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Sports briefs for Aug. 14, 2014

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Service for Winkin set Sunday

WATERVILLE, Maine — A celebration of life service will be held for legendary Maine college baseball coach John Winkin at noon Sunday at Colby College’s Lorimer Chapel.

Winkin, who died at age 94 on July 19, won 1,043 games during his time at Colby College, Maine and Husson University, and was inducted into 11 halls of fame, including the College Baseball Hall of Fame last year.

He finished with a record of 1,043-706-16.

Former Maranacook star named Bowdoin assistant coach

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Former Maine high school standout Toby Martin has been named assistant coach for the Bowdoin women’s basketball team.

Martin, a 2005 graduate of Maranacook High School and two-time Maine All-State selection, fills the position vacated by K.J. Krasco, who was named the head coach at Middlebury College earlier this summer.

A three-time Kennebec Valley Conference Player of the Year at Maranacook, Martin played Division II basketball at Franklin Pierce University where she helped lead the Ravens to the 2009 Northeast-10 Conference Championship and a pair of NCAA Regional titles. In 2009, she was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team as Franklin Pierce advanced to the national final.

After graduation, Martin played professionally in Germany for three years for the Qtsu Dragons, twice leading the league in scoring. She was also an assistant coach at the University of Southern Maine, where she served under head coach Gary Fifield.

Redskins appeal ruling that voided trademarks

WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins filed an appeal on Thursday to overturn a U.S. government tribunal decision that canceled the NFL team’s trademarks because the panel considered the name and logo disparaging to Native Americans.

In a 2-1 decision, a Patent and Trademark Office administrative tribunal voted in June to cancel six trademarks. The Redskins appealed the ruling to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

“We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,” Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Redskins, said in a statement.

The ruling does not mean that the trademarks can no longer be used by the National Football League franchise, only that they are no longer registered. The trademark protection remains until appeals are exhausted.

Cousins injures knee at Team USA practice

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins injured his right knee in Thursday’s practice, the first since Team USA lost Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George to a leg injury.

Cousins will undergo what national team general manager Jerry Colangelo said is a precautionary MRI exam and is out for Saturday’s exhibition against Brazil at the United Center. Team USA is practicing this week at Qwest MultiSport training facility in Chicago, site of the NBA Draft Combine.

In addition to Kevin Durant, who withdrew last week citing mental and physical fatigue, the preliminary roster of 16 is reduced to 14 players for the exhibition this weekend.

Colangelo said he is hopeful Cousins is not seriously injured. A sprained knee could bring a recovery time of 4-6 weeks, which would wipe out the center for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain, which begins Aug. 30. The championship game is Sept. 14.


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