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Sports briefs for Dec. 13, 2013

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Red Sox Hot Stove Night set Jan. 27

BANGOR — The 11th Boston Red Sox Hot Stove Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at the Cross Insurance Center.

The event, hosted by Zoneradio of Bangor, features Boston Red Sox radio announcers Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien. They discuss various topics concerning the team, which may include its World Series title defense and free-agent signings.

There is no charge for the event as tickets are given away over the next three weeks by Zoneradio stations WKIT (100.3 FM), WZLO (103.1 FM) and WZON (620 AM).

The doors for the event will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by an appearance by Maine comedian Bob Marley.

Red Wings’ Howard out 2-4 weeks

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has a sprained MCL in his knee that will cause him to miss 2-4 weeks of action, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said, according to the Detroit News.

Howard, a former University of Maine star, who is just 6-8-7 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .910 save percentage, could miss as many as 12 games if he is sidelined the entire four weeks.

It could jeopardize his chances of playing in the 2014 Winter Classic, when the Red Wings take on the Maple Leafs at the University of Michigan.

Jonas Gustavsson will be the Red Wings’ No. 1 goalie in Howard’s absence, with Petr Mrazek as his backup.

Woods’ half-brother arrested over bomb threat

PHOENIX — U.S. golfer Tiger Woods’ half-brother was arrested for making a bomb threat to the Arizona state government building where he works, in what he described as a joke, Phoenix police said on Friday.

Earl Dennison Woods Jr, 58, threatened to blow up an Arizona Department of Economic Security building in downtown Phoenix on Thursday, said police spokesman Sergeant Trent Crump.

Woods was jailed on suspicion of one count of misdemeanor use of an electronic communication device to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass, Crump said.

“The call came from a cell phone and the caller stated that he had a bomb and he was going to blow up the building,” Crump said.

Woods was released from jail late on Thursday, a Maricopa County sheriff’s official said. Terms of his release were not immediately available and he could not be reached for comment.

A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said Woods had not been formally charged with a crime.

Three stabbed at Sports Authority Field

At least three people were stabbed outside of Sports Authority Field in Denver after the San Diego Chargers beat the Broncos on Thursday night, according to police.

The Denver Police said one of the victims is in critical condition and a fourth person may have been stabbed but left the scene without seeking treatment.

Denver police announced via Twitter that all of the suspects are in custody. Authorities received a call about the stabbing around 9:55 p.m.

“Stadium Management Company is aware of an incident that occurred in a parking lot adjacent to Sports Authority Field at Mile High,” the stadium’s management said in a statement. “We are currently working with authorities to gather more information.”

Police did not say if fans were involved in the incident or what led to it.

Two weeks ago, a fan died at Arrowhead Stadium when the Broncos played the Kansas City Chiefs. The cause of death in that case is not known.

QB Rodgers out for Packers vs. Cowboys

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Rodgers believed he was ready to play, but he was not medically cleared Friday after participating in practice on a limited basis this week. He took snaps with the first-team offense in practice, elevating optimism that the All-Pro passer could play at Dallas.

“Aaron feels like he’s ready to go,” coach Mike McCarthy said Friday.

McCarthy said he agreed with the medical staff that Rodgers should sit.

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