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Sports briefs for May 2, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Fundraising event set May 10 for Bangor coach Patterson

There will be a fund-raising dessert social for Bangor High School boys soccer coach Dave Patterson on Saturday, May 10 at 51 Thomas Hill Road adjacent to the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor from 2-4 p.m. There is no admission but a donation will be appreciated.

Patterson has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for it. The proceeds will go toward the medical expenses.

Grizzlies’ Randolph suspended

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph received a one-game suspension without pay after punching Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the jaw during Thursday night’s game, but Indiana Pacers forward Paul George avoided a similar penalty during the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn announced Friday that Randolph will be forced to sit out Game 7 on Saturday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City. The incident took place with 6:42 left in the Thunder’s 104-84 win over Memphis.

There were questions about whether George and teammate Rasual Butler would be suspended for Game 7 against the Hawks after they left the bench area during an altercation during Thursday night’s Eastern Conference game against Atlanta. The two apparently avoided punishment because they did not rush off the bench to join the fray.

George, an All-Star, averaged 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game during the regular season.

Both the Grizzlies and Hawks face elimination in Game 7s on Saturday.

UConn looking to double Ollie’s salary

University of Connecticut and coach Kevin Ollie are negotiating a new deal that would double his salary, ESPN reported Friday.

Ollie made $1.25 million last season in leading the Huskies to the NCAA championship. He has coached the team for two seasons.

Ollie took over when Jim Calhoun retired and was given a seven-month contract. In December 2012, the deal was extended to five years and worth $7.5 million.

A source told ESPN that the school is looking to pay Ollie about $2.4 million to $2.6 million per year.

Ollie has been linked as a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers coaching vacancy. The source said “it would take something substantial for him to leave.”

Nets coach Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing refs

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd was fined by the National Basketball Association on Friday after complaining about a lack of fouls called against the Toronto Raptors in their latest playoff game.

But the NBA took a dim view of the first-year coach’s complaints and promptly slapped him with a $25,000 fine.

Kidd told reporters on a conference call on Thursday that it was “mind boggling” that guard Joe Johnson took 23 shots in Wednesday’s game five defeat in Toronto and got only one free throw in the contest.

“If flopping is the way to go, then we have to maybe play that game,” said Kidd.


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