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Sports briefs for Feb. 8, 2013

By From BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

PVC championship games Thursday

HOWLAND, Maine — The Penobscot Valley Conference boys and girls basketball championship games will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, at Sereyko Gymnasium on the campus of Penobscot Valley High School.

The contests match the top two conference teams from either Class C or Class D based on final Heal points.

The boys game, scheduled for a 4 p.m. opening tipoff, will feature the top two teams in Eastern Maine Class C in 17-1 Houlton and 17-1 Penquis of Milo.

The girls game will start at 7:30 p.m. and will feature undefeated Dexter (18-0) from Class C against Class D Schenck of East Millinocket (14-4).

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The games serve as a fundraising event for conference activities.

Schilling incident in 2008 a closed book, says MLB

Major League Baseball says it fully investigated a 2008 incident in which former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was allegedly advised by a team employee to take performance-enhancing drugs before the matter was closed.

In an interview with ESPN Radio earlier this week, three-times World Series champion Schilling claimed he had been offered drugs by a Red Sox employee that year as “a potential path” for him to continue his pitching career.

“At the time of the incident in question in 2008, the Boston Red Sox immediately reported the allegations to Major League Baseball as required by our investigative protocols,” MLB said in a statement on Friday.

“Once the Red Sox reported the matter, Major League Baseball assumed sole responsibility for the investigation. The club handled the matter consistent with all MLB rules and requirements and in a manner that was above reproach.

“Major League Baseball thoroughly investigated the allegations and considers the matter closed.”

Boston Bruins delay home game as blizzard hits

A delayed start to a NHL game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning was among a flurry of changes to the weekend’s sporting schedule as the northeastern United States braced for a major blizzard on Friday.

The game, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. start on Saturday, will now start at 7 p.m., the Bruins said in a statement.

The Boston area is expected to be one of the hardest hit by the weather, with some meteorologists forecasting 24 inches to 30 inches of snow by the time the storm ends on Saturday morning.

U.S. captain of ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team selling his jersey

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The captain of the U.S. Olympic hockey team, known for its “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union in 1980, plans to auction off the jersey he wore in the game along with other items from the Games.

Mike Eruzione also plans to sell the stick he used to score the game-winning goal and the gloves he wore throughout the tournament at an auction in New York on Feb. 23, said Chris Ivy, director of sports at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

The team’s 4-3 victory over the formidable Soviet team at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, was a David-and-Goliath story, Ivy said on Friday.

Eruzione decided to sell the items to raise money for his foundation, which supports charitable causes in his hometown of Winthrop, Massachusetts, and for his children and grandchildren, the auction house said in a statement.

The jersey emblazoned with Eruzione’s name and the number 21 was expected to fetch about $1 million, the auction house said, and was among 22 items offered for sale.

76ers’ Richardson out for season with knee injury

Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson will miss the rest of the National Basketball Association season with a knee injury, the team said on Friday.

The 32-year-old shooting guard, who has missed his team’s last eight games will have surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York on a date yet to be confirmed.

Renowned for his extravagant slam dunks, Richardson has started 33 games for the 76ers this season, averaging 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Philadelphia, who reached the Eastern Conference semifinals last season before losing to the Boston Celtics, have a 21-27 record and sit just outside a playoff spot in ninth place.

Cavaliers to make Oden an offer

The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to offer oft-injured center Greg Oden a two-year contract with a team option for a third year, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Friday.

Oden, a free agent, hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2009-10 season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Knee injuries have derailed the former No. 1 draft pick’s NBA career. The former Ohio State standout has undergone three microfracture surgeries.

Oden has been working out in Columbus and his hometown of Indianapolis in hopes of making a comeback. In recent weeks, the Cavs, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have expressed interest in signing the 7-footer.

The Cavs will wait until the Feb. 21 trade deadline passes before making their offer to Oden, according to the Beacon Journal report that pointed out the team has about $4 million in salary cap space.

Reliever Lowe signs with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed relief pitcher Mark Lowe to a one-year contract, reported Friday.

Lowe received a minor-league contract worth $1.5 million plus the chance to earn an additional $600,000 in incentives for making the Dodgers’ roster.

The 29-year-old right-hander pitched in 36 games last season for the Texas Rangers and went 0-2 with an 3.43 ERA.

Injuries have limited Lowe’s innings since he joined the Rangers in 2010 after four seasons with Seattle.

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