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Sports briefs for June 23, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Yarmouth’s Mavor wins 45th A&J Open

PORTLAND — Top-seeded Brian Mavor of Yarmouth captured the men’s open singles title at the 45th annual A&J Open by saving six match points in route to a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over unseeded University of Southern Maine netman Kyle Curley of Gorham.

Mavor, a 14-time A&J champion, first captured the title as a 17-year-old high-schooler in 1981. The tournament, played at the Fore River Tennis Complex, is sanctioned as an outdoor major by the Maine Tennis Association.

Mavor earned his spot in the finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over fifth-rated Aaron Bergeron of Gorham, while Curley ousted second-seeded Marius King of Bangor, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Second seeded Cornell (Iowa) College sophomore Shashanna Moll of Belfast was the women’s open singles winner, turning back 13-year-old Izzy Evans of Cumberland, 6-1, 6-2.

Other event winners included: Patrick Ordway and Burke Paxton, men’s open doubles; Mike Hill and Tanya Preston, open mixed doubles; Tom Gross, men’s 35 and over singles; and Art Goldsmith, men’s 55 and over singles.

Examiner says Sandusky should get pension restored

Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky should be allowed to keep his state pension of roughly $60,000 a year despite his 45 child sex abuse convictions, an independent hearing examiner recommended on Monday.

Finding that state rules for forfeiting pensions due to sex crimes took effect in 2004 — and that Sandusky was not a Penn State employee at that time having retired in 1999 — the examiner said the former assistant football should have his pension reinstated.

He said Sandusky, 70, should receive his pension retroactively to October 2012, when it was revoked after he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for molesting 10 boys over 15 years.

“The Pennsylvania forfeiture law is simply not applicable to SERS’ members (pensioners) who commit crimes after they have begun receiving their pensions,” wrote Michael Bangs, who was appointed to hear Sandusky’s pension appeal by the governor’s Office of General Counsel.

Sterling’s lawyers say he was duped into mental capacity exam

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for Donald Sterling told a probate court judge on Monday that the Los Angeles Clippers co-owner had been duped into medical examinations that determined he lacked the mental capacity to have a say in the $2 billion sale of his team.

Sterling’s attorneys, speaking during a pre-trial hearing in the legal battle for control of the NBA franchise, asked the judge to allow them to present evidence of his mental fitness.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said he would rule on that request next week.

Sterling’s wife, Shelly, has asked Levanas to confirm her as the controlling owner of the team after Donald Sterling vowed to block its sale to former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

Sterling, 80, was banned for life by the NBA in April and fined $2.5 million after privately taped racist remarks were leaked to celebrity website TMZ.com.

A four-day trial in Los Angeles Superior Court is set to begin on July 7.

Portugal vs. U.S.’s most-watched soccer game

NEW YORK — Portugal’s 2-2 draw with the United States on a last-second goal by Varela yesterday was the most-watched broadcast of a soccer game in U.S. history.

The match broadcast on ESPN was seen in 9.6 percent of U.S. homes for an average of 18.2 million viewers, the Walt Disney Co. network said in a statement. That total topped the 18 million viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and China on Disney’s ABC.

Nationals’ Harper to start rehab assignment

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Monday with Class A Potomac.

The 21-year-old Harper will play at least two games for Potomac and then be re-evaluated. He will be playing all three outfield positions during his rehab assignment.

The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year was hitting .289 with one home run and nine RBIs in 22 games this season before injuring his thumb on a headfirst slide into third base. He was put on the disabled list on April 27 and had ligament surgery two days later.


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