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Sports briefs for Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Golf courses set to open

The Northport Golf Club, the Lucerne Golf Club and Sonny’s Par 3 & Driving Range will be opening in the next two days.

Northport opens for the season on Friday, April 18, once the frost is gone for walkers only. Lucerne is scheduled to open on Saturday, April 19. Senior Scrambles are scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Call 207-843-6282 for information.

Sonny’s Par 3 & Driving Range in Winterport is open. The golf course opens Saturday, April 19th. Spring hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and lessons are now available. Call the clubhouse at 223-5242 or visit Sonnysrange.com. for prices and availability.

Man arrested in connection with Hernandez trial

BOSTON — A man in Florida has been charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice in a gun-trafficking case linked to the murder trial of ex-National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, authorities said on Thursday.

Oscar Hernandez, who is not related to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, was arrested on Wednesday and will be brought to Massachusetts to face the charges, the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston said in a statement.

Aaron Hernandez has been in jail since June on charges he and two associates fatally shot semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd near his home in North Attleboro, Mass. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities investigating Lloyd’s murder found three guns that they determined were bought in Florida in April 2013. One of the guns was found inside a gray Toyota Camry with a Florida license plate that was parked in the garage of a North Attleboro house, according to the indictment against Oscar Hernandez.

The Boston Globe newspaper, citing a law enforcement source, reported it that belonged to Aaron Hernandez.

McNabb spends day in jail

Longtime NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb served one day in jail in Arizona for a December DUI arrest and was released on Thursday.

West Mesa Justice Court records showed that the 37-year-old McNabb spent Wednesday behind bars. Nine days of the sentence were suspended.

McNabb pleaded guilty on March 27 on the DUI charge after an Dec. 15 arrest at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. According to TMZ, McNabb was clocked at 81 mph in a 65 mph zone at 3:08 a.m.

Court records, including a mug shot of McNabb, were released on Thursday.

Chad Johnson signs with Alouettes

Chad Johnson is headed across the border to resume his football career.

The former NFL wide receiver signed a contract on Thursday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Johnson worked out for the team earlier in the week in Florida. The Alouettes finished the 2013 season with an 8-10 record.

The 36-year-old Johnson last played in the NFL during the 2011 season with the New England Patriots, seeing action in 15 games with limited impact. He caught 15 passes and had one touchdown with the Pats.

In June 2012, he signed with the Dolphins but was cut two months later after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge.

Dierdorf to broadcast Michigan games

Dan Dierdorf is returning to the broadcast booth just months after retiring to work as a radio analyst for Michigan football.

Dierdorf’s alma mater and IMG College, which holds Michigan’s multimedia rights, made the announcement Thursday.

The former Michigan and Pro Football Hall of Fame player left CBS Sports after the 2013 season as an NFL network broadcaster, saying the travel was too hard on his knees, hips and back. Dierdorf also spent 12 years on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” as an analyst.

The 64-year-old Dierdorf will join former Michigan teammate Jim Brandstatter this fall on the Wolverines’ broadcasts. Brandstatter replaced longtime announcer Frank Beckmann, who retired after the 2013 season.

Overbay takes paternity leave

The Milwaukee Brewers placed first baseman Lyle Overbay on the paternity list and recalled utility player Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

Overbay’s wife, Sarah, is pregnant with the couple’s fifth child and due to deliver.

In 10 games this season, Overbay is batting .100 (2-for-20) with three RBIs.

The 37-year-old veteran signed with the Brewers in the offseason after playing for the New York Yankees last year.

Herrera had a .250 batting average with two RBIs for Nashville.

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