GORHAM — Senior midfielder Devon Grant of Dexter and junior back Justin Lavertue of Rochester, N.H., have been named captains for the University of Southern Maine men’s soccer team. Head coach Mike Keller, who is in his ninth season at the helm of the USM men’s soccer program, made the announcement recently.
“[They] have great leadership qualities,” USM men’s soccer coach Mike Keller said. “They are two of the hardest working players we have. Both lead with their praise and their willingness to help their teammates out. They also lead by example both on and off the field.”
Grant, who transferred to USM from Southern Maine Community College, started 14 games in 2011. Lavertue started all 17 games garnering one assist.
The Huskies open at 1:30 p.m. Friday when they host St. Joseph’s College in the first game of the USM Soccer Classic.
Williamson named assistant swim coach at Bates College
LEWISTON — Former Bates College swimming standout Vanessa Williamson has been named an assistant swim coach at the school, head coach Peter Casares announced Wednesday.
Williamson was an eight-time All-America performer at Bates, and she powered Bates’ two best team finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2003 and 2004 (17th and 18th place, respectively). She still holds program records in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly, as well as the 200 individual medley.
Dodgers CF Kemp day to day after running into wall
DENVER — Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp is out of the lineup a day after he collided with the center field wall but tests showed no structural damage to his left knee and jaw.
Kemp was not in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies and he was listed as day to day with a bone bruise around the left knee and intense body soreness overall.
He ran into the wall while chasing a flyball.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says of Kemp, “He feels like a truck hit him.”
In a separate move, the Dodgers placed left-handed reliever Scott Elbert on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation. Right-handed reliever Shawn Tolleson, who was optioned on Monday, was recalled from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Retired RB Tomlinson moves into broadcasting
NEW YORK — Recently retired running back LaDainian Tomlinson is moving quickly into his second career.
NFL Network and SiriusXM Radio announced Wednesday that the 2006 NFL MVP was joining the outlets as a broadcaster.
Tomlinson rushed for 13,684 yards, fifth on the career list, and scored 162 touchdowns, third-most ever. The former Charger and Jet announced his retirement in June.
Tomlinson will appear on NFL Network’s new Sunday morning show, “First on the Field.” He’ll also host weekly shows on NFL news and fantasy football for SiriusXM.
Woods and Begay lead win at charity event
VERONA, N.Y. — Tiger Woods and Notah Begay III combined to shoot 9 under and lead the American side to victory Wednesday in the NB3 Foundation Challenge at Turning Stone Resort’s Atunyote Golf Club.
The 12-player field was split into two teams, with Woods and Begay serving on a West squad that also included PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland and LPGA Tour players Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson.
Woods and Begay, teammates at Stanford, took on K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang in one of three stroke-play matches that were billed as an “East Meets West” challenge involving Asian and American players. The other pairings had Woodland and Kerr against Danny Lee and Se Ri Pak, and Fowler and Thompson playing against Charlie Wi and Yani Tseng.
Woods and Begay beat Choi and Yang 9-7, Woodland and Kerr beat Lee and Pak 8-7, andTseng and Wi tied Fowler and Thompson 7-7, giving the Americans a 2.5 to 0.5 victory.
The winning team shared $450,000, and Woods presented Begay a check for $500,000 for his foundation.
The fifth annual event is the chief fundraiser for Begay’s foundation, which is dedicated to helping fight obesity and diabetes in the Native American community.
Twins lefty Diamond drops appeal of suspension
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins left-hander Scott Diamond has dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for throwing behind Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton.
The Twins announced Diamond’s decision Wednesday, one day after he allowed five runs in seven innings of a loss to the Seattle Mariners. He started serving his suspension on Wednesday and will miss one turn in the rotation.
Diamond was suspended after being ejected in a game against the Rangers last week. He threw behind Hamilton in retaliation after Twins star Joe Mauer was hit in the back by Roy Oswalt.
In a disastrous year for the Twins rotation, Diamond has been the lone bright spot. He is 10-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 21 starts this season, the only Twins starter with an ERA under 4.20.
Worley to have season-ending elbow surgery
PHILADELPHIA — Phillies right-hander Vance Worley has been placed on the disabled list and will have elbow surgery next month.
Worley was shut down on Wednesday, a day after another subpar outing. The righty was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA this year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie last year. He had a 5.80 ERA in 11 starts since July 3.
Righty Tyler Cloyd was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start in place of the ailing Cole Hamels against the Mets on Wednesday night. Cloyd would then take Worley’s spot in the rotation.