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Sports briefs for Dec. 4, 2013

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Packers cut UMaine grad McMillian

GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers on Tuesday cut former University of Maine safety Jerron McMillian to make room for running back Kahlil Bell.

McMillian, a 2012 fourth-round pick, went from starting in place of injured Morgan Burnett and later sharing time with starter M.D. Jennings to playing in “dime” packages and then being relegated to special teams.

“As far as his individual performance (of McMillian), it just wasn’t quite what it needed to be this year,” said coach Mike McCarthy. “You never want to give up on a young guy. He’s a true professional, and I obviously wish him well.”

McMillian, who played at UMaine from 2008-2010, was the highest draft pick in program history. However, the former All-Colonial Athletic Association first-teamer made too many errors in coverage and was part of at least four long pass plays allowed.

McMillian played in all 16 games last year and participated in 48 percent of the snaps. He had 30 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

White named LEC rookie runner of year

GORHAM — Tyler White of the University of Southern Maine has been honored as the Little East Conference men’s cross country Rookie Runner of the Year.

The freshman from Orono was the top freshman finisher in the NCAA Division III New England Championship with a time of 26 minutes, 29.77 seconds. White was a top-five finisher for the Huskies in every race and took eighth overall at the LEC Championship.

White and his teammates open the 2013-14 indoor track and field season Saturday in a multiteam meet at Bowdoin College.

Butterfield to attend Sea Dogs dinner

PORTLAND — The Portland Sea Dogs have announced that Boston Red Sox third base coach and Maine native Brian Butterfield has been added to the list of guests for the Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction.

The event benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program and is set for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17 at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland. Butterfield joins Brandon Workman, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Dick Berardino.

Tickets are $50 and are limited to 300. Tickets can be purchased at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office, by phone at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.

US Olympic officials visit potential bid cities

With Los Angeles hoping to mount a bid for the 2024 Summer Games, U.S. Olympic officials said Tuesday they are in the process of visiting potential sites around the country.

The number of American cities that have expressed serious interest is fewer than 10, and the visits are expected to conclude in January.

Los Angeles was visited in the fall.

“It is our intention to bid for 2024,” said Larry Probst, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee. But, he added: “A lot of things have to fall in place.”

Dallas, Washington, Boston and San Diego are among the potential suitors.

Lundqvist signs 7-year contract extension with Rangers

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the New York Rangers that is expected to make the Swede the highest paid goaltender in the National Hockey League, the team said on Wednesday.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed but local media reports said it is worth $59.5 million, which would put Lundqvist $1.5 million above the $7 million annual salary for Nashville’s Pekke Rinne and Boston’s Tuukka Rask.

Lundqvist, 31, has been voted a Vezina Trophy finalist as the league’s top goaltender in five of his eight NHL seasons, winning the award following the 2011-12 campaign.

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