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Sports briefs, Nov. 21, 2012

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Schedule set for First Look Invitational

HAMPDEN — The schedule for the Hampden Academy boys basketball program’s 2012 First Look Invitational being held on Friday at the new Hampden Academy.

Admission is adults $5, students and seniors $2. Prices are good for all day.

Full concessions will be available, and a fundraising bake sale and wreath sale will be held at the same location that day.

The schedule: 9 a.m. — Penquis vs. Nokomis; 10:15 — Nokomis vs. Presque Isle; 11:30 — Presque Isle vs. Penquis; 12:45 p.m. — Greeley vs. Hampden; 2 p.m. — Oceanside vs. Greeley, Hampden vs. Oceanside; 4:30 — Jonesport-Beals vs. Houlton; 5:45 — Houlton vs. Thornton Academy; 7:00 — Thornton Academy vs. Jonesport Beals.

Ex-coach in Ohio waives hearing in nude video case

MASSILLON, Ohio — A former high school coach charged in Ohio with videotaping nude boys in the locker room has waived a preliminary hearing and the case will go to a grand jury.

Massillon Municipal Court Judge Edward Elum continued the $2 million bond for 46-year-old Scott Studer on Wednesday.

The freshman basketball coach at Jackson High School near Canton was arrested last week after investigators searched his home and found nude images on a DVD, a laptop computer and a flash drive.

WEWS-TV in Cleveland reports that 64 boys have been identified on the videos. The materials were found during a search led by postal inspectors.

Studer quit his jobs as coach and school building aide on the day he was arrested.

2 golfers hit consecutive holes-in-one

SYDNEY — Two club golfers playing The Lakes — site of the Australian Open beginning Dec. 6 — hit consecutive holes-in-one on the par-3 ninth hole Wednesday.

Peter Hough and Jonathan Cook had the back-to-back aces with Hough, a member at The Lakes, holing out first on the 136-yard hole. Both used 7-irons.

Cook, a member at the nearby Beverley Park club, said “the whole place went nuts.”

The National Hole in One Registry website in the United States quotes the odds of two players from the same foursome acing the same hole as 17 million to one.

Tufts rescinds Armstrong’s honorary degree

MEDFORD, Mass. — Tufts University in Massachusetts has rescinded Lance Armstrong’s honorary degree.

A university spokeswoman said the school’s trustees voted unanimously at their meeting this month to rescind the doctor of humane letters bestowed upon Armstrong in 2006.

During his keynote speech in which he revealed a Tufts cycling jersey beneath his academic robes, Armstrong talked about his battle with testicular cancer and the need for everyone to get involved. He told graduates: “Be active. Be involved. Be heard. Be aggressive. Be smart. Don’t be afraid.”

The university said Wednesday that while respecting Armstrong’s cancer-fighting efforts, the board concluded his “actions as an athlete are inconsistent with the values of the university.”

Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour De France titles after the U.S. anti-doping agency revealed evidence of performance-enhancing drug use.

Man faces sentencing for extorting QB Griffin

WACO, Texas — A former Baylor basketball player has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for trying to extort $1 million from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

U.S. District Judge Walter Smith also ordered 26-year-old Richard Hurd pay a $1,000 fine for threatening to release unspecified damaging information about Griffin last June.

Hurd could have been sentenced to as many as three years behind bars after pleading guilty in September to two charges relating to the scam, uncovered when Griffin’s agent contacted authorities.

During a brief hearing Wednesday, Hurd told Smith that he had “messed up” and wanted to apologize to his family.

Griffin won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor last year and was the second player selected in the 2012 draft.

Sale of some Holyfield memorabilia blocked

LOS ANGELES — A judge says an auction of Evander Holyfield’s boxing memorabilia can continue but without 12 items from the former heavyweight champion’s career.

The restricted items include Holyfield’s robes from his first fight with Mike Tyson and his Olympic bronze medal. Holyfield had sought to limit the sale of 20 items during an auction on Nov. 30 that is being organized by Julien’s Auctions.

U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder issued the ruling Wednesday, three weeks after Holyfield sued.

The president of the auction house, Darren Julien says he is confident he will the win the case and the 12 disputed items will still be sold.

Items up for sale include gloves Holyfield wore during a 1997 bout with Tyson in which part of Holyfield’s ear was bitten off.

Tagliabue expects to rule on bounties by December

NEW ORLEANS — Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue plans to complete all hearings in the bounty probe by Dec. 4 and make a ruling shortly after.

In a document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, Tagliabue directs the NFL to produce key witnesses in the New Orleans Saints cash-for-hits program, including former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and former defensive assistant Mike Cerullo.

Four players initially were suspended, but those punishments were vacated. Commissioner Roger Goodell re-issued the suspensions with some modifications, and when the players appealed again, Goodell appointed Tagliabue to oversee the new hearings. Meanwhile, Saints linebacker Jon Vilma and defensive end Will Smith are still playing pending the outcomes of their appeals.

Even as Tagliabue moves the process forward, a federal judge is still considering arguments by players that Tagliabue should be removed as arbitrator because he is biased in favor of the NFL.

For now, Williams, Cerullo, Vilma, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and NFL chief security officer Jeff Miller are the only scheduled witnesses. They are scheduled to appear in a series of hearings in Washington D.C. running from Tuesday through Dec. 4.

None of the players have served a game of their suspensions yet, though Vilma was barred from attending Saints training camp before Goodell’s initial rulings were vacated during Week 1 of the regular season.

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