Sports briefs for April 27, 2014

Posted April 28, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
Last modified April 28, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.

UMaine’s Adams sets school mark in hammer throw

PHILADELPHIA — University of Maine junior thrower Wilson Adams broke a 50-year-old school record in the hammer throw at the Penn Relays Saturday at Franklin Field.

Adams bested Richard Nason’s mark of 187 feet, 7.5 inches as he heaved a final toss of 189-2. Adams, a Rhode Island native, finished third in the hammer throw, behind UMBC’s Thor Serafenas (196-6) and Manhattan’s Blerim Pocesta (189-3).

Ex-NASCAR driver at Wiscasset for safety tour

WISCASSET — Wiscasset Speedway’s Saturday racing card was postponed to a double card next Saturday that also includes a visit by former NASCAR driver Randy Lajoie, who is on a Safer Racer Tour.

Lajoie, a two-time NASCAR Busch Series champ, goes to tracks and shows drivers the latest safety innovations.

He will be in the pits from noon to 3 p.m., working with drivers and checking their cars for safety and will also be addressing the drivers at their meeting.

Katahdin CC, Dexter Muni opening Tuesday

Katahdin County Club in Milo will open on Tuesday when golf carts will be available.

There is a temporary green on the fourth hole. Those seeking more info may call the club at 943-8734.

Dexter Municipal Golf Club will also open on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

All regular tees and greens will be in play. Carts will not be allowed for opening day, but should be in use by Wednesday. Call 924-6477 to check on cart status.

Tampa Bay’s Bishop to have wrist surgery

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, a former University of Maine star, is scheduled to have surgery next week to fix a torn ligament in his right wrist, according to a report on ESPN.com.

Bishop has played with the injury since January and told the Tampa Bay Times that he had a cast while playing after the injury and re-injured the wrist again in February.

Bishop didn’t play in the playoffs due to an elbow dislocation, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

He finished the season with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.

UMaine swimmer inducted into honor society

University of Maine swimmer Cecelia McEachern has been inducted into the prestigious Sophomore Eagles honor society.

The members of the Sophomore Eagles represent the top one percent of their class in scholarship, leadership, character, friendship and dignity — the five points of the Sophomore Eagles’ symbolic blue star.

McEachern had a strong freshman campaign including top-5 finishes against URI, and Brown, respectively, placing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke and second in the 200-yard backstroke. She capped the year with a 10th-place finish at the America East Championships in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Wilson tops Manning in jersey sales

Quarterback Russell Wilson not only led the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, but he now outranks losing quarterback Peyton Manning for the top-selling NFL jersey.

Wilson was also No. 1 in the NFL Players Association’s Top 50 list, which ranks total overall sales of player merchandise from March 1, 2013 through Feb. 28, 2014. The NFLPA index is based on sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 licensees — products could include jerseys, posters, stickers, bobble heads, etc.

Wilson jumped from No. 18 on the previous list to take the top spot. Wilson beat out Manning for jersey sales on NFLshop.com.

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