Sports briefs for Feb. 12, 2014

Posted Feb. 12, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 12, 2014, at 9:06 p.m.

Boothbay basketball players suspended for drinking violations

BOOTHBAY — Six Boothbay High School basketball players have been suspended for underage drinking, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald.

The players attended a party over the weekend in which alcohol was consumed, the Press Herald reported.

The players will miss the Seahawks’ Western Maine Class C quarterfinal game on Monday. Boothbay is the defending Western Maine champion.

Colby names Seabrook men’s soccer coach

WATERVILLE —- After 10 years as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, Ewan Seabrook was named the new head coach of the Colby College men’s soccer program Wednesday.

Seabrook, a native of Lewes, England, will be Colby’s first new men’s soccer coach in nearly 40 years. He spent six seasons at the University of New Hampshire as associate head coach and four years as assistant coach at Hartwick College.

Before his coaching career, Seabrook played Division I soccer at Iona College and Oneonta State.

Seabrook takes over the program from Mark Serdjenian, a 1973 Colby graduate who led the Mules to a 261-230-46 record over the last 38 years.

Bangor-Brewer hockey game moved to Monday

ORONO — Thursday night’s high school hockey game between rivals Bangor and Brewer at Alfond Arena has been postponed due to the storm forecast for Thursday.

The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Maine softball team cancels trip

ORON) — Due to the impending storm and flight cancellations, the University of Maine softball team has cancelled its games scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Maine, which was set to start its 2014 season at the Charleston Southern tournament on Friday, will now open when it travels to Tampa, Fla., later on this month.

Yanks’ Jeter to retire after 2014 season

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced Wednesday on his Facebook page that the 2014 season will be his last in the major leagues.

Jeter, who turns 40 in June, will enter his final season with 3,316 hits, which ranks 10th in baseball history, and a career .312 batting average. His accomplishments include five World Series championships, five Gold Gloves and the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Last season signaled the beginning of the end for Jeter. A broken ankle suffered in the American League playoffs in October 2012 was slow to heal and he played in only 17 games in 2013.

“So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last,” Jeter wrote on Facebook. “As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100 percent sure.”

Jeter’s last regular-season game would be Sept. 28 against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park and his last appearance in Yankee Stadium, barring the Yankees reach the playoffs, would be Sept. 25 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Pitchers Holland, Burnett sign deals with MLB teams

Three pitchers reached deals with major league teams Wednesday.

Closer Greg Holland reached agreement with the Kansas City Royals on a one-year, $4.675 million contract.

The 28-year-old Holland is coming off an impressive 2013 season that included 47 saves and a 1.21 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 67 innings.

Relief pitcher Jose Valverde reached agreement on a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

A former closer for the Detroit Tigers, Valverde had 35 saves in 2012 and has 286 for his career. He was released by the Tigers last August after posting an 0-1 record with nine saves and a 5.59 ERA in 20 appearances in 2013.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $16 million for the 37-year-old right-hander, Fox Sports reported.

Burnett pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates the past two seasons.

LeBron rates himself among all-time greats

LeBron James says he has no doubt he will be regarded as one of the top four all-time greats in basketball by the time his career is over.

“I’ll be one of the top four that has ever played this game, for sure,” the Miami Heat forward told nba.com ahead of Sunday’s National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star game to be played in New Orleans.

Asked to name the quartet he felt should be on the NBA’s version of Mount Rushmore, the tribute to four U.S. presidents, James nominated Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics) and Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers).

After thinking for a few seconds, James then added Oscar Robertson as the fourth. Robertson, nicknamed “The Big O”, played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks in the 1960s and 1970s.

Asked whether he believed he would eventually be ranked in that top four, James replied: “Yeah … and if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots, they better find another spot. We got to bump somebody.”

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