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Sports briefs for Jan. 17, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Maine women to play breast cancer awareness game Sunday

The University of Maine women’s hockey team will host Providence College at 1 p.m. Sunday at Alfond Arena in the eighth annual Hockey East Skating Strides game to fight breast cancer. Admission is free, but donations are welcome as all of the proceeds will go to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing Center in Lewiston.

Mary Dempsey, older sister of actor Patrick Dempsey, will take part in the ceremonial puck drop.

The teams will be skating on pink ice and the Black Bears will wear pink jerseys to honor breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game.

Money raised by the jersey auction and Hockey East merchandise sales will go to the Dempsey Center as will the money raised at the men’s hockey game last Tuesday when members of the women’s team sold pink paper pucks.

There will be a post-game autograph session on the concourse.

Seahawks’ Harvin out for NFC title game

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, who suffered a concussion during last week’s victory over the New Orleans Saints, will not play in the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday.

“He will not make it back for this game,” Carroll said. “He did not make it through the concussion protocol. I’m super disappointed for Percy. I know how much he wants to play.”

Harvin suffered the concussion while trying to make a catch in the end zone during the first half last week and did not return to the game. It was only the second game he played this season.

Browns’ Bess arrested for assault

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was arrested for assaulting an officer/firefighter on Friday morning, South Florida TV station WBFS reported.

The arrest comes a day after he posted an image on Twitter of what appeared to be marijuana, indicating he was watching “Cocaine Cowboys,” a program about illegal drug use in the 1980s, and wrote the message “We da real dons!” The photo was later deleted.

Texans hire Crennel as defensive coordinator

The Houston Texans have agreed to hire Romeo Crennel as their new defensive coordinator, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Crennel, who was out of the NFL this past season after being fired as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach following the 2012 season, met with new Texans head coach Bill O’Brien about the position a week ago.

Crennel will officially replace Wade Phillips as Texans defensive coordinator next week, according to the report.

Tigers sign Scherzer for $15 million

The Detroit Tigers signed Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a one-year deal worth $15.525 million, CBSSports.com reported.

Scherzer, 29, gets a sizable raise from the $6.725 million he made last season. That’s primarily because he was the American League Cy Young winner in 2013, when he went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts.

National have new deals for two key players

Nationals All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the club, ESPN.com reported.

The deal buys out the final two years of arbitration eligibility for Zimmermann. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

The Nationals also signed shortstop Ian Desmond to a two-year contract, CSNWashington.com reported. He will receive $6.5 million and 2014 and $11 million in 2015 and will become a free agent following the 2015 season.


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