Sports briefs, June 5

BDN staff and wire reports
Posted June 05, 2012, at 8:31 p.m.

Angis, Bobeau tied for Maine NEPGA lead

WATERVILLE — Tim Angis of Biddeford-Saco Country Club and Ronald Bibeau of Val Halla GC of Cumberland each recorded a 1-under par 69 to share the first-round lead during the Chapter Championship of the Maine NEPGA Tuesday at Waterville Country Club.

Don Roberts of Waterville CC and Jeff Seavey of Samoset Resort are tied for third at 70 while Chris Angis of Biddeford-Saco and Tim Desmaris of Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth are tied for fifth at 72.

The two-round tourney concludes Wednesday.

Boston’s Bard optioned to Pawtucket

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have optioned right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday that the club felt Bard (5-6) needs to work on his mechanics back in the minors before he gets another shot at making the Red Sox rotation.

Bard lasted less than two innings in his start at Toronto on Sunday, when he allowed five runs on six walks and hit two batters. In 55 innings this season, Bard has an ERA of 5.24 with 34 strikeouts and 37 walks.

Valentine says he expects Bard to make a quick turnaround.

Valentine wasn’t sure who will replace Bard in the rotation. The manager says Daisuke Matsusaki was scheduled to pitch three innings for Pawtucket on Tuesday and may be close to returning.

The Red Sox also removed outfielder Darnell McDonald from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Longtime manager Lasorda has ‘mild’ heart attack

NEW YORK — Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday, a day after having a “mild” heart attack while representing the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Major League Baseball draft.

The Dodgers said doctors inserted a stent to repair a blocked artery in Lasorda’s heart. The energetic, enthusiastic 84-year-old was resting comfortably and there was a chance he could return to California on Wednesday.

“The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue. I’m looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers,” Lasorda said, according to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed.

TMZ first reported Lasorda’s condition. He is in his sixth decade working for the Dodgers organization, starting out as a pitcher when the team was still in Brooklyn.

Lasorda had a heart attack in June 1996 while he was the Dodgers’ manager and retired the next month. He guided the Dodgers to 1,599 victories and won the World Series in 1981 and 1988, the team’s last two titles.

The Dodgers won four NL pennants and eight division titles in his 20-year career.

Shannon, Miami settle pay dispute

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Randy Shannon will not be fighting the Miami Hurricanes in a courtroom.

The university said Tuesday that a breach-of-contract lawsuit the former Hurricanes football coach filed in late April over money he said he was denied after his firing has been settled. Financial terms of the settlement were not released, largely because Shannon’s contract with the school required him to keep such details confidential.

The lawsuit was filed in Miami on April 27.

“Contract issues between the University of Miami and Randy Shannon have been fully, fairly and amicably resolved,” the university said in a statement. “We are grateful for Coach Shannon’s service as a player, assistant and head coach. Coach Shannon will always be a Miami Hurricane.”

Shannon’s attorneys and the university began working on settlement terms several weeks ago.

Shannon was fired Nov. 27, 2010 after going 28-22 in four seasons with the Hurricanes. Earlier that year, he and the school agreed on an extension that would have kept him under contract through January 2014.

Canadiens hire Michel Therrien as coach again

MONTREAL — Michel Therrien is coach of the Montreal Canadiens again, a home-gown product who rejoins a storied franchise that fell to last place this season and angered many fans across Quebec over a previous coaching hiring.

Therrien, a Montreal native, succeeds Randy Cunneyworth. He coached the Canadiens from 2000 until he was replaced by Claude Julien in 2003.

The announcement Tuesday ended weeks of speculation over the choice by new general manager Marc Bergevin. Former NHL coach Marc Crawford and the popular former goaltender Patrick Roy, now coach and general manager of the junior Quebec Remparts, were also believed to be top candidates.

Therrien has been working in television since he was let go by the Pittsburgh Penguins a few weeks before their run to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He inherits a Canadiens team that went 31-35-16 this season, finished last in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Therrien acknowledges he’s different from the time he first coached the team.

Mets purchase Young’s contract, activate Batista

WASHINGTON — The New York Mets purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Chris Young from Triple-A Buffalo and he was set to start Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals.

Young was 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in four rehab starts. Last May, Young underwent shoulder surgery.

The Mets also activated right-handed pitcher Miguel Batista from the 15-day disabled list. He’d been sidelined with a lower back strain.

New York placed right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. Ramirez injured the hamstring running in from the bullpen to join in the celebration of Johan Santana’s no-hitter on Friday, manager Terry Collins said. Ramirez is 2-1 with a 4.78 ERA and one save.

The Mets also designated right-handed pitcher Jack Egbert for assignment.

Santana is fine with Collins’ decision

WASHINGTON — Johan Santana said he agreed with New York Mets manager Terry Collins’ decision to give him two extra days rest after Friday’s no-hitter.

Santana worked in the bullpen Tuesday before the Mets’ game with the Washington Nationals and said he felt strong. He’s scheduled to face the Yankees on Friday.

The left-hander, who threw the first no-hitter in team history against St. Louis, is less than two years removed from shoulder surgery.

“Everything was fine,” Santana said. “I threw my bullpen. Nothing’s different. I feel good. I’ll be ready for Friday.”

Collins said he spoke with Santana on Monday.

“He said: ‘I am fine. I’ll pitch whenever you want me to pitch,’ I thought the extra day would help,” Collins said.

Santana was happy with how he came out of the 134-pitch effort, but appreciated Collins’ concern.

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