Sports briefs, Nov. 14

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, at 7:54 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 14, 2011, at 10:08 p.m.

Clark rolls 19th career perfect game

BANGOR — Jimmy Clark of Corinna recorded his 19th career perfect game when he recorded a 300 during the Dunnett’s Monday night men’s league at Family Fun Bowling Center.

The 32-year-old Clark bowled a 187 in his first game, the 300 in his second and a 239 in his third to finish with a 726 series.

The 300 game was his eighth at Family Fun Bowling Center.

LA Kings put Penner on IR, recall Loktionov

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Kings have recalled Andrei Loktionov from the minors to fill in for injured forward Dustin Penner, a former UMaine standout.

The Kings recalled Loktionov from their AHL affiliate in Manchester on Monday to replace Penner, who went on injured reserve Sunday.

Loktionov has 14 points in 17 games with Manchester. The Russian forward has scored seven points in 20 games with the Kings in previous seasons.

Penner has just two assists in 14 games this season, his second straight disappointing campaign with the Kings, who acquired him from Edmonton last season. Penner hurt his hand in last Thursday’s victory over Vancouver.

Penner is a four-time 20-goal scorer, but has managed just two goals and six assists in 33 games with the Kings, who rank 23rd in the NHL with just 2.41 goals per game.

Jets’ Ryan apologizes for cursing at fan in stands

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan’s emotions got the best of him — again.

The NFL is looking into an Internet video that shows the New York Jets coach using an obscenity while angrily responding to a fan at halftime of the team’s 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

“I obviously, you know, made a mistake,” Ryan said Monday. “I was full of emotion and just popped off, and obviously I know I represent the National Football League and I know I represent the Jets. I know it was a mistake and I apologize. This is who I am. I made a mistake.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that the league is aware of the 49-second video shot by a fan, which shows the Jets walking off the field. When Ryan appears, someone is heard yelling, “Hey, Rex, Belichick is better than you,” referring to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Ryan looks up and tells the fan to “shut up” while also using an obscenity.

It is possible Ryan could face a fine from the team or the league. He was fined $50,000 by the Jets in February 2010 after he was caught on a cellphone camera giving the middle finger to a fan during a mixed martial arts event in Florida.

The latest incident came moments after Ryan was infuriated that quarterback Mark Sanchez called a timeout just before scoring a touchdown that gave the Jets a brief lead because it left Tom Brady and the Patriots plenty of time to march down the field for a score of their own and go ahead 13-9. Ryan said there was a miscommunication on the timeout, but told NBC it was “the stupidest play in NFL history.”

Pro skier dead after Utah avalanche

SALT LAKE CITY — A world record-holding professional skier who once famously jumped off a 255-foot cliff jump died in a weekend avalanche in Utah while on a steep slope at a closed resort.

Jamie Pierre, 38, was swept over a cliff Sunday at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in the Wasatch mountains about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

Pierre was snowboarding one of Snowbird’s steepest slopes with a friend when he was sent cart-wheeling over a cliff after he triggered the late afternoon slide, the Utah Avalanche Center reported.

It was the season’s first avalanche fatality in the U.S., authorities said.

Pierre’s sister, Naomi Pierre, 33, of Minnetonka, Minn., said her brother was a deeply devout Christian who prayed before every jump or run down a dangerous slope.

“He absolutely loved the Lord. That was his purpose and mission in life and his skiing was all about honoring God. He was incredibly passionate about getting that word out to youth,” Naomi Pierre said Monday. “So he did that through jumping off cliffs and skiing down dangerous chutes.

“He always asked the Lord first if it was OK to go,” she added. “He was a wonderful person.”

More than a foot of fluffy snow had fallen in the mountains over the weekend where snow was already waist-deep, creating what authorities said were dangerous avalanche conditions.

“Early season is our most dangerous time of year — just the opposite of what most people think,” Bruce Tremper, director of the Utah Avalanche Center, said Monday. “It’s not anything you want to mess with.”

Snowbird doesn’t open for skiing until Saturday and hasn’t cleared the mountain of danger. The resort had signs warning against skiing, and Pierre and his ski partner shouldn’t have been on the slopes, Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said.

“They’re trespassing, technically, and it’s very dangerous,” Hoyal said Monday.

Pierre set off from nearby Alta Ski Area and made his way to neighboring Snowbird over a series of ridges. The two apparently avoided injury in one slide earlier in the day, officials said.

“With the partner watching, the victim dropped into the slope, immediately triggering the slide,” the Utah Avalanche Center said in a preliminary report posted on its website. “He was carried hundreds of feet through steep rocky terrain and reportedly went over a small cliff band and came to a stop only partially buried.”

Eagles’ Vick played with 2 broken ribs vs Arizona

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick made no excuses for an awful performance, taking the blame for missing open receivers and throwing poor passes.

Perhaps two broken ribs had something to do with it.

Vick broke his two lower ribs on the second play of the Eagles’ 21-17 loss to Arizona on Sunday. He didn’t tell anyone that he was hurt and played through the pain.

“He didn’t say anything, not a word. He’s a tough nut,” coach Andy Reid said Monday. “He said he really just blanked it out and played is kind of what he said, and really didn’t think twice about it.”

Vick’s status for the next game at the New York Giants (6-3) is uncertain. He missed three games last year with a rib cartilage injury.

The defending NFC East champion Eagles (3-6) are going nowhere in a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations. They have now lost five games in which they led in the fourth quarter.

Vick was injured after taking a hard hit from linebacker Daryl Washington on a 13-yard completion to Brent Celek on Philadelphia’s opening drive. He was slow to get up, but stayed in. He later sat out one play after taking another hard shot on a scramble in the fourth quarter.

Vick was 16 of 34 for 128 yards and two interceptions. He threw two other interceptions that didn’t count. One was negated by a penalty and another overturned on replay. Vick also misfired on several attempts, including overthrowing a wide-open Celek on what could’ve been a 66-yard TD catch.

“I’d probably say that (the injury) had something to do with it,” Reid said.

Vick has hardly resembled the guy who was an MVP candidate and Pro Bowl starter last season. He’s already thrown 11 interceptions in nine games. He had six picks all of last season.

“I was inaccurate and never really got comfortable,” Vick said after the game. “I’m very hard on myself and that just can’t happen. You have to find ways to get it done. I didn’t do it and I just have to figure out a way to get it done next time we’re in the situation.”

David Beckham voted MLS comeback player of year

NEW YORK — David Beckham has been voted Major League Soccer’s comeback player of the year after missing most of the 2010 season because of a torn Achilles tendon.

The former England captain won the award Monday after receiving 59.76 percent of votes from the media, players and club officials, having set up 15 goals for the Los Angeles Galaxy, which finished the season with the best regular-season record.

DC United forward Charlie Davies, joining MLS after serious injuries in an October 2009 car crash, was second with 57.81 percent following by Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro with 41.52 percent.

The Galaxy’s Bruce Arena became the first three-time winner of coach of the year. He also won in 1997 with D.C. United and 2009 with the Galaxy.

QB Schaub out with significant foot injury

HOUSTON — Houston quarterback Matt Schaub is out indefinitely with a “significant” right foot injury and will miss the Texans’ next game in two weeks.

Coach Gary Kubiak says Schaub was injured on a quarterback sneak during Houston’s 37-9 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

The Texans (7-3) have a bye week. Kubiak says Matt Leinart will start the Texans’ next game, at Jacksonville on Nov. 27.

Schaub has started every game since the start of the 2009 season. He was acquired by the Texans in a trade with Atlanta in March 2007.

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