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Sports briefs for June 4, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Maine’s Conner, Labreck set for NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — University of Maine women’s track and field competitors Corey Conner and Jesse Labreck will compete in the NCAA Championships in their selected events beginning Wednesday.

Conner will compete in the 10,000-meter run on Wednesday beginning at 10:10 p.m. EST. Conner qualified for the event after recording a time of 33 minutes, 28.87 seconds, fifth best in the nation.

Labreck will take part in the heptathlon as she currently ranks 11th in the nation with a score of 5,551. Labreck, who qualified for the NCAA Championships after winning the heptathlon at the ECAC Championships, will begin her competition on Thursday. The combined events will be on a rolling schedule with 30 minutes between each events. The heptathlon kicks off at 4 p.m. with the 110 hurdles as the 200 run is set for 9:05 p.m. On Friday, the heptathlon will start at 3:30 p.m. with the long jump as the 800 is scheduled to begin at 7:50 p.m.

OSU president resigning amid controversy

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee said Tuesday that he’ll retire July 1, after his latest embarrassing remarks that he said were meant as jokes.

“Without question, the university has achieved remarkable success, and it has been my honor and calling to lead it,” Gee wrote in an email to students, faculty and staff. “Ohio State is well-positioned for the future. I love this university, and my relationship with it will continue.”

Gee, 69, has served two terms as the school’s president, from 1990-97 and 2007 to now.

Gee spent the past week apologizing to people he offended with comments about Catholics, other schools and the Big Ten athletic conference.

During a December meeting the Ohio State Athletics Council, Gee referred to “those damn Catholics” and joked that Notre Dame priests are holy on Sunday, but “holy hell” on the other six days. He also intimated that Louisville has poor academic integrity and said those in the Southern Conference can’t read or write.

In his apologies, Gee said he hoped the comments would lighten the mood, and were a “poor attempt at humor.”

Bentley University basketball player dies on court

Joe Glynn, a 19-year-old basketball player at Bentley University, collapsed during a summer league game Monday night and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The Boston Herald reported Glynn collapsed without making contact with any other player. He was a freshman forward on the basketball team last season.

Watertown (Mass.) police said the death would be investigated but they aren’t classifying it a suspicious death at this time.

49ers hire Mangini as offensive consultant

The San Francisco 49ers named former NFL head coach Eric Mangini as a senior offensive consultant.

Mangini comes with 15 years of NFL coaching experience. He was head coach of the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, but worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN since 2011.

Mangini also spent six seasons as a defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, where he was part of three Super Bowl Champions.

San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke worked in the Jets’ scouting department in the late 1990s when Mangini was a defensive assistant there. He has also worked with 49ers special teams coach Brad Seely.

Giants’ Posey leads NL All-Star vote getters

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player, leads all NL vote getters in the first balloting totals for the 84th All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball announced the leaders to start the July 16 game at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

Posey has 1,275,956 votes as he seeks his second starting nod after becoming the first Giants catcher to earn a fan-elected start last season. Atlanta Braves’ outfielder Justin Upton and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals are second and third in the voting, respectively.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is second in votes among NL catchers. Milwaukee Brewers’ left fielder Ryan Braun is third among outfielders, behind Upton and Harper.

Posey’s teammate, third baseman Pablo Sandoval leads the New York Mets David Wright, a six-time All-Star, of the hometown New York Mets.

Rounding out the position leaders are Colorado Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Cincinnati Reds teammates Joey Votto (first base) and Brandon Phillips (second base).

Notre Dame denies Vanderdoes release

Five-star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes changed his mind again, but Notre Dame isn’t going to make it easy for him to leave South Bend.

Vanderdoes committed to his third team since last fall when he announced he planned to back out of his national letter of intent at Notre Dame to sign with UCLA. But coach Brian Kelly and Notre Dame aren’t planning to let Vanderdoes follow his heart without consequences.

If he’s not released, Vanderdoes can still enroll at UCLA, but he’ll be ineligible as a transfer until 2014.

Vanderdoes is from Auburn, Calif., and said he wants to be closer to his family. He plans to enroll at UCLA on June 24.

Giants’ Pierre-Paul has back surgery

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery Tuesday morning to fix a herniated disc in his lower back, and is expected to be ready for the season.

Pierre-Paul will need about 12 weeks to recover, the team said.

“Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months,” Ronnie Barnes, Giants Sr. Vice President of Medical Services, said in a statement. “He has managed the discomfort with treatment and core strengthening exercises.”

Pierre-Paul, 24, visited two doctors last week at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and both felt surgery was best.

The condition affected him last season.

Though he will be ready for Week 1, Pierre-Paul will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

The 15th overall pick in 2010 had a breakout season in 2011, with a 16.5 sacks. His production fell off to 6.5 sacks last season, possibly due to his lingering back issues.

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