Sports briefs for March 22, 2013

Posted March 22, 2013, at 6:32 p.m.
Last modified March 22, 2013, at 6:57 p.m.

Hockey East title game will be televised on Channel 9

Andrew Russell, New England manager of communications for Time Warner Cable, said Saturday night’s Hockey East championship game can be seen on TWC in Maine in Standard-Definition on Channel 9. The High-Definition feed will be on Channel 700.

The game between the winners of Friday’s semifinals between UMass Lowell-Providence and Boston University-Boston College is being shown on NESNplus instead of the New England Sports Network (Channel 35) because NESN is airing the NHL game between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ninth Maine Games powerlifting meet Saturday in Brewer

BREWER, Maine — The ninth annual Maine Games State Powerlifting Championships begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Brewer Auditorium with nearly 60 of Maine’s strongest men, women, and teen powerlifters from all over the state.

Athletes as young as 12 (Bailey Dunphy, North Anson/Team Willpower), and as old as 60 (Martha LaRivier, North Waterboro), will compete in either a full meet format (squat, bench press, deadlift) or a bench press-only division in age/gender/weight class divisions.

Louie Morrison, of LA Training, in Bangor is the event commissioner, and has led this event since it began in 2005.

This is the first Maine Games event of the season, with as many as 15 more coming. The remainder of the Maine Games schedule will be available online at: www.mainegames.org, starting April 1.

The powerlifting championships are open to the public and doors open at 8 a.m. Admission is $5 per person.

Sandusky interview to air Monday on ‘Today’ show

Excerpts from an interview with convicted child sex offender Jerry Sandusky as well as taped Sandusky phone conversations are scheduled to air on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that John Zielger, who is working on a documentary titled “Framing Paterno,” will be on the show to discuss information drawn from an in-person visit, multiple recorded telephone calls and numerous letters.

Meanwhile, portions of the interview conducted with Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, will also be shown.

“He’ll describe in his own words what he says happened on the Penn State campus,” Matt Lauer said, according to the Washington Post.

Sandusky will also say what he thinks of whistleblower Mike McQueary and late head coach Joe Paterno, according to the Patriot-News.

Sandusky, 69, was convicted last June on charges that he abused 10 boys over a time span dating back to 1994. He did not testify at his trial.

Shields handed ball for Royals’ opener

The Kansas City Royals named righthander James Shields as their opening day starter on Friday.

Shields will be making his debut for the Royals after an offseason trade with Tampa Bay. The Royals face the Chicago White Sox on April 1 in a road game.

“It’s great, it’s a tremendous honor,” Shields said. “Obviously, (manager) Ned (Yost) has the decision to make, and I’m very honored and grateful.”

The remainder of the Royals’ rotation will be Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie, Wade Davis and either left-hander Bruce Chen or Luis Mendoza.

Shields made four opening day starts with the Rays.

Rams’ Johnson arrested for DUI

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson of the St. Louis Rams was arrested in Missoula, Mont., early Friday on a misdemeanor DUI charge, according to KPAX television station in Missoula.

The 23-year-old Johnson was booked into the Missoula county jail at 3:05 a.m. and released after posting a $700 bond about an hour later, according to the station.

Johnson, selected by the Rams in the third round of the draft last year out of Montana, played in all 16 games and started three as a rookie.

He had 31 tackles and two interceptions, finishing the season as the nickel back behind starters Jasnoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan.

While at Montana, Johnson was arrested, tased and charged with obstructing a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during a post-game incident in which alcohol was involved.

Canucks’ Booth out for rest of regular season

Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth will miss the rest of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery on Friday, Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis said on TEAM 1040 radio.

Booth was hurt in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Detroit. It’s possible Booth, 28, could return for the postseason.

Booth missed the start of the season with a groin injury and has only one goal in 12 games this season.

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