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Sports briefs for July 4, 2014

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

Union St. golf range opens

BANGOR — The Union Street Golf Range located next to the Airport Mall behind McDonald’s has opened for the season after having barrier nets repaired and installed. Their large grass tee area is 200 feet by 75 feet, allowing for 22 golfing stations. Target flags have been installed every 50 yards to three target greens. Five golf mats are available for beginners as well as a practice sand trap. Club repair also is available. For further information call 631-9555.

Local U18 soccer team reaches regional

The Seacoast United Blackbear 18-Under soccer team competed in the 13-state Region 1 Tournament in Rhode Island last weekend. The team qualified for the Region 1 Tournament by capturing the Maine state tournament earlier this spring.

The team was coached by M.J. Ball and was comprised of former or current Hermon High School players Amanda Allen, Maddie Page, Molly Roy, Kaitlin Saulter and Claire Petersen; Bangor High’s Tiffany Gray, Anna Morris, Anna-Maria Dagher and Allison Boulier; Ellsworth’s Emily Berry and Katey Curtis; Nokomis of Newport’s Taylor Davis and Audrey Davis; Maranacook of Readfield’s Sarah Clough; Mount Desert Island’s Maeve Geary; Penobscot Valley of Howland’s Sami Ireland; Houlton’s Emily Mooers and Brewer’s Catelyn Kimball.

Gray couldn’t play because she suffered a knee injury during a regular-season game and subsequently underwent surgery.

Rockies acquire Jurrjens

WASHINGTON — The Colorado Rockies have acquired pitcher Jair Jurrjens from the Cincinnati Reds in a minor league deal.

Jurrjens, who pitched for Curacao in the 2002 Senior League World Series in Bangor, came up through the Detroit farm system and made his big league debut with the Tigers in 2007.

He was part of the Atlanta Braves’ rotation from 2008-12 and led the league in starts with 34 in 2009 when he won a career-high 14 games. He also won 13 games in 2011.

Jurrjens was then picked up by the Baltimore Orioles before the 2013 season. The right-hander pitched in two games for the Orioles last season and was with the Cincinnati Reds’ farm system when he was traded Wednesday to the Rockies for Double-A first baseman Harold Riggins, who was hitting .263 with seven homers and 25 RBIs for Tulsa in the Texas League.

Jurrjens is slated to report to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He is 53-37 with an ERA of 3.63 in his major league career.

Clippers interested in Pierce

The Los Angeles Clippers, looking for roster upgrades, have engaged in conversations with the Brooklyn Nets to try to construct a sign-and-trade that would reunite Paul Pierce with Doc Rivers, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

According to ESPN.com, the Clippers could simply sign Pierce as a free agent using their midlevel exception at $5.3 million, but they are interested in pursuing sign-and-trade scenarios that would allow Brooklyn to get something in return for the 10-time All-Star.

Because Brooklyn holds his so-called Bird rights, a sign-and-trade also would allow Pierce — who made $15.3 million last season — to sign for more than the midlevel exception.

Kovalev announces retirement

Longtime NHL player Alex Kovalev officially announced his retirement Thursday.

Kovalev, 41, won the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the New York Rangers and most recently played in the NHL for the Florida Panthers during the 2012-13 season. He spent last season playing with Swiss second-tier team EHC Visp and organizing hockey camps in the region.

According to the International Ice Hockey Federation website, Kovalev cited injuries for his decision to retire.

Aceves suspended 50 games

New York Yankees minor league right-handed pitcher Alfredo Aceves received a 50-game suspension after a second positive drug test, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Thursday.

Aceves, who once pitched for the Boston Red Sox, currently is on the roster of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League. He tossed 19 2/3 innings in the majors this season, posting a 6.52 ERA.

Colts’ Brazil suspended for year

The NFL suspended Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill for at least one year without pay for violating the league’s policy and program for substances of abuse, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday.

Brazill previously was suspended in 2013 for the Colts’ first four games for allegedly violating the same policy. He came back to play in 10 games, compiling 161 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie in 2012, he made 11 receptions and scored once.

Also on Thursday, the league suspended Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan and Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins for four games each for violating the league’s drug abuse policy.

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