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Sports briefs for March 5, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

PVC senior all-star games set Wednesday

ORONO — The Penobscot Valley Conference will hold its girls and boys senior all-star basketball games Wednesday at Orono High School.

The girls game will tip off at 5 p.m., followed by the boys game at 6:30 p.m.

League awards will be presented between games.

Ex-Sea Dogs pitcher Britton arrested on OUI charge

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox pitcher Drake Britton, a 23-year-old in his first big-league camp, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence, and property damage, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s office. ESPN reported the arrest Tuesday morning.

The arrest occurred at 4:42 a.m. Saturday, on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway in Estero, which is adjacent to Fort Myers. According to the arrest report, Britton, who was driving a 2008 black Chevrolet Silverado, was paced at a maximum speed of 111 miles an hour in a 45 mph zone.

Britton finished last season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, where he was 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 16 starts, striking out 76 in 84⅔ innings. He was expected to be part of the starting rotation in Triple-A Pawtucket.

University of Montana QB reinstated after rape acquittal

University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson has been reinstated to the school’s football team just days after a jury acquitted him of a rape charge in a case that drew national attention, Johnson’s attorney said on Tuesday.

Johnson, 20, former captain of a team that has dominated college football’s Big Sky Conference, was accused in July of raping another student while they watched a movie in her bedroom the previous February.

The mathematics major was subsequently suspended from the team, the Grizzlies, pending the outcome of criminal proceedings. His three-week trial ended on Friday with a state court jury in Missoula finding Johnson not guilty of rape.

Mark Cuban fails to end SEC insider trading lawsuit

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the National Basketball Association’s Dallas Mavericks, on Tuesday lost a bid to throw out a U.S. regulator’s civil fraud lawsuit accusing him of insider trading in a 2004 stock sale.

U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater in Dallas said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may continue to press its case against Cuban, which began more than four years ago.

The SEC said Cuban avoided more than $750,000 of losses by selling his 600,000 Mamma.com Inc shares in June 2004, after learning about an equity offering that would dilute his 6.3 percent stake in the Montreal-based search engine company.

Fitzwater said the question of whether the case against Cuban could be dismissed was “in some respects a close one,” but that the SEC ultimately deserved a chance to present its arguments to a jury.

Cuban is worth $2.4 billion, Forbes magazine said this week.

Packers’ Rodgers not likely to hold out without new contract

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t likely to hold out until he receives a salary comparable to the game’s best quarterbacks, sources close to Rodgers told CBSSports.com.

Those sources said the Packers’ star “paid close attention” to the contract paid to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, “but there’s no anger. He’s not planning to hold out.”

Rodgers completed 67.2 percent of his throws for 39 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and led the NFL with a quarterback rating of 108. He has two years left on a six-year deal signed in 2008 that pays him $9.25 million in 2013 and $10.5 million in 2014. Flacco and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees both earn about $20 million per season.

Panthers’ Weiss faces season-ending wrist surgery

Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss will have wrist surgery next week that will sideline him for three months, likely ending his season, the National Hockey League team said on Tuesday.

Weiss, Florida’s first-round draft pick in 2001 and a four-time 20-goal scorer, has produced just one goal and four points in 17 games for the Eastern Conference-worst Panthers.

“He couldn’t perform up to his capabilities, in his opinion, and he wanted to get it fixed,” Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said in a report on the team’s website.

Weiss, 29, is the longest-tenured member of the Panthers and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason.

Marlins’ Copeland suspended 50 games

Miami Marlins prospect Kolby Copeland received a 50-game suspension for refusing to take an offseason drug test.

The 19-year-old batted .280 with no home runs and four stolen bases in 62 games with rookie ball and Low-A Jamestown. He was drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft, and was ranked as the organization’s No. 18 prospect by Baseball America over the winter.

Thunder’s Ibaka fined $25,000 for low blow

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has been fined $25,000 for striking Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the groin area, the National Basketball Association said on Tuesday.

The incident, which occurred as the two players battled for rebounding position during Sunday’s game, was upgraded to a flagrant foul 2 from a flagrant foul 1 after league review.

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