Sports briefs for March 26, 2014

Posted March 26, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.

Super Suppah on April 5 in Orono has $10K prize

The Black Bear Advisory Board’s 11th annual Super Suppah is set for Saturday, April, 5 at UMaine’s Wells Conference Center in Orono.

Participants will have the opportunity to win a $10,000 raffle jackpot, along with numerous other prizes including a 42-inch flat-screen TV.

The social hour and silent auction runs 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the dinner to begin at 7.

Tickets, which include two dinners and one raffle entry, are $300 per couple and only 125 will be sold. Proceeds will benefit UMaine student-athlete scholarships.

Call 581-1130 for tickets or download a reservation form at GoBlackBears.com(.)

Free baseball coaches clinic set April 3

The UMaine baseball program will conduct a free coaches clinic on April 3 from 6-8 p.m. inside the Mahaney Dome.

Coaches of baseball teams from the youth levels up through high school are invited to attend the session, which will focus on the dynamics of maximizing indoor practices.

Coaches are asked to bring their own gloves to participate as the Black Bears staff covers pitching, catching, hitting and outfield play.

For more information, contact UMaine assistant coach Nick Derba at nicholas.derba@umit.maine.edu or by calling 581-1097.

Rangers’ Darvish has no structural damage

Tests determined that Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish has no structural damage in his neck, but he will begin the season on the disabled list.

Darvish was scratched from a spring training start last week when he developed a stiff neck. He believed it came from sleeping in an awkward position. Recent tests confirmed that there are no serious medical issues.

The 27-year-old right-hander was slated to start the Rangers’ opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday before the neck problem surfaced. Right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who was 6-2 in 76 games out of the bullpen last year, will start in Darvish’s place.

The plan is for Darvish to play catch Saturday and then start a rehab program.

Bears, Allen strike four-year deal

Defensive end Jared Allen signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Chicago Bears, who were not known to be in the bidding for one of the NFL’s most productive pass rushers.

Allen, 31, is the third free-agent defensive end to sign in Chicago this offseason. He joins Lamarr Houston, who could play defensive tackle, and Willie Young on the overhauled Bears defense.

The contract structure sets up as a likely two-year contract but with $15.5 million guaranteed, Allen certainly has enough incentive to keep chasing quarterbacks. His 2014 and 2015 salaries are fully guaranteed.

Allen’s agent broke off talks with the Minnesota Vikings three days before the start of unrestricted free agency, when Minnesota committed $42.5 million to sign Everson Griffen to a five-year deal. Allen considered retirement but took visits to Dallas and Seattle and had interest from other teams, including the Denver Broncos.

Yankees extend reign as MLB’s most valuable team

The New York Yankees are Major League Baseball’s most valuable team for a 17th consecutive year, coming in at more than triple the league’s average value, according to a survey released by Forbes on Wednesday.

The 27-time World Series champion Yankees were valued at $2.5 billion, a nine percent jump from last year and comfortably above the second ranked Los Angeles Dodgers, whose value rose 24 percent to $2 billion due largely to a new television deal.

The Yankees, who last year missed the playoffs for only the second time since 1994 and saw their revenue dip 2 percent to an MLB-high $461 million, have topped the list since Forbes began tracking MLB team valuations in 1998.

The 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox ($1.5 billion), Chicago Cubs ($1.2 billion) and San Francisco Giants ($1 billion) rounded out the top five. It marked the first time five MLB teams were worth at least $1 billion.

 

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