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Sports briefs for Feb. 5, 2014

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Nominees sought for Maine McDonald’s awards

Organizers of the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games are seeking nominees for their Spirit of the Game Award and Maine McDonald’s & Maine Red Claws Team of the Year Award.

The Spirit of the Game Award honors one high school senior from Eastern Maine and another from the West who embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, support and inspire teammates and coaches and show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries.

The Team of the Year Award honors one boys squad and one girls team that have made an impact on Maine high school basketball and in the lives of others through sportsmanship, team spirit and competitiveness, community contributions and commitment to academic excellence. The selected teams will receive a $1,000 donation to their schools’ basketball programs.

Nomination forms for the two awards may be completed electronically at http://vote.mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org/ or may be requested by calling Kevin Mitchell at 755-9470, Ext .105. The deadline to receive nominations is Feb. 10.

Winners will be announced at the Maine McDonald’s All-Star Weekend in Bangor scheduled for March 7-8 at Husson University in Bangor.

Two UMaine softball players receive preseason honors

University of Maine softball players EmJ Fogel and Jean Stevens have been named to the College Sports Madness America East preseason all-conference second teams.

Fogel led Maine in batting last season with a .305 clip to go along with a team-high 50 hits, seven doubles, 15 runs scored and 10 RBIs.

Stevens led the league in both home runs (13) and tied for the league lead in RBI (38). Stevens hit .258 on the season with five doubles while totaling team-highs in both runs scored (19) and slugging percentage (.602).

Maine opens its season at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 against St. Bonaventure in Charleston, S.C.

UMFK Athletics to honor James Harvey

FORT KENT — The University of Maine at Fort Kent Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will honor James Harvey of Fort Kent as the inaugural recipient of the Floyd “Red” Powell Award at the UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Saturday, March 22.

Harvey is a long-time supporter and contributor to UMFK Athletics. The award was created to honor individuals who make special contributions to the UMFK teams and student-athletes. Harvey, 38, has worked the game clock and as the scorekeeper at all UMFK home games, and has served the men’s basketball team as honorary team manager and assistant coach for the past 20 years.

The Hall of Fame ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour followed by a banquet and awards ceremony. Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and may be purchased through the UMFK Alumni Affairs office (207-834-7557).

Beckham launches plan to build soccer franchise in Miami

MIAMI — Former England soccer captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday that he has exercised his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami, promising to make it “the people’s club.”

The international soccer star said he looked forward to building a world class team, as yet unnamed, during a Miami press conference alongside MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the mayor of Miami-Dade county.

Beckham will be the managing partner of the team, and signed a shareholder agreement on Tuesday evening with his two partners, the British TV producer and creator of American Idol Simon Fuller, and Bolivian-born billionaire Marcelo Claure, founder of Miami-based Brightstar Corp, the world’s largest wireless distributor and the provider of global services to Apple.

CBS wins bid to air eight Thursday night NFL games

LOS ANGELES — The CBS television network won a bidding war to air eight Thursday night National Football League games during the 2014 season, giving it one of the most highly prized programs on a night coveted by TV advertisers.

CBS and the NFL announced the deal on Wednesday.

CBS, which competed against the NBC and Fox networks, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting System, had been considered a long shot at the outset of the bidding because of its strong Thursday night lineup, which includes TV’s leading comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” and ratings mainstay “Two and A Half Men.”

The bidding was less than $300 million for the single-season contract, which includes a one-year option at the NFL’s choice, according to a person with knowledge of the bids. Prices were lower than they might have been for such a prized property because the CBS games will simultaneously telecast on the NFL Network.


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