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Sports briefs for August 8, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Ciresi named Colby hoop assistant

WATERVILLE, Maine —- Nick Ciresi, was named assistant coach for the Colby College men’s basketball team on Friday.

Ciresi, who has coaching experience at Union College and Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, will work under head coach Damien Strahorn.

Ciresi, a 2009 Union graduate who twice captained the team, became an assistant coach for the Dutchmen in 2009. He twice earned Union’s Paul Rieschick Award for a men’s basketball player who best represents the team concept.

In 2011, he moved to Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham, where earned his master’s degree at the school.

Court denies Sterling’s bid to halt Clippers sale

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court on Friday rejected disgraced Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling’s attempt to have the $2 billion sale of the NBA team put on hold until his appeal can be heard.

In denying Sterling’s latest attempt to block the sale brokered by his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer, the court said there was nothing for it to review at this time.

Shelly Sterling, 79, was given the go-ahead by a Los Angeles probate judge last month to consummate the NBA-record sale as the court said she had the power and fiduciary duty to complete the deal with Ballmer.

Lawyers for the 80-year-old real estate billionaire, who has been banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks, say the probate judge ruled too broadly in allowing the Clippers sale to move forward pending Donald Sterling’s own appeal.

Rangers sign Bourque

The New York Rangers and restricted free-agent forward Ryan Bourque agreed to terms on a contract, the team announced Friday.

Length and financial terms were not disclosed.

Bourque, 23, comes off his best American Hockey League season, scoring 21 goals and 37 points in 74 games for Hartford. He has 35 goals and 66 points in 196 AHL games with Hartford and Connecticut.

The Rangers chose the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Bourque in the third round (No. 80) of the 2009 draft. The Boxford, Mass., native is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque.

Maryland to pay $31M exit fee to ACC

The University of Maryland must pay the Atlantic Coast Conference $31 million as an exit fee for leaving to join the Big Ten.

The ACC sought a $52 million exit fee in 2012 but agreed on the lower amount Friday after lawsuits in North Carolina and Maryland were settled.

Maryland spent 61 years in the ACC.


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