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Sports briefs for March 4, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

UMFK women set for tourney opener Wednesday

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — The University of Maine-Fort Kent women’s basketball team will battle Robert Morris University at Springfield in an opening round game of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Penn State Fayette.

The Bengals (12-7) are the sixth seed and are making their second straight tourney appearance. Third-ranked RMU-Springfield of Illinois (14-8) is the third seed.

Tourbeau Sports Group will provide a live webcast of the game and UMFK will have a free screening on campus in Nadeau Hall’s teleconferencing room at 10:50 a.m. Those who can not attend that session may purchase the game at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/tourbeau.portal.

Times set for NCAA Tourney games

Game times have been determined for three Maine college basketball teams competing in first-round NCAA Tourney games Friday.

The Husson University of Bangor men’s team will take on Eastern Connecticut State at 5:30 p.m. at Plattsburgh State (N.Y.), while the Bowdoin College of Brunswick men’s team will play Richard Stockton, also at 5:30 p.m., at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.

Bowdoin’s women’s team will host Castleton at 7 p.m., following a 5 p.m. contest between Plattsburgh State and Roger Williams.

Orioles sign former Mets ace Santana to minor league deal

Two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday as the oft-injured lefthander continues his quest to return as a Major League Baseball pitcher.

The 34-year-old Santana, who missed the 2011 and 2013 seasons with shoulder injuries while with the New York Mets, is rehabbing from his second left shoulder surgery in Florida, where the Orioles have their spring training complex.

Santana, who auditioned for several MLB teams, has compiled a career record of 139-78 and won the American League Cy Young Award as top pitcher in 2004 and 2006 for the Minnesota Twins.

Cowboys, Romo restructure contract

The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo have agreed to a restructured contract that will create $10 million in salary cap space and bring the team to less than $1 million over the cap, according to ESPN.com.

ESPN.com reported Tuesday the Cowboys will convert $12.5 million of Romo’s $13.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, dropping his salary-cap figure from $21.773 million to $11.773 million.

Last year Romo signed a six-year contract extension worth $108 million that included $55 million in guaranteed money, giving the team about $5 million worth of cap room for the 2013 season.

With NFL free agency starting March 11, the Cowboys have been crunching numbers to get under the $133 million salary cap for the 2014 season.

Romo is rehabbing from back surgery performed last December. The Cowboys anticipate he will be able to take part in the full offseason program that begins April 21.

Canucks trade goalie Luongo to Panthers

The Vancouver Canucks have traded goalie Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers, according to a report on the National Hockey League’s website on Tuesday.

Luongo, 34, was traded for goaltender Jacob Markstrom and another player, not yet identified, according to the article that sourced TVA Sports.

Luongo, who is under contract through the 2021-22 season, had been the subject of trade rumors since losing his starting job to Cory Schneider during the 2012-13 NHL season.

Schneider was traded to the New Jersey Devils at the 2013 NHL Draft and it was expected Luongo would reclaim the starting job with the Canucks, but Eddie Lack has started all of Vancouver’s games since last month’s Olympic break.

Luongo, who helped the Canucks reach the Stanley Cup final in 2011, spent five seasons with Florida earlier in his career.


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