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Sports briefs for April 12, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Hermon Meadow GC opens its ‘Spring 9’

HERMON — The Hermon Meadow Golf Club’s “Spring 9” is open for the season.

The Spring 9 consists of holes 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and is open for walkers.

The spring rates are $12 for 9 holes and $15 for the day.

Redskins golf event loses sponsor over name

The National Indian Gaming Association no longer will be affiliated with a golf tournament hosted by the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

“It’s a blatant attempt (by Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s foundation) to try to buy out the issue,” NIGA chairman Ernest Stevens told USA Today. NIGA officials question whether Snyder is sincere about helping Native Americans.

The celebrity golf tournament was held Saturday in Arizona.

“It hurts my heart to have to say that word,” said Stevens, who did not reveal how much money was involved in sponsoring the event.

NIGA is a nonprofit organization that represents 184 Indian nations and finds the name of the Washington football team offensive.

Ex-NFL receiver trying out for CFL team

Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson plans to work out with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Alouettes general manager Jim Popp announced Saturday that contract talks “have escalated” recently between the team and Johnson, who last played the 2011 season with the New England Patriots.

Johnson, 36, was released by the Miami Dolphins in August 2012 after he was arrested for allegedly head-butting his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada. He was released from jail last June after serving one week of a 30-day sentence for a probation violation.

Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, gained at least 1,000 receiving yards in seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rangers place 3B Beltre on 15-day DL

The Texas Rangers placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained quadriceps muscle.

The move is backdated to last Wednesday, so he is eligible to come off the DL on April 25. April 24 is an off day for the Rangers.

To fill Beltre’s spot on the 25-man roster, the club added newly-acquired right-hander Hector Noesi. The Rangers got Noesi in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. He will pitch in long relief.

Beltre was injured on Tuesday in Boston against the Red Sox and has not played since.

Dumars out as Pistons’ president

Joe Dumars will not return next season as Detroit Pistons president of basketball operations, but will stay with team as executive adviser, the Detroit Free Press reported on Sunday.

Dumars, who played alongside Isiah Thomas during the team’s “Bad Boy” era and won NBA titles in 1989 and 1990, has run the organization for 14 seasons.

Dumars took over as president of basketball operations before the 2000-01 season. He was named the league’s executive of the year in 2003 and the Pistons went on to win the title in 2004.


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