Sports briefs for June 17, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN
Posted June 17, 2013, at 6:16 p.m.

UMaine’s Clay, James added to award watch list

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine defensive backs Jamal Clay and Kendall James have each been named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Football Championship Subdivision Defensive Back Award Watch List.

Maine is one of only four programs to have multiple players earn spots on the 2013 CFPA Watch List. Clay and James join teammates Marcus Wasilewski (quarterback), Justin Perillo (tight end), and Michael Cole (defensive end).

Clay totaled 64 tackles last season with eight pass breakups while recovering two fumbles and forcing one. James added 45 tackles with a team-high 12 pass breakups to go along with a pair forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Clay and James led the Black Bears with three interceptions each.

All CFPA recipients are selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions.

The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on January 8, 2014.

Radio personnel suspended for comments about ALS victim

Members of an Atlanta radio station were suspended after they made light of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason’s battle with ALS.

Sports radio station 790 The Zone confirmed Monday that all personnel involved in the segment on the “Mayhem in the A.M.” morning show will be off the air indefinitely, according to multiple reports.

The people were suspended for presenting a mock interview with Gleason that used a robotic voice to represent Gleason, who has lost his ability to speak. According to NFL.com, they also joked about Gleason’s life expectancy.

“We deeply regret the comments made by Mayhem In The AM this morning on 790 The Zone regarding former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason,” station VP & General Manager Rick Mack said in a statement. “790 The Zone, Lincoln Financial Media, our sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support the unfortunate and offensive commentary concerning Mr. Gleason this morning. The members of the show involved with this incident have been suspended indefinitely pending further management review of their actions.”

Gleason, 36, has written and talked about the connection between football and the nerve disease he has.

Rodriguez to face live pitching Tuesday

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will face live pitching on Tuesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Rodriguez has been sidelined all year with a hip problem, and this would be the first time he would face live pitching this season.

If the session goes well, he may begin a rehab assignment soon. If there are no setbacks, Rodriguez could be ready to return to the Yankees in about three or four weeks.

Hendrick: Earnhardt could get new sponsor

Rick Hendrick told Fox Sports that he is close to announcing a new sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his No. 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup team.

The announcement could come prior to the July 8 race at Daytona International Speedway.

“We’re very close,” Hendrick said. “Again, we’ve had lots of interest. But we’ve got something real nice that fits well. You’ve got to remember, too, I’ve got a lot of sponsors — so there’s a lot of conflicts. I’ve had many deals I could take but it would have conflicted with my other guys. I think this will be a pretty neat deal when we get to announce it. It’s never done ’til it’s done, but I think we’re in good shape.”

Corporate sponsorships have been declining in recent years due to the economic downturn that started in 2008, but Hendrick believes a recovery is coming. He pointed to Kasey Kahne sponsor Great Clips extending its support. It may reportedly even expand its involvement to 10 races next year.

A’s owner apologizes for Coliseum conditions

Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff apologized to the Seattle Mariners and complained to Major League Baseball about Oakland Coliseum conditions on Monday.

The apology and complaints came a day after a raw sewage leak forced the A’s and visiting Seattle Mariners to shower together in the Oakland Raiders’ clubhouse inside the coliseum.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge had to hold his postgame press conference in a hallway because his office was overrun with sewage.

“If we keep this up the next few months, I’ll start to get cocky,” Wolff told USA Today. “It’s all a bunch of crap. It’s a sad situation. I’m not the one in charge of raw sewage. Then again, maybe I am.”

A blocked pipe led to raw sewage backing up into the showers and bathrooms. Damaged areas included both managers’ offices, the umpires room and the Mariners’ training room,

David Rinetti, the A’s vice president of stadium operations, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that such problems are not uncommon at the Coliseum, which was built in 1966, but “never to this extent.”

Rinetti said all affected carpeting will be replaced before the team returns for its next homestand on June 24.

Several years ago, the Los Angeles Angels filed a complaint about unsanitary conditions, voicing concerns about E. coli in the training room after similar flooding.

Yankees’ Teixeira headed to DL

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is headed back to the disabled list, general manager Brian Cashman said Monday.

Teixeira took two at-bats Saturday at Los Angeles before he asked to be pulled from the game against the Angels by manager Joe Girardi.

Less than two hours later, Teixeira was on a flight headed to New York, where he saw the Yankees’ team physician Sunday. Teixeira was diagnosed with inflammation in his right wrist — not directly related to the torn tendon sheath in the wrist that kept him on the disabled list for the first two months of the season. He received a cortisone injection, and he’ll be re-evaluated early this week.

Cashman echoed Monday what Girardi foreshadowed over the weekend, saying Teixeira requires rest before he’s ready for baseball-related activity.

“The inflammation should go away, but it’s going to take some time,” Girardi said. “He’s not a player for at least a couple days.”

Teixeira was hitless in his last 12 at-bats before being pulled Saturday, leaving him in a 3-for-31 slide (.091) during his past nine games.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/06/17/sports/sports-briefs-for-june-17-2013/ printed on October 31, 2014