Sports briefs for April 26, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN
Posted April 26, 2013, at 6:14 p.m.

Maine’s Conner wins 5K at Penn Relays

ORONO — University of Maine women’s track and field standout Corey Conner won the 5,000 meters at the prestigious Penn Relays on Thursday night, giving her back-to-back college division championships in the event.

Conner won the event with a time of 16 minutes, 7.59 seconds to notch a top-three school mark as well as easily qualifying for the ECAC Championships.

On the men’s side, Maine’s Kelton Cullenberg notched a top-five school time in the 5,000 with a 14:47.23. He placed 20th in the event.

Rocky Knoll CC open for carts

ORRINGTON — Rocky Knoll Country Club now has all 18 holes open with carts available for use on the cart paths.

LSU football player Simon arrested

Former LSU cornerback Tharold Simon, who is expected to be taken in this year’s NFL Draft, was arrested Thursday night in his hometown of Eunice, La., on suspicion of intimidating an officer, multiple media outlets reported.

According to the reports, Simon was allegedly blocking a residential street with his car when officers asked him to move his vehicle. He was charged with public intimidation, resisting a police officer and for unnecessary noise violations, according to Eunice Police. He was released on $11,000 bond Friday morning, Eunice Police said.

Before leaving, Simon reportedly told officers “I own Eunice” and “I’m gonna buy these projects and you are gonna be mine,” before finally moving his vehicle.

The Shreveport Times reported the incident took place on the eve of “Tharold Simon Day” in Eunice.

Simon allegedly told the officer that Eunice mayor Rusty Moody was on his side and that the officer would be fired for arresting him. Moody told KATC-TV in Lafayette that “Tharold Simon Day” festivities would go on as scheduled Friday.

Simon’s agent, Peter Schaffer said his client is innocent and is considering taking legal action the police department.

Penguins’ Crosby practices with team

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby practiced with his teammates after getting clearance Friday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the team practiced a power-play unit of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Kris Letang and Jarome Iginla.

Crosby has not played since March 30, when a deflected shot broke his jaw. He still has not been cleared to play and is out for Saturday’s regular season finale against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“(Returning) is not really up to me,” Crosby said. “I’ll just keep talking with the doctors. It’s something they have to feel comfortable with the healing. As soon as they say the word, I’ll be ready to go.”

Selig on retirement talk: ‘You can believe it’

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig told CBS Sports on Friday that he will definitely retire when his contract is up in 2015.

“You can believe it,” he said.

Selig was reportedly offered a five-year extension when he accepted a two-year contract last year. When the term expires on Jan. 15, 2015, he will be 80 years old.

Selig has said in the past that he would retire, only to change his mind.

Selig is popular with the owners as the sport has grown into an $8 billion industry. He has also shown the ability to get along with a variety of personalities that make up the league’s 30 owners.

The owners want him to stay on the job longer and are skeptical that he will actually step down, but he said he really will this time.

Heat’s Wade day to day with bone bruises

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is getting treatment for his sore right knee and his status for Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks is not known.

Heat Erik Spoelstra told reporters Friday that Wade is still recovering from the three bone bruises that kept him out of six games near the end of the regular season.

“Structurally, his knee is as good as it’s been in years,” Spoelstra said. “That’s why we’re treating it day to day. This was a bone bruise. What it needs is time and it gets better. But what it also needs is no collisions.”

The aggressive-playing guard played through the soreness during Thursday’s victory over the Bucks that gave Miami a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-7 series.

Marlins unhappy with owner Loria’s meddling

Miami Marlins owner Jeff Loria’s meddling with the lineup is angering players, Yahoo Sports! reported Friday.

Loria reportedly mandated that first-year manager Mike Redmond flip-flop starting pitchers Jose Fernandez and Ricky Nolasco for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, with 20-year-old Fernandez pitching in the first game. Apparently, the switch angered several players, including Nolasco.

When Redmond told Nolasco about the change 2 1/2 hours before the first game, the pitcher was reportedly not happy about it. Typically, veterans get to choose which games of a doubleheader they prefer to pitch, a protocol that Loria ignored.

Loria attempted to force lineup changes last year when Ozzie Guillen managed the team. However, Guillen, a veteran manager, defied Loria’s meddling.

The Marlins are off to a league-worst 5-17 record and have scored a league-low 57 runs.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/04/26/sports/sports-briefs-for-april-26-2013/ printed on September 17, 2014