Sports briefs for June 30, 2014

Posted June 30, 2014, at 7:55 p.m.

UMaine recruit chosen in sixth round of NHL draft by Toronto

Left wing Nolan Vesey, who will be a freshman on the University of Maine’s men’s hockey team this fall, was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the NHL draft in Philadelphia over the weekend.

Vesey was the 158th overall pick.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Vesey played for the South Shore Kings of the United States Premier Hockey League this past season and had 26 goals and 40 assists in 48 games.

His father, Jim, is Merrimack College’s all-time leading scorer and had a brief stint in the NHL along with a 376-game, 417-point career in the American Hockey Hockey League and International Hockey League. Vesey’s older brother Jimmy is a third-round draft pick of Nashville and was Harvard’s leading scorer this past season.

Toronto’s general manager is former Black Bear defenseman Dave Nonis.

GSA alumnus earns Plymouth State honor

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Adam Groves, a senior soccer player from Brooksville and George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, is the recipient of the Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Award, symbolic of the top scholar-athlete at Plymouth State University.

Groves shares the honor with PSU senior softball pitcher Nora Galvin.

Groves was a two-time All-Little East Conference selection in soccer and an Academic All-LEC honoree who earned President’s List honors in the classroom as a marketing major and was involved in numerous campus activities, including a position in the school’s outdoor recreation center.

Groves also served as a team co-captain last season.

Machado’s five-game ban upheld

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado lost his appeal and will serve a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing his bat against the Oakland A’s on June 8.

Machado, 21, began serving the suspension on Monday when the Orioles started a three-game series against the Texas Rangers. He will also miss games against the Boston Red Sox.

Machado was also fined an undisclosed amount on June 10. He immediately appealed the ban and has been playing.

Machado threw his bat in the direction of third base after swinging and missing at a pitch. A’s reliever Fernando Abad had thrown two straight pitches high and inside. Both benches emptied after Machado threw the bat and both players were ejected from the game.

Abad received a fine but was not suspended.

Gehrig-signed ticket expected to sell for $100,000

A ticket stub signed by New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig on July 4, 1939 — the day he retired from baseball — is estimated to fetch more than $100,000 in an auction, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Heritage Auctions said more than 60,000 tickets to the game at Yankee Stadium were sold but only two are known to have survived.

Of those, only one was signed by Gehrig.

The ticket is scheduled to be auctioned off Aug. 1 in Cleveland.

The owner was not identified.

Gehrig retired after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He famously said, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth” during his farewell speech.

Chris Ivy, Heritage Auction’s director of sports memorabilia, said it is “the most significant baseball ticket in the world.”

Pineiro gets 50-game suspension

Free agent minor league right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro, who was recently released from the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple-A team, received a 50-game suspension for a banned substance, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Monday.

The league said Pineiro tested positive for Heptaminol, a prohibited stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Pineiro, 35, was once a mid-rotation starter for the Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals and Angels. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011.

 

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