joseph was fined for a late hit after the team stopped Steve Slaton on a first-and-goal run from the New York 1. He also was penalized.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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