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Sports briefs for June 18, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

UMaine finishes third in America East Academic Cup

The University of Maine finished third in the 2014 America East Academic Cup, released on Wednesday by the America East Conference. Black Bear student-athletes posted a 3.16 grade point average.

The University of Hartford earned its third straight America East Academic Cup, while New Hampshire finished in second place. Maine was followed by Vermont, Binghamton, Stony Brook, UMBC, Albany and UMass Lowell.

All nine America East institutions and 109 of the 141 teams compiled a 3.0 grade point average or higher in 2013-14. The league student-athletes averaged a 3.12 average during the year, the single highest mark in league history.

The Maine women’s cross country team had the highest grade point average of any team in the conference at 3.64. Maine women’s basketball (3.34), women’s indoor track and field (3.45) and women’s outdoor track and field (3.48) also had the highest grade point averages among the America East teams.

Emotional Clark officially announces retirement

Former Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark said farewell after 11 NFL seasons during an emotional news conference at the team’s facility Wednesday.

“Dallas is such a great football player who elevated the horseshoe to another level when he came in,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said.

Clark had to pause several times to gather his emotions.

“I don’t want it to seem like a funeral,” Clark said. “I want it to be light-hearted, I want it to be happy.”

Clark, 35, was selected by the Colts in the first round (24th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. In nine seasons (2003-2011) with the team, he set franchise records for the most career receptions (427) and receiving touchdowns (46) by a tight end, while finishing second in receiving yards (4,887) and 100-yard games (seven).

Lawyers for ex-Patriots star Hernandez seek to have search tossed out

Attorneys for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez argued in court on Wednesday that evidence seized from his home should not be allowed in his upcoming trial on charges of murdering an associate because police lacked cause to search the residence.

The former NFL tight end is accused of shooting dead semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough, Massachusetts home. It is one of three murder charges Hernandez is facing.

Defense attorney Charles Rankin argued during a pre-trial hearing in Fall River District Court that police who searched Hernandez’s home days after the shooting had not been given an affidavit describing investigators’ cause for ordering the search.

But Massachusetts state trooper Michael Cherven, who participated in the search, testified that the affidavit was attached to the search warrant he received.

Evidence found at the home included video surveillance footage, electronic devices including phones and computers, and firearms.

Associate Justice Susan Garsh did not immediately rule on the matter.

Kobe claims he is 100 percent

Two leg injuries later, Kobe Bryant said he is 100 percent healthy and ready to get back on the court with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant, who suffered a season-ending left knee fracture back in December, gave a brief TV interview Wednesday in Brazil, where he is taking in the World Cup.

“Oh, yeah. I’m 100 percent,” Bryant said when asked by the interviewer about his health. “One hundred percent.”

Bryant, 35, last played Dec. 17 when he sustained a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his knee. That injury occurred after he missed the first 19 games of the season during his recovery from a torn Achilles in his left leg from the previous April.


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