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Sports briefs for March 6, 2013


KVAC ‘A’ all-star games slated for Monday

WATERVILLE, Maine — The annual Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A boys and girls all-star basketball games will be held Monday at Thomas College.

The girls game is slated for 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the boys contest.

The games will feature the top senior players from this year’s KVAC Class A teams divided by northern and southern division.

Former Celtic to hold Orono hoop clinic Sunday

ORONO, Maine — Former NBA player Bob Bigelow will be conducting a basketball clinic for boys and girls in grade 7 and up at Orono High School on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

Bigelow spent parts of four seasons in the NBA, including a few games with the Boston Celtics in 1978.

Participants need to bring their own ball, and they must preregister by contacting Bill Libby at 852-4671 or bill.libby33@yahoo.com.

The fee for the clinic is $30.

Report: Notre Dame to ACC could happen next season

Notre Dame could move to the ACC as early this summer depending on whether the Big East allows the Irish an early exit, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The original plan was for Notre Dame to remain in the Big East through the 2013-14 season. But with seven Catholic schools currently in the Big East forming a new conference that they hope to launch on July 1, Notre Dame apparently is trying to opt out for the ACC in time for the start of the 2013 fall sports season.

Notre Dame announced last year that it was leaving the Big East in all sports but football to join the ACC.

The Big East requires a school give 27 months’ notice before leaving, which would keep the Irish in the conference until 2015.

Yankees 1B Teixeira will be out 8-10 weeks

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks with a strained right wrist, manager Joe Girardi announced Wednesday.

Teixeira will rest the wrist completely for four weeks before beginning rehab work. His projected return would be sometime in May.

The injury, originally thought to be a strained forearm, occurred Tuesday while Teixeira was hitting off a tee in Glendale, Ariz., before an exhibition game. He immediately was removed from the Team USA roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees’ options at first base include Juan Rivera, Dan Johnson and Kevin Youkilis.

San Francisco 49ers release kicker Akers

The San Francisco 49ers parted ways with six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers on Wednesday as they released the 14-year veteran.

“He is a true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. We wish him, and his family, all the best,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.

In two seasons with the 49ers, Akers compiled 297 points — the most in the NFL during that span. He made 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 PATs.

Akers’ release comes as no surprise. He struggled in 2012, connecting on only 29 of 42 field goal attempts. The 49ers brought in Billy Cundiff toward the end of the year when Akers was dealing with a pelvic injury. Akers also had a $3 million salary.

For his career, the 38-year-ol Akers has played in 221 games and connected on 367 of 453 field goal attempts and 521 of 527 PATs for 1,622 career points.

London Fletcher has ankle surgery, aims to return in 2013

WASHINGTON — Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher underwent ankle surgery Wednesday and announced that he intends to play the 2013 season.

Fletcher wrote on Twitter that the “surgery went great.” He also wrote that “prep begins now for season 16!”

The 15-year NFL veteran plans to play next season as long as he is convinced he can do so at his customary level, a person familiar with the situation said earlier Wednesday. Fletcher also is scheduled to undergo elbow surgery later this month, that person said.

Fletcher, who turns 38 in May, has played 15 NFL seasons, the last six of them with the Redskins, without missing a game.

Fletcher was credited with 139 tackles, three sacks and a career-best five interceptions in 2012.

Detroit turns down invitation to bid on 2024 Olympics

DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on Wednesday turned down an invitation to bid on hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, citing “uncertainty” over the city’s long-term financial stability.

One of 35 U.S. cities to receive an invitation from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Detroit is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy and would be an unlikely candidate to host the games.

Detroit bid unsuccessfully to host the Olympics seven times between 1944 and 1972.

Pro wrestling manager known as ‘Paul Bearer’ dies in Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. — The professional wrestling community on Wednesday mourned the death of William Moody, a real-life undertaker who gained fame as a wrestling manager with the ring name Paul Bearer.

Moody, 58, who managed the entertainment sport’s champion The Undertaker and helped launch the careers of wrestlers Kane and Mankind, died Tuesday night at a hospital in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, according to a hospital employee. The hospital did not release a cause of death.

“WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Moody, aka Paul Bearer,” the wrestling organization said on its website.

“Moody made his WWE debut in 1991 as the manager of The Undertaker and went on to become a memorable part of WWE over the course of the next 20 years,” the site said.

For his spooky character, Moody wore pasty makeup, carried an urn and spoke in a high-pitched wail. He made his last television appearance for WWE in April 2012, the organization said.

Rangers’ Staalout indefinitely with eye injury

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will be sidelined indefinitely after a frightening incident when he was struck near his right eye by a deflected shot during the third period against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, but two doctors said Staal, who was not wearing a visor, immediately went face down on the ice when struck by Kimmo Timonen’s point shot that changed direction off Jakub Voracek’s stick, and left the ice bleeding, accompanied by trainer Jim Ramsay.

Staal leads Rangers defensemen in points with 11, including two goals, in 21 games.

Staal’s injury immediately re-ignited the social media debate about visors. The NHL wants to make visors mandatory, but the NHLPA prefers that it remain a player’s choice. About 70 percent of players wear the facial protection, up from 56 percent in 2009. Players say they can see better without the half-shield.

Veteran D Hamrlik joins Rangers

The New York Rangers added a defenseman to their roster Wednesday, claiming veteran Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals placed the 38-year-old Hamrlik on waivers Tuesday. He had seen limited action this season, posting one assist in four games.

The move could be a costly one for the Rangers. They will take a $3.5 million salary-cap hit by adding Hamrlik, who is in the final year of a two-year contract.

Hamrlik is a likely replacement on the roster for defenseman Marc Staal, who was hit in the right eye by a deflected puck during Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia. It’s not known how long Staal will be out.

Hamrlik began his NHL career with the Lightning in 1992. His stops include Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Calgary, Montreal and Washington. He has 155 goals, 483 assists and 1,402 penalty minutes.

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