Sports briefs for June 11, 2013

Posted June 11, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.

Sea Dogs’ Father’s Day 5K race set Sunday

PORTLAND — The Portland Sea Dogs, in conjunction with the Maine Track Club and Maine Medical Partners Urology, will be hosting the fifth annual Father’s Day 5K Road Race on Father’s Day, Sunday, at 9:15 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer. There will also be a Kid’s Run beginning at 8:30 a.m. that is free of charge.

A field of approximately 1,500 runners is expected for the race, making it one of the largest 5K road races in the state.

The Sea Dogs are in need of several volunteers for the race. Those interested may log on to www.seadogs.com for more information or contact the Sea Dogs Office at 207-874-9300.

Dubai, Bahamas among potential future bowl sites

Seeking to give their bowl-eligible teams chances to play, college football’s smaller conferences are exploring avenues to create additional bowl games next season, according to an ESPN.com report.

The impetus comes from the Power Five conferences preference to play each other in bowl games, leaving the smaller conferences shut out.

Up to nine locations are being considered to begin bowl games in 2014, sources told ESPN.com: Miami, Orlando, Little Rock, Ark.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Los Angeles; Ireland; Dubai and either Toronto or Nassau, Bahamas.

Any new bowls created in 2014 would be to accommodate smaller conferences — American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt — and will coincide with the expiration of the NCAA’s moratorium to add new bowls.

The current four-year bowl cycle ends after the 2013 season. A six-year bowl cycle begins in 2014. This year’s lineup included 35 bowls; 16 that feature matchups of teams from Power Five leagues (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12).

Bryant memorabilia case ends with parents’ apology

NEWARK, N.J. — Kobe Bryant settled two lawsuits with a New Jersey auction house over plans to sell his memorabilia, and the parents of the All-Star basketball guard apologized to him for their actions.

The confidential deal averted a trial between Bryant and Goldin Auctions that was scheduled for June 17 in federal court in Camden. Bryant, a Los Angeles Laker, sought to block Goldin Auctions from selling 100 items consigned by his mother, Pamela Bryant. Under the accord, Goldin Auctions can sell six items, and Kobe Bryant got an apology.

“We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia,” Pamela and Joe Bryant said in a statement released by their son’s law firm, Loeb & Loeb LLP. “We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years.”

The Bryants also apologized to Goldin Auctions “for their inadvertent involvement in this matter and thank them for their assistance.”

Bryant, one of the National Basketball Association’s all- time greats, contended in court papers that his mother falsely said he gave her permission to auction the items. The firm had initially estimated the auction could raise more than $1 million.

Cubs’ Stewart in trouble for Twitter rant

Ian Stewart, a third baseman in the Chicago Cubs organization, is facing a fine and possible suspension for a Twitter tirade on his status with the organization.

“We spent the entire morning dealing with an issue that doesn’t help us get better as an organization,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune. “That’s not how we want to spend our time. What he did was really unprofessional and there are going to be consequences. Beyond that, I’m not going to comment.”

In a series of late-night tweets with his followers, Stewart vented on Twitter. He blamed Cubs manager Dale Sveum for his status and said the organization is letting him “rot” and “might as well release me.”

The rant began after a fan asked if there was “any word when you’re heading back to Chicago.” Stewart replied: “Probably never.”

Stewart is batting .164 with Triple-A Iowa, with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 110 at-bats.

When someone told Stewart to “just keep grinding … and rake,” he said: “I honestly believe if (third baseman Luis) Valbuena were to get hurt they wouldn’t call me up.”

Giants send Sandoval to DL

The San Francisco Giants placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left foot.

Sandoval was wearing a walking boot on the foot in the clubhouse on Tuesday in Pittsburgh but walking without much of a limp, according to CSNBayArea.com. Earlier in the day during a radio interview, Giants president Larry Baer called Sandoval’s injury a hairline fracture.

The Giants penciled in Joaquin Arias to start at third base in Sandoval’s place on Tuesday night against the Pirates and recalled Triple-A infieder Nick Noonan to fill the roster spot.

Sandoval, 26, is hitting .289 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 57 games this season.

Roethlisberger watches practice after knee ‘cleanup’

PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger showed up for the opening of minicamp Tuesday, and watched from the sideline, his right knee wrapped after “cleanup” surgery last Wednesday.

However, he said he could play Sunday if there were a game.

“My knee is in great shape,” Roethlisberger said. “They took care of the little problem. It had been bothering me a little last year, and we decided now is the time to take care of it. There was no repair. It was just a cleanup.”

Roethlisberger had similar surgery during the 2005 season and missed three games. He will “absolutely” be ready to go full-bore when the Steelers open training camp July 26.

“I think it was just general wear and tear,” he said. “It’s my right leg, so it’s my plant leg. Every time I drop back I put a lot of pressure on my leg. A lot of quarterbacks’ right knees are a little banged up and beat up. I’m glad we got it done.”

Roethlisberger hadn’t missed a spring practice until the June 5 surgery.

Vikings LB Greenway to miss rest of offseason

Knee surgery will sideline middle linebacker Chad Greenway for the remainder of Minnesota Vikings’ offseason workouts.

The team’s leading tackler for each of the past five seasons, Greenway is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery Wednesday. He was absent Tuesday from the team’s eighth voluntary organized team activity session.

“He had a little tension in his knee,” head coach Leslie Frazier said. “We just wanted to get it done now rather than run into a situation where we get to (training) camp and it continued to bother him.”

Greenway, who had 148 tackles in 2012, should be ready to go in July when the Vikings report to training camp at Mankato. He will miss next week’s mandatory three-day minicamp.

Vettel staying with Red Bull until end of 2015

LONDON — Triple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has extended his contract with Red Bull until the end of 2015, the British-based team said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old German has won the last three championships and is leading the current one after seven races with his latest victory coming at the weekend in Canada.

The sport’s youngest world champion, who has been linked to Ferrari over the past few years, joined the team in 2009 and has won 29 races, appearing on the podium 51 times with 39 pole positions.

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