Sports briefs for Oct. 31, 2012

Posted Oct. 31, 2012, at 5:23 p.m.

Maine’s Adkins to play in senior all-star game

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine senior field hockey captain Zoe Adkins has been selected to participate in the 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Old Dominion University.

Adkins has started 17 games thus far while notching four goals and one assist for nine points. The senior captain has been a leader on both ends of the field for Maine, anchoring the defense with a pair of defensive saves while adding two game-winning goals.

Nets-Knicks opener in Brooklyn postponed

NEW YORK — Barclays Center sits right above a major mass-transit hub, an ideal destination for fans throughout New York.

Not right now, though.

With those subways knocked out by Hurricane Sandy and no way of knowing how fans would get there, the city’s mayor decided this isn’t the time for a game.

So Michael Bloomberg asked the NBA to postpone Thursday’s highly anticipated opener between the Knicks and Nets, and the league agreed Wednesday.

“It’s a great stadium, it would have been a great game, but the bottom line is: There is not a lot of mass transit. Our police have plenty of other things to do,” Bloomberg said at a news conference.

Barclays Center sits above the Atlantic Avenue subway station complex which hosts nine subway lines and a Long Island Rail Road station, and was expanded as part of the $1 billion arena’s construction. The Nets believe that will be a major selling point in drawing fans to the games after they were plagued by poor attendance during their years in New Jersey.

But without knowing what — if any — subways would be available and with city officials still preferring people not drive into New York, the Nets agreed with the decision.

Soriano opts out of last year of deal with Yankees

NEW YORK — Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with the New York Yankees on Wednesday and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency.

The move was expected after the right-hander had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA while filling in for closer Mariano Rivera this season after baseball’s saves leader tore a knee ligament in early May.

“I’m not surprised because (agent) Scott Boras told me he was confident he could get him 15 times four (years), $60 million. If that’s the case, it would be a good deal for Soriano,” Yankees president Randy Levine told The Associated Press. “I hope that’s what’s real in the marketplace.”

Soriano was set to make $14 million next season. Instead, New York will pay him a $1.5 million buyout. The Yankees can make him a qualifying offer of $13.3 million before Friday’s deadline, and if Soriano signs with another team, they will get draft compensation.

Soriano, who will be 33 in December, signed his hefty contract with New York before the 2011 season after notching a career-high 45 saves with Tampa Bay. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner overruled general manager Brian Cashman in making the deal. Cashman was opposed to giving closer money to a setup man.

English town to burn Lance Armstrong in effigy

LONDON — His career is in ruins and now an effigy of Lance Armstrong is about to go up in smoke.

The disgraced American cyclist has been chosen as the latest celebrity to be burned in effigy during an English town’s nationally famous Bonfire Night celebrations.

Edenbridge in southeast England has built a 30-foot (9-meter) model of Armstrong, who was stripped recently of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offenses.

The effigy, to be burnt Saturday, sports a sign saying “For sale, racing bike, no longer required.”

Towns across Britain light bonfires and set off fireworks on Nov. 5 to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ failed plot in 1605 to blow up Parliament.

Lloyd McClendon interviews for Marlins’ job

MIAMI — A person familiar with the Miami Marlins’ managerial search says former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon has become at least the fourth candidate to interview for the job.

The person confirmed the discussions to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins aren’t commenting on the search.

McClendon managed the Pirates from 2001-05 and went 336-446. He’s currently the Detroit Tigers’ hitting coach and has been with them since 2006, twice helping them reach the World Series, including this year.

Former major league manager Larry Bowa, ex-big league catcher Mike Redmond and Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price also interviewed to replace Ozzie Guillen, who was fired after one season. Price later withdrew from consideration.

Warriors, Curry agree to $44M, 4-year extension

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has signed a $44 million, four-year contract extension that will keep him with the club through the 2016-17 season.

The team announced a multiyear deal with Curry before Wednesday night’s season opener at the Phoenix Suns. It was the final day Golden State could sign Curry to an extension or he would become a restricted free agent next summer.

Curry missed 40 of 66 games last season and sprained his twice-surgically repaired right ankle again in the preseason. New Warriors general manager Bob Myers and owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber felt the point guard was still worth the risk given his production when healthy.

The Warriors are counting on Curry to team with new center Andrew Bogut for years to come.

Love’s broken hand ‘pretty much a freak accident’

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love says he understands the skepticism about the source of his broken right hand. The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star, however, insists the story about knuckle push-ups gone wrong is true.

Love spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since his injury, calling it “pretty much a freak accident.”

He’s heard all the conspiracy theories but said he really did get hurt during a pre-practice workout at his home on Oct. 17. Love is supposed to be out for another four to six weeks. He said he’s bracing for the longer end of the timetable, figuring a quicker return would simply be a bonus.

The Timberwolves open the season without him on Friday at home against Sacramento.

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