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Sports briefs for March 17, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Clukey wins final race; ready to speak at schools

Former Maine Olympian Julia Clukey finished in first place in the 2014 Winter National Seeding Races Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y.,in her final race of the 2013-14 season.

The race marks the end of the luge racing season for members of the U.S. Luge team and seeds the athletes for competition next season.

This week, Clukey will return to Maine to continue her work as spokeswoman for the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association, speaking at high schools across the state and preparing for hr summer camp this June.

In the sledding race, Clukey posted a time of 1:29.374 in the second race, a time that was more than half a second ahead of second-place Summer Britcher and Emily Sweeney in third.

“This has been a season of ups and downs, but as I’ve told students across the state, it is important to find something you are passionate about and go after your dreams. Winning this race is a great way to finish the season and I am excited to return to Maine and continue to share my message at high schools and with the young girls at my camp this summer,” said Clukey.

Oakland pitcher Parker out for season

Oakland A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker will miss the entire season because he needs Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar-collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.

Parker, 25, was previously named the team’s Opening Day starter.

It will be Parker’s second Tommy Johnson surgery. He also had the operation in 2009 when he pitched in the minor leagues.

Parker went 12-8 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 197 innings for the A’s in 2013.

The A’s may have trouble filling their rotation. Right-hander A.J. Griffin is out three weeks with discomfort in his pitching elbow and left-hander Scott Kazmir was scratched from his spring start with left triceps stiffness.

Cowboys agree with QB Weeden

The Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms with former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden on a two-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Monday. reported that Weeden visited with the coaches at Valley Ranch on Monday. Weeden, who was released by the Browns last week, is expected to be the third quarterback under contract behind Tony Romo and Kyle Orton.

Weeden, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2012, struggled in his two seasons with the Browns. He started 20 games but was replaced at the beginning of the 2013 season by Brian Hoyer, then returned as the starter when Hoyer was hurt before being replaced for the remainder of the season by veteran Jason Campbell.

The 30-year-old Weeden’s record as a starter was 5-15.

Tigers’ Verlander, not Scherzer, gets opening day start

Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander will get the start when the team opens the season March 31 against the visiting Kansas City Royals.

It will be Verlander’s seventh straight Opening Day start.

The announcement is a bit surprising considering teammate Max Scherzer won the American League Cy Young Award last year and Verlander is coming off core muscle surgery.

The last time a reigning Cy Young Award winner did not start Opening Day was when Brad Radke started over Johan Santana for the Minnesota Twins in 2005.

“I’m always grateful to pitch on Opening Day,” Verlander said, according to the Detroit News. “I know what the day means to Tigers fans. It is like a holiday and I never take it for granted.”

Cavs’ Irving having MRI on biceps

Cleveland Cavaliers point Kyrie Irving was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday after injuring his left biceps during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Irving could miss the rest of the season.

Irving leads the Cavaliers with 21.2 points and 6.2 assists per game. He was injured in the first quarter of the 22-point loss and did not return. He had two points on 0-for-5 shooting and four assists.

The All-Star Game MVP had his arm in a sling after the game.

Irving, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, has missed 38 games his first two NBA seasons with injuries including a broken nose, fractured jaw, broken finger, sprained shoulder and concussion.

Guard Jarrett Jack will likely start in place of Irving. The Cavaliers do not practice Monday. Their next game is Tuesday against the visiting Miami Heat.


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