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Sports briefs for May 18, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

USM sending five to NCAA Div. III track championships

University of Southern Maine junior Peyton Dostie of Standish will make her second trip this year to an NCAA championship when she journeys to Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, this week to compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Dostie is among the 22 competitors in the field for the 400-meter hurdles that was announced Sunday morning by the NCAA. The eighth seed, Dostie qualified based upon her career-best time of one minute, 1.21 seconds turned in at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association New England Championships on May 10.

The preliminary round races for the 400 hurdles will be held at 6:30 p.m.Thursday and the finals at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile, the USM’s men’s team will send four representatives to NCAA championships

Sophomore Jeremy Collins of Standish, junior Jamie Ruginski of Buxton and the Huskies’ 4×400-meter relay quartet of Collins, Ruginski, sophomore Dan Webb of Acton and junior Kevin Desmond of Monmouth will compete in the championships. Collins is in the 400-meter hurdles field while Ruginski made the field for the long jump and triple jump.

Caps’ Ovechkin injures knee at Worlds

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sustained a potential serious injury to his right knee while playing for Russia in a game against Germany on Sunday in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship at Minsk Arena.

Ovechkin was hit by Germany forward Marcus Kink and lay on the ice for about two minutes before leaving without putting any pressure on the injured leg. He reportedly left the arena in an ambulance.

The 28-year-old’s injury was being evaluated, with the severity not immediately known.

Ovechkin led the NHL with 51 goals this past season.

MLB Network’s Williams on leave of absence

MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams is taking a leave of absence, according to the New York Daily News.

In the past week, the former major-league closer was in the news when reports surfaced that he swore at an umpire during his 10-year-old son’s baseball team. There was also a report that Williams, a coach on the team, ordered his pitcher to hit an opposing player with a pitch.

“Mitch Williams has decided to take a leave of absence from his role at MLB Network at this time,” an MLB Network spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to the Daily News. “We are continuing to look into the matter.”

Williams tweeted about the incident last Monday. “I regret what happened at this weekend’s tournament & apologize,” he wrote. In another tweet, he wrote: “I love baseball & coaching. I did not curse at the umpire & will walk away in the future. Again, I apologize.”

Canadiens’ Price could miss Game 2

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is not a definite to play Monday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final vs. the New York Rangers.

Price, who was pulled after the second period of a 7-2 loss in Game 1, was shaken up when Rangers forward Chris Kreider slid skate-first into him early in the second period. Price finished the period but did not return for the third after staying on the ice clutching his right leg.

Price spent only five minutes on the ice during an option practice Sunday, mostly moving side to side in the crease.


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