Sports briefs for Nov. 17, 2013

Posted Nov. 17, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.

UMaine coach schedules Monday ‘Chalk Talk’ with fans

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine women’s basketball head coach Richard Barron invites Black Bear basketball fans to join him for his “Chalk Talk” on Monday, noon to 1 p.m. at Seasons Sports Lounge.

Barron will give fans an inside view of the women’s basketball program. Fans will also have the option to chat with the coach and ask questions.

The cost for this event is $20 with all proceeds going to support University of Maine women’s basketball. Seasons is located at 427 Main Street in Bangor. For more information, contact Samantha Wheeler at (207) 581-1075.

Haye advised to retire after shoulder surgery

LONDON — Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has been advised by doctors to consider retiring after undergoing shoulder surgery, the Briton said on Sunday.

Haye underwent five hours of surgery in Germany on Thursday to reconstruct his right shoulder and was advised to think about ending his 11-year professional boxing career.

Haye, 33, had been due to box compatriot Tyson Fury in a rearranged bout on Feb. 8, 2014, in Manchester, but he has cancelled the fight for a second time.

Haye, who lost his WBA belt in 2011 to Ukrainian Vladimir Klitschko, called off his previous planned fight against Germany’s Manuel Charr in June when he suffered a hand injury.

Baylor up to No. 3 in college football poll

Baylor moved ahead of Ohio State in the Associated Press media poll but not in the USA Today coaches poll.

Both major polls were released Sunday.

Alabama and Florida State held on to the top two spots in both polls. The No. 1 Crimson Tide (10-0) received 55 first-place votes while the No. 2 Seminoles (10-0) got the remaining five votes in the AP poll. In the coaches poll, Alabama earned 56 top votes while Florida State received the remaining six.

Baylor (9-0) moved up from fourth to No. 3 after beating Texas Tech 60-34 and Ohio State (10-0) fell from third to No. 4 after holding off host Illinois 60-35 in the media poll. However, the Buckeyes and Bears held on to their previous spots in the coaches poll.

Oregon (9-1) is fifth in both polls.

Bryant participates in Lakers’ shootaround

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant went through shooting drills Sunday, a day after returning to practice for the first time since tearing an Achilles tendon in April.

However, coach Mike D’Antoni said that does not mean he is returning to game action anytime soon.

“You’re dealing with, ‘Is he sore today? Is there a setback tomorrow? How (hard) can he go?’ ” D’Antoni said after the team’s shootaround. “That’s the first step and there’s a lot of steps to be taken. So, I just think we need to be cautious. We best just be cool and chill out a little bit.”

The Lakers host the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

After that, the Lakers do not play again until Friday against the Golden State Warriors. D’Antoni said it is “premature” to assume Bryant could return by then.

Stepanek guides Czechs to another Davis Cup

BELGRADE — The Czech Republic retained their Davis Cup title after Radek Stepanek ruthlessly exploited the inexperience of Dusan Lajovic in the decisive fifth match to seal a 3-2 final victory over Novak Djokovic’s Serbia on Sunday.

The Czechs, who became the first nation to retain the Davis Cup since Spain in 2009, lifted the trophy after Stepanek’s 6-3 6-1 6-1 victory amid wild cheers by several hundred visiting fans in the imposing Kombank Arena.

Djokovic ensured the final went to the wire by beating Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-6(5) 6-2 to level the tie at 2-2 but there was to be no repeat of Serbia’s epic 3-2 final victory over France three years ago.

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