Sports briefs for Aug. 13, 2013

Posted Aug. 13, 2013, at 6:42 p.m.

Boston’s first-round draft pick joins Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, Maine — The Boston Red Sox have promoted 2012 first round draft pick, Deven Marrero, to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs from Single-A Salem. Sea Dogs’ infielder Heiker Meneses was transferred to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Sea Dogs also received outfielder Ronald Bermudez from Pawtucket and activated outfielder Peter Hissey from the disabled list. Outfielder Matty Johnson was transferred to Single-A Salem and outfielder Kevin Heller was transferred to Single-A Greenville.

Marrero entered the 2013 season as the 10th-ranked prospect in the organization according to Baseball America. The 22 year-old shortstop appeared in 85 games with the Salem Red Sox this season hitting .256 (85-for-332) with 20 doubles, two home runs, 21 RBI, and 21 stolen bases. In 2012, Marrero finished second in the New York-Penn League with 24 stolen bases. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round (24th overall) out of Arizona State University. The Sea Dogs began a six game road trip Tuesday night in Altoona, Pa. The team returns to Portland on Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. for a three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Sea Dogs have just seven remaining home dates this season.

UMaine women’s basketball golf tourney Sept. 8

ORONO, Maine — The Friends of Maine Women’s Basketball are inviting all Black Bear fans to join them for their 19th annual Golf Classic on Sunday, Sept. 8 at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start kicking off the four-person scramble format at noon. A barbecue will take place during the tournament.

This year’s tournament includes special hole features and prizes, open and women’s division with an Oldsmobile Handicap System.

The cost is $150 per golfer. Registration forms are available at goblackbears.com

For more information, contact Samantha Wheeler by email at samantha.wheeler@umit.maine.edu or by phone at 207-581-1075.

Obama to honor Miami Dolphins’ perfect 1972 season

WASHINGTON — The Miami Dolphins’ perfect 1972 season of 17 victories, no losses and a Super Bowl triumph has never been repeated by another NFL team, and — to some — has never been properly recognized.

Next Tuesday, President Barack Obama will welcome some of the men who played on that team to Washington for the first White House ceremony honoring a season that many NFL teams have tried to replicate to no avail.

The 1972 Dolphins, under Coach Don Shula and led by quarterbacks Bob Griese and Earl Morrall, won 14 regular season games and all three playoff encounters, including a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl.

Stars reject tampering claim with Malkin

The Dallas Stars denied Tuesday a claim by the father of Evgeni Malkin that the team made the Pittsburgh standout an offer while he was under contract with the Penguins.

Any team that tries to negotiate with a player from another team who has a valid, existing contract violates the league’s tampering rules.

“We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue,” Stars general manager Jim Nill told The Dallas Morning News. “The Dallas Stars’ organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false.”

Vladimir Malkin made the comments that were published by SovSport in Russia. He said the Stars offered his son a larger deal than the eight-year, $76 million extension that he signed with the Penguins in June.

Braves’ Uggla to have eye surgery

The Atlanta Braves placed second baseman Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and CBSSports.com reported that he could be out up to a month after undergoing vision correction surgery.

Uggla will have the LASIK procedure on his eyes. He was diagnosed in the spring with astigmatism and tried contact lenses during the season before he decided to have the surgery.

The 33-year-old Uggls is batting .186 with 21 home runs and 53 RBIs in 112 games this year. After striking out 156 and 168 times the past two seasons, he was on pace for 200 this year. The three-time All-Star also has struggled in the field.

To take his place on the roster, the Braves recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett, where he was batting .272 in 74 games.

Rangers shut down pitcher Harrison for season

Texas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison will not return this season while he continues to recover from two back surgeries earlier this year.

Harrison, the team’s Opening Day starter, made only two starts covering 10 2/3 innings, the last coming on April 6, before he experienced back issues. He had the first of his two surgeries for a herniated disk in late April.

The 27-year-old went to the minors leagues on a rehab assignment in late July but felt pain in his left elbow and numbness in his hand last week at Triple-A and the team made a decision to shut him down for the year.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated that the team doctor felt Harrison came back too soon and was altering his delivery, leading to the arm issues. Daniels said Harrison should be fully recovered for spring training.

After posting 14-9 and 18-11 records in 2011 and 2012, Harrison signed a five-year, $55 million contract extension in January that includes a team option for 2018.

Steelers send receiver Burress to injured reserve

Plaxico Burress won’t experience a triumphant return to the Pittsburgh Steelers, landing on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday after undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Burress was hurt in practice Thursday. He attempted to catch a pass between two defensive backs, and he came down hard on his arm. The 12-year veteran was competing for a roster spot in his second stint with the team.

Burress, who turned 36 Monday, had three catches for 42 yards in four games with the Steelers last season. He has 553 career receptions for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns in 147 games.

To fill Burress’ roster spot, the Steelers signed wide receiver Tyler Shaw. Shaw, an undrafted rookie free agent from Northwest Missouri State, spent part of training camp with the Arizona Cardinals.

In November 2008, Burress accidentally shot himself in the right leg while at a New York City nightclub. A weapons charge led to a prison stay of nearly two years, keeping him out of the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He returned to play all 16 games for the New York Jets in 2011.

Bryant: Achilles feels ‘really, really good’

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles April 12, but the 34-year-old is paying no mind to the projected timetable for his return.

“My tendon feels really, really good. I was really lucky,” Bryant said from the RMW Performing Arts Center in the Phillippines at a promotional appearance captured on YouTube.

Many stars before him have struggled to return to their pre-injury form, including Isiah Thomas, who tore his Achilles at age 32 and never returned. Dominique Wilkins was the same age and missed 283 days after the injury.

Bryant credited his team of physicians and trainers for his rapid recovery, saying he takes them with him on business trips, family vacations and “everywhere.”

He’s entering the final year of his contract with the Lakers and speculation has centered around Bryant taking a paycut in free agency in July 2013.

“The topic of leadership is a touchy one,” Bryant said. “A lot of leaders fail because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.”

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