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Sports briefs for July 1, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Maine kicker, linebacker earn preseason honors

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine football kicker Sean Decloux and linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga have earned preseason Beyond Sports Network All-America honors. Decloux was named to the BSN preseason All-America second team while Mulumba Tshimanga earned a third team accolade.

Decloux was the CAA first-team kicker as he set a school record with 16 field goals in 2013. Decloux matched the University of Maine record with 45 made PATs and he went 16-for-21 on field goal attempts, hitting a career-long 42-yarder twice.

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. An All-CAA first team selection, Mulumba Tshimanga paced Maine with 118 tackles, fifth most in the league.

Red Sox trade Hill to Angels

The Boston Red Sox traded left-handed relief pitcher Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations, the team said Tuesday.

Hill, 34, has pitched in 181 major league games in his career. This year at Triple-A Pawtucket, Hill has compiled a 3.23 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 39 innings.

Hill signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in the offseason. A native of Milton, Mass., Hill’s infant son died shortly before spring training.

Winston’s insurance policy valued at $8-$10M

In the past, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has indicated he will stay in Tallahassee for a couple of more years. But after Tuesday’s news that the returning Heisman Trophy winner and his family have purchased an insurance policy worth between $8 million and $10 million, there is speculation the Seminoles quarterback will bolt for the NFL after this season.

According to Yahoo Sports, Winston is the first returning Heisman Trophy winner since former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford to purchase preseason loss of value coverage, although other returning winners have purchased “total permanent disability” coverage.

Last year as a freshman, Winston earned numerous accolades in addition to the Heisman Trophy.

Former Patriots star Hernandez, facing murder charges, featured in calendar

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who has traded the gridiron for the courtroom as he faces charges of murdering three men, is featured as the July image in a calendar approved by his alma mater, the University of Florida, before he was charged, a university spokesman said on Tuesday.

“People are just finding it now because they’re flipping over to July,” said University of Florida spokesman Daniel Apple.

The calendar was produced by a third-party licensee and approved by school officials in spring 2013, before Hernandez’s June 2013 arrest on charges murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, Apple said.

It is one of thousands of products the school licenses each year, from clothing to stuffed animals to coffee mugs, Apple said. It isn’t clear how many of the calendars were printed or how much money the school made off them, he added.

The school lacks the authority to recall the existing calendars but has notified the calendar maker that it no longer approves of it, he said.

Former Bills QB Kolb charged with boating while intoxicated

Free agent quarterback Kevin Kolb was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated over the weekend in South Texas, according to multiple reports.

Kolb was arrested on Saturday and released on $3,000 bond, with the story originally reported by 956sports.com and confirmed through the Willacy County Sheriff’s office.

Kolb, 29, missed all of last season following a concussion suffered during training camp and was released by the Bills in March after failing a physical.

Kolb spent his first four NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before signing a five-year, $64 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. He went 6-8 as a starter in two seasons with Arizona before joining the Bills last offseason.

The oft-injured quarterback who has suffered multiple concussions in recent years has never played more than nine games in an NFL season.


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