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Sports briefs for April 10, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

UMaine softball team to play home opener Friday

ORONO — The University of Maine’s softball team will play its home opener at Kessock Field at 3 p.m. Friday when the Black Bears entertain UMBC in the first game of a three-game America East series. The teams will then play a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon.

Maine is 13-11 overall, 5-3 in America East, while the Retrievers are 22-15 overall but 0-5 in league play.

Maine has won nine of the last 10 meetings with UMBC.

The Black Bears have been paced by Jessica Burk (.414-2 homers-12 runs batted in), EmJ Fogel (.338, 11 RBIs) and Samantha Ralphs (.333, 6 stolen bases) along with pitcher Hannah Hill (6-1, 2.38 earned run average) while UMBC features Taylor Hall (.414-10-38), Chelsea Bertoglio (.326, 24 RBIs) and Danielle O’Neill (.297) along with pitcher Jessica Holte (13-6, 2.01).

Bangor-Brewer bowler captures senior title

FRYEBURG — Dennis Ellingwood of the Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes recorded a five-string score of 733 to win the Maine Candlepin Bowling Association’s Senior championship Monday at the Saco Valley Sports Center.

Don Saucier of Vacationland Bowling Center in Saco finished second with a 724 and was followed by Denis Drobinski, Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough, 714; Dave Glover, Hobbs Lucky Lanes, South Paris, 713 and Rick Schencks, Bangor-Brewer, 712.

Ginger Adell of the 1-7-10 Sports Center in Augusta captured the women’s title with a total pin fall of 753 and Bernadine Dubois of Saco Valley finished second at 740. They were trailed by Cecile Therrien, Vacationland, 730; Irene Kaherl, 1-7-10, 717 and Jean Tilton, Newport Entertainment Center, 715.

Traditions GC to open driving range Friday

HOLDEN — The driving range at Traditions Golf Club is opening for the season on Friday at 9 a.m.

Former UNLV basketball coach hospitalized

Former UNLV coach and Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian has been hospitalized in Las Vegas after he started having breathing difficulties over the weekend while in Dallas for the Final Four.

The 83-year-old Tarkanian was tested for pneumonia before the trip, but the results were negative and he was cleared to travel, his son Danny Tarkanian told the Las Vegas Sun. Danny Tarkanian said his father was also struggling to keep his eyes open when he was taken to Valley Hospital on Wednesday night.

Tarkanian remained sedated at the hospital Thursday while doctors tried to determine what was behind his ailments. The elder Tarkanian has fluid in his lungs and his heart isn’t working at full strength, his son said.

Giants’ Manning to have ankle surgery

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle Thursday, the team announced.

The procedure, a debridement of the ankle, will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.

Manning suffered a high left ankle sprain in the Giants’ 2013 season finale against the Washington Redskins and had been rehabbing the injury since.

“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” Manning said in a statement. “I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. Anderson clean out the ankle. The doc tells me I should be running in about six weeks.”

Canada’s CBC retreats from sports to trim costs

TORONTO — Canada’s public broadcaster will no longer bid for professional sporting rights and will slash more than 650 jobs in the next two years as it tightens its belt following a slump in ad sales and previous cuts to its funding from the federal government.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said Thursday it would cut $119 million from its budget immediately and halt planned regional expansion, but still look for ways to cover events of national importance such as the Olympics, to which it remains committed.

CBC blamed its financial challenges on slumping advertising that has hit the entire industry, disappointing ratings for some programs, weaker-than-expected ad revenues from two radio stations, and the National Hockey League’s decision to leave CBC to sign a broadcast deal with cable company Rogers Communications.

A’s Johnson out as closer

Manager Bob Melvin said Thursday the Oakland Athletics will use a closer by committee until offseason acquisition Jim Johnson regains command and confidence.

“It’s not pretty right now,” Johnson said Wednesday.

Johnson, traded to the Athletics from the Baltimore Orioles, understands the demotion, Melvin said Thursday before the series finale against the Minnesota Twins.

Johnson’s ERA is 18.90 in five games this season, including a blown save and two losses. He had 101 saves in the previous two seasons, best in baseball.

He entered Wednesday’s game with a 4-2 lead in the ninth and left with the game tied after walking two, allowing two hits and recording just one out.

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