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Sports briefs for Nov. 11, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Former Bowdoin coach dies at age 93

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Ray S. Bicknell, coach in the department of athletics emeritus at Bowdoin College, died Monday at age 93.

Bicknell joined Bowdoin in 1962 after a distinguished 15-year high school career. He was head coach of men’s basketball at the college for 23 years and recorded more than 200 career wins. He was head coach of women’s soccer for seven years and he also was director of scheduling for the athletic department. He also coached tennis and lacrosse at the Bowdoin for shorter periods. Bicknell retired in 1985.

Martin unlikely to play again this season

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin wants to return to the NFL at some point, but does not feel he can play with the Miami Dolphins anymore and is unlikely to play again this season, ESPN reported Monday based on sources.

Martin left the team Oct. 28 after a lunchroom prank in which some teammates, including guard Incognito, refused to sit next to him. Martin is in Los Angeles with his family and receiving counseling for emotional issues.

According to the ESPN report, Martin is relieved to be away from the team at the moment because the past season and a half was unbearable for him.

He tried to befriend teammates to avoid being picked on, but apparently that was unsuccessful.

Fox Sports reported Monday that Martin plans to release a video statement, perhaps this week, explaining in detail why he left the team.

Bowdoin teams heading to NCAA Tourney

BRUNSWICK, Maine —The Bowdoin College field hockey and women’s soccer teams have each earned at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Bowdoin field hockey team (14-3), winners of three NCAA titles since 2007, will travel to Montclair (N.J.) State where they will face the winner of a Wednesday first-round game between William Smith (15-4) and New Paltz State (13-8) on Saturday.

Bowdoin’s women’s soccer team (11-3-1) will play Christopher Newport (14-3-2) in a first-round game Saturday at Montclair (N.J.) State University.

Djokovic crushes Nadal to retain Tour Finals title

LONDON — Novak Djokovic gave Rafa Nadal a masterclass in power and precision to defend his title at the ATP World Tour Finals, crushing the world No. 1 6-3 6-4 in the final on Monday.

The Serb dominated rom start to finish, winning the pair’s 39th career meeting with surprising ease.

He began the final as if with a point to prove after losing his No.1 ranking to the Spaniard in October.

Musial auction brings in $1.2 million

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions announced Monday that winning bids for the month-long Stan Musial auction totaled $1.2 million.

The items that belonged to the former St. Louis Cardinals great fetched more money than expected, according to Heritage. The auction ended Saturday.

Items included game-worn jerseys, World Series rings and Musial’s legendary harmonicas.

Musial died in January at age 92, a year after his wife, Lillian, died.

Kentucky, Michigan State top AP poll

Kentucky and Michigan State retained the top two spots in the Associated Press’ first regular-season poll, which was released Monday.

The Wildcats and Spartans meet Tuesday night in the Champions Classic doubleheader in Chicago. It is the first time in five years that the top two teams in the country have met.

No. 1 Kentucky received 28 of 65 first-place votes in the poll, while No. 2 Michigan State got 22.

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