CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — University of Maine softball pitcher Ashley Kelley (Hermon, Maine) has been named to the America East All-Academic squad.
Kelley, a biology major with a 3.62 GPA, went 8-13 in the circle with a 2.72 earned run average while striking out 79 in 164 2/3 innings pitched.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve on her team. In softball, pitchers must make at least 10 appearances. Honorees also must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution.
Kelley previously was named to the College Sports Madness All-Conference Second Team.
UMaine’s Conner earns academic honor
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine women’s track and field standout Corey Conner has been named to the CoSIDA District I Cross Country and Track and Field All-Academic First Team.
Conner, who advanced to the NCAA Championships (June 6-9) is the 2012 America East champion and conference record holder in the 5,000 meters. She placed second in her heat at the NCAA East Preliminary to advance to the nationals.
The senior from Townsend, Mass., who is majoring in nursing, was named a 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-American and was the 2011 recipient of the “M” Club Dean Smith Award, given to the top male and female student-athletes at UMaine.
USM’s Carl named to Academic All-District Team
GORHAM, Maine — University of Southern Maine junior Molly Carl (York, Maine) is among the 10 women’s track and field/cross country student-athletes named to the 2012 Capital One Division III Academic All-District One first team.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be of sophomore standing. District One includes Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
During the 2011-12 academic year, Carl set three indoor school records (mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters) and one outdoor mark (steeplechase). The geography/anthropology major has a 3.79 cumulative GPA.
Mickelson withdraws because of fatigue
DUBLIN, Ohio — Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the Memorial because of mental fatigue.
Mickelson opened with a 79, his worst score in his 12 appearances at Muirfield Village. He says a trip to Europe to celebrate his wife’s 40th birthday, and then returning home for a corporate outing and the pro-am took a lot out of him. With the U.S. Open in two weeks, Mickelson says he’s thinking “big picture” by going home to rest for a few days.
The four-time major champion believes it’s a responsibility for a player to finish a tournament. He says he’s overruling himself in this case.
It’s the first time Mickelson has withdrawn without physical injury. The last time he left a tournament early was at the Memorial four years ago because of a wrist injury.
Police close probe of alleged Pavano extortion
HARTFORD, Conn. — Police in Connecticut have closed an investigation into allegations of a blackmail attempt against Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano without making an arrest.
Southington police Lt. Lowell DePalma says the case was closed because Pavano and his family declined to provide statements.
In March police said they were investigating allegations that Pavano’s former Southington High School classmate, Christian Bedard, threatened to reveal an alleged relationship they had unless Pavano bought him a Range Rover.
Pavano’s sister, Michelle DeGennaro, complained to police in December that Bedard was making up a false story in an attempt to extort her family.
Bedard said Thursday he is glad the investigation is over. He said “Carl and the Pavano family can thank his sister for bringing national attention to these false allegations and our relationship.”
Orioles OF Markakis to undergo surgery on wrist
BALTIMORE — Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis has a hamate fracture of his right wrist and will undergo surgery on Friday in Sarasota, Fla.
The procedure will be performed by Dr, Brian Schofield, a hand specialist.
The injury is believed to have occurred more than a week ago when Markakis slid into a base. He then aggravated his ailing wrist during his final at-bat Tuesday in Toronto.
The typical recovery time from this kind of surgery is 3-4 weeks.
This will be the first trip to the disabled list for the 28-year-old Markakis, one of Baltimore’s most durable players. He played in at least 160 games in each of the previous three seasons and has never participated in fewer than 147 in a single season since coming into the league in 2006.
NY judge gives formal approval to Madoff-Mets deal
NEW YORK — A federal judge has given formal approval to a settlement of a lawsuit brought by a trustee for Bernard Madoff’s fraud victims against the owners of the New York Mets.
The approval was granted Thursday by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff. He noted there were no written complaints filed after the deal was announced in March.
Rakoff said his only regret was that retired pitcher Sandy Koufax won’t appear in his courtroom. Koufax was a possible witness in a trial that was canceled when the settlement was reached just before jury selection was to begin.
The settlement calls for the Mets’ owners to pay up to $162 million but nothing for four years. The deal was structured so that the owners will pay much less than the maximum, if anything.