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Sports briefs for Jan. 31, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Powder mailed to Super Bowl area appears harmless

A suspicious powder was mailed to several locations in New York and New Jersey, including at least five hotels near the site of the Super Bowl, according to multiple reports. However, the substances do not appear to be dangerous, the FBI said Friday, according to ESPN.com.

Neither Super Bowl team appeared to be affected by the incident.

According to ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks left their Jersey City hotel more than three hours before the reports of the discovery of the powder.

A Denver Broncos official told ESPN that their team hotel was not affected and it was business as usual.

Powder also was found in a letter sent to former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s business in midtown Manhattan. It was determined that substance posed no threat, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter was told by a law enforcement official that the substance was cornstarch.

The powder from one of the envelopes sent to a hotel tested positive for baking soda.

Former Patriots player at Portland church on Super Bowl Sunday

PORTLAND — Former New England Patriots running back Patrick Pass will be a guest the Next Level Church at 11:30 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.

Pass, a member of three New England Super Bowl teams, will be interview by Pastor Joshua Gagnon about his playing career and the role God played in his life.

The church, located at 1053 Forest Avenue, is also giving away signed Patriots memorabilia.

Pass was drafted in 2000 and played for the Patriots, Houston Texans and New York Giants before retiring in 2009. He was recently named head coach of the Boston Freedom Fighter, a professional football team.

Tourney passes go on sale Tuesday in Bangor

BANGOR — Passes for the upcoming high school basketball tourney at the Cross Insurance Center will be on sale Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility’s box office.

A pass for 20 sessions is $105 for adults and $65 for students and senior citizens while a pass from 10 sessions is $70 and $40, respectively.

The tourney in Bangor begins on Friday, Feb. 14.

Pitcher Hill returns to Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox signed lefthander Rich Hill to a minor league contract on Friday that included an invitation to spring training.

If Hill lands a spot on the Red Sox’s opening day roster, the reliever will make $840,000 with the potential to make an additional $500,000 in appearances bonuses, the New York Post reported.

The 33-year-old reliever rejoins the Red Sox after pitching for the Cleveland Indians last year. He posted a 1-2 record with a 6.28 ERA in 63 outings spanning 38 2/3 innings for the Tribe.

In three seasons with the Red Sox from 2010 to 2012, Hill appeared in 40 games out of the bullpen and went 2-0 with a 1.14 ERA.

Angels, Freese agree to $5 million deal

Third baseman David Freese avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.05 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, the Orange County Register reported Friday.

The Angels had been offering $4.1 million, and Freese was asking for $6 million.

Freese hit .263 with nine home runs in 2013 for the St. Louis Cardinals.

In November, he was traded to the Angels for outfielder Peter Bourjos as part of a four-player trade.

Texas athletics has school records in revenue, expenses

The University of Texas athletics had school-record figures in operating revenue and expenses in 2012-13, according to USA Today and Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center.

Texas reported to the NCAA that it recorded $165.7 million in revenue and $146.8 million in expenses. Those figures represent a $2.4 million increase in revenue and an $8.5 million hike in spending over the previous fiscal year.

According to the report, however, it was the school’s smallest rise in nearly a decade.

USA Today’s report analyzes data starting in 2004-05. The smallest increase Texas previously reported was a $5.1 million increase from 2008-09 to 2009-10.

Through 2011-12, Texas had the nation’s four highest annual operating expense totals and three of the four highest annual operating revenue totals.


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