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Sports briefs for June 19, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Pratt steps down from UMF softball post

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine-Farmington head softball coach Cyndi Pratt has resigned her post to focus on coaching the Beavers’ field hockey team and her duties as a member of the department’s administrative team.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Julie Davis, UMaine-Farmington’s director of intercollegiate athletics. The formal search for a new head softball coach will begin immediately.

Pratt guided the Beavers to the North Atlantic Conference tournament in each of six seasons at the helm of UMF softball, reaching the championship game in 2011. Her teams posted a 51-97 overall mark.

Embiid to undergo foot surgery

Potential NBA first overall draft pick Joel Embiid will require surgery to repair a fractured right foot.

Agent Arn Tellem said in a statement that Embiid will have surgery and not attend next week’s draft.

“Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot,” Tellem said.

The 7-foot Kansas freshman was in the mix to be the top overall pick, but the latest injury could push the Cleveland Cavaliers toward Jayhawks forward Andrew Wiggins or Duke’s Jabari Parker.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks as a freshman last season.

Klitschko to defend titles against Pulev

HAMBURG, Germany — World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko will defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against undefeated Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg on September 6, his management company said on Thursday.

Ukrainian Klitschko, 38, has been a heavyweight champion since 2006. He was the 1996 Olympic champion and has an outstanding record as a professional of 52 knockouts in 62 wins.

The 33-year-old Pulev, who has 11 knockouts from 20 wins, became the IBF international champion in 2011 and European champion in 2012.

Report: Warriors offer Thompson for Love

One week before the 2014 NBA Draft, jockeying for position is becoming intense for teams trying to acquire veteran power forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Shooting guard Klay Thompson could be part of a bountiful offer from the Golden State Warriors, according to his father, Mychal Thompson, who told ESPN Radio that the deal was on the table.

Thompson said the Warriors could also receive shooting guard Kevin Martin, backup point guard J.J. Berea and Minnesota’s first-round pick (13th overall), for Klay Thompson and power forward David Lee.

The Denver Nuggets joined the fray with three veterans headlining their offer to Minnesota: guard Arron Afflalo, small forward Wilson Chandler and power forward Kenneth Faried.

Love is entering the final season of his contract. The All-Star forward wants to be traded to a contender.

Senators sign Mike Hoffman

The Ottawa Senators signed forward Mike Hoffman to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday.

Hoffman, 24, had three goals and six points in 25 games with Ottawa this season. He had 30 goals and 67 points in 51 games for the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League.

Hoffman was a fifth-round pick of the Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Lightning re-sign Killorn

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forward Alex Killorn to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

Killorn, 24, played in all 82 games for the Lightning last season, collecting 17 goals and 41 points to go along with 63 penalty minutes. He was one of three players on the Lightning to skate in all 82 games. Killorn ranked sixth on the Lightning for goals with 17 in his first full season in the NHL.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward has skated in 120 career NHL games, all with the Lightning.


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