Pine Hill Golf Club offering “March Madness” specials

Posted March 07, 2012, at 8:05 p.m.

BREWER — In a program that manager Jay Collier is calling “March Madness at Pine Hill Golf Club,” he is offering deeply discounted greens fees/rates for the 2012 golf season through play cards.

A 10-play card is $99, a 20-play card $199, an unlimited weekday (Monday-Friday) card is $299. A full unlimited card is $499. These offers are available until the end of March.

Pine Hill Golf Club and Course is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is located at 23 Pine Hill Drive (off the Brewer Lake Road).

For more information, contact Jay Collier at 843-597-2566 (cell) or 207-989-3824 (clubhouse) or email: jc11shows@aol.com.

Fenway Park wins Historic Places register listing

BOSTON — The century-old home of the Boston Red Sox is being listed on the National Register of Historic Places to help ensure decades of new thrills.

Fenway Park has seen heart-stopping wins and crushing defeats and hosted baseball greats Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski.

The register listing means changes to Fenway are subject to review by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

The Red Sox say they sought the designation and are pleased the ballpark “will be counted among America’s most treasured historical places.”

Fenway was built during the Golden Age of Ballparks. Its first official game was played April 20, 1912. It’s the nation’s oldest operating major-league baseball stadium.

It hasn’t always been so revered. In the 1960s, it faced possible demolition. In the 1990s, there were plans for a new park on the South Boston waterfront.

Bankruptcy judge urges settlement in Stow-Dodgers suit

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross on Wednesday urged attorneys for Bryan Stow and the Los Angeles Dodgers to settle their dispute without his intervention.

Stow is the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten and critically injured in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day last year. His attorneys filed a civil suit against the Dodgers in Los Angeles Superior Court and a subsequent claim against the team in Bankruptcy Court. They have said Stow will need lifelong medical care and cited $50 million as a “conservative total estimate” of his damages.

With the civil case on hold, the Dodgers last month asked the Bankruptcy Court, in Delaware, to throw out Stow’s claim and find that the team could not be held liable because stadium security was at record levels and the attack could not have been reasonably foreseen.

Stow’s attorneys say the Dodgers are trying to use the Bankruptcy Court to execute an end run around the civil trial, where a jury would hear the case.

Gross put off a decision until March 21.

The Dodgers last week offered to defer to the Superior Court on three conditions: that Stow does not oppose the team’s emergence from bankruptcy, that he waits until that emergence to proceed with the civil suit, and that he seeks to recover damages only from the Dodgers’ insurance carriers and not from the defendants themselves. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is one of the defendants in the civil suit.

In a court filing Monday, Stow’s attorneys said they could work with the first two conditions but flatly rejected the third, claiming it would “severely limit Stow’s right to recover punitive … damages.”

Son of ex-Packers coordinator died accidentally

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The son of Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was drunk and had marijuana in his system when he fell into the Fox River and drowned, police said Wednesday.

Michael Philbin, 21, had a blood alcohol level of .176, more than twice the legal limit to drive, and also had marijuana at some point before he fell through the ice Jan. 8, according to a statement issued Wednesday by Oshkosh police.

Joe Philbin had been with the Green Bay Packers since 2003, working as offensive coordinator since 2007. He interviewed with the Dolphins Jan. 7, two days before his son’s body was recovered from the river. Miami announced his hiring on Jan. 20.

Police say they found no foul play or anything suspicious through their investigation. His death was classified as an accidental drowning. The 21-year-old disappeared after a night out with friends in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus area, about 50 miles from Green Bay.

Joe Philbin said his family hopes the results remind everyone to drink in moderation and avoid illegal drugs. He said his son was alone, but if someone was with him, his death could have been avoided.

Michigan football players may have violated rule

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s football program might have violated a secondary NCAA rule.

Spokesman Justin Dickens confirmed Wednesday that the school’s compliance department has been notified a rule may have been broken by receiver Roy Roundtree and linebacker Kenny Demens. The two posted messages on their Twitter accounts to congratulate a recruit.

Roundtree and Demens tweeted to linebacker Mike McCray of Trotwood-Madison High School in Ohio after the highly touted prospect decided to play for the Wolverines. NCAA rules prohibit messages being sent to recruits through social media from accounts affiliated with someone from the school.

The NCAA declined comment and athletic director Dave Brandon did not immediately return a message.

Michigan put itself on two years of probation in May 2010 for four major violations related to practice and training rules under former coach Rich Rodriguez. The NCAA added a third year of probation.

Notre Dame had a similar issue recently. Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert posted a message on his Twitter account toward a recruit before he visited campus, the South Bend Tribune reported on Saturday. A Notre Dame spokesman told the newspaper that the school was aware of the tweet and had forwarded it to its compliance office.

Morgan scores 1st hat trick in 4-0 US win over Sweden

Alex Morgan and the United States left the Algarve Cup with a win, not the trophy.

Morgan scored her first career hat trick and Abby Wambach added her 134th goal, leading the United States over Sweden 4-0 Wednesday in the third-place match at Parchal, Portugal.

The Americans had been seeking their third straight title, and ninth overall, in the tournament before losing to Japan 1-0 in the semifinals in a rematch of last summer’s Women’s World Cup final.

Morgan scored in the fourth minute after running onto a pass from Heather O’Reilly that rolled past Wamach and chipping over goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. Morgan doubled the lead in the 33rd with an angled shot off the right palm of Lindahl, who had come about 5 yards out.

Wambach scored in the 36th, running across the 6-yard box to head in Christie Rampone’s free kick.

Morgan completed her hat trick in the 72nd minute, catching Lindahl off her line again and lobbing a chip shot from Lauren Cheney over the Swede from 12 yards out.

Brian Ferentz says father, not Iowa AD, hired him

IOWA CITY, Iowa — New Iowa assistant coach Brian Ferentz said Wednesday that he accepted a job offer from his father, contradicting a claim by the athletics director that head coach Kirk Ferentz had stepped away from the hiring process to comply with the university’s nepotism policy.

At a news conference with his father, the new assistant said the two “spoke a lot” as Kirk Ferentz, a former University of Maine coach, was filling staff vacancies in the offseason. Brian Ferentz said he jumped at the chance to leave the New England Patriots to join his father’s staff and it would be special working under him.

“Once he had an idea of what he wanted to do, he reached out to me,” said Brian Ferentz, 28. “It was a no-brainer. You can’t say no to your father. And for me personally it was hard to say no to Iowa.”

The comments came shortly after Iowa released a document saying Kirk Ferentz did not participate in the interview process that led to his son’s hiring and would not evaluate his performance or set his salary. The document outlined a plan by athletics director Gary Barta to manage the conflict of interest between Brian Ferentz and his father, which is required under a school policy meant to ban nepotism in employment decisions. Barta took credit for the decision to recruit and hire the younger Ferentz, and said he would be his supervisor going forward.

The school announced last month that it hired Brian Ferentz to coach the Hawkeyes offensive line. Brian Ferentz played for Iowa from 2002-05 and spent the last four years with the Patriots, serving as tight ends coach last season.

While qualified for the job, it was not clear until Wednesday how Brian Ferentz’s hiring complied with a university policy that says hiring involving blood relatives “should be avoided where possible, and otherwise disclosed and managed” to ensure employees are treated fairly.

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