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Sports briefs for Feb. 27, 2013

By Dave Barber, BDN Staff

Barron’s ‘Time Out’ luncheon postponed

BANGOR — The monthly ‘Time Out’ luncheon featuring University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron scheduled for Thursday at Season’s Grille and Lounge on Main St. has been postponed. The event has not been rescheduled

Hibbert, Lee suspended 1 game each for altercation

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Golden State Warriors forward David Lee were suspended one game by the NBA on Wednesday for an altercation that spilled into the stands.

The NBA announced the bans in a statement one day after the pair got into a shoving match late in the fourth quarter, triggering a fight that involved several members of both teams.

Hibbert will serve his suspension Thursday when Indiana hosts the Los Angeles Clippers, while Lee missed the Warriors’ game later on Wednesday at the New York Knicks.

The NBA also said Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and Pacers guard Lance Stephenson have each been fined $35,000 for escalating the altercation in Indiana.

Hibbert extended an apology after Wednesday’s practice for his involvement in the incident that took place in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

“My mom was a little upset,” Hibbert said, according to USA Today. “She said I should have walked away. It’s unfortunate it happened. I watched the video and I saw there was a little kid that ran up out of his seat when all that happened. I apologize to the fans that were sitting courtside. We’re a team that loves the fans and we don’t want to scare them away.”

Miyazato pulls out of HSBC Champions golf

SINGAPORE — Japan’s Ai Miyazato withdrew from this week’s Women’s HSBC Champions tournament Wednesday because of neck and shoulder pain caused by a car crash that involved two other golfers.

World No. 13 Paula Creamer and seventh-ranked Suzann Pettersen were also involved in the six-car crash late on Sunday in Bangkok, where they were driving to the airport to catch a flight to Singapore for the $1.4 million tournament which starts on Thursday.

World No. 9 Miyazato, who won in Singapore in 2010, practiced for about 15 minutes at the Sentosa Golf Club on Wednesday before pulling out with whiplash.

“I have pain in my neck and shoulder, so I’ll sit this tournament out as a precaution,” the Japanese said in a statement.

American Creamer strained a muscle in her neck and sustained whiplash, but participated in a photo shoot on Tuesday with fellow LPGA Tour players Pettersen, Angela Stanford and world No. 1 Yani Tseng to promote the event.

Norwegian Pettersen escaped the worst of the crash as her vehicle was at the end of the convoy and avoided smashing into the other vehicles, but she was still shaken by the incident.

“We’re just lucky enough that we all got away with no major injury.” Pettersen said.

Veteran hurler Vazquez out for 2013

A knee injury has forced veteran righthander Javier Vazquez to consider retirement after he withdrew from the World Baseball Classic.

The 36-year-old is still recovering from January surgery on his right knee and is not expected to pitch this season.

Vazquez, a 14-year veteran with a 165-160 career record with a 4.22 ERA, won at least 10 games in every season from 2000-2011. He last pitched in the majors in 2011, when he compiled a 13-11 record in 32 starts for the Marlins.

Federer, Djokovic power through in Dubai

DUBAI — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic strolled to easy victories in the Dubai Championships second round on Wednesday, keeping the world’s top two players on course for a showdown in Saturday’s final.

Other dangers await after Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro also claimed straight set wins, but few in Wednesday’s 5,000 capacity crowd would bet against another meeting between the big two, winners of 23 Grand Slam titles between them.

Federer dismissed Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4, while Djokovic overcame a late stumble to beat another Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 7-6.

Djokovic was seeking a 15th straight win, his unbeaten streak dating back to October, while Agut has one tour final appearance to his name and the Spaniard was overawed by the Serb’s power and movement.

Top seed Wozniacki ousted in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki suffered one of her worst career defeats when she bowed out of the Malaysia Open to 186th-ranked Chinese qualifier Qiang Wang on Wednesday.

The Dane, top seed at the event, cruised through the opening set of her first round clash and had a match point in the second before going down 2-6, 7-6, 6-1.

Qualifier Wang, 21, allowed Wozniacki only one point in the second set tiebreak as she leveled the match and rolled through the decider to claim her biggest career win.

Wozniacki, a semifinalist last week in Dubai, has slipped to 10th in the world rankings.

Wang will face Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner next.

Police search for missing Brewers racing sausage

MILWAUKEE — Did you hear the one about the sausage that went into a bar and posed for pictures?

For the Milwaukee Brewers and their fans it’s no joke.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, police are investigating the Feb. 16 theft of the $3,000 Italian sausage costume that is used in the popular sausage races at Miller Park during Milwaukee Brewers games.

The 7-foot-long sausage was in a back room of the Milwaukee Curling Club during a beer-tasting event. A witness saw the sausage walk out the door around 7:45 p.m. and within hours, the sausage had made an appearance at several bars.

“We thought it was funny at the time,” said Jeff Vahsholtz, a Cedarburg, Wis., police detective. “Now we’re just hoping someone returns it.”

Whoever took the costume could face charges, but Vahsholtz would not elaborate.

Mustard Girl All American Mustards is offering a reward for the return of the costume — a year’s supply of mustard.

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