Sports briefs for Aug. 14

Posted Aug. 14, 2012, at 5:57 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 15, 2012, at 12:36 p.m.

Ex-Sox star Lynn to deliver pitch at Sea Dogs game

PORTLAND — Former Boston Red Sox great Fred Lynn will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Travelers Night at the Ballpark at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 when the Portland Sea Dogs take on the Reading Phillies. Lynn’s first pitch will generate money for The Good Shepherd Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in Maine.Travelers will donate $1,000, and will double the amount to $2,000, if the pitch is called a strike.

In further efforts to support The Good Shepherd Food Bank, Travelers and the Portland Sea Dogs will host a food drive at Travelers Night at the Ballpark during which fans will be encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items to donate to local Maine families in need.

Conn. captures junior golf title; Maine fourth

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The seven-person team from Connecticut recaptured the New England Junior Amateur Championship title in dominating fashion on Tuesday morning at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown.

Connecticut, which has now won the title eight of the past 12 years, finished with a three-round total of 3-over par 1,068 which was 29 strokes better than second-place finisher Massachusetts.

Connecticut was led by Brian Carlson and Eddie Hill, who each recorded a three-round score of 215, the best individual scores in the tourney.

Vermont finished third in the tourney, followed by Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Bradford Smith of Brunswick GC turned in the best Maine score with a 221 while Will Kannegieser of Martindale CC in Auburn and Reese McFarlane of Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth each recorded a 223. Other competitors included Sam Grindle of Island CC of Deer Isle (231), Thomas Murray of Bangor Municipal GC (236), Zack DeBlois of Fox Ridge GC in Auburn (240) and Gavin Dugas of JW Parks GC of Pittsfield (243).

Big East picks CBS VP Aresco as commissioner

NEW YORK — The Big East on Tuesday hired CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco to be commissioner of a conference now in rebuilding mode.

Aresco has been a vice president in charge of programming for CBS since 1996. He’s handled the network’s contract negotiations with the NCAA for the rights to the men’s basketball tournament. He also negotiated CBS’s 15-year deal with the Southeastern Conference.

Aresco, a Connecticut native who resides in Southport, Conn., has never worked for a conference or university, but his experience lies in the field where the Big East needs the most help.

The conference is in the middle of a massive membership overhaul and will begin crucial negotiations on a new television contract in September. The defections of longtime members West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse cost former Commissioner John Marinatto his job earlier this year.

Joe Bailey has been interim commissioner since May.

Before Marinatto was forced out, he helped the conference add eight schools, six that are slated to join next year, but the long-term viability of the far-flung league is still in doubt.

Rep: Lozada files for divorce from Johnson

NEW YORK (AP) — Evelyn Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the football star was arrested for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.

A rep for the VH1 reality star confirmed reports that Lozada filed for divorce on Tuesday.

“Given the recent events that have taken place, Evelyn has decided to file for divorce and move on with her life,” Lozada’s lawyer, Michael B. Gilden, told the TV show “The Insider” in a statement.

Johnson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment.

The marriage imploded on Saturday after an argument between the two ended with Lozada being treated at a hospital for lacerations to her head.

According to Davie, Fla., police, Lozada found a receipt for condoms and confronted Johnson about it at dinner. The argument continued during their drive home, and when they arrived at their driveway, he allegedly head-butted her.

In a 911 call released by authorities, a neighbor told police that there was an incident involving a “high-profile person” and is heard telling Lozada to wipe the blood from her head. Lozada is heard saying that Johnson head-butted her, and the caller says Lozada will probably need stitches.

However, Johnson told police she head-butted him.

Bears LB Urlacher has knee surgery

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener.

The Bears said that Urlacher had an arthroscopic debridement procedure on Tuesday morning to help relieve swelling in the knee and was back at training camp by 10 a.m. He missed the offseason training program after spraining the medial collateral ligament and partially spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in the final game last year against Minnesota.

Urlacher was ready for the start of camp, but has not practiced since July 31 and was away from the team recently for what were described as personal reasons. Even so, he said Sunday that he expects to be ready for the opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 9.

Urlacher told WFLD Fox-32 in Chicago on Sunday that he didn’t know if there was arthroscopic surgery he could have and still return in two weeks.

“I am just going to keep resting right now,” he said. “I have never had a scope. I don’t know how that stuff works. This is the first time I have ever done anything to my knee so I am kind of new to this. I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know how that works.”

Miles unclear about Mathieu’s future

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU coach Les Miles won’t close the door completely on the possibility of Tyrann Mathieu playing football for LSU again in 2013.

Miles, who met with reporters after Tuesday’s practice, says he is “not in any way speculating” about whether Mathieu could conceivably play for the Tigers again. He says he can only guarantee the All-America cornerback and Heisman Trophy finalist won’t be on this year’s team, adding he has “no idea beyond that.”

Miles says he’s ready to put his emphasis back on preparing the Tigers for the upcoming season, which opens Sept. 1 against North Texas.

When Mathieu was dismissed on Friday, reportedly for repeated failed drug tests, Miles said he expected Mathieu to transfer and play this season at the second-tier FCS level.

Orioles place LHP Patton on 15-day DL

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles placed left-hander Troy Patton on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after he sprained his right ankle walking in a parking garage.

“Guess we’re going to have to start taping ankles away from the ballpark, too,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Patton is part of an outstanding bullpen that has kept Baltimore in contention for a playoff berth. He’s 1-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 50 games and has limited opposing batters to a .218 batting average.

“It is extremely frustrating,” said Patton, who has a walking boot and crutches. “I haven’t felt as good as I’ve felt recently on the mound my whole career.”

Patton rolled the ankle Sunday night. It’s the third time this season he’s hurt the same ankle, but this time the injury was serious.

Angels pitching coach Butcher suspended 1 game

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has been suspended for one game following a weekend argument over balls and strikes.

Major League Baseball also fined Butcher an undisclosed amount. He was penalized for leaving the dugout to dispute the calls and for “aggressively arguing.”

Butcher was to serve the suspension Tuesday night when the Angels host Cleveland.

Butcher was ejected three batters into Sunday’s game against Seattle. He complained after two straight borderline pitches by Angels ace Jered Weaver and argued nose-to-nose with plate umpire Mike Estabrook. The Mariners wound up winning 4-1.

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