Sports briefs for April 9, 2013

Posted April 09, 2013, at 6:24 p.m.

Rockland, Kebo golf courses open Wednesday

The Rockland Golf Club is opening for the season on Wednesday. The front 9 will be open for walking and carts will be available depending on the weather. Rates are $20 for 9 and $40 for 18. Call 594-9322 for more information.

The Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor is also opening at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Nine holes will be available, with plans for the full 18 to open this weekend. The course is open for walking only and carts will be allowed as soon as conditions warrant.

At least 30 arrested after Louisville title win

NASHVILLE, Tenn — At least 30 people were arrested and a police officer sustained a head injury when a celebration of the University of Louisville’s national collegiate basketball victory Monday night got out of hand, police said Tuesday.

Those arrested faced a variety of charges, primarily disorderly conduct and alcohol-related offenses, according to Officer Carey Klain, spokeswoman for the Louisville Police Department.

The men’s basketball team, the Cardinals, beat the University of Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA Division I championship game Monday night. While most of the thousands of fans in the area around the campus celebrated peacefully, some rowdy fans had to be subdued, according to university spokesman John Drees.

Overhead cameras showed that a woman appeared to have stripped off her clothes, and police went into the crowd to arrest her. She was not found, but the crowd got rough, and two officers were knocked down, Drees said.

He was released from a hospital Tuesday morning. Other officers suffered cuts and bruises and were treated at the scene.

Police also reported that guns were fired into the air, a mattress was set on fire and roads were blocked by unruly fans. Some small trees were destroyed by students who climbed into them, Drees said.

Louisville’s Smith entering NBA draft

Louisville junior guard Russ Smith will ride the momentum of a memorable 2013 NCAA Tournament into the NBA.

Smith, a 6-1, 165-pound score-first guard with quickness that coach Rick Pitino said would make Smith “hell to guard” in the NBA, averaged 23.3 points in six tournament games.

Smith told SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday that he was leaving Louisville for the NBA.

Amidst the championship game celebration Monday in Atlanta, Russ Smith Sr. told SI.com on Monday night that his son Russ Jr. was going pro.

Cowboys want to cut Free’s pay

Right tackle Doug Free is too expensive for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, when his salary cap figure is more than $10 million, and the team would like him to take a pay cut.

As a possible leverage play, the Cowboys could continue their pursuit of unrestricted free agent Eric Winston. Winston started for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 but was released.

Free signed a four-year, $32 million contract in 2011. The Cowboys elevated their initial offer to trump interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who made a similar offer.

The deal is backloaded, and carries a more than 100 percent increase in Free’s cap figure from 2012 ($4.25 million). He has allowed 16 total sacks in the past two seasons and was the most-penalized starting offensive tackle in the NFL last season according to STATS.

Rays’ Niemann to have shoulder surgery

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann is scheduled to have shoulder surgery this week that may end his season, according to multiple reports.

Niemann visited Texas Rangers team physician Keith Meister Monday for a second opinion, and then decided on surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff rather than resting his right shoulder.

Rays trainer Ron Porterfield told the Tampa Tribune that the surgery will “more than likely” end Niemann’s season.

Niemann, 30, struggled with injuries in 2012 as well. He went 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA in eight starts, but broke his leg in May. He returned Sept. 1, but left that game with shoulder problems.

Weaver to miss month with elbow fracture

Los Angeles Angels’ right-hander Jered Weaver was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of his left elbow and is expected to miss at least one month.

Weaver left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after landing on his left arm trying to dodge a line drive. The team said Tuesday he twisted his elbow and left arm.

Weaver had been diagnosed with an elbow strain. The Angels confirmed he has a non-displaced left radial head fracture (elbow).

Weaver (0-1) gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks against Texas. The leadoff batter in the sixth, Mitch Moreland, hit a line drive that Weaver dodged, but the pitcher fell on his left arm and injured his elbow.

Initial X-rays were negative, but the team reevaluated Weaver and discovered the fracture.

Griffin jersey sales set NFL mark

The NFL sold more Robert Griffin III jerseys than any other player during this fiscal year, according to ESPN.com.

Also, the Washington Redskins quarterback had more of his No. 10 jerseys sold this fiscal year than any jersey in league history. New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning came in second in jersey sales and sold the third most in a single year. Brett Favre’s Minnesota Vikings (2009) and New York Jets jerseys (2008) are the second and fourth best-selling jerseys in a single season.

Despite his pending retirement, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis finished third in last season’s jersey rankings, while San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished fourth.

The 49ers were the top sellers in team merchandise on NFLShop.com, with the Ravens finishing second. The New York Giants, Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers closed out the top five.

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