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Sports briefs for Nov. 24, 2013

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

UMaine, Colby runners compete in national meets

University of Maine senior standout Kelton Cullenberg placed 126th in the NCAA Div. I Cross Country Championships run on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Cullenberg completed the 10,000 meter run in a time of 31:32.1, good enough for a 126th place finish among the 253 runners who finished the course.

In the NCAA Div. III meet in Hanover, Ind., the Colby College men’s cross country team finished 22nd and Silas Eastman had the best finish for the Mules.

The Mules had a team score of 529 in the 32-team field. Eastman had a time of 25 minutes, 52.6 seconds over the 8K course. Charlie Coffman was 104th out of 275 finishers in 25:55.3, David Chelimo took 110th with a 25:58.3, and Jeff Hale placed 138th in 26:11.1.

Connecticut College’s Michael LeDuc won the individual title with a 24:29.3 clocking with St. Olaf (Minn.) won the team title.

In the women’s meet, Colby sophomore Alanna McDonough finished in 44th place overall out of 279 finishers with a time of 22:07.7 over the 6K course.

Catherine McClure placed 106th in 22:41.3, while Kate Connolly took 158th in 22:58.9.

Chelsea Johnson of St. Scholastica won the event in 21:11.7 and Johns Hopkins won the team title.

Bulls’ Rose to have surgery on Monday

LOS ANGELES — Standout Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will have knee surgery on Monday and could be sidelined for the rest of the season if he decides to have his torn right meniscus reattached.

Rose tore the ligament against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday and the timetable for his return will be known once he decides how he wants the knee to be fixed, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Some athletes are sidelined for only a few weeks after surgery on medial meniscus tears, without the ligament being reattached, while others can be out for several months.

“We’re hoping for the best,” Thibodeau told reporters on Sunday before the Bulls’ game against the hosting Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

Rose, the 2011 NBA most valuable player, missed all of last season while recovering from a ligament tear in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs.

Vettel takes record ninth win in a row

SAO PAULO — Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel wrapped up the Formula One season on Sunday by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix and becoming the first driver to take nine successive victories in a single year.

The sport’s youngest quadruple world champion, still only 26 years old, also matched fellow-German Michael Schumacher’s 2004 record of 13 wins in a season.

“Guys, I am so proud of you. I love you. Remember this, enjoy this moment. Yes. We did it. This is unbelievable,” said Vettel, his voice wavering over the team radio after he took the chequered flag for his 39th career win.

While he celebrated, Australian team mate Mark Webber said farewell with second place, anchoring a one-two in his 215th and final race for the champions before heading to Le Mans sports cars with Porsche.

Kings’ Outlaw fined $15,000

Sacramento Kings forward Travis Outlaw was fined $15,000 for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick, the NBA announced Sunday.

The incident occurred with 8:06 remaining in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s loss against the host Los Angeles Clippers. Outlaw was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected from the game.

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