Sports briefs, Nov. 16, 2012

BDN staff and wire reports
Posted Nov. 16, 2012, at 9:37 p.m.

Maine women’s hockey team to host UNH

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine women’s hockey team will play archrival New Hampshire at noon Saturday at Alfond Arena.

Maine (2-7-1 overall, 1-5 in Hockey East) has been led by Brittany Dougherty (4 goals, 7 assists), Audra Richards (5 & 1) and Waterville’s Katy Massey (2 & 3) along with goalie Brittany Ott (2-2-1, 2.54 GAA, .933 save percentage).

The Wildcats (4-7-1, 2-2-1) have been paced by Kristina Lavoie (3 & 7), Alexis Crossley (5 & 2) and freshman goalie Vilma Vaattovaara (3-6, 3.14, .895).

Eagles QB Vick out; Foles to start

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will miss Sunday’s game vs. the Washington Redskins due to the effects of a concussion.

Rookie Nick Foles, who replaced Vick during the 38-23 loss to Dallas on Sunday, and who practiced with the first team all week, will get his first NFL start in a battle of 3-6 teams fighting to save their seasons.

Philadelphia head trainer Rick Burkholder made the announcement Friday at the team’s practice facility, confirming a decision that had been in the works since Monday. It was only because Vick had not completed the league-mandated concussion testing earlier in the week that coach Andy Reid did not officially rule him out until the team’s final practice.

Bond set for ex-WNBA star Holdsclaw

ATLANTA — A judge in Atlanta on Friday set bond at $100,000 for ex-WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw, who was in jail on assault and weapons charges.

She is accused of firing a shot into a car belonging to 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy, who plays for the Tulsa Shock. Police say the 35-year-old Holdsclaw also used a bat to smash the car’s windows. Holdsclaw was in custody at the Fulton County Jail.

No one was injured in the assault. Lacy told police that Holdsclaw was an ex-girlfriend and they were Atlanta Dream teammates in 2009. Holdsclaw was ordered to wear a monitoring device and have no contact with Lacy.

She was ordered back to a Fulton County court Nov. 30 to face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. A message to her attorney was not immediately returned.

Knighton fined $25,000 for hit on Luck

NEW YORK — Jacksonville defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali and New England LB Brandon Spikes were fined $25,000 each by the NFL on Friday for hits in recent games.

Knighton was fined for making helmet-to-helmet contact with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who was defenseless at the time. The hit came in Indianapolis’ victory Nov. 8 at Jacksonville and negated an interception by Aaron Ross.

Hali was docked for striking Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich with his helmet.

Spikes got a roughing-the-passer penalty on Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick that drew the fine. He hit Fitzpatrick with his helmet. The players later jawed at each other and after the Patriots’ win, Fitzpatrick called Spikes “a punk.”

NCAA rules UCLA’s Muhammad eligible

LOS ANGELES — The NCAA ruled UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad eligible to play Friday, and the star freshman guard is set to make his Bruins debut Monday night.

The NCAA said Friday that UCLA’s sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after the school required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA and UCLA found that Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.

Muhammad will be in the lineup when the No. 13 Bruins (3-0) return to action Monday night in New York against Georgetown at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The NCAA announced Nov. 9, less than two hours before the Bruins’ opener, that Muhammad was ineligible. UCLA filed a formal appeal Wednesday.

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