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Sports briefs for May 13, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Kenduskeag G&CC open for season

The Kenduskeag Golf & Country Club is now open for the season. Golf carts will be permitted starting Thursday, May 15.

Rutgers QB Nelson dismissed

Rutgers dismissed quarterback Philip Nelson from the team Tuesday after being charged with first- and third-degree assault stemming from his role in an attack that left a 24-year-old man in critical condition early Sunday.

Former Minnesota State University-Mankato linebacker Isaac Kolstad sustained permanent brain damage from injuries following an alleged assault in which Nelson was arrested. According to police, witnesses said Nelson kicked an unconscious Kolstad in the head after Kolstad had already been struck by another male, who fled the scene.

Blaine Kolstad, Isaac’s father, wrote on caringbridge.org Sunday night that his 24-year-old son is in critical condition. Kolstad had surgery to place a pressure gauge in his skull and may need additional operations.

“The Rutgers football family’s thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family,” coach Kyle Flood said in a statement.

Dr. Dominic Cannella, a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, described Kolstad’s condition as “hour-by-hour” and painted a grim outlook due to the severe head injury, severe pulmonary injury, and the ominous outlook for recovery in the event Kolstad does survive.

Nelson, who transferred from Minnesota to Rutgers earlier this year, was arrested at the scene and put in jail Sunday on suspicion of assault after officers found Kolstad in the Mankato downtown entertainment district at 2 a.m.

Nelson, 20, appeared in court Monday for arraignment and bail was set at $20,000. The first-degree assault charge is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

USF coach suspended for tweet

University of South Florida strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub was placed on indefinite leave for a questionable message posted to Twitter following the selection of former Bulls defensive end Aaron Lynch.

“Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority,” Straub posted via his personal Twitter feed (@CoachStraubUSF) on Saturday.

A fifth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers, Lynch admits he underachieved at Notre Dame and for USF. But Bulls coach Willie Taggart, who played for Jack Harbaugh at Western Kentucky, gave a strong endorsement of Lynch as a pro prospect and person.

The 49ers hosted Lynch on a private visit last month to investigate his personal and football character and after making the selection, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Lynch “needs direction.”

Lynch was a first-team All-American at Notre Dame in 2011, but hasn’t played like it since.

“I am a first-round talent,” Lynch said. “(But) I’ve made some mistakes in my past and I figured that’s what hurt me a little bit.”

Tennessee LB uninjured by gunshot

University of Tennessee linebacker Jaylen Reeves-Maybin avoided serious injury after being shot in the arm early Sunday morning,

A school spokesman said Reeves-Martin, a sophomore and projected starter in 2014, attended classes Monday. He was grazed by a bullet and treated for an abrasion that did not require stitches.

Shots were fired in the air at a party in Reeves-Martin’s hometown of Clarksville, Tennessee, near his former high school, and there were no other reported injuries. Police were called to the scene around 3 a.m. in response to an aggravated assault, according to the Leaf-Chronicle.


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