Union Street Golf Range is open

Posted June 01, 2012, at 7:18 p.m.

BANGOR — Union Street Golf Range, under the direction of Bob McGown, officially has opened.

The range, located beside the Airport Mall behind McDonald’s, features a 200 feet by 75 feet grass tee plus five golf mats for beginners and a practice sand bunker. There are target flags every 50 yards and three target greens. Club repair is also available.

The range is open seven days a week starting at 11:30 a.m., weather permitting. For more information, call 631-9555.

UMaine’s Kelley named to AE All-Academic Team

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.

Baseball trainer Edgar Mercedes arrested

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A prominent baseball trainer who helped represent Yoenis Cespedes has been arrested in the Dominican Republic on human smuggling charges for allegedly helping Cuban players illegally enter the country.

Dominican police say Edgar Mercedes is one of six men detained in the case. A police statement says the three Dominicans and three Cubans transported potential players from Cuba in hopes of gaining major league contracts. All six were released Friday while authorities continued the investigation.

Mercedes, who is not a registered baseball agent, worked with Yoenis Cespedes after he defected. Cespedes signed a $36 million, four-year contract with Oakland.

Attorney Guillermo Estrella says Mercedes is not involved with human smuggling or the other detained men.

Pitcher Clayton Ehlert suspended for 50 games

NEW YORK — Retired pitcher James “Clayton” Ehlert has been suspended for 50 games after a second violation for a drug of abuse under baseball’s minor league drug program.

The suspension, announced Friday by the commissioner’s office, will start if Ehlert returns to Major League Baseball.

A 24-year-old right-hander, Ehlert was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA this year for Carolina, a Cleveland farm team in the Class A Carolina League. He went on the voluntary retired list on April 10, two days after his last appearance.

After pitching for Texas A&M for four seasons, Ehlert signed with the Indians as a free agent in June 2010.

There have been 45 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.

Giants, Umenyiora agree on restructured deal

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Super Bowl-champion New York Giants and two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora have ended their feud.

The Giants announced late Friday afternoon that they signed Umenyiora to a restructured contract, ending a contract dispute that had put the defensive end at odds with New York general manager Jerry Reese. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Umenyiora has contended for more than a year that Reese promised to renegotiate his contract and then reneged on the offer.

Umenyiora has not participated in the team’s drills thus far this spring. He is the second prominent defensive player to sign a new contract this offseason, joining Mathias Kiwanuka.

Umenyiora was entering the final season of a seven-year contract that would have paid him $4.7 million this season.

Rangers’ Gaborik to have shoulder surgery

NEW YORK — Rangers forward Marian Gaborik will undergo surgery on his right shoulder that is expected to sideline the high-scoring winger for about five months.

Gaborik said Friday he was injured during Game 3 of New York’s first-round playoff victory over the Ottawa Senators when he was hit into the boards shoulder-first.

Gaborik, who scored 41 goals during the regular season, didn’t miss any games because of the injury but he was limited to just five goals and six assists during New York’s 20-game postseason run that ended in the Eastern Conference finals.

“I tried not to think about it,” Gaborik said Friday during a conference call. “I don’t want to make excuses, but it was there.”

Gaborik will have the operation on Wednesday in New York, according to a statement issued by the Rangers. This was the first time the right winger played an entire season without missing a game.

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