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Sports briefs for June 17, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

North Woods Law wardens at Sea Dogs game Friday

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will host North Woods Law night on Friday when the Sea Dogs host the Altoona Curve at 6 p.m. at Hadlock Field.

Fans will be able to meet the Maine game wardens who star in the television show, a documentary series that follows members of the Maine Warden Service and airs on the Animal Planet.

Sergeant Tim Spahrwill throw out the ceremonial first pitch and Corporal Rick Clowry will perform God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch. Many of the wardens featured in the show will be available for autographs and to meet fans from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the concourse.

Texans confirm Fitzpatrick is starting QB

HOUSTON — Ryan Fitzpatrick came to the Houston Texans wanting one more shot. Coach Bill O’Brien needed an intelligent, veteran quarterback to guide a new, complex offense.

The 10-year quarterback and first-year coach officially were bonded Tuesday, when O’Brien named Fitzpatrick the Texans’ starter.

O’Brien informed the Texans during an 8 a.m. meeting Fitzpatrick beat out Case Keenum, T.J. Yates and rookie Tom Savage for the job.

O’Brien said a competition that began as “wide open” at the start of OTAs clearly was won by Fitzpatrick, who’ll enter training camp as the starter and receive the majority of repetitions.

LeBron: No pay cut without roster upgrade

This decision that NBA fans will be waiting for this offseason involves LeBron James, again.

James has a June 29 deadline to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and become a free agent. And according to the New York Daily News, James will not take a cut in pay unless the money is used to improve the roster.

With James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Heat owner Micky Arison faces steep luxury tax penalties. James has no intention of reducing his salary from $20.6 next season and $22.1 million in 2015-16 so Arison can avoid those penalties, the Daily News reported.

There was talk during the NBA Finals that the Heat would make a run at New York Knicks free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony.

Bulls’ Rose ready for Team USA

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose could be on the court this summer for Team USA.

Rose told the Chicago Tribune he would be ready to play if the regular season began now, fully recovered from his second season-ending knee surgery in two years.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Rose is expected to be at the start of training workouts for the FIBA World Cup in July, but added that the only way to make the final roster is by being fully healthy. Several players, including Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, had minor injuries during workouts in Las Vegas last year.

“He can’t make the team unless he’s ready to go full bore,” Krzyzewski said. “And knowing Derrick I would think he’ll be ready, and hopefully he’ll be 100 percent.”

Rose, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and league MVP in 2011, signed a five-year, $94.8 million deal in 2011 but played a combined 49 games the past two seasons because of knee injuries.

Dodgers’ Billingsley out for season

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley has decided to have elbow surgery to repair a partial tear of his flexor tendon, a procedure that will prevent him from pitching this season, the Los Angeles Time reported Monday.

Billingsley had been hoping to pitch this season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, he was diagnosed with the flexor tendon tear last week after experiencing elbow soreness during his minor league rehab assignment.

Billingsley should be ready to throw again in three months, according to the Times report, but will not be ready to pitch in a game for six months.

If he has no setbacks, he should be ready for the start of the 2015 season.


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