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Sports briefs for July 31, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

USM names new volleyball coach

GORHAM, Maine — Diane (Marzelli) Newell has been named the head coach for the University of Southern Maine women’s volleyball program. Newell replaces Tom Gardner who departed USM after three seasons for the head coaching position at California Institute of Technology.

Newell spent the past five seasons (2009-2013) as the girls’ varsity volleyball coach at Norton (Mass.) High School where she also taught English. During that span, Newell was named the Tri-Valley League Coach of the Year in 2012, and her team was recognized with the Sportsmanship Award in 2011 and 2012. Prior to coaching at Norton HS, Newell was the volleyball coach at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton, Mass., for two seasons (2007-2008).

Moberg to coach Colby golf team

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Steph Moberg, who helped the Colby College women’s hockey team make the New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinals last year as an assistant coach, is the new head coach of the Colby golf team.

Colby’s golf program is combined with male and female golfers. The Mules finished seventh in the conference fall qualifier and had the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and all-league selection in Geoff Sullivan. Three of the five golfers in the conference meet were sophomores or younger last season.

Moberg was an assistant women’s hockey coach at Connecticut College before coming to Colby. A 2010 graduate of Plattsburgh State, Moberg earned American Hockey Coaches Association First Team All-American honors in 2009 and 2010.

Seahawks RB Lynch to end holdout

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to end his holdout Friday, nine days after the defending Super Bowl champions reporting to training camp. He is subject to a $30,000 fine for each day he misses in camp, but many veterans are successful in getting excessive fines forgiven as part of their return.

Lynch is in the third year of his contract and hoped the team would offer to alter his contract, a four-year deal signed in 2012 that has two years remaining.

Lynch is due a $5 million base salary in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015. He turned 28 in April and has averaged 300 carries the past three years — with an NFL-high 901 in that span — leading to speculation the team might release him before the 2015 season. That’s why some have theorized Lynch is looking for more up-front money in case he’s not around in ’15.

Brady Quinn joins FOX broadcast team

Brady Quinn has not officially announced his retirement from the National Football League, but the veteran quarterback acknowledged he is entering a new “career challenge” with the announcement he will join FOX Sports as a college football and NFL studio and game analyst.

Quinn will serve as an in-studio analyst on FOX Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame” and “FOX Sports Live.” In the booth, he will be teamed with Tim Brando for college games and Dick Stockton when on NFL assignment.

A first-round pick out of Notre Dame by the Cleveland Browns in 2007, Quinn has appeared in 24 career games, including 20 starts over seven NFL seasons. For his career, Quinn has a 53.8 completion percentage and 64.4 passer rating with 12 touchdown passes against 17 interceptions.


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