UNE names Silva as men’s basketball coach

Posted April 23, 2012, at 9:21 p.m.

BIDDEFORD — Ed Silva has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at the University of New England, the school’s interim Director of Athletics Curt Smyth announced Monday.

Silva replaces Jason Mulligan, who resigned in February.

Silva comes to UNE from Elms College, where he compiled a 206-111 record in 11 seasons and seven consecutive conference championships from 2005-2011, leading to six NCAA Championship appearances during that time.

Silva also served as an assistant coach at Eastern Connecticut State University from 1996-2001, helping guide the Warriors to a Little East Conference title and NCAA Championship

appearance in 2000. He also served as an assistant coach at Hesser College during the 1993-94 season.

Hebron coach on MLL’s Boston Cannons

HEBRON — Hebron Academy varsity men’s lacrosse head coach Owen “Kit” Smith has been selected to the Major League Lacrosse’s Boston Cannons after making a final cut at training camp. The MLL a professional outdoor lacrosse league with the Boston Cannons as one of the founding franchises.

Smith, a native of Brunswick, decided on a whim to take a shot at the MLL’s first-ever open tryouts held this March across the U.S. and was selected as one of three invited to Cannons training camp, which concluded on Sunday. Smith competed against nearly 40 others hopefuls.

Smith, a Hebron Academy math teacher and ice hockey and lacrosse coach since the fall of 2011, is a 2011 graduate of Bowdoin College where he enjoyed a tremendous career on both the men’s ice hockey and lacrosse teams.

Jeff Cole Bone Marrow Drive set Wednesday

ORONO — The University of Maine football team will hold its fifth annual Jeff Cole Bone Marrow Drive on Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. in the Bangor Room at the Memorial Union at the University of Maine.

The process takes a few minutes and requires a swab from the inside of the cheek to be put on the registry. Donations of bone marrow are life saving treatments used to treat several types of cancers and other serious illnesses.

The drive is in memory of former Black Bear coach Jeff Cole, who died on Oct. 18, 2004, after a multi-year battle with cancer.

Arkansas hires John L. Smith as interim coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas has made it official: John L. Smith is returning as head coach of the Razorbacks next year.

The school said Smith has signed a 10-month contract worth $850,000 to replace Bobby Petrino.

Smith left the Razorbacks after last season to become the head coach at Weber State, his alma mater.

Petrino was fired April 10 for failing to disclose an affair with a woman he later hired as his assistant.

Saints deny ESPN report alleging eavesdropping

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints are denying an anonymously sourced ESPN report alleging that general manager Mickey Loomis’ booth was wired so he could listen to opposing coaches’ radio communications during games in the Superdome.

ESPN could not determine if the system was ever used. The report on Monday’s “Outside the Lines” says Loomis would have been able to eavesdrop on opponents from 2002 to 2004. The report says the system was disabled in 2005, when the Superdome was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel calls the report “1000 percent false.” Bensel says the Saints and Loomis “are seeking all legal recourse” following the report.

FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne says the agency’s New Orleans office is aware of the allegations, but wouldn’t comment further.

Virginia Tech fires basketball coach Greenberg

Seth Greenberg was fired as the men’s basketball coach at Virginia Tech on Monday, a decision athletic director Jim Weaver said he and basketball administrator Tom Gabbard arrived at last week as they assessed the state of the program.

The discussion came after a second assistant coach in two weeks, and sixth in four years, announced that he was leaving Greenberg’s staff, this time to take an assistant’s job at ACC rival Clemson. Associate head coach James Johnson, a five-year member of Greenberg’s staff, was offered a salary matching the one he was to receive at Clemson, but still declined.

“Coach Johnson came to my office Friday morning and told me that it had nothing to do with money,” Weaver said.

Last week, Rob Ehsan left to become an assistant at Alabama-Birmingham, and was accompanied by director of basketball operations Jeff Wulbrun, who got an assistant’s position at UAB, leaving only John Richardson and Greenberg on the Tech staff.

Christie says good riddance to Brooklyn-bound Nets

NEWARK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie bid the Brooklyn-bound Nets goodbye and good riddance on the eve of the NBA team’s final game in New Jersey.

The outspoken governor held nothing back Monday when asked about the Nets’ decision to leave the state after spending the past 35 years in New Jersey, including the last two in the state’s largest city.

Christie said that if the Nets didn’t want to stay in New Jersey, the state didn’t want them. He said the team spent the last two seasons in one of the country’s most vibrant cities and he sarcastically said they were leaving for Brooklyn.

Speaking after a bill signing in Newark, the fiery Christie said he would not be shedding any tears over the Nets’ departure.

Bo Jackson biking to help tornado relief efforts

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Retired two-sport star Bo Jackson hopes to raise $1 million for tornado relief and increase awareness of lingering damage across Alabama with a five-day, 300-mile bicycle ride through the state that begins Tuesday.

Jackson, a native of Bessemer in Jefferson County, said he was on the West Coast when 62 twisters blasted the state last April 27, killing about 250 people and leaving a path of destruction that officials said was the equivalent of an area 1,000 miles long and 20 miles wide.

While Jackson now lives in Illinois, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn University said the intensity and devastation of the storms touched him deeply.

“This is home for me. It will always be home for me,” Jackson said Monday at a news conference with Gov. Robert Bentley and House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

After finding out his relatives were OK, the Heisman Trophy winner said he started thinking about ways to help. The result was “Bo Bikes Bama,” in which Jackson will raise money by riding westward across the state through some of the dozens of communities that were hit by storms.

Riders can join Jackson for a donation of $200 a day, and each of the five specially built bicycles he is riding will be auctioned. The name of each person who died in the tornadoes is printed on the frame of each bike.

Smith, Bradley granted release from UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut has confirmed that basketball players Michael Bradley and Roscoe Smith have both been released from their scholarships, a move that will allow them to transfer.

The pair would become the fourth and fifth underclassmen to leave the program since the NCAA turned down a waiver request would have allowed UConn to play in the 2013 NCAA tournament despite failing to meet academic qualifications.

Sophomore Jeremy Lamb and freshman center Andre Drummond announced earlier this month that they will enter this year’s NBA draft, a move both were expected to make even if UConn had been eligible for the tournament.

Alex Oriakhi earlier announced he is transferring to Missouri for his senior season.

Senegal qualifies for Olympic tournament

COVENTRY, England — Senegal secured the final place in the 16-team men’s soccer tournament at the London Olympics after beating Oman 2-0 in a qualifier Monday.

By sealing its first berth at an Olympics, Senegal will join other African countries Gabon, Morocco and Egypt in Tuesday’s group stage draw at Wembley Stadium.

Goals by Ibrahima Balde and Abdoulaye Sane earned the victory for Senegal at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, one of six fields that will host the men’s and women’s tournaments from July 25-Aug. 11.

Oman, coached by former France midfielder Paul Le Guen, earned a final opportunity to reach the games after finishing atop Asian qualifying.

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