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Sports briefs for Thursday, Dec. 25, 2013

BDN staff and wire reports

Bangor High alumni swim meet Wednesday

BANGOR — The 44th annual Bangor High School Alumni Swim Meet will be held at Husson University on Wednesday. The meet will begin at 6 p.m.

All former BHS swimmers and divers are welcome to compete in the meet. The warm-up for alumni will begin at 5:30 p.m. Call coach Phil Emery at 989-0416 for more information.

Report: Ex-Steelers LB Porter out of jail after repaying debt

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter was released from jail in Bakersfield, Calif., three days after he was charged with writing bad checks in Las Vegas.

According to reports, Porter paid a $70,000 debt to Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas and was released Monday.

Porter, 35, retired in July after a 13-year NFL career that also included stops with Miami and Arizona.

Three Central Michigan WRs suspended for bowl game

Central Michigan will be without three wide receivers for its Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl matchup on Wednesday against Western Kentucky at Ford Field in Detroit.

The university announced that Titus Davis, Defarrel Davis and Courtney Williams were suspended Monday for a violation of team policy.

Titus Davis leads the team in receiving yards with 860 and in touchdown catches with eight. Williams is the Chippewas’ third leading receiver with 24 catches for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

“Our student-athletes operate in accordance with an established code of conduct, and they are held accountable for upholding those standards,” CMU athletic director Dave Heeke said. “We are looking forward to a great bowl experience for our program and fans and a great game against Western Kentucky.”

Andruw Jones arrested for battery

Former major-league outfielder Andruw Jones was arrested early Christmas morning and charged with battery outside of Atlanta, according to a Capitol Avenue Club report.

Jones, 35, was arrested by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department shortly before 4 a.m. ET, though the reasons weren’t known.

A 17-year veteran, Jones spent the first 12 years of his career with the Atlanta Braves. He won 10 Gold Gloves and made five All-Star appearances.

After playing in 2011-12 with the New York Yankees as a backup outfielder, he signed earlier this month with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.

Ravens WR Boldin nurses shoulder injury

A bruised shoulder makes Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin a question mark for the regular-season finale Sunday against Cincinnati.

“We’ll see how that develops during the course of the week,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

Boldin is expected to be limited in practice this week. The Ravens and the Bengals already have clinched playoff spots, but Baltimore can secure the No. 3 seed in the AFC with a victory and a New England loss.

Boldin suffered the injury during the third quarter of the Ravens’ 33-14 win over the New York Giants last Sunday.

Nets’ Humphries out for two games

Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries will miss the next two games with an abdominal strain, coach Avery Johnson told reporters Tuesday.

Humphries won’t face the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon and will skip Wednesday’s trip to Milwaukee for a game against the Bucks. Johnson said he will be re-evaluated when the Nets return.

The 27-year-old has started 20 of the 25 games he’s appeared in this season and has averaged 7.1 points and 7.4 rebounds.

RB Green, other injured Packers close to returning Sunday

Green Bay running back Alex Green “definitely” will return for Sunday’s game against Minnesota in Minneapolis, coach Mike McCarthy said.

Green missed last Sunday’s 55-7 rout of the Tennessee Tians because of a concussion. He has rushed for 464 yards on 135 carries this season.

“Alex Green, I was surprised that he wasn’t available for Tennessee just based on the way that process, the result of the process, so he’ll definitely be available,” McCarthy said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

McCarthy also is hoping that safety Charles Woodson (collarbone), receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), tight end Tom Crabtree (hamstring) and defensive end Jerel Worthy (hamstring) will be available Sunday.

“I know Jordy, talking with him, he feels like he’s very close. Charles, he’s waiting on information from the medical staff. He’s very close,” McCarthy said.

The Packers (11-5) could secure the NFC’s No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win over the Vikings.

Former Texas Rangers owner Brad Corbett dies at 75

Former Texas Rangers owner Brad Corbett died Monday at the age of 75, his family told local Dallas and Fort Worth media outlets.

Corbett, who owned the team from 1974-80, took a fortune that he earned as part-owner of a Fort Worth, Texas company that sold parts to the oil and gas industry and purchased majority controlling interest of the Rangers.

During his tenure as Rangers owner, Corbett hired and fired six different managers in seven seasons.

Cardinals’ Wells to use finale as audition for other teams

Running back Beanie Wells believes he will be playing his final game Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals and is looking to showcase his skills to other NFL teams.

“That’s my mindset,” Wells said in a story published by The Arizona Republic. “I’m just going to go out there and put my best foot forward for all the 31 other teams that’s watching.”

Though he will remain under contract with the Cardinals next season, Wells does not expect to be back.

“It’s inevitable,” Wells said of the possibility of not being with Arizona next season.

Toe and knee injuries have limited Wells to seven games this season. The four-year veteran has rushed for 234 yards on 88 carries and five touchdowns.

Last week, Wells was benched after his fumble was returned for a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 28-13 loss to Chicago. He ended up with only four carries for 3 yards and was angry about being kept on the sideline.

“This is a performance-based business and I don’t know if I’ve done things up to our organization’s standards here,” he said. “Maybe it’s a discussion that we’ll have later on, but who knows?”

The Cardinals play San Francisco in their season finale.

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