Three ex-UMaine athletes on Canadian national team

Posted May 07, 2012, at 7:58 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Former University of Maine field hockey players Kelly Newton and Stephanie Gardiner of Vancouver and Jocelyn Mitchell of Kanata, Ontario, have been named to the Senior Canadian National Squad.

Current UMaine player Holly Stewart of North Vancouver, British Columbia, has been named an alternate to the team.

The former Black Bear standouts will participate in a four-match test series against Team USA on May 19-23 at the University of Victoria. There are 23 players and four reserves on the Canadian team.

UMaine pitcher Kelley gains honor

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine senior pitcher Ashley Kelley of Hermon has been named to the College Sports Madness America East All-Conference Second Team, as announced by the website on Monday afternoon.

Kelley is 8-11 with a 2.77 ERA in 28 appearances, including 23 starts. She has struck out 75 in 151 ⅔ innings to go along with 14 complete games. Kelley is currently riding a seven-game undefeated streak in which she has gone 3-0 and lowered her ERA from 3.21 to 2.77.

The Black Bears travel to Boston University to play the No. 1 Terriers in the opening round of the America East tourney 1 p.m. Thursday.

Eric McClure released from Alabama hospital

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR driver Eric McClure has been released from an Alabama hospital on Monday, two days after he was injured in a crash at Talladega Superspeedway.

McClure was airflifted to UAB Medical Center in Birmingham following Saturday’s crash in the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

His team said Monday that McClure suffered a concussion and internal bruising in the accident. A statement says he’s expected to make a full recovery, but will visit with specialists this week regarding his injuries.

McClure will hold a press conference on Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Hamels suspended 5 games for throwing at Harper

NEW YORK — Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has been suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Washington rookie Bryce Harper.

Major League Baseball announced the penalty Monday. Hamels also was fined.

Hamels plunked Harper in the small of the back with a fastball in the first inning Sunday night. The Phillies won 9-3 and Hamels admitted that he deliberately threw at Harper.

Hamels said the purpose pitch was his old-school way of welcoming the 19-year-old Nationals phenom to the big leagues.

Unless appealed, Hamels was scheduled to begin serving his suspension Monday night when the Phillies hosted the New York Mets.

Big East Commissioner John Marinatto resigns

STORRS, Conn. — Big East Commissioner John Marinatto, facing pressure from school presidents upset by his handling of the departure of several high-profile programs, resigned Monday after less three years on the job.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse made plans to leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference in September, and West Virginia bolted for the Big 12 the following month. The Big East regrouped by adding Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Temple for all sports and Boise State, San Diego State and Navy for football only.

Marinatto told The Associated Press Monday that trying to guide the conference through realignment took a physical and mental toll on him.

He said he began talking to the conference presidents in mid-April about stepping down.

“I’ve been running a marathon not only for the last eight months but for the last 2½ years,” he said. “As fulfilling as it can be, it is equally draining. All the assets are in place right now (in the Big East). It’s probably time for a commercialized kind of perspective. Clearly the collegiate model is dead.”

UConn AD Manuel says no coach-in-waiting

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut Athletic Director Warde Manuel said Monday he has no plans to name Kevin Ollie or anyone else as a coach-in-waiting for the men’s basketball program.

Coach Jim Calhoun, who turns 70 this month, is expected to return next season, but has not made his plans public.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Manuel said he is operating under the assumption that the Hall of Fame coach will be back, noting that Calhoun has two years left on his contract.

“I don’t sit here wondering on a day-to-day basis who is going to be my coach next year,” Manuel said. “Unless something changes that I don’t foresee … Jim’s our coach and I’m moving forward in that direction.”

He would not disclose the conversations he and Calhoun have had about the future of the program, but said the plans don’t currently include naming a successor while Calhoun is still coaching.

A coach in waiting has been suggested as a way to bridge the gap between administrations, and assure potential recruits of continuity in the program. Ollie, who played at UConn and spent 13 seasons in the NBA, before being hired as an assistant in 2010, has been mentioned as a logical successor, and has said he would want the job.

Patriots re-sign receiver Jabar Gaffney

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have re-signed receiver Jabar Gaffney.

Gaffney has played 10 NFL seasons, three of them with the Patriots from 2006-08. In New England, he caught 84 passes for 1,059 yards and eight touchdowns.

He has also played for Houston, Denver and Washington.

In all, Gaffney has 443 receptions for 5,622 yards and 24 touchdowns.

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