Sports briefs for July 29, 2013

Posted July 29, 2013, at 7:03 p.m.

Cosgrove’s football class for women set Thursday

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine football head coach Jack Cosgrove and his staff will be hosting the second annual “Coach Cos’ Football 101 For Women” on Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning in Bennett Hall.

This interactive workshop is designed to teach women, who never got to play the game, the basics such as offensive and defensive strategies as well as what to look for when watching a game.

The cost is only $25 and includes a T-shirt, refreshments, a ticket to Maine’s home opener on Sept. 14 against Bryant, and the “Tackling Football” book written by Sandy Caron and Mike Hodgson.

Attendees are asked to wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes for the walking tour and drills.

Participants are asked to register in advance so enough refreshments are available by calling the Athletic Development Office at 581-1130. Interested attendees may also request information by email: mike.hodgson@umit.maine.edu.

Deadline for registration is July 31.

Business women invited to learn, network and enjoy golf

BRUNSWICK, Maine — People try, then give up golf for several reasons. High on the list is lack of success: what appears on television as a simple exercise in striking a ball that is not moving often proves otherwise.

“We’re told that a common mistake made by first-time golfers is trying to play without proper instruction,” says Gina Weathersby, executive director of the Institute for Family-Owned Business, whose organization is welcoming Institute members and non-members to take up golf. “We’re inviting all women to our first ‘Pitch, Putt & Pour’ where our goal is to offer very basic instruction and to make golf a social event.”

Pitch, Putt & Pour takes place at Falmouth Country Club on Monday, Aug. 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The clinic fee, $45 per person, includes instruction, golf clubs, food and beverage. To register, go to www.fambusines.org or contact Gina Weathersby at 207-798-2667.

Lamour remains unbeaten with fifth pro boxing victory

LINCOLN, R.I. — Portland pro boxer Russell Lamour won his second fight in eight nights Saturday, stopping Woonsocket, R.I.’s Joe Gardner 38 seconds into the sixth and final round of their super middleweight bout.

The bout was on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Game On” show at Twin River Casino.

Lamour, who fights out of the Portland Boxing Club, knocked down Gardner in the closing seconds of the third, fourth and fifth rounds with vicious body shots, then went to the body again at the start of the sixth to finish the veteran Gardner (11-7-1) for good.

Lamour, known as “The Haitian Sensation”, previously stopped Aquilano Brandao via knockout at 1:46 of the opening round of their July 19 bout on the undercard of an ESPN2 fight card at Salem. N.H.

Lamour is now 5-0 as a pro.

Rays acquire reliever Crain from White Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired relief pitcher Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for future considerations, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported.

According to the report, those considerations will be based on how many games Crain pitches for Tampa Bay. That is an issue because Crain has had shoulder issues that have limited him recently.

The Rays seldom make such moves close to the trade deadline, but Crain could help their bullpen considerably.

In 38 appearances this year, Crain has an ERA of 0.74 ERA with 46 strikeouts and 11 walks in 36 2/3 innings.

He has not appeared in a game since June 29, however, so the Rays are hoping Crain is healthy enough to help. In that last outing, Crain allowed an earned run for the first time since April 12.

Minor leaguer Van Kirk suspended 50 games

Toronto Blue Jays minor league outfielder Brian Van Kirk received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

Van Kirk is on the roster of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League.

Mariners designate Bay for assignment

The Seattle Mariners designated outfielder Jason Bay for assignment on Monday.

The move was made to make room for the return of Michael Morse, who was activated from the disabled list.

Bay, 34, was attempting to resurrect his career after some difficult years with the New York Mets. He hit just .165 with eight homers in 70 games for the Mets last season.

Bay signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Mariners after being released by the Mets, and he made the team out of spring training as a non-roster player

He had 11 home runs this season, but his batting average was just .204.

Phillies asking a lot for pitcher Lee

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to trade left-handed starting pitcher Cliff Lee, but are asking for a lot in return.

General manager Ruben Amaro is seeking multiple prospects and for the other team to take on Lee’s salary, according to CBS Sports.

“He’s telling people it’ll take you three or four best prospects, plus you’d have to take all the money,” a team executive said.

Lee has 21 teams listed in his no-trade clause and has said he only wants to play for a contender.

That and the asking price could prevent Lee from being dealt.

Lee makes $25 million a year through 2015 and has a vesting option for 2016 with a $12.5 million buyout. He is guaranteed nearly $70 million.

The Dodgers claimed Lee off waivers last year but could not strike a deal for him. The Texas Rangers are also interested but are likely to seek offense in a trade. Other teams that could be interested in Lee, including the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals are either looking for hitting or the asking price is too high.

Lakers add Rambis, Davis to staff

The Los Angeles Lakers hired Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis as assistant coaches, the team announced Monday.

They join the Lakers coaching staff headed by Mike D’Antoni. The staff also includes Dan D’Antoni, Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis.

“Kurt and Johnny bring many years of NBA experience both as coaches and as former players to this team,” Mike D’Antoni said in a statement. “Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff.

“Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league. The vast array of NBA knowledge he brings to the table will be invaluable to us.”

Rambis served three stints with the Lakers starting as an assistant coach starting in 1994. He took over as head coach 13 games into the 1998-99 season. He was an advisor and assistant general manager from 1999-2001, and vice President of business and basketball integration during the 2004-05 season. Rambis was also an assistant coach with the Lakers from 2001-09.

He was the Minnesota Timberwolves’ head coach from 2009-11.

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