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Sports briefs for June 5, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Husson’s Merrill gains New England honor

Husson University softball standout Kayla Merrill has been named to the 2014 ECAC Division III New England All-Star First Team.

Merrill was recognized at third base on the first team, and was the only representative of the North Atlantic Conference selected.

Merrill helped lead the Eagles to their sixth straight North Atlantic Conference title and a berth to the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament.

She was also named the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after ranking among the league’s best in most offensive categories, including a league-high five home runs, 22 runs scored, and six stolen bases. She also recorded three shutouts.

Irsay’s driver’s license suspended for one year

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s driver’s license was suspended for one year by an Indiana court following his arrest for driving while intoxicated.

The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday that police and prosecutors recently released documents that confirmed the license suspension starting May 27.

Irsay refused a blood test after he was arrested March 16 in Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis. Indiana law requires a one-year suspension of a driver’s license when someone refuses to take a blood test.

Charges were filed on May 23 in Indiana court against Irsay and he faces two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving.

An initial hearing is set for June 19.

Elway’s son pleads not guilty

Jack Elway, the 24-year-old son of Denver Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and pulled her out of a car by her hair.

John Albert Elway III was charged with disturbing the peace and assault after the Saturday incident near a college campus in downtown Denver.

He was scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on Thursday morning, but the hearing was canceled after he entered his plea on Wednesday, according to the Denver Post.

He posted a $550 bond after being arrested at his father’s home. A jury trial has been set for Aug. 6.

The younger Elway allegedly ripped out pieces of the woman’s hair and pushed her to the ground, causing her to scrape her knees.

Team president Saunders to coach Timberwolves

Flip Saunders is about to become a jack-of-all-trades for the Minnesota Timberwolves, adding head coach to his front office responsibilities.

Saunders takes over a team that went 40-42 last season under Rick Adelman, who announced his retirement in April.

It is expected Saunders will surrender some or all of his personnel department responsibilities. However, there are coaches — including Stan Van Gundy in Detroit — with coach and president roles in the NBA.

Saunders joined the Wolves’ front office last year and coached the team previously from 1995-2005.

Bears add Clausen to backup QB mix

The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jimmy Clausen to a one-year contract and waived linebacker Lawrence Wilson.

Clausen spent last season on injured reserve with the Carolina Panthers after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason finale. He joins a mix of players in Chicago competing for the backup role to Jay Cutler vacated by Josh McCown, who is slated to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starter this season.

Jordan Palmer entered the offseason program as the No. 2 quarterback, while the team also spent a sixth-round pick on former San Jose State star David Fales and has Jerrod Johnson on the roster.

Clausen, the former Notre Dame star, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Panthers.


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