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Sports briefs for May 26, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

USM junior wins national title in triple jump

DELAWARE, Ohio — University of Southern Maine junior Jamie Ruginski became a two-time national champion Saturday winning the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University.

In fourth place after the opening round of three jumps with a mark of 48 feet, 4 ½ inches, Ruginski moved into the lead on his school record mark of 49-7 ¾ on his fifth of six attempts.

He broke his previous record mark of 48-5 ¼ set in April).

Ruginski swept the NCAA Division III triple jump titles for 2013-14 by winning the indoor title in March to be a two-time national champion.

He also earned All-American honors in the long jump on Thursday finishing second with a school record jump of 24-0 ¼.

Yankees minor-leaguer hits 4 homers in one game

New York Yankees prospect Mike Ford hit four home runs in one game for Class A Charleston on Sunday — just four days after the another minor-leaguer accomplished the same feat.

On Wednesday, Arizona Diamondbacks minor-leaguer Jon Griffin clubbed four home runs in one game. Griffin added another homer the next day, giving him five straight, before the streak ended.

“It’s a great feeling to do that in a game, to help my team win, to get a much-needed win. I’ve come close to it, but this is just the greatest feeling,” Ford, who was the designated hitter, told “I hit a changeup and a slider out tonight and a couple fastballs. When you’re looking for your fourth home run, that’s the pitch you want.”

Charleston won Sunday’s game over Hickory 17-10.

Ford is the second player to hit four homers in a game in the Low Class A South Atlantic League, joining Tony Mongeluzzo (2002).

Giants OF Pence offers reward for stolen scooter

San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is offering a reward for his stolen motorized scooter.

Pence is offering a signed bobblehead that shows him riding the scooter. It was stolen from a restaurant parking lot Sunday night after the Giants completed a home sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

After announcing on Twitter that the scooter was stolen, he later posted a photo of it.

“I try not to be too attached to things, even though I have a bobblehead with it,” Pence told “I felt it was an extension of me.”

Pence does not lock the scooter because of its unique charger.

“It won’t last very long,” Pence said. “I try to trust people. Apparently somebody needed it more than I do.”

Russia crowned world ice hockey champions again

Russia claimed its fourth world ice hockey championship in seven years with a 5-2 win over Finland in the final in Minsk on Sunday to partly make up for their Sochi Olympic disappointment.

Finland dumped Russia out of the Games in February at the quarterfinal stage and just as in the Olympics, the Finns found themselves a goal down early on when Sergei Shirokov gave Russia the lead on 10 minutes on the powerplay.

The Finns tied up the game with only three seconds remaining in the first period through Iiro Pakarinen and six minutes into the second period Erkka Westerlund’s side took the lead through Olli Palola.

Russia’s reply was instant, however, with Alexander Ovechkin tying up the game at 2-2 less than a minute later.

Russia were desperately looking for the all-important go-ahead goal and it had a great opportunity with a power play late in the second period, Evgeni Malkin sending a fine wrist shot past Pekka Rinne’s stick side to put his side 3-2 in front.

Danis Zaripov helped ease home nerves with an excellently taken goal after good interplay with Shirokov to give Russia a two-goal lead with his 13th point of the competition.


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