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Sports briefs for Oct. 1, 2013

MAC to begin men’s basketball league

The Maine Athletic Club is beginning an Eastern Maine Men’s Basketball League on Nov. 24.

The league will run until Feb. 8 and will follow college rules with a shot clock.

The entry fee of $650 and a roster form is due by Nov. 15. The first 10 teams to register will be accepted. Games will played at the Penobscot Job Corps Academy gym in Bangor.

Teams are guaranteed nine league games and at least one tournament game.

For more information and to obtain an entry roster form, contact league director Bob Cimbollek at 356-6787 or email

Globetrotters sold to amusement park owner Herschend

NEW YORK — Harlem Globetrotters International Inc., which includes the namesake touring basketball team known for comedy showmanship, was purchased by the Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., a Georgia-based amusement park owner and operator.

Herschend, which calls itself the largest family-owned themed attractions company in the United States with 26 properties, bought the team from Los Angeles-based Shamrock Capital Advisors, according to a statement on the HFE website. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Herschend’s parks include Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.

Founded in 1926 as the Savoy Big Five, the Globetrotters have played in 122 countries, according to the statement. The team performs 400 live events a year, and was inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Grievance filed against Bucs on Tynes’ behalf

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relating to kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was sidelined for the season after a MRSA infection in August.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA, said the grievance addresses “significant concerns about the manner in which that player and perhaps other players’ safety was handled by the team.”

Tynes was not placed on injured reserve, but rather the league’s non-football injury list, but the Bucs are paying his salary for this season as if he were on injured reserve.

“We will look forward to working with the league to try to figure out what the facts are and most importantly take steps that they and every team are protecting our players,” he said.

Thunder’s Westbrook to miss 4-6 weeks

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the regular season following arthroscopic surgery to reduce swelling in his knee.

Westbrook first injured the knee in the Thunder’s playoff series against Houston, and had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the spring. He was off crutches by June, but recently said he wasn’t sure if he would be ready for the start of the regular season.

Westbrook averaged 23.2 points, 7.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds last season.

Scherzer, Colon get Game 1 starts

Right-hander Max Scherzer will take the mound for the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics, who will start Bartolo Colon.

Scherzer was 21-3 during the regular season. Colon, 40, will make his first postseason appearance since 2005 with the Angels.

The remainder of the Tigers’ four-man rotation for the series is Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister.

A’s manager Bob Melvin will go with rookie Sonny Gray in Game 2.

Game 1 is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Friday.

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