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Sports briefs for May 28, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Maine baseball players set for New England all-star game

LOWELL, Massachusetts — Players from the University of Maine, Southern Maine, Husson University and Bates College will compete in the 40th annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Joe Walsh All-Star Game at 7 p.m. Sunday at LaLacheur Park.

The University Division All-Stars, comprised of New England’s top Division I players, will take on the College Division All-Stars, which will be represented by the region’s best Division II players and top Division III seniors.

Senior pitcher Tommy Lawrence and junior utilityman Scott Heath will represent UMaine on the University team while Southern Maine first baseman John Carey, outfielder Forrest Chadwick, catcher Matt Verrier and DH Chris Bernard will play for the College squad. Husson outfielder Dylan Foster and Bates pitcher Brad Reynolds will also compete for the College team.

Falmouth woman is 8 millionth Sea Dogs fan

PORTLAND — The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, welcomed the 8 millionth fan in franchise history Wednesday night as the Sea Dogs hosted the New Britain Rock Cats.

Jane Charron from Falmouth was the lucky fan, who was attending the game with her family.

Charron was greeted at the turnstile by Sea Dogs’ General Manager Geoff Iacuessa at 4:45 p.m. Charron received a Sea Dogs prize package including a pair of Sea Dogs season tickets for the next eight years, eight rounds of golf at Nonesuch River, eight $25 gift cards to Salvage BBQ, eight $25 gift cards to Hannaford, and a No. 8 Sea Dogs jersey.

She will also get to throw out the ceremonial first-pitch a future Sea Dogs game.

The 2014 season is the 21st season of play for the Sea Dogs. In the team’s first season in 1994, the Sea Dogs established an Eastern League record in attendance as 375,197 fans made their way to Hadlock Field. Since that time the Sea Dogs have consistently drawn around 400,000 fans annually and rank among the attendance leaders in Double-A baseball.

Woods to miss U.S. Open

Tiger Woods officially ruled himself out of the U.S. Open while he continues his recovery from back surgery.

Woods announced on his website Wednesday that he would skip the championship in two weeks. It will be the second major that Woods has missed this year. Woods did not play in the Masters in April.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” said Woods, who will miss his sixth major because of injury during his professional career. “I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst.

“The U.S. Open is very important to me and I know it’s going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.”

Woods’ last tournament was the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 9. He had back surgery for a pinched nerve on March 31.

Bucs owner Glazer dies at age 85

Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer died Wednesday at age 85, the team announced.

Glazer, who purchased the Buccaneers in 1995 and hoisted the team’s first Super Bowl trophy eight years later, served as a guiding force in the team’s competitive rise following decades of struggles.

In Glazer’s time as owner, the Bucs earned seven playoff berths, five playoff wins and the team’s lone Super Bowl championship in the 2002 season.

“He was a genuine, hard-working, one-of-a-kind man,” former Bucs coach Jon Gruden said. “He was a friend, a trailblazer and I’ll miss him.”

Glazer also served on the NFL’s Finance Committee and played a key role in Tampa hosting the Super Bowl on multiple occasions.

“Malcolm Glazer was the guiding force behind the building of a Super Bowl-champion organization,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “His dedication to the community was evident in all he did, including his leadership in bringing Super Bowls to Tampa Bay.


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