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Sports briefs for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Messalonskee’s Bernatchez selected Miss Maine Field Hockey

Messalonskee of Oakland senior forward Kristy Bernatchez, who set the state record by scoring 45 goals in 17 games and also dished out 14 assists, was named Miss Maine Field Hockey on Sunday at the Maine Field Hockey Association’s annual banquet at the Augusta Civic Center.

Bernatchez will attend the University of North Carolina, a 3-2 loser to Princeton in the NCAA championship game last month.

The other finalists were influential Skowhegan High School midfielder Sarah Finnemore, 26-goal scorer and midfielder Elise Tilton of Bangor’s John Bapst High School and standout Belfast High School goalkeeper Julia Ward, who limited opponents to 16 goals in 18 games.

Also at the banquet, University of Maine field hockey coach Josette Babineau earned the President’s Award for her contribution to field hockey in the state; Thornton Academy of Saco’s Hannah Huntress won the Steph Lunt 12th Player Award and the 1975 University of Maine field hockey team was inducted into the Maine Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

Farrell still looking for a second hitting coach

After a nearly three-week search, the Red Sox chose Greg Colbrunn as their hitting coach on Nov. 28.

Colbrunn, 43, batted .289 during a 13-year career in the majors and won the World Series in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This will mark his first experience on a major league staff after spending the past six seasons with Single-A Charleston in the New York Yankees’ organization. Colbrunn served as Charleston’s hitting coach in 2007-09 and 2011-12 and managed the club in 2010.

In a recent interview with the Boston Herald, manager John Farrell reiterated his desire for an assistant hitting coach, and it remains likely the Red Sox will go in that direction. After spending nearly two decades in the organization, minor league hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez is a “leading candidate” for the No. 2 position, Farrell said, although he added the Red Sox aren’t close to making a decision. The Red Sox also have interviewed former major-leaguers Rick Schu and Scott Fletcher. Milwaukee Brewers special assistant Craig Counsell reportedly withdrew his name from consideration.

Several teams have recently moved to the model of dual hitting coaches. Farrell outlined his view of the breakdown of responsibility and the relationship between the coaches in a two-man system.

Pagan agrees to 4-year deal with Giants

Free agent center fielder Angel Pagan, a cornerstone of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series championship run, has reached an agreement with the Giants on a four-year contract that will pay him $40 million, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The deal is dependent on Pagan passing a physical.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported that Pagan will receive a $5 million signing bonus and annual salaries of $7 million salary in 2013, $9 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016.

Pagan, 31, hit .288 with eight home runs, 56 RBIs and a league-leading 15 triples in his first season with the Giants.

The team took off when he was moved to the leadoff spot on Aug. 3.

Re-signing Pagan was a high priority for Giants general manager Brian Sabean.

Pagan was also interested in playing for Atlanta or Washington, but the Braves acquired B.J. Upton and the Nationals obtained Denard Span.

Eagles fire defensive line coach after latest loss

The Philadelphia Eagles fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn Monday after dropping their eighth straight game, 38-33 to the Dallas Cowboys.

Washburn, who led the team’s defensive line the last two seasons, will be replaced by Tommy Brasher, the team said on its website. Brasher held the same position in 1985 and 1999-2005.

The Eagles (3-9) have 20 sacks this season, tied for 27th out of 32 National Football League franchises. Their 50 sacks last season tied for the league lead.

Yankees’ Rodriguez to have hip surgery

NEW YORK — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will likely miss the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) season because of hip surgery, the team said on Monday.

The 37-year-old Rodriguez, MLB’s active home runs leader, must complete a four-to-six week pre-rehabilitation regimen before having a left hip arthroscopy in January that will require four to six months of recovery, the Yankees said in a statement.

That means the 14-times All-Star and three-time American League Most Valuable Player, who was benched in the playoffs after struggling at the plate, will likely miss at least the start of the Yankees’ season set to begin on April 1.

Doctors believe there is a strong possibility that the hip condition might have had a negative effect on Rodriguez’s playoff performance, according to the Yankees.

The surgery to repair a torn labrum, bone impingement and the correction of a cyst is similar but not identical to the one performed on Rodriguez’s right hip in 2009, according to the Yankees.

Kaepernick still 49ers starting QB

Colin Kaepernick will continue starting at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, coach Jim Harbaugh announced Monday.

Kaepernick started his third straight game for the 49ers on Sunday but questions arose after the 16-13 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Harbaugh decided to stay with Kaepernick after watching film of the game in which Kaepernick completed 21 of 32 passes for 208 and rushed for 84 yards. However, he gave up a safety and made a wild option pitch to wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. that was picked up by the Rams’ Janoris Jenkins and ran in for a touchdown.

“There was a lot of positives that were in the game,” Harbaugh said.

Jets coach Ryan undecided on starting QB

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday he is not ready to decide on who will start at quarterback for this Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ryan benched starter Mark Sanchez after he struggled against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. After Sanchez completed 10 of 21 passes for 97 yards with three interceptions, Ryan brought in third-stringer Greg McElroy. Backup Tim Tebow was inactive with a rib injury.

McElroy completed 5 of 7 passes for 29 yards and the game-winning touchdown pass as the Jets edged the Cardinals, 7-6.

Ryan wants to further evaluate the quarterback situation during the week before making a commitment.

“I definitely need a little more time to make that decision,” Ryan said. “I’m comfortable and confident in all three guys. … I’ll make that decision as the week goes on.”

Rays agree to deal with 1B Loney

The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a one-year, $2-million contract with free agent first baseman James Loney, reported.

Loney can also make up $1 million in performance-based incentives.

The deal is pending a physical exam.

Loney, 28, combined to hit just .249 with six home runs and 41 RBI in 144 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox this year.

Loney was traded to the Red Sox in August as part of the blockbuster deal that sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford and starting pitcher Josh Beckett to the Dodgers.

Loney is a lifetime .282 hitter over seven years.

The Rays want to replace Carlos Pena, who hit .197 with 19 home runs, as their starting first baseman. Pena is also a free agent.

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