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Sports briefs for June 24, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Three UMaine football players gain preseason honors

ORONO, Maine — Defensive end Trevor Bates, kicker Sean Decloux and linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga have all garnered sports on the Beyond Sports Network Colonial Athletic Association Preseason All-Conference team.

Bates earned All-CAA third team recognition following the 2013 season as he made 54 tackles (29 unassisted) with 9.0 for loss to go along with 4.0 sacks.

Decloux was the CAA first team kicker as he set a school-record with 16 made field goals in 2013.

Mulumba Tshimanga had one of the best defensive rookie seasons in UMaine school history as he was named both the CAA and ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-Conference team selections were made by the BSN staff based on returning performers from the 2013 CAA All Conference Football Team, game evaluations, and overall statistics.

Oklahoma’s Stoops to join $5 million club

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops is on the verge of joining the $5 million a year club.

Oklahoma’s Board of Regents is expected to approve the pay increase when it meets Wednesday.

The deal, according to multiple reports, would make Stoops the second-highest paid college coach only trailing Alabama’s Nick Saban.

After the Sooners defeated the Crimson Tide in last year’s Sugar Bowl, a handful of NFL teams courted Stoops. The university believed the time was right to offer the pay increase to keep Stoops from bolting.

Stoops’ current contract pays the 53-year-old $4.74 million per year and runs through 2020. Since taking over the OU program in 1999, Stoops has compiled a 160-39 overall record and a 99-24 record in Big 12 play. He has guided the Sooners to one national championship and eight conference titles.

Heat’s Allen wants to play another season

On a day when LeBron James opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, guard Ray Allen indicated he would like to return to play another year alongside James.

In two seasons with the Heat, Allen and James have formed a close bond. After the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Heat for the NBA title, James and Allen vacationed together last week.

If Allen does return for his 19th NBA season, he wants to play with James in Miami or another team. Allen had considered retiring and intimated as much after the NBA Finals.

A’s Reddick returns from DL

The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Josh Reddick from the disabled list on Tuesday and placed first baseman Kyle Blanks on the DL with a strained left calf.

Reddick missed three weeks with a hyperextended right knee. When the veteran went on the disabled list June 3, he was batting .214 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 50 games.

In four rehab games with Triple-A Sacramento, Reddick hit .438 and had three doubles.

Blanks, who is eligible to return from the DL on July 8, is batting .333 with two homers and seven RBIs in 21 games with the A’s and .309 in 26 games overall this season. He came to Oakland in a May trade with the San Diego Padres.

Kings’ Quick has wrist surgery

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick underwent wrist surgery that will sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks.

Yahoo Sports first reported that Quick was undergoing “emergency surgery” after parents of children enrolled in Quick’s summer goaltending camp received an email stating that the 2012 Conn Symthe winner would not be able to participate. The Kings confirmed the surgery on Tuesday.

Quick’s email said the injury occurred during a second-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks. He played through the injury as the Kings went on to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals and the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Orange County Register reported that Quick’s recovery and rehab could extend beyond the start of training camp in mid-September.


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