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Sports briefs for Aug. 12, 2014

BDN staff and wire reports

Free UMaine football clinic set Aug. 20

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine football team will host its annual Meet the Black Bears free football clinic at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Alfond Stadium.

All ages are welcome and participants will have the opportunity to meet players and coaches, get free posters and autographs and free pizza provided by Dominos.

Those interested must register by calling John Diamond at 207-581-1086 or via email atjohn.diamond@maine.edu.

MRI reveals no structural damage for Tigers’ Verlander

The Detroit Tigers received good news on Justin Verlander after his MRI Tuesday.

The right-hander has no structural damage in his right shoulder and could avoid the disabled list, though he’ll likely miss at least one start.

Verlander left Monday’s start against the Pittsburgh Pirates after just one inning, his shortest outing as a major leaguer. He gave up five runs in the first inning en route to an 11-6 loss at PNC Park, leaving the game with right shoulder soreness. He struck out three.

Verlander, who has never been placed on the DL since debuting with Detroit in 2005, is 10-11 with a 4.76 ERA this season.

Owner sued for dissolving Islanders sale deal

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang pulled the plug on a deal to sell the franchise for $420 million when the Los Angeles Clippers netted a $2 billion sale agreement, a lawsuit alleges.

Andrew Barroway claims in a filing in Manhattan that Wang’s “about-face” included raising the sticker price to $548 million.

“Wang was having seller’s remorse because he believed he had agreed to sell the Islanders for a price too low after hearing the unrelated news that a $2 billion bid was places to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers,” Barroway said in a civil suit Monday, according to the New York Post.

Barroway is suing to reinstate the original deal, or $10 million for the botched agreement.

Wang attempted to adjust the purchase price in July, the 19-page suit document alleges. He backed out of the deal entirely in August.

Broncos linebacker Trevathan injured

The Denver Broncos sustained a major blow Tuesday when linebacker Danny Trevathan went down with a fracture in his left knee that will sideline him for six to eight weeks.

The medial tibial impaction fracture occurred during a running play in a team drill at practice. Trevathan led the Broncos in tackles with 124 last season.

“They told me that my ACL and MCL are fine, but that I have a fracture in my knee,” Trevathan said. “The doctor told me I was going to be out four to eight weeks, but I told him four to six. I’m not tripping. I will bounce back. I’m a soldier.”

Taking his place for the remainder of practice was Brandon Marshall, who likely would assume Trevathan’s starting role.

Pacers courting Marion

The Indiana Pacers, looking to fill a void left by forward Paul George’s serious leg injury, are in the mix for free-agent Shawn Marion.

Pacers president Larry Bird confirmed that Marion, a 15-year NBA veteran, visited Indianapolis on Monday. Indiana and the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the leading contenders for the former All-Star’s services.

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