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Sports briefs for Monday, June 9, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Former UMaine hockey standout in Calder Cup

ORONO, Maine — Former University of Maine hockey standout Will O’Neill is currently playing for the Calder Cup, awarded to the champions of the AHL.

O’Neill plays for the St. John’s Icecaps who are currently playing the Texas Stars in the AHL finals. Texas won the first game on Sunday night. O’Neill had a goal for the Icecaps and the second game was Monday night.

In 14 playoff games this season, O’Neill, a defenseman, ranks second on the Icecaps in scoring with three goals and 11 assists. He tallied nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points in 68 regular season games this year. The Icecaps are the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets..

Shelly Sterling to start charity with stake in Clippers

LOS ANGELES — A charitable foundation to be run by Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling, whose estranged husband, Donald Sterling, is being forced to sell the NBA team after making racist remarks, will have a stake in the franchise, a source close to negotiations said on Monday.

The foundation can have up to a 10 percent share in the team, the source said. It will be co-chaired by Shelly Sterling and former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, who has agreed to buy the team from Sterling for $2 billion.

“Those who will benefit (from the foundation) will be abused and battered mothers, underprivileged children and particularly those in urban, minority communities,” the source said.

The foundation, which has yet to be named, will play no part in team operations, according to the source, adding Ballmer had the option to take over 100 percent of the foundation on Shelly Sterling’s death.

In April, Donald Sterling, 80, was banned for life by the National Basketball Association and fined $2.5 million after a tape recording of disparaging remarks he made about black people was leaked to the celebrity news website

Heat’s Wade fined $5,000 for flopping

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was fined $5,000 for violating the anti-flopping rules during Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the league announced Monday.

The incident occurred with 4:09 remaining in the second quarter of Miami’s 98-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night at AT&T Center.

The league found Wade over-exaggerated a foul charged to San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili, who was whistled for the foul and appeared to take a swipe at the ball as Wade controlled it.

Calipari rejected megadeal from Cavs

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Cleveland Cavaliers discussed a multi-year contract worth up to $80 million and included total control of the front office.

The proposed deal would have made Calipari the president and coach, giving him having final say over roster moves over general manager David Griffin.

Calipari ended up returning to Kentucky after receiving a new seven-year, $52.5 million contract loaded with annual retention bonuses to reward his loyalty to the program.

Yahoo Sports reported the contract offer was a seven-year deal worth more than $60 million and ESPN said the contract was closer to a 10-year, $80 million stunner.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert reportedly persisted in offering Calipari a deal that would have paid him about $8 million-plus per year but he eventually turned down the offer to go back to Kentucky.

Kelly released from hospital, back home

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was released from the hospital Monday, 10 days after his final radiation treatment in his battle against cancer.

Kelly returned to his home after his release from Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where he has been since May 15.

Kelly, 54, underwent a six-week regiment of both chemotherapy and radiation treatments to counter the cancer in his maxillary sinus and adjacent tissues. Kelly’s doctors said he must wait two to three months after the conclusion of the treatments to determine the next steps in his cancer battle.

“He’s excited about getting home,” said Kelly’s brother, Dan, according to the Buffalo News. “We’re really excited for him and he’s glad to get going on the road to recovery.”

Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowls in the 1990s, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.


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