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Sports briefs for Feb. 26, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Aroostook League All-Star games set March 10

CARIBOU — Caribou High School will host the Aroostook League All-Star basketball games on Monday, March 10.

The girls game will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys game.

The Aroostook League All Star Basketball game will be held on March 10th at Caribou High School. The girls game will start at 5:30 followed by the boys game.

USM postpones baseball opener

GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine’s season-opening four-game baseball trip to Long Island, N.Y., has been postponed due to predicted weather and poor field conditions.

The Huskies were scheduled to open Friday, playing Baruch College at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y. The Huskies also had games scheduled with Western New England University and Farmingdale (N.Y.) State College on Saturday in Farmingdale, N.Y., and a single game with SUNY College at Old Westbury on Sunday at Baseball Heaven.

USM has rescheduled the games with Western New England and Old Westbury for Sunday, March 9, at Baseball Heaven. USM will play WNEU at 10 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. game with Old Westbury.

Cardinals, pitcher remorseful about Twitter incident

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez believes his Twitter account was hacked, leading to pornographic photos and links going viral this week.

Martinez, a right-hander trying to win a job in the starting rotation, and the Cardinals express regret over the lewd postings that have since been taken down.

“There was a confusion,” Martinez told ESPNdeportes.com on Wednesday. “It’s my Twitter account and I understand what people are talking about and I should be responsible, but I want you to know that I do not have time to be doing that kind of thing.

“I talked to my teammates, the manager, the general manager. Everybody understood that I was a victim. My agent helped me and everyone was aware that I did nothing wrong. One must be aware that there are people out there willing to hurt me.”

The Cardinals have no plans for disciplinary action against Martinez.

“I’m fighting for a spot in the starting rotation and that’s what matters to me now,” he told ESPNdeportes.com. “I don’t have time to be on social networks doing bad things. These are problems that come to us and must be resolved quickly. From now on, I won’t directly operate my account, I’ll put a person in charge.”

Browns release veteran LB Jackson

The Cleveland Browns released veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson on Wednesday and saved a $4.1 million roster bonus due March 15.

The move was the first major transaction for new general manager Ray Farmer.

“We had positive discussion with D’Qwell and his agent over the last several days, and we came to the mutual agreement to go in different directions,” Farmer said in a statement.

Jackson, the Browns’ second-round pick in 2006 out of Maryland, is now free to sign with any NFL team. He started 96 games in eight seasons for the Browns.

Pro Bowl could move to Arizona

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