UMF skiers qualifying for Eastern Regional

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, at 7:33 p.m.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The University of Maine at Farmington men’s Alpine skiing team finished fifth at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association Eastern Regional Championships at Sugarloaf this weekend.

With the top-five finish, the Beavers qualify for the USCSA National Championships on March 5-10 at Sunday River.

After finishing second in the giant slalom Saturday, the UMF men’s squad overcame tough conditions to place seventh in the slalom today.

Josh Cooley (Vassalboro) led the UMF men’s team with a 17th-place finish in 1:28.72 followed by Alex Rose (Fayette) in 26th at 1:33.92 and David Berthiaume in 29th at 1:39.37. Cooley was the only UMF skier to enjoy two clean runs.

On the women’s side, Jacquelyn Reis (Falmouth) finished 18th at 1:31.59. Meaghan Donovan came in 46th at 1:57.42 and Liz Sargent (Trenton) was 51st in 2:17.38 to complete the Beavers’ scoring.

Runners encouraged to register for MDI Maraton

Registrations for the 2012 Mount Desert Island Marathon are coming in at record pace, according to race organizers. Local runners are strongly encouraged to sign up as soon as possible if they wish to participate in the Oct. 14 race.

Online registration will be accepted until midnight June 1, or until the participant cap is filled.

Registration for the Beyond the Finish Line: Charitable Fundraising program will open when general registration has been filled.. This program benefits many area not-for-profit organizations including Friends of Acadia, the SPCA of Hancock County, Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, MDI Hospital, Jackson Lab, Camp Beech Cliff, and others.

Those seeking more information on the race or to register for it may visit mdimartthon.org

Bryant has ‘nasal fracture’ from All-Star hit

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers say Kobe Bryant has a “nasal fracture” after he was smacked in the nose by Dwyane Wade during the NBA All-Star game.

The team said on its website Monday that a CT scan revealed the extent of the injury, and the star guard will be re-evaluated by an ear, nose and throat specialist when he returns to Los Angeles.

Bryant was bloodied during Sunday night’s game in Orlando, Fla., which the West won 152-149. He was knocked to the floor by Wade and examined after the game.

Sacramento, Kings & NBA reach tentative arena deal

Sacramento’s efforts to build a new arena for the Sacramento Kings have never been closer to becoming a reality.

The city, the NBA and the Kings announced a tentative deal Monday to finance a new arena that would keep the team in California’s capital. The City Council is expected to vote on the plan March 6.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, NBA Commissioner David Stern and the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, emerged from three days of talks in Orlando, Fla., — where they had been negotiating all weekend during All-Star festivities — to announce that the framework of a deal had been reached.

The full financing plan will be made public by Thursday.

The Kings almost moved to Anaheim, Calif., last year before Johnson and city leaders convinced the league to give Sacramento one last chance to help finance an arena. Seattle also had been making a renewed push for an NBA team.

The estimated $387 million arena, which would open for the 2015-16 season in the downtown Sacramento rail yards, is now within reach.

Leroy Hill arrested for marijuana possession

ATLANTA — Free agent linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested by police in Atlanta for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

According to a statement from Atlanta police on Monday, Hill was arrested early Saturday after officers were called to an Atlanta condominium following a complaint about a marijuana odor. Officers say they confirmed the smell, obtained a search warrant and found partially smoked blunts and marijuana residue inside.

The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., first reported Hill’s arrest. Hill has spent his entire NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks.

This isn’t Hill’s first run in with off-field problems. He was arrested in January 2009 on a marijuana-possession charge in Georgia and was given 12 months of probation. He also was arrested on a domestic violence charge in a Seattle suburb in April 2010.

Sandusky seeks 2-month delay in sex-abuse trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer wants the judge in his child sex-abuse case to delay the start of his trial until mid-July.

The former Penn State assistant football coach filed a motion Monday that says he needs more time to contact and interview witnesses, subpoena records and hire experts.

The 68-year-old Sandusky faces 52 criminal charges he sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period, allegations he denies.

Two weeks ago, Judge John Cleland tentatively scheduled jury selection in the trial to start May 14 in Centre County.

Sandusky is also asking for more time to file a catch-all pretrial motion that’s due Thursday.

UConn says Calhoun’s surgery a success

STORRS, Conn. — University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun underwent what the school says was successful surgery to address the spinal condition that has forced him to miss the Huskies’ past seven games.

The two-hour surgery was performed Monday morning at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and involved removing a “large extruded disk fragment” that had been pressing on a spinal nerve, the school said. The surgeons then decompressed the area around the nerve.

Calhoun had been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, normally associated with aging and sometimes with arthritis.

“I am very fortunate to have been treated by three of the very best surgeons,” Calhoun said in a statement. “My heartfelt thanks to them and the entire Beth Israel community, who have made every effort to ensure my stay is as comfortable as possible. Lastly, thank you to the people across Connecticut and beyond who have reached out to offer their support.

“It means a great deal.”

The school says Calhoun’s coaching status will be monitored on a day-to-day basis, and there is no timetable set for his return. He is expected to be released from the hospital on Tuesday and his recovery will be monitored by his personal physician, the school said.

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