Aroostook all-star games March 6
Aroostook County teams made a major impact on this year’s Eastern Maine high school basketball tournament.
Girls squads from Presque Isle and Washburn won regional titles, the Houlton boys and the Hodgdon girls reached their respective championship games, boys teams from Presque Isle, Katahdin of Stacyville and Central Aroostook of Mars Hill and girls teams from Houlton, Central Aroostook and Van Buren reached the semifinals and numerous other teams joined them at the Bangor Auditorium.
Many of the top seniors from those teams and other schools around The County will play in the 22nd annual Aroostook County All-Star Classic to be held Tuesday, March 6, at Caribou High School.
Twenty girls and 20 boys from 16 Aroostook County schools are scheduled to play in the games, with proceeds benefitting the Aroostook League Scholar-Athletes Scholarship Program.
The girls game is set to begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, and all proceeds benefit the Aroostook League Scholar-Athletes Scholarship Program.
The evening will also feature a half-court shot promotion sponsored by County Physical Therapy and halftime entertainment from The Maine Dance Academy.
PVC all-star games Monday
The Penobscot Valley Conference will host its annual senior all-star basketball games next Monday at Orono High School.
The girls game is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 6:30. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students.
Between games, the league will recognize Penobscot Valley of Howland boys basketball coach Jamie Russell for gaining his 300th coaching victory this season.
Mulligan resigns as men’s head basketball coach at UNE
BIDDEFORD — Jason Mulligan has resigned as the men’s head basketball coach at the University of New England, UNE Interim Director of Athletics Curt Smyth announced Tuesday.
Mulligan served as head coach at UNE for five seasons, leading the Nor’easters to three postseason appearances during that time. UNE captured The Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship in 2009, ending that season with 24 victories – including 19 in a row – to tie a school record for wins in a season. The Nor’easters earned a berth into the NCAA Championship for the first time in the history of the program. Mulligan was voted the TCCC Coach of the Year by his peers.
During Mulligan’s time at UNE, the Nor’easters posted a 36-34 record in conference play.
NFL moves 1st game to Wednesday to avoid Obama
NEW YORK — Powerful as the NFL is, it’s making way for President Barack Obama.
Opting to play a game on a Wednesday for the first time in more than 60 years, the NFL will open the regular season on Sept. 5, to avoid conflicting with Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention the next night.
The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Wednesday night season-opener starting at 8:30 p.m. EST; their opponent hasn’t been announced yet.
According to the league, it hasn’t played a game on a Wednesday since Sept. 22, 1948, when the Rams faced the Lions.
The NFL regular season has started on a Thursday since 2002.
This year’s change was announced by the league on Tuesday.
McLemore, Fraser gain CollegeHoops.net honors
ORONO — University of Maine men’s basketball standouts Gerald McLemore and Alasdair Fraser have been named to the five-player CollegeHoops.net All-America East Team.
McLemore, a senior guard, led the team and was third in America East with 17 points per game. His 92.4 percent from the charity stripe led the league while his 2.7 3-pointers per game ranked second. McLemore also set the school record for 3-pointers in a career and currently has 323.
Fraser, a sophomore forward, ranks 12th in America East with 13 points per game and is third with 7.8 rebounds per game. His 54.2 percent shooting from the field ranks fifth in the conference while his 1.4 blocks per game put him third.
The Black Bears continue play on Saturday against Vermont in an America East quarterfinal at 6 p .m. at the University of Hartford.
WBC suspends Chisora indefinitely after brawl
LONDON — The WBC has suspended British boxer Dereck Chisora indefinitely following his brawl with former WBA champion David Haye after a title fight against Vitali Klitschko in Germany.
The WBC said Tuesday in a statement that it is also giving Chisora a “serious fine,” but that the amount will be determined after a hearing. The body said Chisora will be taken off the WBC rankings and is banned from fighting for its title. The statement added that the WBC is demanding that Chisora is treated for anger management, “after which his suspension will be reconsidered.”
Chisora and Haye started brawling at the British boxer’s news conference following his loss to Klitschko in the Feb. 18 bout for the WBC heavyweight title.
The WBC said Chisora’s misconduct “is considered one of the worst behaviors ever by a professional boxer.”
Texas Tech coach accused of investment fraud
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has been sued in federal court, accused of defrauding investors out of more than $1.7 million in Alabama following his tenure at Auburn.
A federal lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, Ala., names Tuberville, John David Stroud and eight investment entities as defendants, claiming the two men “employed devices, schemes, and artifices to defraud” seven plaintiffs from Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee.
The lawsuit said Tuberville and Stroud misappropriated assets, and falsified client statements and fund performance reports as they “unjustly enriched themselves” at the expense of the investors.
Tuberville, who spent two seasons away from coaching after leaving Auburn in 2008, released a statement through his attorney, Vic Hayslip of Birmingham, Ala. Tuberville was “surprised” at the lawsuit and has never even met or spoken with most of the plaintiffs, the statement reads.
“He categorically denies any wrongdoing which has been attributed to him in this suit,” Hayslip’s statement says. “Coach Tuberville absolutely never solicited any investment from any of these or other individuals.”
The statement also said Tuberville invested significant funds and has not gotten any return. He intends to defend the allegations against him and is confident he’ll be exonerated, the statement says.
A woman who answered the phone at Stroud’s home in Auburn said he wasn’t there and she didn’t know how he could be reached. Plaintiffs’ attorneys declined comment Tuesday.