DEDHAM — The Lucerne Golf Club is now open with riding carts available. The Senior Scrambles will begin on Monday at 9 a.m. and every Monday from then on, weather permitting. For more information call the club at 843-6282.
Javelin-throwing clinic set
ORONO — A javelin-throwing clinic will be held April 18 at Orono High School from noon-3 p.m.
The free clinic is open to any Penobscot Valley Conference track and field coach and up to two athletes (any combination of boys and girls). It’s designed to improve the throwers’ technique, help coaches teach it and encourage other coaches to hold similar clinics.
For more information, call Lin White at 866-2023 or Steve Pelletier at 491-4482.
Arkansas coach Petrino had passenger on motorcycle ride
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A police report says Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino had a female passenger with him on a weekend motorcycle ride that ended with an accident that sent him to a hospital.
The report was released Thursday by state police. It says Petrino was with former Arkansas volleyball player and current Razorback Foundation fundraiser Jessica Dorrell. Petrino, who is married with four children, didn’t mention he had a passenger during a news conference on Tuesday, two days after Sunday’s accident.
The report says Dorrell wasn’t taken to a hospital. Petrino was hospitalized, but has since returned to practice.
Petrino will not be cited for the accident that occurred on a rural highway about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville.
Syracuse’s Fab Melo to enter NBA draft
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse center Fab Melo is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice was held out because of eligibility issues.
The 7-foot sophomore from Brazil made the announcement Thursday. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for Syracuse (34-3) this past season. He led the Big East in blocks per game and was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.
Melo missed three games in late January due to an academic issue, was reinstated, and just before the start of the NCAA tournament was ruled ineligible again and did not play another game.
The Orange, the East’s top seed, still advanced to the round of eight before a loss to Ohio State deprived them of a berth in the Final Four.
Melo had 88 blocks this season for Syracuse, which was ranked No. 1 for six weeks. The Orange opened the season with 20 straight wins before losing 67-58 at Notre Dame without Melo. Syracuse then won 11 in a row.
McAdoo returning to UNC for sophomore year
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo said Thursday he’ll return to school for his sophomore season instead of entering the NBA draft.
In a statement from the school, the 6-foot-9 forward from Norfolk, Va., said he had several discussions with his family and coach Roy Williams before making the decision.
“Every young basketball player wants to have as much information about his future and understand what others in the game think about him,” he said. “It’s been interesting to learn the information that Coach Williams has gathered, but I am ready to continue as a Tar Heel.”
McAdoo averaged about six points and four rebounds, though he improved significantly with more minutes after junior John Henson missed three games late with a sprained left wrist. He averaged nearly 11 points in his last seven games, including 15 in the NCAA regional final loss to Kansas.
He was regarded as a possible first-round pick when he entered college. His father, Ronnie, had said last week that his son had “every intention” of returning to school and just wanted to review his options.
Minnesota’s Smith expects contract deal will get done
MINNEAPOLIS — Tubby Smith says he remains confident that a new contract extension will be finished at Minnesota in due time. He just doesn’t expect it to happen until after the Golden Gophers hire a new athletic director.
Smith’s current deal runs through the 2013-14 season, and talks about extending it have been going on for more than a year. There was a feeling around the program that a deal was imminent, but Smith said Thursday it might take a while. New Minnesota President Eric Kaler is still working on hiring a replacement for Joel Maturi.
The Gophers are coming off of a second straight disappointing season. They finished 23-15 on the season, but just 6-12 in the Big Ten before making a run to the NIT title game.