Sports briefs for Thursday, July 10

Posted July 10, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
Last modified July 10, 2014, at 10:47 p.m.

Maine’s six college football coaches to kick off Portland luncheon

The State of Maine Chapter of The National Football Foundation will hold its eighth annual Kick-Off Luncheon featuring the head coaches of the six Maine colleges with football at noon Thursday, July 31 at the Howard Johnson Conference Center in Portland.

The coaches attending will be Mark Harriman of Bates in Lewiston, Dave Caputi of Bowdoin in Brunswick, Jon Michaeles of Colby in Waterville, Gabby Price of Husson in Bangor, Chris McKenney of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine and Jack Cosgrove of Maine.

All coaches, administrators, alumni, parents, friends of football, players and the public are invited to attend. Each coach will be available for media interviews and will provide season outlooks on their respective teams.

Tickets are $20 each and the deadline for purchase is July 26. Contact Jack Flynn at 207-799-8441 for reservations and additional information.

Maine athletes gain America East academic honors

The University of Maine had 149 student-athletes named to the America East 2013-14 Winter/Spring Honor Roll on Thursday. The Black Bears placed 85 student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for obtaining a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Maine ranked second in the conference with 85 student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Binghamton was the lone school with more student-athletes named to the Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll as the Bearcats 86 honored.

Maine had 62.6 percent of its student-athletes honored named to the America East Academic Honor Roll.

Yankees’ Tanaka has small elbow ligament tear

New York Yankees’ starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and could be out of the game for about six weeks, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Thursday.

Tanaka visited three doctors with each confirming a small ligament tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, but the right-hander has opted for non-surgical rehab hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery, which could mean a year out of the game.

The 25-year-old Japanese pitcher, who was named for next week’s All-Star game, leads the American League with 12 wins and has a 2.51 ERA, the fourth best in the AL.

Jeter has No. 1-selling jersey in 2014

Heading into his 14th and final All-Star Game appearance, Derek Jeter remains atop the list of most popular MLB player jerseys, closely followed by some of the biggest names in the game as well as the young stars who are leading the next generation. Derek Jeter’s No. 2 jersey was the most popular MLB jersey since Opening Day.

Jeter was first on the top 20 list released by Major League Baseball and the players’ association with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and a pair of Boston Red Sox — designated hitter David Ortiz and second baseman Dustin Pedroia — rounding out the top five.

The list is based on Majestic jerseys from MLB.com and MLB Shop since the start of the 2014 regular season. Twelve of the top 20 are 27 years old or younger, tied for the most since MLB began publishing these rankings in 2010.

Sale, Rizzo win last spots in All-Star Game vote

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made it a Chicago sweep on Thursday by winning an online fan vote to claim the last two spots in next week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Sale was one of five pitchers nominated on the American League ballot, beating Garrett Richards of the Angels, Rick Porcello of the Tigers, Corey Kluber of the Indians and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros by receiving 6.7 million votes.

Rizzo beat Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, Braves outfielder Justin Upton, Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon and Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee with 8.8 million votes.

Sale (8-1, 2.08 ERA) was the winning pitcher of last year’s All-Star Game.

Rizzo entered Thursday’s games with 20 home runs.

NBA salary cap increases to $63 million

EditorsNote: adds Nets’ luxury tax Salary cap increases to $63 million

The NBA salary cap increased 7.5 percent to an all-time high of $63.065 million for the 2014-15 season, the league announced Wednesday.

The tax level for the 2014-15 season increased 7.1 percent to $76.829 million. The Brooklyn Nets will pay a record $90.57 million in luxury taxes for this past season, ESPN.com reported.

The salary cap and tax level go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday when the league’s “moratorium period” ends and teams can begin signing free agents and making trades.

The minimum team salary, which is set at 90 percent of the salary cap, is $56.759 million for the 2014-15 season.

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