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Sports briefs for Feb. 7, 2014

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

PVC basketball title games slated for Saturday, Monday

The annual Penobscot Valley Conference championship basketball games for Classes D and C will be held Saturday and Monday, respectively, at Penobscot Valley High School in Howland.

Participants in the games are the top two conference teams in each class based on Heal points.

Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 5 p.m. with the Class D girls game between Schenck of East Millinocket and Searsport. Schenck is the top-ranked team in Eastern D with a 15-3 record, while Searsport is ranked third in Western D at 14-4. These teams did not meet during the regular season.

The Class D boys game between Stearns of Millinocket and Bangor Christian follows at 7 p.m. Stearns is rated ninth in Eastern D at 10-8, while Bangor Christian is 10th at 9-8 pending its regular-season finale at Dexter on Friday night. Stearns defeated Bangor Christian twice during the regular season.

The Class C championship doubleheader tips off at 5 p.m. Monday with the girls’ game between the top two teams in Eastern C, No. 1 Orono (17-1) and No. 2 Calais, 15-2 with a game remaining to be played Friday against Woodland. Orono and Calais did not meet during the regular season.

The Class C boys championship game will be another 1-2 pairing, with No. 1 Houlton (18-0) facing No. 2 Calais (15-3) at 7 p.m. Houlton defeated Calais twice during the regular season, 61-53 in their mutual season opener at Calais on Dec. 7 and 62-48 at Houlton on Jan. 13.

Tickets each evening are $4 for adults and $2 for students.

Clowney not planning to have surgery

Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who still hopes to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, said during a radio interview on Thursday that does not plan to have surgery on the bone spurs that bothered him during the 2013 season.

“If the team that gets me in the draft wants me to get (the surgery), I’ll get it. If not, I won’t,” he said on The Dan Patrick radio show, according to The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C.

Clowney might get the surgery following his rookie season in the NFL. But for now he plans to participate in all drills at the NFL Combine.

Clowney is ranked as the No. 2 overall NFL prospect in the draft by, and he is No. 1 on Rob Rang’s Big Board.

As’ sign OF Crisp to $22.75 million extension

The Oakland A’s signed center fielder Coco Crisp to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the deal is worth $22.75 million and includes a vesting option for a third year based on plate appearances.

Crisp, 34, had one year left on his deal before signing the extension. The club exercised his $7.5 million option for 2014 earlier this offseason.

Crisp had a .261 average last season with 22 home runs and 66 RBIs.

QB Cassel opts out of Vikings contract

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel has exercised his right to opt out of the final year of his two-year deal he signed with the Vikings last year, reported Friday.

With his decision to void the final year of his contract, Cassel will become a free agent on March 11.

Cassel had until Friday to opt out. If he had decided not to opt out, the Vikings would have had until March to either pay Cassel a $500,000 roster bonus or release him, according to an report.

Cassel was due to earn $3.7 million with the Vikings next year. Now he will take his chances in the free-agent market.

Cassel played in nine games for the Vikings last year, including six starts.


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