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Sports briefs for April 16, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Coffee with Coach Cosgrove set Saturday

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine football team will be hosting “Coffee with Coach Cosgrove” at Alfond Stadium each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. prior to its three spring scrimmages beginning on Saturday.

The other scrimmage dates are on April 26 and May 3.

Fans and media are invited to meet with Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove before each game, which begin at 9:45 a.m.

Free-throw contest set Saturday in Brewer

BREWER, Maine — The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring a free-throw contest on Saturday for grades 5 through 12 at the Brewer Community School at 92 Pendleton St.

There is no admission fee for the contest and it will consist of three sessions: grades 5-6, 8 a.m.; grades 7-8, 10 a.m.; and grades 9-12, noon; with trophies for the first- and second-place finishers.

A knockout and other shooting contests will also be held.

MDI Relays canceled

BAR HARBOR — Poor weather has caused the cancellation of the MDI Relays, a high school track and field meet that was set for Saturday.

Husson at Maine softball Thursday

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine softball team will host the Husson University Eagles at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a makeup game from Tuesday’s postponement.

Maine is 14-13 overall and 6-5 in America East while Husson is 15-6 overall and is leading the North Atlantic Conference with a 7-0 mark.

Clippers’ Griffin gets one-game suspension

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin received a one-game suspension without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2013-14 season, the league announced Wednesday.

Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game.

Griffin received his most recent technical foul with 3:23 remaining in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Griffin will serve his suspension in the Clippers’ season finale on Wednesday when Los Angeles visits the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center.

Jets, Maurice agree to four-year extension

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice agreed to a four-year contract extension.

Maurice, who coached Magnitogorsk Metallurg in the KHL last season, coached the Jets for the final 35 games in 2013-14. He was 18-12 with five overtime losses.

He previously coached the Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes.

Maurice was a 12th-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1985 but his career ended due to an eye injury.

Atlanta awarded Major League Soccer expansion team

ATLANTA — Atlanta has landed a Major League Soccer expansion team that will play beginning in 2017 in the city’s new open-air stadium downtown, officials announced on Wednesday.

Arthur Blank, owner of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons team and a co-founder of Home Depot Inc. purchased the new franchise, which will be the league’s 22nd team, he told reporters.

“This is an exciting day for Atlanta,” Blank said. “We have been working on soccer for probably over 10 years now. It’s been a dream of ours.”

The Georgia Dome, Atlanta’s current downtown football stadium, is scheduled to be torn down and replaced in 2017 with a $1 billion open-air facility with a retractable roof.

“Downsizing technology” to create a smaller stadium seating plan for soccer fans will be used at the new football stadium, the league said.

No decision on the name of the team has been made, Blank said.

MLS currently has 19 teams in the United States and Canada with two additional teams planned to launch next year in New York and Orlando.

Blackhawks call up goalie Carruth

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled goaltender Mac Carruth from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League before the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.

The 22-year-old Carruth spent the season playing for the IceHogs and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and Florida Everblades. In seven games with Rockford, he was 2-2-1 with a 3.36 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage.

Carruth’s record in 25 games with Toledo was 8-15-0 with one shutout, a 3.36 GAA and a .898 save percentage. He went 2-4-1 record with a 3.45 GAA and a .874 save percentage in seven games with Florida.

Carruth was picked by the Blackhawks in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The Blackhawks open the playoffs on Thursday night in St. Louis against the Blues.

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