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Sports briefs for Aug. 5, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Waldo, Acadians capture Lyons tourney titles

BAR HARBOR — Waldo won the ages 9-10 division and the Acadians captured the 11-12 division at the Marty Lyons Classic Little League Baseball Tournament held Aug. 2-4.

Waldo beat Caribou in the championship game 10-7 and the Acadians defeated Holbrook 13-7.

More than 20 all-star teams from Maine and two from Massachusetts competed in the invitational tourney that featured 40 games.

Pope pays dues ‘religiously’ to favorite soccer club

BUENOS AIRES — Pope Francis, a card-carrying fan of the San Lorenzo soccer club in his native Buenos Aires, is not letting his new global responsibilities distract him from paying his club dues on time, the team’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, said on Monday.

“His payment is there, bang on time, every month. He pays his dues religiously,” Tinelli told Fox Sports in a televised interview. “It’s paid through an automatic debit.”

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a former archbishop of Buenos Aires who took the name Francis when he was elected pope in March, was known for his modest lifestyle when he lived in Argentina.

He often talked soccer with his fellow commuters while riding the bus to work as archbishop, celebrating San Lorenzo’s wins, and lamenting their losses.

Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro, founded in 1908 by a priest named Lorenzo Massa, is an “A” league team whose stadium is in Bajo Flores, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The team won its first game of the 2013 season over the weekend, when it beat Olimpo 2-1.

49ers’ Willis had hand surgery

San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis recently had surgery to repair his fractured right hand, ESPN reported Monday.

Willis is expected to return in about three weeks. That means he will be ready before the 49ers open the season against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 8.

He sustained the injury last Wednesday while going against fullback Bruce Miller during a one-on-one pass-rush drill.

In 2005 at Mississippi and with the 49ers in 2007, Willis played with his hand in a cast. In 2010, he had pins inserted into a broken bone in his right hand but the team said at the time only that he was “banged up.”

Willis has been named an All-Pro in each of his six seasons. Last year, he had 120 tackles.

Bryant could be back by training camp

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he is way ahead of schedule in recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.

The scheduled time timetable for recovery is typically six to nine months. Bryant, who was injured in April against the Golden State Warriors, suggested that he could be ready in time for training camp in September.

“The surgical procedure was different … and because of that the recovery has been different,” Bryant said while recently on tour in China, according to “The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that.

“Three-and-a-half months I can already walk just fine, I’m lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that’s different. So we don’t know what that timetable is going to be. It’s kind of new territory for us all.”

Revis expected to play in opener

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star cornerback Darrelle Revis is expected to play in the season opener against his former Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik told Peter King of that he is “almost certain” that Revis will play on Sept. 8. Revis has been rehabbing from a torn ACL he sustained while playing for the Jets last season.

Revis is practicing but the team has been cautious with him since acquiring him from the Jets in the offseason.

Revis was not as assuring as Dominik about his playing status but has not had any setbacks in coming back from the injury.

“At this time, I can’t tell you,” Revis said. “But it is my goal to be ready for the first game, and it’s coming along well.”

The cornerback is not expected to play in at least two exhibition games and may not play at all in the preseason.

NHL finalizes sale of Coyotes

The NHL announced Monday that the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to a group headed by George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc is finalized.

The transaction was approved by the league’s Board of Governors, which terminated the NHL’s ownership of the team.

“The National Hockey League believes in Arizona as an NHL market and that these new owners can provide the Coyotes the opportunity to secure a stable, long-term future in Glendale,” commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “We thank Mike Nealy, Don Maloney, Dave Tippett, team captain Shane Doan and all the players and staff for consistently going above and beyond on behalf of the franchise during this long and complex process. We thank the Coyotes’ devoted fans for their patient, perseverant support. We are extremely pleased that a positive resolution has been achieved for the fans, the city, the Coyotes and the League.”

The league had been operating the team since it went bankrupt in 2009.

Lewis cuts into Park’s lead atop rankings

Stacy Lewis closed the gap a bit with her victory at the British Open on Sunday, but South Korea’s Inbee Park still enjoys a comfortable lead as the No. 1 player in the Rolex World Rankings.

Park has 12.91 points, still well ahead of Lewis (9.74) despite finishing in a tie for 42nd at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (8.26) and South Koreans Na Yeon Choi (7.94) and So Yeon Ryu (7.16) round out the top five. Choi finished in a tie for second, two shots behind Lewis, on Sunday, while Pettersen finished another shot back in a tie for fourth place. Ryu finished in a tie for 17th.

Yani Tseng, the world’s top-ranked player entering the year who missed her fourth consecutive cut, remains No. 14.

Hill gets more probation, no jail

LSU star running back Jeremy Hill had his probation extended to two years and will not go back to jail.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Monday that a judge ordered Hill to perform 40 hours of community service and added restrictions on his probation stemming from battery charges in an April incident in which he punched a man outside a bar in Baton Rouge.

The decision could allow LSU coach Les Miles to reinstate Hill, who has been on indefinite suspension from the team. LSU was scheduled to start training camp Monday.

Hill was shown on video punching the man unprovoked. He pleaded guilty to simple battery in July. He was already on probation after pleading guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile when he was in high school.

Hill led LSU in rushing last year as a freshman with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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