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Sports briefs for July 2, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Two Sea Dogs move up to Pawtucket

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Sea Dogs shortstop Deven Marrero and right-handed reliever Miguel Celestino have been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, the Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday.

Marrero leaves the Sea Dogs with a .287 average (77-for-268), five home runs, 39 RBI, and 12 stolen bases after 68 games played in the 2014 season.

Celestino leaves the Sea Dogs with a 1-2 record, six saves in eight chances, and a 3.07 ERA in 23 appearances out of the bullpen.

In other moves, infielder Michael Almanzar has been assigned to the Sea Dogs after clearing waivers following his release from the Baltimore Orioles, righty Jeremy Kehrt has been assigned from Pawtucket, righty Pete Ruiz from Low-A Greenville, and Keith Couch has been placed on the disabled list to fill out the 25-man roster.

Nets hire Lionel Hollins as head coach

The Brooklyn Nets quickly settled a stunning coaching overhaul by hiring Lionel Hollins as their new head coach, the NBA team said on Wednesday.

Hollins, a former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, takes over for Jason Kidd, who left Brooklyn to join the Milwaukee Bucks as head coach on Tuesday.

Former NBA point guard Hollins led the Grizzlies to three consecutive playoff appearances in his last three seasons with the team before the two sides decided to part ways.

In Hollins’ last season at the helm, Memphis went 56-26 and advanced to the 2013 Western Conference finals.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Nets but, according to an ESPN report, Hollins signed a four-year deal with the Nets worth $18 million, with the fourth year at the option of the club.

Celtics reach deal with Bradley

The Boston Celtics agreed to terms on a four-year contract with restricted guard Avery Bradley, according to reports Wednesday.

The Boston Globe reported the deal is for $32 million.

Bradley spent his first four seasons in Boston and posted career-high averages of 14.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last year.

Deals can’t be officially signed until July 10.

University of Utah changes lyrics to fight song

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah football fans will be singing different words to their century-old fight song this autumn after the school changed the lyrics to be more inclusive of women and minorities, officials said on Wednesday.

Student body officers had expressed concerns over the “I am a Utah man” song, written in 1904 by a former football coach, saying some of its lyrics could be seen as sexist or racist.

The line: “Our coeds are the fairest” will be replaced by “our students are the finest,” and “no other gang of college men” is being changed to “no rival band of college fans.”

Throughout the four-verse anthem, the word “man” will be altered to “fan,” school officials said.

The changes came after a task force was set up earlier this year by the university’s president, David Pershing, to seek public input.

Predators sign center Jokinen

Veteran center Olli Jokinen was the biggest name on the move on Wednesday as player signings slowed down considerably after the NHL’s free agent signing period had opened with a flurry on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old from Finland, who was selected third overall in the 1997 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Jokinen, who played in the 2003 All-Star Game while enjoying seven successful seasons with the Florida Panthers, recorded 18 goal and 43 points in 82 games for the Winnipeg Jets in 2013-14.

Twins’ Mauer goes on 15-day DL

The Minnesota Twins placed first baseman Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the team announced Wednesday.

Mauer, 31, suffered the injury in the fourth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Mauer, who has hit safely in 12 straight games, is hitting .271 with 17 doubles, two homers and 28 RBIs in 76 games this season.



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