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Sports briefs for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

BDN staff and wire reports

Three Fitzpatrick Trophy finalists named

PORTLAND, Maine — Three finalists have been selected for the 42nd Fitzpatrick Trophy presented annually to the top high school senior football player in the state as chosen by a selection committee and the media.

Donald Goodrich of Cheverus of Portland, Alex Shain of Sanford and Chandler Shostak of Cony of Augusta emerged from a field of 12 semifinalists for the Portland-based award, which will be presented Jan. 20.

Goodrich, a tailback-defensive end, rushed for 1,722 yards and 24 touchdowns while making 43 tackles on defense this fall. Shain, a tailback-linebacker, rushed for 1,400 yards and 28 touchdowns with 43 solo tackles.

Shostak, a wide receiver and defensive back, caught 56 passes for 853 yards with 12 touchdowns and had 11 pass interceptions.

USM’s Carl Named LEC Runner of the Year

GORHAM, Maine – University of Southern Maine senior Molly Carl of York has been named the Little East Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year following a vote by the conference’s six head coaches Thursday.

The conference office also announced the USM head coach George Towle was picked by his peers as the Coach of the Year for the second straight year, and the fourth time since the awards program began in 2007.

Carl qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship for the second straight year. She qualified for the national final by finishing a career-best sixth at the NCAA New England Regional Championship race held at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. Carl covered the 6,000-meter Stanley Park course that day in 21 minutes, 45.46 seconds.

Towle led the Huskies to one of their finest seasons in his long tenure as head coach. The Huskies enjoyed their best finish since 1999 at the NCAA regional meet coming home 10th among the 51 teams that posted scores.

Celtics recall Joseph from Maine Red Claws

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics recalled forward Kris Joseph from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, on Friday.

Joseph, a 6-foot-7 forward, has appeared in seven games for the Red Claws and has posted averages of 20.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.0 steals in 38.1 minutes per game.

Lakers’ Nash might return Saturday

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash took part in a full practice for the second straight day on Friday, and said there’s an outside chance he could play on Saturday against Golden State, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Friday.

“There’s a chance I play (Saturday),” Nash told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “But I think Christmas, for sure.”

He later said there is only a “low chance” he will play Saturday and will decide during Saturday’s shootaround whether he’ll play Saturday night against the Warriors.

His decision will depend on how his body responds to Friday’s practice and the opinion of the Lakers’ trainers.

49ers’ Goldson gets hit with another fine

San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson’s hard hit on New England tight end Aaron Hernandez last Sunday night apparently will cost him.

Goldson said Friday that he received notification from the NFL of a $21,000 fine for the tackle. He plans to appeal, ESPN.com reported.

Officials flagged Goldson for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a midair collision with Hernandez, who was turning to make a catch in the 49ers’ 41-34 overtime victory. Goldson celebrated after the play.

The sixth-year pro has a reputation for vicious hits and receiving fines from the league. Earlier fines this year include $7,875 for a late hit on St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford on Dec. 2 and the same among for taunting after a tackle on Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch in October

Ravens WR Boldin, CB Williams fined $15,750

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin and cornerback Cary Williams were each been fined $15,750 by the NFL for late hits during last Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Boldin blocked Broncos cornerback Chris Harris to the ground after a play ended and was penalized.

Williams hit wide receiver Eric Decker after he went out of bounds.

“Cary’s was late,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in the Baltimore Sun. “Cary’s was out of bounds and late. Cary would be the first to tell you that was a mistake.”

Harbaugh, however, said he did not think Boldin did anything wrong.

Shanahan: RG3 ’98 percent’ to play vs. Eagles

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was listed a probable on the team’s injury report Friday, and coach Mike Shanahan expects the rookie will be cleared to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“There is a very, very good chance he is going to play,” Shanahan said. “There doesn’t look like there are any setbacks with him but if something crazy happens, obviously, we will know before the game but talking to him after practice — he’s fine.”

Shanahan said Griffin looked good in practice but had not received medical clearance. He expected that to come Friday night.

Griffin suffered a sprained knee two weeks ago in an overtime win over Baltimore and sat out last Sunday’s game against Cleveland. He returned to practice this week and took every rep Friday.

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