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Sports briefs for April 14, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Tuesday’s Maine-Husson softball game postponed

Tuesday’s softball game in Orono between the University of Maine and visiting Husson University of Bangor has been postponed due to the inclement weather forecast.

No makeup date has been set.

Maine, 14-13 overall and 6-5 in America East, is scheduled to play again on Thursday at Harvard. Game time is 4. The Black Bears will then travel to Stony Brook (N.Y.) for a three-game weekend set with the conference leaders.

Stony Brook is 10-1 in league play and 20-14 overall.

Husson, which is leading the North Atlantic Conference with a 7-0 mark to go with an overall record of 15-6, is scheduled to host Colby College for a non-conference game on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Brooks Robinson sues Seminole Tribe for injuries

Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over brain and back injuries his attorney said he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe’s South Florida casino, according to The Associated Press.

In letter to the tribe that was released Monday, attorney Jack Hickey said the stage at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Fla., from which Robinson fell had no back railing.

Hickey said the 76-year-old Baltimore Orioles third baseman has numerous lingering health problems and had to limit paid and charity appearances, exercise and travel.

Ex-major leaguer Hal Smith dies at age 82

Hal Smith, who played in 10 major league seasons, died in Fort Smith, Ark., at age 82.

According to Edwards Funeral Home, Smith died on Saturday and no cause of death was released.

Smith signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher in 1949. He played for the Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams.

He also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Colt .45s before becoming a scout and coach for several teams.

In his major league career, Smith hit 58 home runs and drove in 323 runs.

X-rays on Yankees’ McCann negative

Precautionary X-rays taken catcher Brian McCann’s right hand on Sunday night were negative, the team announced.

McCann was injured Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox when he took a pitch off his right index finger.

However, an MRI on backup catcher Francisco Cervelli revealed a Grade 2 right hamstring strain. He was also injured during Sunday’s game. The club will place him on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday’ game against the Chicago Cubs. The move will be retroactive to Monday, meaning he will be eligible to come off the DL on April 29.

The Yankees also optioned right-hander Shane Greene to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Padres, Gyorko agree to $35 million extension

The San Diego Padres signed second baseman Jedd Gyorko to a contract through the 2019 season with a club option for the 2020 season, the team announced Monday.

CBSSports.com reported that the extension is worth $35 million.

“We are happy to sign Jedd and secure the rights to two free agent years,” general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement. “Jedd is a homegrown player in his fifth season with the Padres organization and has been a consistent performer every step of the way. He has shown us a real commitment to this organization and to the city of San Diego.”

Gyorko, 25, enjoyed a breakout season during his rookie campaign in 2013, leading the Padres with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs while hitting .249 with 62 runs scored and 26 doubles in 125 games played. His 23 home runs led all major league rookies in 2013 and were the third-most ever by a rookie second baseman in major league history.

Clemson QB Kelly dismissed from team

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney dismissed quarterback Chad Kelly, nephew of NFL great Jim Kelly, from the team on Monday.

“I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program,” Swinney said in a statement. “He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program. I hope he will mature and grow from this and become the man and player I know he can be. I wish him nothing but the best in the future academically and athletically.”

Earlier Monday, WYFF in Greeneville, S.C., reported that Kelly was escorted from the practice field by Clemson police.

The native of Niagara Falls, N.Y. was in a three-way competition at quarterback this spring along with senior Cole Stoudt and freshman Deshaun Watson. Kelly completed 10 of 18 passes for 113 yards, but threw a pair of interceptions in the spring game on Saturday.

Kelly reportedly became frustrated and snapped at coaches during the spring game. The Tigers’ staff benched Kelly for the entire second half.

Kelly redshirted the 2012 season, then suffered a torn ACL in the 2013 spring game.

Kings’ Cousins suspended

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins received a one-game suspension without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2013-14 season, the league announced.

Cousins received his most recent technical foul with 1:13 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 106-103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. He will serve his suspension in the Kings’ season finale on Wednesday when Sacramento hosts the Phoenix Suns.


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