St. Joe’s Rafferty collects All-America honors

Posted May 24, 2012, at 8:52 p.m.

STANDISH — Saint Joseph’s junior pitcher Chad Rafferty has garnered D3baseball.com Third Team All-America honors.

Rafferty won all 10 of his starts and posted a 1.71 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 68.1 innings. The righthander allowed just 20 walks and opponents hit .213.

Three UM athletes receive academic honors

ORONO — University of Maine track and field standouts Corey Conner, Wilson Adams and David Currier have been named to the America East Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Teams.

Conner, a senior from Townsend, Mass., took the America East women’s title in the 5,000 meters in a school and conference-record setting time of 15:59.66. She is seeded fifth in the event for the NCAA East Preliminary round this weekend. Conner is majoring in nursing and is a four-time Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and was a recipient of the ‘M’ Club Dean Smith Award.

Currier, a senior from Sidney, won the 10,000-meter title at the America East Championships. He majored in secondary education and is a gold medallion Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

Adams, a sophomore from Barrington, R.I., won the hammer title at the America East championships. He is majoring in biological engineering and was also an America East Indoor Track and Field All-Academic selection.

Simulcast wagering at Bangor Raceway extends hours

BANGOR – Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor has announced extended hours at the Win, Play & Show Lounge, located underneath the grandstand at Bangor Raceway.

Simulcast wagering adjacent to the race track will be available on Saturdays from 2-10 p.m. in addition to Mondays and Tuesdays 4-8 p.m. and Fridays 4-9 p.m. The grandstand and track is closed on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Bangor Raceway’s live racing post time is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Friday’s post is 6 p.m. Admission to the grandstand is free. Race programs are sold at the track starting the day before racing for $2 each.

Weckstrom named top rookie in Finland league

ORONO — Incoming University of Maine women’s basketball player Sophie Weckstrom of Espoo, Finland, has been named the 2012 Women’s National League Rookie of the Year, as announced by the league on Tuesday.

Weckstrom, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 7.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game in her rookie campaign with her club team, Torpan Pojat.

Hakeem Nicks breaks right foot at Giants OTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be sidelined up to three months after breaking his right foot at a team organized activity early Thursday.

Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot as he was running a route during individual drills in the Timex Performance Center field house, the team said in a release later in the afternoon.

Nicks is scheduled to have surgery Friday to have a screw inserted into the broken bone. The procedure will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The expected recovery time for Nicks is approximately 12 weeks.

The Giants, who lost Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham to free agency, have depth at receiver with Victor Cruz returning along with Domenik Hixon, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, and Ramses Barden. Second-round draft pick Rueben Randle showed a lot of talent in the recent rookie minicamp, as well.

New York is scheduled to report to training camp at the University at Albany on July 26.

The fifth metatarsal generally takes a long time to heal because there isn’t a lot of blood flow to the area.

Calif. racing board suspends trainer O’Neill

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill has been suspended 45 days as a result of one of his horses exceeding the allowable limit for total carbon dioxide. But the punishment won’t begin before July 1, ensuring he will be able to saddle I’ll Have Another in next month’s Belmont Stakes.

The suspension comes in the midst of I’ll Have Another’s bid to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. The colt trained by O’Neill won the Derby and then the Preakness last Saturday, and is preparing to run in the Belmont on June 9.

The California Horse Racing Board met in a closed session Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., to consider the recommended decision of a hearing officer in O’Neill’s case.

White Sox’s Danks headed to 15-day DL

CHICAGO — White Sox starter John Danks is headed to the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his left shoulder.

Chicago manager Robin Ventura says Jose Quintana will be called up from the minors and start Friday in his place against AL Central leader Cleveland. Neither Ventura nor Danks believes the injury is serious, and Danks thinks he’ll be ready to rejoin the rotation after June 4.

Danks says he noticed the problem the day after his start against the Cubs on Saturday, when he threw 83 pitches over 6 1-3 scoreless innings. He had an MRI on Thursday, and he says he was ready to start against the Indians. But the team is taking a cautious approach.

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