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UM’s Stewart seeks berth on Canadian national team

Posted March 28, 2012, at 9:22 p.m.

ORONO — The University of Maine’s Holly Stewart, the co-Rookie of the Year in America East, will vie for a spot on the Canadian Junior National Under-21 field hockey team beginning Friday in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

She is one of 27 players who will participate in the Yankee Twist camp, which will run through April 8. It will consist of four training sessions, fitness testing and four games against the U.S. Junior National team.

If she survives the cuts, she will attend the Olympic Challenge Camp from May 17-22.

There will be six camps and training periods leading up to the World Cup Games on Sept. 7-23 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Stewart, a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, was Maine’s third-leading scorer last season with 30 points on 12 goals and six assists. She helped lead the Black Bears to a 16-4 season.

Plymouth’s Grant hits 21 of 25 FTs, wins NE title

PORTLAND — Peyton Grant of Plymouth nailed 21 of 25 free throws to win the ages 8-9 girls title in the Elks Hoop Shoot New England Regional Championship Saturday at Deering High School.

Peyton, the daughter of Darlene and Jody Grant, will vie for the national title in the Elks Hoop Shoot contest April 27-28 in Springfield, Mass.

Peyton represented the Sebasticook Lodge of Elks at the contest and was the only Maine competitor to advance to the national title. Boys and and girls competitions were also held in two other age groups, 10-11 and 12-13.

Bobby Thomson cap for famous HR up for auction

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — The cap Bobby Thomson wore for his famed “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” is being put up for auction.

SCP Auctions said Wednesday it will take bids from April 30 until May 19.

Thomson’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning for the New York Giants won the deciding third game of a 1951 playoff for the National League pennant. His drive off Ralph Branca beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4.

Bernard Davies, a fan watching the game at the Polo Grounds, ran on the field and took the cap from Thomson’s head during the celebration. Davies’ grandson, Jeff Eskin, is selling the cap on behalf of the family.

The hat had been displayed from 1984 until last January at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Chamberlain expects to pitch in majors this year

TAMPA, Fla. — Joba Chamberlain hobbled to a chair, put down his crutches and soon made a pronouncement: He expects to pitch in the majors this season.

Despite a trampoline accident that dislocated his right ankle and put him in a cast for six weeks, the New York Yankees reliever remained confident he would be back.

“Obviously there’s a lot of things that are going to have to happen before that, but what we’ve been told there’s a great chance it’s going to happen,” Chamberlain said Tuesday.

Chamberlain spoke at the Yankees’ spring training complex five days after the injury. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there is no official timeframe for his return.

“No one can tell you whether he’ll pitch this year,” Cashman said. “There’s a chance he can. There’s a chance he might not. Is this something that can be a real issue for him going forward? Yes. I’m optimistic that the best-case scenario will work out and he’ll pitch again this year, but that’s my heart and gut. I don’t have anything else go to on.”

The 26-year-old righty says he didn’t break any bones and has been free of infection. It was a bloody injury, but Chamberlain and Cashman both said it was never a life-threatening situation.

Chamberlain was hurt Thursday playing with his 5-year-old son at a Tampa-area recreation spot.

2 charged in $2.2M scheme against Colts’ Freeney

LOS ANGELES — A financial adviser and her lover face wire fraud charges in Los Angeles for allegedly swindling $2.2 million from Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.

Eva Weinberg of Los Angeles and Michael Stern of Miami were arrested last week by FBI agents who believe they were trying to flee the U.S.

An FBI affidavit says about $2.2 million was wired from Freeney’s account by Weinberg, his financial manager, to a company owned by Stern between June 2010 and last October unbeknownst to Freeney.

Freeney is only identified in records by initials but Stern’s lawyer Henry Bell confirms the lineman is the purported victim.

Stern appeared in a Miami courtroom Wednesday and will be extradited to California.

Messages left for Freeney’s agent and an attorney representing Weinberg were not immediately returned.

Nationals closer Storen to start season on DL

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen will start the season on the disabled list because of trouble in his right elbow.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday that Storen wouldn’t be ready for opening day on April 5.

Storen played catch Tuesday for the first time in a week and felt no pain in his inflamed elbow. But Johnson says the Nationals are going to be cautious with Storen and hoped he could return in mid-April.

Storen has pitched in two spring training games. He had 43 saves last season.

IndyCar race set for Houston

HOUSTON — IndyCar added a race in Houston for the first weekend of October 2013, a step toward expanding the circuit’s reach in the United States.

The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston will be run on a temporary street course on the parking lots near Reliant Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans. Champ Car hosted a race there in 2006 and 2007, on a 1.7-mile course set up in the massive parking lots adjacent to the stadium. The race was canceled when Champ Car merged with the IndyCar circuit in 2008.

Roger Penske and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves joined officials from Harris County and Shell to make the announcement. Penske said Houston is a major market that is ideal for IndyCar’s plans for expansion in the U.S.

Shell and Pennzoil entered a multi-year agreement to sponsor the race, though race officials would not confirm how long the deal runs.

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