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Sports briefs for Dec. 15, 2013

By Joe McLaughlin, BDN Staff

Four UMaine players gain All-America honors

ORONO — Four members of the University of Maine football team have been named to the All-America teams selected by Beyond Sports Network, a website that covers college football.

Senior tight end Justin Perillo was named to BSN’s All-America second team.

Senior offensive lineman Jeff Gakos and cornerback Kendall James (Roselle, N.J.) were named to BSN’s All-America third team.

Senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was a BSN All-America honorable mention selection.

Perillo, an All-CAA first team selection, hauled in 39 catches for 490 yards to go along with four touchdowns this season for the Black Bears.

Gakos, an All-CAA first team member, started all 13 games for the Black Bears at left guard. Gakos helped Maine produce a trio of 500-yard rushers.

James, also an All-CAA first team selection, totaled 36 tackles with two interceptions and nine pass breakups.

Wasilewski, first team All-CAA, led Maine’s offense as the senior quarterback went 276-for-409 with 3,238 passing yards and 25 touchdowns.

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.

Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

LONDON — Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, the first British winner of the men’s title for 77 years, was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Scot, who was not at the awards ceremony in Leeds because he is training in Florida following a back injury, edged out Wales and British & Irish Lions rugby union fullback Leigh Halfpenny and jockey A.P. McCoy to win the award.

Murray was presented with the trophy by nine-times Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova.

“Thanks to Martina Navratilova for giving this to me,” Murray said. “She’s possibly the greatest tennis player of all time.

Cardinals agree to deal with 2B Ellis

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a one-year deal with veteran free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis, according to multiple reports.

Terms of the deal were not released. Ellis made $5.25 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers this year.

Ellis had a batting average of .270 with 13 doubles, six home runs and 48 RBI for the Dodgers this season.

The 36-year-old has played 11 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Oakland A’s. He is a career .265 hitter with 105 home runs, 538 RBIs and a .330 on-base percentage.

St. Louis will likely use Ellis as insurance for rookie Kolten Wong, whom the team plans to start at second base next year. Wong hit just .153 in 59 at-bats after being called up in August.

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