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Sports briefs, Oct. 3, 2012

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

John Bapst-Foxcroft football moved to Husson

BANGOR, Maine — The LTC football game between unbeatens Foxcroft Academy and John Bapst High of Bangor has been moved from Cameron Stadium to Husson University’s Winkin Complex on Saturday night. Game time will be at 7.

Both teams are 5-0 and share the lead in LTC Class C.

The move was made because Bangor High and Oxford Hills of South Paris are playing at Cameron Stadium on Friday night, so the field conditions on Cameron’s grass surface could deteriorate, especially if there is rain. The Winkin Complex Field has an artificial surface.

Perrone to enter Salem State Hall of Fame

SALEM, Mass. – Baseball coach Ken Perrone, of Danvers, will be inducted into Salem State’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Oct. 12. The induction ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Veterans Hall of the Ellison Campus Center.

According to Director of Athletics Timothy Shea, inductees must be either an exceptional athlete with impressive statistics and national recognition or have completed an extraordinary level of service helping the athletes of Salem State University succeed both in academics and their career.

Coach Perrone led the university’s baseball program for 30 years. Under his leadership, the Vikings amassed a record of 674-394-5, making Perrone Salem State’s all-time leader in career wins. During his tenure, Salem State baseball teams were selected for postseason tournament play 24 times. Perrone won five Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletics Conference titles and took part in the program’s first NCAA Tournament win in 2006.

Allen cheered at Heat scrimmage

MIAMI — For the first time, Ray Allen heard cheers in Miami.

Allen took the floor before his new fans for the first time Wednesday night, when the Heat held an open training-camp scrimmage before a crowd of about 10,000. The former Boston guard signed with Miami in July.

And he wasted no time making the Heat crowd happy: Allen’s first shot was a 3-pointer that he swished.

Many Heat regulars played, including reigning NBA MVP LeBron James. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra watched from near midcourt, with assistants Keith Askins and David Fizdale running the teams.

Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers and Joel Anthony did not play for the Heat, who open the preseason Sunday afternoon in Atlanta and then fly to China that night for two games next week against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Youkilis unsure of future

CLEVELAND — Kevin Youkilis says he enjoyed his time with the Chicago White Sox, and that his family will come first in a deciding where he plays next season.

Set to become a free agent, the 33-year-old third baseman hit .236 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 80 games for the White Sox after being acquired from Boston on June 25.

Youkilis said Wednesday before the season finale against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night that being traded taught him baseball is a business.

Nats’ Johnson feels numbness in left leg

WASHINGTON — Nationals manager Davey Johnson missed the end of Washington’s regular-season finale because of numbness in his left leg that was traced to pinched nerves in his back.

After NL East champion Washington’s 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, the 69-year-old Johnson — the oldest skipper in the majors — said he started losing feeling in his leg during the third inning and took a muscle relaxer and aspirin.

Still not feeling OK by the seventh inning, he left the dugout, turning managing duties over to bench coach Randy Knorr. A team doctor took a series of X-rays, discovered that Johnson had bulging discs pressing against nerves, and gave him anti-inflammatory medicine.

Johnson said he expected to be given an injection on the team’s day off Thursday to help the problem.

He doesn’t anticipate having any trouble traveling or managing during the playoffs. The Nationals will fly Saturday and open their NL division series at the Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Asked his level of concern about Johnson, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo replied: “None.”

Johnson’s players did not seem to be too worried about him, either, with several making jokes about what happened.

“Everybody’s hurting. I mean, it’s September,” right fielder Jayson Werth explained. “Maybe they’re sympathy pains. I’m not sure.”

Noting that several everyday players got a chance to sit out Tuesday or Wednesday, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman kidded: “I thought he just didn’t want to manage; he was tired of managing. Everyone else got a day off, yesterday or today, so I thought he was taking one.”

Said first baseman Adam LaRoche: “I thought he just needed a nap.”

NFL: Payton, Loomis, Vitt may attend Saints game

METAIRIE, La. — The NFL has granted permission for Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt to attend New Orleans’ home game Sunday night against San Diego, in which Drew Brees can break a tie with Johnny Unitas for the NFL record of consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown pass.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says Brees, tied with Unitas at 47, asked that Payton, Loomis and Vitt be allowed to attend even as they continue to serve suspensions of various lengths in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation. Aiello says the three suspended members of the organization may watch the game from a private area and may not have contact with the team.

Unitas set the record from 1956 to 1960. Brees tied it Sunday at Green Bay, throwing for three scores.

PSU holds line on football season tickets prices

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State won’t increase football season ticket prices or current donation levels in 2013, and announced tweaks to guidelines including a lower, $200 level of giving for booster-club members.

The changes were announced Wednesday amid smaller crowds at Beaver Stadium for the first three games of 2012. While still large for college football, Penn State nonconference attendance this season failed to top 98,700 to the 106,500-seat stadium. Big Ten play starts Saturday with a visit from No. 24 Northwestern.

An associate athletic director has said lower attendance was expected two years into the introduction of new season-ticket guidelines that divided the stadium into pricing zones. Attendance is down about 10 percent over the last two years.

The actual cost of the seat for season-ticket holders will remain $55.

It’s also unclear what impact the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal may have had on attendance.

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