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Sports briefs, Nov. 3, 2011

BDN staff and wire reports

Loh named assistant men’s hockey coach at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine — Alexander Loh, a former player at McGill University in Canada, has been named as the new Colby College assistant men’s ice hockey coach.

Loh, a 2008 graduate of McGill, will work under new Colby head coach Stan Moore.

Loh was the head boys hockey coach at Peoples’ Academy in Morrisville, Vt., from October 2009 to March 2011. He was the assistant coach for Peoples’ Academy from October 2007 prior to taking over as head coach.

The Mules open the 2011-12 season at Middlebury on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

Cochran, Garland named USM women’s basketball captains

GORHAM, Maine — Senior forward Courtney Cochran of Waite and senior guard Nicole Garland of Portland have been selected as the 2011-2012 University of Southern Maine Huskies women’s basketball captains.

A 5-foot-7 shooting guard, Garland averaged 5.4 points per game last season. A 3-point threat, Garland knocked down 37 3-pointers last season and had a career-best 41.6 shooting percentage from long range. Her career 38.7 3-point shooting percentage is fourth all-time. Cochran earned first team All-Little East Conference and Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honors. Cochran was also selected to the New England Women’s Basketball Association All-Region second team. As a junior, Cochran averaged 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Cochran’s 311 rebounds during the 2010-11 season rank fourth in single-season records, while her 437 points tie for 21st.

Maddux given permission to talk to Red Sox, Cubs

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux was given permission to interview for managerial openings with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, though any talking will have to wait until he recovers from a bout with laryngitis.

Maddux indicated Thursday that he expects to meet with both teams next week, depending on his recovery time.

“I’m humbled to find how highly some other organizations feel about me,” Maddux wrote. “It’s come upon our family and me quickly. Just last week we were in the World Series and managing another club was not on the game plan.”

During a conference call with Rangers reporters, Maddux responded to questions by typing answers that were then sent to those on the call.

Texas general manager Jon Daniels said the Cubs and Red Sox both requested to interview Maddux, who has been in Texas for three seasons.

Before joining the Rangers and helping them reach the last two World Series, Maddux was Milwaukee’s pitching coach for six seasons.

Bobby Rahal’s team will run Honda engine in 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Bobby Rahal will be back in the IndyCar Series next season with Honda engines and it could be with a full-time team.

The 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner is trying to finalize sponsorship deals for a two-car team for Rahal Letterman Lanigan, team spokesman Eric Mauk said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday.

Rahal has been eagerly trying to get back into the series since losing his primary sponsor after the 2009 season, and the reunion with Honda has rekindled some fond memories. Rahal’s team was the first to use Honda in the now-defunct CART series, and Buddy Rice gave Honda its first victory at Indianapolis in 2004 when he drove for Rahal.

“We are pleased to once again be partnering with Honda,” Rahal said in the news release. “We have a storied history with Honda and respect its tradition of excellence in motorsports. In putting together our plans for 2012, we felt that having the full support of a proven winner such as Honda would aid us in building the strongest program possible, and we intend to represent Honda in the best manner possible.”

Rahal has not yet announced any drivers for next season.

McCourt to pay $131M in divorce settlement

LOS ANGELES — Court documents show Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt must pay his former wife, Jamie, $131 million by the end of April as part of their divorce settlement.

The terms of the binding settlement were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday. If he comes up with the money before April 30, 2012, $1 million per month will be shaved from his tab.

Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball reached an agreement this week to sell the team. The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in June after the league rejected a television contract that McCourt needed to keep the team afloat.

As part of the settlement between the McCourts, Jamie will retain two beachfront homes in Malibu, a house in Holmby Hills and a condominium in Vail.

MWR says Reutimann will be out at end of season

CORNELIUS, N.C. — David Reutimann will not be back with Michael Waltrip Racing next season, the team announced Thursday.

MWR has a news conference scheduled Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, and is expected to announce that Mark Martin will take over the No. 00 Toyota next year.

Team co-owner Waltrip, who once nicknamed Reutimann “The Franchise,” thanked the driver in a statement. Reutimann has been with MWR since its inaugural 2007 season, and gave MWR its first victory in 2009.

In 168 Sprint Cup Series starts, Reutimann has two wins, 25 top-10s and four poles.

Reutimann this season has just two top-10s and is 28th in the Sprint Cup standings.

Sabres F Kaleta suspended 4 games for head-butt

NEW YORK — Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was suspended four games by the NHL for a head-butt, the NHL announced Thursday.

League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan ruled Kaleta’s hit to be illegal after holding a hearing with the player and reviewing the hit, which occurred five minutes into a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. Kaleta was battling for the puck along the boards in the Sabres zone, when he lunged head-first into a crowd of players with the crown of his helmet striking Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek in the chest and face.

Shanahan, who has taken a hard stance against head hits in his first year on the job, noted in a video announcing the suspension on NHL.com that this is the third such incident involving Kaleta in less than two years.

Kaleta will lose $19,621.64 in salary while serving the suspension, which starts with Buffalo’s home game against Calgary on Friday.

To fill Kaleta’s spot, the Sabres promoted forward Corey Tropp from their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. Tropp has never played an NHL game and has four goals and three assists in 10 games for Rochester this season.


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