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Sports briefs for Feb. 11, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Basketball Jamboree set at Bangor Auditorium

The Bangor Auditorium will be hosting a Basketball Jamboree for boys and girls of all ages on March 5-11. AAU, high school, middle school and elementary level play will be available.

This will be the last opportunity for students to play basketball at the Bangor Auditorium which is scheduled to be torn down in May.

Divisions for girls and boys will be grades 5-6, 7-8 and high school. Teams will be asked to supply their own scorekeepers and to bring their own basketballs.

Games on the March 5, 6,7 ,8 and 11 will be played at 3:30-4:30 p.m., 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. and games on March 9 will be 4:30-5:30 p.m, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m. Games on March 10 will start at 8 a.m. and run on the hour until the last game which starts at 9 p.m.

Teams will be allowed to play as many games as they wish and have the opportunity to pick the day and time based on the time their entry forms and registration forms are received. Cost is $75 per game.

For more information or a form, contact the Bangor Auditorium @ 947-5555 or e-mail

Deadline for entry is Friday, March 1.

Eagles re-sign QB Vick to one-year deal

The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year contract, and new head coach Chip Kelly said he will compete with Nick Foles throughout the offseason.

“There’s open competition,” Kelly said. “Michael knows that. Nick knows that. Nick knew every step of the way what we were doing. I specifically wanted to make sure Nick was included in the plans. I think both of them have outstanding qualities as far as being quarterbacks in this league. Both of them have started in this league. I also know in this league, you better have two (quarterbacks).”

ESPN reported Vick could earn as much as $10 million in the deal. The new contract replaces the long-term deal he signed with the team in 2011 that would have paid him $15.5 million this year. Now, he will be a free agent in 2014.

The Eagles could also be interested in bringing in Dennis Dixon. He played for Kelly at Oregon and spent last season on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad.

Federer calls for biological passports to detect doping

ROTTERDAM — World number two Roger Federer has called for the introduction of biological passports in tennis similar to those used in cycling to detect possible doping.

“A blood passport will be necessary as some substances can’t be discovered right now but might in the future, and that risk of discovery can chase cheaters away,” the 31-year-old Swiss said on the opening day of the World Indoor Tournament in Rotterdam.

“But there also should be more blood tests and out of competition controls in tennis,” he added.

According to figures on the International Tennis Federation website (, sport’s governing body carried out only 21 out-of-competition blood tests in the professional game in 2011.

Cycling’s governing body the UCI carried out more than 3,314 out-of-competition blood tests in the same year.

The UCI introduced biological passports in 2008 to track any blood changes in riders against an original profile which could mean they had taken illegal substances.

“I didn’t get tested on blood after the Australian Open and I told the responsible people over there that it was a big surprise for me,” said Federer, who lost to Briton Andy Murray in the semi-finals.

Okajima agrees to minor-league deal with A’s

A’s and left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima have reached an agreement on a minor-league deal, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.

Okajima must still pass a physical, and his arrival at the A’s spring training camp in Arizona was delayed by inclement weather on the East Coast.

He has not pitched in the Major Leagues since going 1-0 with a 4.32 earned run average for the Boston Red Sox in 2011.

NFL to investigate students who crashed Super Bowl

The NFL will investigate two Savannah State University students who snuck into Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and videotaped it.

“NFL security is conducting a review and following up with the appropriate authorities in New Orleans,” spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement to USA Today.

The students claim they will release a full-length documentary of how they were able to get by security and gain access.

Tigers’ ace Verlander passes on World Baseball Classic

Former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers has declined an invitation to pitch for the United States at next month’s World Baseball Classic (WBC).

Verlander, who helped the Tigers reach last year’s World Series, had left open the possibility of participating in the WBC when provisional rosters were announced last month but now said he needs the time to prepare for the upcoming 2013 Major League Baseball season.

“I don’t want to have to feel rushed to catch up to where I need to be,” Verlander told reporters at Detroit’s spring training camp in Florida on Monday.

The U.S. team begins play in the WBC on March 8 and the Tigers open their MLB campaign on April 1.

The hard-throwing right-hander decided he needed to give his arm a rest after throwing 266 innings last year following a 271-inning season in 2011.

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