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Sports briefs for March 12, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Bowdoin hockey bus crashes into restaurant

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Members of the Bowdoin College men’s hockey team were eating their pregame meal Wednesday when the team bus slid down a hill and crashed into the restaurant, according to the school’s athletics website.

The release explained the bus had been parked and was unoccupied at the time of the incident. There were no injuries.

Due to inclement weather in upstate New York on Wednesday, Bowdoin’s NCAA Division III Men’s Hockey Championship First Round game against Oswego State was postponed until Thursday at 3 p.m.

Cheverus High names new boys soccer coach

PORTLAND — Colin Minte has been named the new boys varsity soccer coach at Cheverus High School, Gary Hoyt, the school’s athletic administrator, announced in a news release Wednesday.

Minte is a native of Maine who graduated from North Yarmouth Academy in 2003 and then from Skidmore College, where he was a four-year starter on the men’s soccer team.

Since graduating from Skidmore, Minte has coached soccer for the Seacoast United team, for Bates College, and most recently for Windham High School, where he guided the team to the 2011 state championship.

“We look forward to Colin’s expertise and enthusiasm here at Cheverus,” Hoyt said in the release.

Patriots cut DT Sopoaga, OL Zusevics

The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and offensive lineman Markus Zusevics on Wednesday.

Sopoaga, 32, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons, including the second half of 2013 with the Patriots after being acquired from Philadelphia in a midseason trade on Oct. 29, 2013. The 6-foot-2, 330-pounder was signed by Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent from the San Francisco 49ers on March 12, 2013.

Sopoaga played in six games with two starts for New England last year and was inactive for the final two regular-season contests and both playoff games. He registered two tackles, one sack and one pass defensed playing for the Patriots.

Jackets’ Comeau suspended two games for boarding

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau received a two-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday for boarding against Detroit Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.

Smith was not injured on the hit at 12:47 of the first period on Tuesday night. Comeau was given a two-minute minor for boarding in the Blue Jackets’ 4-1 victory over the Red Wings in Columbus, Ohio.

Unless Comeau appeals the suspension, he will sit out Thursday night’s home game against the San Jose Sharks and Saturday’s road game against the Minnesota Wild. He also will be fined $10,256.42 under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Comeau has three goals and nine assists this season.

Sharper indicted in Arizona on sexual assault charges

PHOENIX — Former NFL player Darren Sharper, facing rape accusations in several U.S. states that involve allegations of drugging women, was indicted in Arizona on sexual assault charges, Tempe police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sharper, who played 14 years in the National Football League and helped the New Orleans Saints to a 2010 Super Bowl title, is in custody in California, where he is accused of drugging four women in Los Angeles and raping two of them. He faces similar accusations in Louisiana and has been the subject of sex crimes probes in Florida and Nevada.

Musburger, Palmer to broadcast SEC games on ESPN

Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer will be the lead football broadcast team for the SEC Network on ESPN when the network begins its 20-year contract with the conference this fall.

According to multiple reports on Wednesday, ESPN College Gameday host Chris Fowler will replace Musburger on the network’s Saturday night games as the lead broadcaster.

Musburger and Palmer reached a contract agreement with ESPN on Wednesday to work the SEC games. Their first game together will be Texas A&M at South Carolina on Aug. 28.

Musburger is a Hall of Fame sportscaster and Palmer played quarterback at Florida. Palmer also will continue as an analyst on ESPN’s Thursday night college football package.


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