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Sports briefs for May 14, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

UMaine field hockey captains named

ORONO, Maine — Seniors Annabelle Hamilton, Becca Paradee and Nicole Sevey have been named captains for the upcoming season, head coach Josette Babineau announced in a news release Wednesday.

“I am very happy with our captain selections for this coming season,” Babineau said. “Our team did a great job with the selection process in helping identify our needs and goals for next season. Annabelle, Nicole and Becca bring a different dynamic of leadership to our team. We are determined to achieve our goal of an America East championship and Nicole, Ananbelle and Becca will play key roles in working towards this accomplishment.”

Pistons name Van Gundy as head coach, president

The Detroit Pistons named Stan Van Gundy their head coach and president of basketball operations with hopes he can reshape the struggling franchise, the NBA team said on Wednesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but multiple reports said Van Gundy, who will be formally introduced at a news conference on Thursday, agreed to a five-year pact worth an estimated $35 million.

Van Gundy, who will have final say over basketball decisions as part of his new role, takes over a once-proud franchise that has fallen on hard times and missed the playoffs in each of the last five seasons.

He replaces head of basketball operations Joe Dumars, who stepped down from the position last month, and interim coach John Loyer, who took over in February when first-year coach Maurice Cheeks was fired after only 50 games.

Van Gundy has an career regular-season record of 371-208 in seven-plus seasons as a head coach and has reached the NBA playoffs seven times.

Poor Academic Progress Rate costly to Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State’s football program will be forced to lose a day of practice each week during the 2014 season after falling just short on its four-year Academic Progress Rate average.

The NCAA released its APR data Wednesday and Oklahoma State has an average score of 929.41 over the past four years and an average score of 943.54 over the past two years. The APR is a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term.

Teams must earn a 940 two-year average or a 930 four-year average to participate in the postseason. While OSU’s two-year average makes it eligible for postseason play, its four-year average makes it subject to a restriction of practice time.

“We are taking steps to ensure that our APR numbers improve moving forward,” athletic director Mike Holder said in a statement.

The OSU football team posted scores of 916 in 2009-10, 915 in 2010-11, 953 in 2011-12 and 934 in 2012-13.

Hardy charged, released, ordered to AA

Bond was set at $17,000 Wednesday morning for Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who was also ordered by a judge to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence and communicating threats charges Tuesday.

The warrant in the case alleges Hardy threw the 24-year-old woman to the floor and bathtub and strangled her.

Hardy was released Wednesday.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) police, the alleged incident involving Hardy’s girlfriend occurred early Tuesday morning. Police responded to a call at 4:18 a.m. ET and the alleged victim said she was physically assaulted and threatened by Hardy.

Hardy claims he called 911 when the alleged victim would not leave. The 24-year-old woman said she had been drinking before the incident and has been in a relationship with Hardy since September 2013.

The alleged victim’s attorney said she has bruises and scrapes on her back and shared evidence of the injuries in the courtroom.


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