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Sports briefs for Feb. 14, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

UMaine soccer player gains America East scholar honor

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — University of Maine women’s soccer standout Lisa Bijman has been named the America East Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s soccer. Bijman recently completed her senior season for the Black Bears. She is a kinesiology and physical major, pursuing minors in pre-med and chemistry, with a 3.96 grade point average.

Bijman was co-captain of the Black Bears her senior season, where she started all 19 games at midfield. She notched a goal in Maine’s 1-1 draw with Stony Brook in the America East semifinals. Bijman was named to the America East First Team this season along with being selected to the America East All-Academic Team.

Bijman was named to the 2012 America East All-Tournament team and was an America East All-Rookie selection in 2010. She finished her career playing in 66 games with five goals and three assists for 13 points.

She also has been named a Maine Scholar-Athlete award winner and also named to the America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

Ex-NFL player accused of drugging, raping women

LOS ANGELES — Former professional football player Darren Sharper, a star defensive back turned television sports analyst, was charged on Friday with drugging four women and raping two of them in a Los Angeles area hotel, prosecutors said.

Sharper, 38, appeared briefly in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday in connection with the alleged incidents, which prosecutors said occurred in October and January, but he did not enter a plea.

His arraignment was postponed until Feb. 20, and a judge allowed Sharper to remain free on $200,000 bail.

Representing Sharper was Blair Berk, a high-profile celebrity defense lawyer whose past clients include Kiefer Sutherland, Mel Gibson and Queen Latifah. She said after the hearing that her client was innocent.

Sharper spent most of his 14-year National Football League career with the Green Bay Packers, but also played for the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, helping the Saints win a Super Bowl title in 2010.

He retired the following year, after leading the league twice in interceptions and three times in defensive touchdowns. He was selected five times for the Pro Bowl and twice as a First-Team All-Pro.

Former MLB manager Fregosi dies

Former major league manager Jim Fregosi died Friday morning from complications due to multiple strokes. He was 71.

Fregosi spent 53 seasons in professional baseball, including managing at the major-league level for 15 years. He managed the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays as part of his long career. He compiled a 1,028-1,094 record over that span.

His oldest son, Jim Fregosi Jr., told MLB.com that his father died at 2:36 a.m. and “went in peace with no pain.”

Fregosi guided the Phillies to the National League pennant in 1993 with a 97-65 record.

Fregosi also managed the Angels to the American League West championship in 1979 after going 88-74.

As a player, Fregosi was a six-time All-Star at shortstop in 18 seasons with the Angels, New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He had a .265 batting average with 151 home runs and 706 RBIs over his career. His No. 11 jersey was retired by the Angels in 1988.

Report: Goodell paid $44 million

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned $44.2 million in compensation during a 12-month span that ended March 31, 2013, according to Sports Business Daily.

However, that amount includes $9.1 million in deferred pension and bonuses earned the previous year.

Goodell’s reported compensation a year ago was nearly $30 million. He had not made more than $11.5 million in a season before the 2011 lockout.

The amount likely makes Goodell the highest-paid executive in sports. Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig made $22 million in 2012, according to ESPN. However, other sources indicated the figure may have actually exceeded $30 million. In recent years, MLB changed its tax status to for-profit, so it is not required to publicize its earnings.

Moreland avoids arbitration with Rangers

The Texas Rangers will not have to go to arbitration with designated hitter Mitch Moreland after an agreement was reached Friday on a one-year, $2.65 million contract for 2014, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said.

Moreland, arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career, now can become a free agent after the 2016 season.

Last season, Moreland played in 147 games and batted .232 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs. The 28-year old has a career .253 batting average with 63 homers and 186 RBI in four seasons with the Rangers.


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