Sports briefs for July 31, 2013

Posted July 31, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.
Last modified July 31, 2013, at 11:03 p.m.

Milford driver pulls ahead on restart, wins at ‘95’

HERMON, Maine — After racing side by side for the first five laps of the 25-lap Little Enduro series race number three at Speedway 95 Wednesday night, Garett Hayman of Milford pulled ahead of Hampden’s Travis Beale on a lap-6 restart and led the way to the checkered flag, posting his second win in a row.

Beale finished the race in second, giving him the overall win in the three-race series. Third in the night’s feature was Greenbush driver Chris Carroll, with Rick Gomm of Dixmont and Donny Silva of Hudson finishing fourth and fifth.

Following Beale in the final series standings were Rick Gomm in second and Sam Betts of Brewer in third.

OTHER 95 RESULTS — Pick-up Trucks: 1. Doug Sinclair, Hermon; 2. Jeff Overlock, Hermon; 3. Jim Carr Jr., Clifton; 4. Peter Drake, Corinth; 5. Jason Haskell, Levant; Big Enduro: 1. Alvin MacNevin, Clifton; 2. Shawn MacNevin, Hudson; 3. Duane Dunifer, Carmel; 4. Shawn Racila, Dover-Foxcroft; 5. Roger Smith Jr., Bangor; Ladies Division: 1. Danielle Beale, Hampden; 2. Rhonda Wilbur, Hermon; 3. Erin Evans, Milo; Stars of Tomorrow: 1. William McCullough, Kenduskeag; 2. Trey Brown, Winterport; 3. Dustin Durrell, Newburgh; 4. Zachery Horlieca, Hudson; 5. Dylan Smith, Old Town

Orioles add starter Norris in trade with Houston

The Baltimore Orioles, striving to make up ground in the competitive American League East division, made another move to bolster their starting pitching by swinging a trade deadline deal on Wednesday to acquire Houston Astros starter Bud Norris.

Baltimore (59-48), who earlier this month traded with the Chicago Cubs for right-handed starter Scott Feldman, sent outfield prospect L.J. Hoes, left-hander Josh Hader and a draft pick to the lowly Astros (35-70).

The 28-year-old Norris, 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts for Houston, was thrilled to be entering a pennant race with Baltimore, who stood five games out in the AL East.

“I really wanted to get an opportunity play in the postseason,” Norris said. “You play in the big leagues to go out there to win, to be the best you can be.

Hingis rules out playing singles despite doubles return

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Switzerland’s former world number one Martina Hingis said her renewed hunger for competition inspired her forthcoming comeback in doubles but she has no plans to return in singles.

Hingis is teaming up with Slovak Daniela Hantuchova at this week’s Southern California Open with the pair slated to play an evening match on Wednesday against Julia Goerges of Germany and Darija Jurak of Croatia.

Hingis, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of fame just two weeks ago, has not played a WTA-level match since 2007.

She and Hantuchova are also intending to compete at Toronto, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open but have not made any plans beyond that.

“If it’s a complete disaster, I would not want to continue, but I hope that’s not the case,” Hingis told reporters.

Tigers’ minor league pitcher suspended for PED use

Detroit Tigers minor league right-handed pitcher Juan Alcantara was suspended for 50 games without pay, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Wednesday.

Alcantara was suspended after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance that violates the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Alcantra, who is currently playing for the Tigers’ team in the Dominican Summer League, is effective immediately.

Rodgers-Cromartie carted off field at Broncos camp

Denver Broncos cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie left Wednesday’s practice on a cart with an injury suffered during a one-on-one drill.

Initial reports indicated he suffered a high ankle sprain, which could carry a two- to six-week recovery period depending on the severity.

“He has done it before, so I am not overly concerned,” coach John Fox said. “But any time a player misses time I am concerned. We will just get him healthy and get him back out there.”

Rodgers-Cromartie signed a one-year deal worth $5 million, making him the second-highest defensive player on the roster behind cornerback Champ Bailey.

Jack Nicklaus course to host 2015 Cup in Korea

AKRON, Ohio — The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea has been chosen to host the 2015 Presidents Cup when the biennial team competition will be played in Asia for the first time.

The layout, located 40 miles west of Seoul in the country’s largest economic development zone, was opened for play in 2010 and has since staged the over-50s U.S. Champions Tour’s Songdo Championship, in 2010 and 2011.

It was also the venue for the KLPGA Tour’s Korea Women’s Open in 2012.

“Like Muirfield Village, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is Jack’s vision and an impressive venue in its own right,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement on Wednesday ahead of this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Mavericks sign guard Devin Harris

The Dallas Mavericks officially announced the signing of guard Devin Harris. Terms were not disclosed, but it is reportedly a three-year deal worth more than $9 million.

He is expected to vie for minutes as a backup to recently-signed point guard Jose Calderon.

Harris played for the Mavericks from 2004-08 before being dealt to the New Jersey Nets in the trade that brought Jason Kidd back to Dallas. The 30-year-old averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists for the Atlanta Hawks last season.

Pistons finalize trade for Jennings

The Detroit Pistons completed a sign-and-trade deal for guard Brandon Jennings with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Pistons announced Wednesday.

The Bucks acquired guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov from the Pistons in the exchange.

“We are pleased to welcome Brandon to the Pistons family,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. “We believe Brandon’s talent and skill set will complement the core group of players we have assembled on our roster in a positive way.

” We also want to thank Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Slava Kravtsov for their contributions to our organization. We appreciate everything they have done for our team both on and off the court and we wish them the best moving forward.”

The 23-year-old Jennings’ new contract will be for three years and more than $24 million, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Bears’ Williams leaves practice with calf injury

Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams was taken off the practice field on a cart after suffering a calf strain on Wednesday morning during training camp, the team announced.

Williams was signed by the Bears in March to replace longtime standout Brian Urlacher. The nine-year veteran saw limited action last season with the Denver Broncos, missing seven games because of suspensions and starting once.

But the Bears are counting on Williams to fill a void this season in the middle of their defense after Urlacher was not re-signed. It is unknown how long Williams will be sidelined, but the NFL Network reported his status as week to week.

With Williams out indefinitely, the Bears are left with rookies Jon Bostic, the team’s second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft from Florida, and Khaseem Greene as candidates for the middle linebacker spot.

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