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Sports briefs for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Dixmont’s Pyne named high school All-American

WINDSOR, Conn. — Abby Pyne, a junior goalkeeper from Dixmont and the Loomis Chaffee School, has been named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America girls soccer All-American for the state of Connecticut.

Pyne, who transferred to Loomis Chaffee from John Bapst of Bangor this fall, was one of just five goalkeepers to earn NSCAA All-America status nationwide.

Pyne helped Loomis Chaffee compile a 13-2 record this season to earn the top seed for the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council tournament.

Of Loomis Chaffee’s victories, 10 came by shutout.

Pyne is considered one of the nation’s top high school goalies. She is ranked among the top 25 players in the Elite Club National League, and also is a member of the U.S. national Under-18 team.

Pyne has verbally committed to play at NCAA Division I power Duke University beginning in the fall of 2014.

Pyne currently is playing basketball at Loomis Chaffee.

Maine’s Achille gains regional soccer honor

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine women’s soccer rookie Charlene Achille of Longueuil, Quebec has been named to the 2012 NCAA Division I Women All-Northeast Region Third Team. She was the lone Black Bear selected to the team and one of just seven student-athletes from America East named to one of the three teams.

Achille was the 2012 America East Rookie of the Year. She was also named to the America East Second Team and the America East All-Rookie squad.

Achille scored two goals and tallied three assists for seven points.

Court to hear Barry Bonds’ appeal on Feb 13

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court will hear Barry Bonds’ appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction early next year.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 13 before a three-judge panel in San Francisco.

The career home run leader was convicted in April 2011 of one felony obstruction count for giving an evasive, rambling reply during a 2003 grand jury appearance when asked whether he received drugs that required a syringe.

The jury deadlocked on three charges he made false statements, and prosecutors dropped those counts in August 2011.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston sentenced Bonds to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation, 250 hours of community service in youth-related activities and a $4,000 fine. She delayed imposing the sentence pending the appeal.

Bonds’ lawyers argue the answer was accurate and not meant to obstruct.

Bonds initially was charged in November 2007.

NHL labor talks wrap up with still no progress

NEW YORK — Two days of talks between the NHL, the players’ association, and federal mediators still haven’t provided any answers how to end the lockout.

Representatives from the fighting sides made it into the same room with a federal mediator Thursday. They just didn’t make any noticeable progress. After a failed day Wednesday when the parties on either end of the hockey labor dispute never met with each other, lawyers from each group spoke face to face Thursday.

They appear no closer to a deal to save the season.

Players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr, who met with league lead counsel Bob Batterman on Thursday, said the sides intend to talk Friday either in person or by phone.

“I expect the mediators will continue to be involved,” Fehr wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “Do not want to characterize the discussion today.”

At no point on either day this week did union executive director Donald Fehr meet with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

Daly said he expected to talk to Steve Fehr on Friday.

Rutgers suspends coach Mike Rice 3 games

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers has suspended coach Mike Rice three games without pay and fined him $50,000 for a violation of department policy.

Athletic director Tim Pernetti announced the decision Thursday. He said the suspension is a result of inappropriate behavior and language, not NCAA violations.

“Mike will not be permitted to do anything. He’ll be removed from the program. He won’t be able to be active in his role as head basketball coach inside or outside the university,” Pernetti said. “The suspension for this period of time and these games is a complete removal from the program.”

Rice will return to his duties as head coach Jan. 2 at Syracuse.

Associate head coach David Cox will serve as the team’s interim coach.

Red Wings may play in new arena

DETROIT — Michigan’s House approved a bill that could lead to the Detroit Red Wings finally getting a new home.

The bill was passed Thursday and now goes to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. State senators approved the legislation last week.

Red Wings’ owner Mike Ilitch currently leases aging Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit. Last week, he announced plans for a $650 million multi-use development, which would include an events center where hockey games could be held.

The bill would allow tax dollars collected by Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority to be used for the project. Already, the DDA has been allowed for nearly two decades to pay down Detroit’s general obligation bonds with about $12.8 million a year that otherwise would have gone to education, Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer has said.

Alouettes’ Calvillo returning for 20th CFL season

MONTREAL — Anthony Calvillo is returning to the Montreal Alouettes for his 20th CFL season.

The 40-year-old former Utah State quarterback signed a contract for a year, plus an option year Thursday.

Calvillo holds league records with 5,777 completions, 449 touchdown passes and 78,494 yards passing. He began his CFL career with the defunct Las Vegas Posse in 1994 and played three seasons for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before signing with the Alouettes in 1998. The three-time CFL most outstanding player led Montreal to Grey Cup titles in 2002, 2009 and 2010.

Orioles hire Dickerson as 3B coach, sign McLouth

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have selected Bobby Dickerson to be their third base coach.

The 47-year-old Dickerson spent the last three seasons as the team’s minor league infield coordinator. He has been a minor league coach or manager for the last 20 years with the Orioles, Arizona and Chicago Cubs.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Dickerson “is regarded as one of the best infield instructors in the game.”

He replaces DeMarlo Hales, who left to be bench coach with Toronto.

In other news, the Orioles on Thursday finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with outfielder Nate McLouth, a deal agreed to Dec. 5. The 31-year-old hit .268 with seven homers and 18 RBIs last season.

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