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Sports briefs for Feb. 12, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Riley Masters runs fastest mile in Maine history

Riley Masters of Bangor is now the fastest miler in Maine history.

Masters continued to elevate his status as one of the state’ top distance runners Friday when he ran a personal best of 3 minutes, 56.25 seconds to win the mile in the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas.

Masters, a University of Oklahoma senior, was running unattached in the event, as he does not have any NCAA indoor eligibility. His performance shaved more than a second off his previous best of 357.74, which came at the Boston University Terrier Classic two weeks ago.

The 3:56.25 by the former Bangor High and University of Maine star surpassed Matt Lane (3:57.57, 2002) and Erik Nadeau (3:57.28, 1995) to claim Maine’s all-time mile standard. It ranks as the No. 2 time in the world this year behind Galen Rupp, who ran the fifth fastest indoor mile of all time (3:50.92) at the Terrier Classic.

Sheridan named UMF interim men’s lacrosse coach

Tom Sheridan of Winslow has been hired for the interim position of men’s lacrosse head coach at the University of Maine-Farmington, Athletic Director Julie Davis announced Tuesday.,

“I’m thrilled we’ve been able to attract a coach of Tom’s caliber to lead our men’s lacrosse program”, said Davis in a press release.

From 2004-2010, Sheridan was the men’s lacrosse head coach at one of the Beavers’ North Atlantic Conference archrival, Thomas College. There, in 2008, he led the men’s team to its first winning season, and was named the league’s coach of the year.

Nationals’ Gonzalez denies PED use

The second day of spring training featured two players who answered and avoided questions about performance-enhancing drugs.

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez repeated his denial Tuesday regarding his association with a clinic that is being investigated for providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players.

“At the end of the day, I’ve never taken performance-enhancing drugs and I never will,” Gonzalez told reporters on his first day at spring training.

The lefty was one of six major leaguers named in a Miami New Times report as having received PEDs from Anthony Bosch, the founder of a since-closed clinic that is accused of giving human growth hormone and synthetic testosterone to players.

According to the paper, Gonzalez was listed five times in Bosch’s personal notebook. His father, Max, was also listed, and has said he was a Biogenesis patient in an attempt to lose weight.

Leafs goalie Reimer sidelined due to knee injury

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer will be out at least a week due to a medial collateral ligament knee strain, the team announced Tuesday.

The Maple Leafs didn’t reveal which knee Reimer hurt, but his left leg apparently was injured when the 24-year-old left Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Reimer was hurt while making his 12th save in 13 shots Monday. At the four-minute mark of the second period, Reimer was helped off the ice shortly after making a save on a shot by Claude Giroux.

Ben Scrivens replaced Reimer and saved all but one of 33 shots directed at him. Toronto led 3-1 when Reimer exited, and the Leafs went on to post a 5-2 victory.

Reimer won’t return sooner than the Leafs’ Feb. 23 game against the Ottawa Senators. In 10 games (nine starts) this season, Reimer is 6-3 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.

Scrivens figures to take over as the regular goalie in Reimer’s absence, and Jussi Rynnas likely will be called up from the AHL Toronto Marlies to back him up, according to the Toronto Star. Rynnas appeared in two games (one start) for the Leafs late last season, going 0-1 with a 4.24 GAA and an .825 save percentage.

Bulls’ Rose ‘far away’ from return to games

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who began full contact practices two weeks ago, said Tuesday he is still “far away” from his return game action.

Bulls management has maintained that they don’t want to rush Rose back. His return is still targeted for after the Feb. 17 All-Star Game.

“I don’t have a set date,” Rose told USA TODAY Sports. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”

In his absence, the Bulls have held their own, trailing the Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers by a half game entering Tuesday’s games. However, one source told ESPN Chicago that Rose’s return this season is “50-50.”

Rose is attempting to comeback from an ACL tear he suffered on April 28 during the opening game of the Bulls playoffs. His prognosis was 8-12 months of rehabilitation.

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