PORTLAND — Olympian Julia Clukey received the Maine Red Claws’ TD Bank Home Court Hero Award Friday for her involvement in the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association responsibility initiative.
For the past three years, as a spokeswoman for the MBWDA, Clukey has recorded several public services announcements and presentations to more than 4,000 students at high schools across the state about the importance of responsibility and good decision making.
William Ryan Jr., chairman of the Maine Red Claws, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats and Philadelphia 76ers, presented the award to Clukey who is from Augusta and participated in her first Olympic Winter Games in 2010, representing the U.S. in luge.
Kansas forward Robinson declares for NBA draft
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Thomas Robinson, the brawny Kansas forward who overcame personal tragedy to lead his team to a national runner-up finish this season, is leaving for the NBA.
Robinson made the formal announcement Monday, with coach Bill Self and 9-year-old sister Jayla by his side.
Robinson, the first unanimous first-team All-American since Blake Griffin, led the Jayhawks to the national championship game against Kentucky, where they lost 67-59. He averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in 31.8 minutes in his junior season and led the nation with 27 double-doubles.
The 6-foot-9 forward could very well go in the first five picks of the June draft, which would mean a minimum rookie salary of more than $2.8 million.
It would be welcome news for Robinson after what he has been through.
In January 2011, Robinson received a phone call from his young sister, who told him that their mother had died of a heart attack in his hometown of Washington, D.C. The two had been raised by their single mother, Lisa Robinson. In a span of three weeks, they had also lost their grandfather and grandmother, and Robinson’s father had never really been involved in his life.
Weis suspends RB Sims for 3 games
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach Charlie Weis has suspended James Sims for the first three games of the 2012 season after the Jayhawks’ leading rusher was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence.
Weis announced the suspension Monday, citing a violation of team rules. The Kansas athletics department declined to specify the rules.
The Kansas City Star reports ( http://bit.ly/IbK8o3 ) the 20-year-old junior was arrested by campus police around 2:15 a.m. Sunday. Douglas County court records show Sims posted $500 bond and has an April 25 appearance scheduled in municipal court.
Sims started all 12 games in 2011, rushing for 727 yards and nine touchdowns on 182 carries. As a freshman the previous year, the Texas native led the Jayhawks with 742 yards rushing.
Olympic gold medalist diver Mark Lenzi dies at 43
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Mark Lenzi struck gold when he switched from wrestling to diving in the mid-1980s.
Over the next decade, he became the 1992 Olympic 3-meter springboard champion, earned a bronze medal four years later in Atlanta and became the first driver to score 100 points on a single dive.
On Monday, Lenzi, the last American male diver to win Olympic gold, died at the age of 43 in Greenville, N.C.
Lenzi’s alma mater, Indiana University, posted the announcement on its web site but did not provide a cause of death. His mother, Ellie, told the family’s hometown newspaper, The Free Lance-Star of Fredricksburg, Va., that Lenzi had been hospitalized the past two weeks because of fainting spells that were caused by low blood pressure.
Nationals closer Drew Storen elbow has setback
NEW YORK — Drew Storen still has discomfort in his pitching elbow and the Washington Nationals closer will be examined by Dr. James Andrews.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson says Storen’s elbow felt tender after the right-hander threw a simulated game Sunday at the team’s spring training complex in Viera, Fla. Storen, who saved 43 games last year in his first full major league season, is on the 15-day disabled list and Washington had hoped he would be able to return this month.
Johnson, however, said Monday that Storen’s setback “doesn’t sound good.”
Storen was one of baseball’s best closers last season, going 6-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 43 saves in 48 chances. He appeared in 73 games.
The 24-year-old reliever was selected 10th overall in the 2009 amateur draft out of Stanford.
Price goes into offseason with concussion symptoms
BROSSARD, Quebec — Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price missed the final three games of the regular season with a concussion.
Price suffered the injury March 20 in a collision with a teammate David Desharnais, but played four games after that before he informed the team of his symptoms. After tests by team doctors, he was shut down for the rest of the season.
“I got run into by a teammate,” he said Monday. “I got hit in the head and my spine compressed.
“I had headaches, I can play with that. But it just got worse. I told the trainers and we decided to stop playing. I’ve played with headaches before.
“We haven’t done any X-rays yet. We’re taking it day by day. I have improved over the last couple of days, which is good.”
Price said he will remain in Montreal until he is symptom-free before heading to his offseason home in British Columbia.
Former Bears QB McMahon sued over bank’s loans
CHICAGO — In an attempt to recover $104 million, federal authorities have sued former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and eight others involved in a now-failed bank that was at the center of the campaign for President Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat.
Seven former directors — including McMahon — and two officers of Broadway Bank ignored federal warnings about just how risky some of the bank’s loans were, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. lawsuit filed last month. Two loans were approved in 2008 on the very day regulators “specifically warned” about “the risks that these types of loans posed to the Bank.”
In all, $104 million in losses from 17 loans “were caused by gross negligence” and breaches of fiduciary duty by the defendants, the lawsuit says.
McMahon’s involvement was confirmed Monday by a person close to the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the details. It was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
McMahon, the brash leader of the Bears, led the team to the 1986 Super Bowl victory over New England. He is now among dozens of retired players who have sued the NFL, blaming the league for concussion-related dementia and brain trauma.