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Sports briefs for Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Miss Maine Field Hockey finalists named

AUGUSTA, Maine — Skowhegan High School midfielder Allison Lancaster, Belfast High School forward Maddy Cummings and York High School forward Taylor Simpson are the Miss Maine Field Hockey finalists this season.

Coaches will vote to decide the state’s top senior player.

The highly-skilled Lancaster has guided the Indians to a 17-0 record and a berth in Saturday’s state Class A championship game against Scarborough. Lancaster controls the midfield and is an offensive threat for Skowhegan. Her penalty stroke gave Skowhegan a 1-0 win over Messalonskee of Oakland in the Eastern Maine final.

The talented Simpson is a prolific point-producer for the York Wildcats. Her four goals and two assists in three Western Maine Class B playoff wins has landed 17-0 York in State Class B title game against Nokomis of Newport on Saturday.

Cummings, who also has exceptional skills, has been a top-notch goal scorer throughout her career for the Lions and she has scored timely goals as well. She is a tenacious forward who is always around the ball.

Stump Merrill to attend meet-and-greet in Bangor

PORTLAND, Maine — Carl “Stump” Merrill, a former manager of the New York Yankees, will be the guest at a Maine Sports Hall of Fame gathering 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Holiday Inn at 404 Odlin Road in Bangor. The meet and greet is free and open to all members of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and their guests.

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

For information on the MSHoF and becoming a member, visit http://www.mshof.com/donations/.

Yankees re-sign captain Jeter to one-year deal

The New York Yankees have re-signed shortstop Derek Jeter to a one-year $12 million contract that will make the captain the longest-serving player in franchise history, the Major League Baseball team said on Friday.

The 13-time All-Star, who has spent his entire 19-year MLB career with the Yankees, is one of just two players, along with Willie Mays, to record at least 3,000 hits, 250 home runs, 300 stolen bases and 1,200 RBI in their careers.

Sedins sign matching $28 million deals

The Vancouver Canucks announced Friday that Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin each signed matching four-year contract extensions.

CBC reported that each deal is worth $28 million.

The Sedin twins have spent their entire careers with the Canucks and combined for 1,583 points. Henrik, a former Hart Trophy winner, is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 810 points, while Daniel is second with 773.

Mets decline option on pitcher Santana

Left-handed pitcher Johan Santana officially became a free agent on Friday after the New York Mets declined his $25 million option for 2014. Instead, the Mets paid him a $5.5 million buyout.

Santana, 34, missed the entire 2013 season following shoulder surgery, and it’s unclear whether he will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

He ended up making $137.5 million in his six years with the Mets.

Santana last pitched in a major-league game on August 17, 2012.

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