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Sports briefs for July 15, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Maine team wins medal-play opener in national tourney

ORLANDO, Florida — The Maine Athletic Club 15-and-under team has advanced to the final 16 of the 2013 Division II AAU Boys Basketball National Tournament being held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports by winning its first game of medal play in the 10th-grade division Sunday.

The Hampden-based team defeated Team Heat of Yuma, Ariz., 64-45 behind the scoring of three players who recently completed their freshman years at Hampden Academy.

Brendon McIntyre led MAC with 21 points, while Conary Moore scored 14 points and Jake Black added 13.

MAC began the game applying fullcourt run-and-jump defensive pressure that forced six early Team Heat turnovers, enabling the Maine contingent to build a 10-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.

MAC shook off some early foul trouble to Black to continue to build its lead, getting seven second-quarter points from McIntyre to go with some key contributions from teammates Nick Chasse and Hunter Smith.

The Maine squad got off to a quick start in the second half thanks to a steal by Riley Robinson that led to a layup by Nick Gilpin. A subsequent steal by Moore and a 3-pointer by Black helped extend the MAC lead to 47-31 by the end of the third period.

MAC is now 3-1 overall at the nationals.

Minnesota signs ex-Bowdoin hockey standout

BRUNSWICK — Former Bowdoin hockey standout Jon Landry (2006 grad) has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild. It is the second-straight two-way contract for Landry, who is looking to make his NHL debut.

Landry recorded 33 points (8 goals, 25 assists) with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) last season. The Montreal native split the 2011-12 season between Bridgeport and the Colorado Eagles (ECHL).

Landry, a defenseman, enjoyed an exceptional career at Bowdoin from 2002-06, scoring 121 points (51 goals, 70 assists) in 98 games and ranks seventh in school history with 20 power-play goals.

If Landry earns a promotion to play with Minnesota, he will become the second Bowdoin player to appear in the NHL. Fred Ahern (1974) appeared in 146 NHL games from 1974-78 with the California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons and Colorado Rockies.

Retired from NHL, Kovalchuk signs deal to play in Russia

Ilya Kovalchuk signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League on Monday, four days after the former New Jersey Devils All-Star forward abruptly retired from the NHL.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the KHL but according to multiple reports the 30-year-old Russian’s deal with SKA could be worth up to $15 million per season.

“It gives us great pleasure to confirm that Ilya Kovalchuk has exercised his legal right to continue his hockey career outside the NHL and has signed a contract with SKA Saint Petersburg,” KHL President Alexander Madvedev said in a statement.

Kovalchuk stunned the hockey world last week when he walked away from the $77 million he still had owing on the 15-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Devils in 2010.

His signing with SKA represents a major coup for the KHL, adding to the league’s credibility as a rival to the NHL.

Bailey agrees to $16.5 million deal with Islanders

Center Josh Bailey has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the New York Islanders, the team announced Monday.

Financial terms were not announced, but ESPN reported the deal is worth $16.5 million, with a cap hit of $3.3 million.

Bailey, 23, had 11 goals and eight assists in 38 games this past season.

He had filed for arbitration, but the contract agreement avoids the need for an arbitration hearing.

“Josh has become an important member of the young core of the players we have in our dressing room,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement released by the team. “We’re excited to come to terms with him on a deal that will ensure he is a member of this team as we solidify ourselves as consistent playoff contenders.”

Broncos, Clady agree on 5-year extension

The Denver Broncos reached an agreement with offensive tackle Ryan Clady on a five-year contract extension through 2017, the team announced Sunday night.

The base value of the deal is $52.5 million ($33 million guaranteed) and with incentives could reach $57.5 million, reported.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clady has established himself as one of the top players at his position in the league. He is the only offensive lineman in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl in three of his first five seasons and is one of three players from the 2008 NFL Draft class — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr are the others — to start every game for their team.

Clady had offseason shoulder surgery, but is not sure when he will be fully recovered.

Manziel pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge from his 2012 arrest in College Station, the Eagle of Bryan-College Station reported.

Manziel was initially charged with three misdemeanors after fighting with another man in June of 2012. He was charged with disorderly conduct, possession of the fake ID and failure to identify himself to police.

Manziel pleaded guilty to the failure to identify charge. He agreed to pay the maximum $2,000 fine, $232 in court costs and spend two days in jail. However, the judge ruled that Manziel already served the jail time when he was arrested.

“He took responsibility for his actions that night and is ready to put what happened that night behind him,” said Manziel’s attorney, Cam Reynolds.

World Peace meets with Knicks

Metta World Peace met with the New York Knicks in Las Vegas on Monday, according to USA Today.

World Peace, who was released by the Los Angeles Lakers in using their one-time amnesty clause, also plans to meet with other teams.

He is also interested in playing in China and is slated to meet former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, who owns a team in China.

The Lakers still owe World Peace $7.7 million, but the money will not count against their salary cap for this season.

World Peace indicated that he is only interested in playing for a contender, listing the Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers as teams he is interested in.

He averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds last season for the Lakers but had a knee injury at the end of the season that required surgery.

Lakers sign forward Johnson to deal

The Los Angeles Lakers signed free agent forward Wesley Johnson, the team announced Monday.

Terms of the deal were not released by the team. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that it is a one-year deal.

Last season, Johnson averaged 8.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 19.1 minutes over 50 games for the Phoenix Suns.

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