Sports briefs for Nov. 20, 2013

Posted Nov. 20, 2013, at 6:48 p.m.

Maine football fans invited to Sunday selection show

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine football fans are invited to watch the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday morning at Memorial Union.

Maine has clinched the Colonial Athletic Association title and will learn of its postseason matchup when the show is telecast on ESPNU at 11:30 a.m.

A meet-and-greet autograph session will be begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by video highlights of the Maine season at 11:5 a.m.

Deadline extended for Bangor men’s basketball league

BANGOR — The Maine Athletic Club’s men’s basketball league has extended its entry fee deadline to Friday, Dec. 20.

The league will begin on Dec. 29 with games scheduled at the Penobscot Job Corps Academy gym. The entry fee is $650 and must accompany the team’s roster form.

Those seeking more info and a roster form may contact Bob Cimbollek at 356-6787 or via email: mrp17@roadrunner.com.

NBA fines Celtics’ Wallace $10,000 for profanity

The NBA fined Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace $10,000 on Wednesday for using profane language with the media following Tuesday’s 109-85 loss against the Rockets at Houston’s Toyota Center, the league announced Wednesday.

NBA President of Basketball Operations announced the fine, citing Wallace’s verbal tirade during postgame availability with reporters after the 24-point defeat.

Cardinals extend Matheny’s contract

The St. Louis Cardinals rewarded manager Mike Matheny on Wednesday with a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.

In his second season after taking over for Tony LaRussa, Matheny led the Cardinals to the World Series, where they lost in six games to the Boston Red Sox.

The former catcher took the job in 2012 without any previous major league managing experience and has compiled a 185-139 record and two playoff appearances in two seasons.

Matheny’s current contract was set to expire after the 2014 season.

5 dead in Algeria accidents after World Cup playoff

ALGIERS — At least five people were killed in accidents during celebrations in Algeria after its national squad qualified for the World Cup in Brazil next year, authorities said on Wednesday.

Algeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 on Tuesday night in a playoff in Mustapha Tchaker stadium in Algiers to join Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria as Africa’s World Cup representatives.

The state news agency APS, quoting emergency services, said five people were killed when two vehicles carrying football fans collided in the southern town of Tolga after celebrations over Algeria’s victory.

Another 20 people were injured in separate road accidents in the same town.

Vanishing spray to be used at World Club Cup

BERNE — A vanishing spray which has been used in South America for several years to stop defensive walls creeping forward at free kicks will feature at next month’s World Club Cup, FIFA said on Wednesday.

FIFA said the spray had been tested at this year’s Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups with “very good overall feedback from the participating referees.”

Referees pace the regulation 9.15 metres between the ball and the nearest defender before spraying a line on the pitch to mark the correct position of the wall. The line then disappears from the pitch within a minute.

The spray was developed in Brazil, where it was first used, and Argentina and is licensed by the Argentine company 9.15 Fair Play Limit.

“A large majority of the officials considered the spray as a useful and helpful tool,” said FIFA’s head of refereeing Massimo Busacca.

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