Sports briefs for Oct. 3, 2013

Posted Oct. 03, 2013, at 7:13 p.m.

‘Stump’ Merrill to attend Maine Hall gathering

PORTLAND, Maine — Carl “Stump” Merrill, a former manager of the New York Yankees, will be a guest at a Maine Sports Hall of Fame gathering 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Clarion Hotel in Portland.

The meet and greet is free and open to all members of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and their guests.

Merrill, who managed the Yankees in 1990-91 and guided minor league teams for decades, is now special assistant to the general manager of the Yankees. Merrill graduated from Brunswick High School and the University of Maine, where he caught for the 1964 College World Series team. After playing for baseball for several years in the minors, managing became his passion. Merrill is a 1992 Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductee. This past June he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for his officiating skills.

For information on becoming a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, visi t MSHOF.com.

Husson to host Play 4 The Cure Game

BANGOR, Maine —The Husson University field hockey team will be hosting its annual Play 4 The Cure Game at 7 p.m. Saturday against Thomas College.

The team will be accepting donations, starting at 6:30 p.m., and again at halftime, for the National Foundation For Cancer Research.

Longstreth Women’s Sports has partnered with the cause to provide pink balls for the game. Husson will be wearing its black uniforms and pink socks, while Thomas will be wearing it white tops and socks.

Playing Pink is an initiative that field hockey teams take part in during the month of October. The month of October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Patriots sign receiver Collie

Veteran wide receiver Austin Collie signed with the New England Patriots.

Collie had at least three concussions in four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He worked out for the Patriots in June, but wasn’t signed. He was still recovering from patellar tendon replacement surgery but later signed with the San Francisco 49ers.

Collie told teams in free agency he was willing to sign a waiver if necessary to return to football despite his concussion history.

Aaron Dobson said he has back and neck pain stemming from last week’s end zone collision at Atlanta and the rookie might not play Sunday. The Patriots are also uncertain when Danny Amenolda (groin) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) will return.

Avalance coach Roy fined $10,000

The NHL announced Thursday that it fined Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy $10,000 for his actions at the end of Wednesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Roy, also the team’s vice president of hockey operations, showed the same fiery passion behind the bench as he did during a Hall of Fame career as a goaltender. He took issue with what he thought was a late hit by the Ducks’ Ben Lovejoy on Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.

Roy yelled at the Ducks players and nearly pushed down the glass partition between the teams’ benches while screaming at Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau.

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