Sports briefs for Aug. 18, 2014

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, at 8:03 p.m.

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.

Cleamons to coach for Knicks’ Fisher

The New York Knicks will add Jim Cleamons to new coach Derek Fisher’s staff, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Cleamons, a longtime NBA assistant, served on former Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew’s staff last season.

Knicks president Phil Jackson and Cleamons have a long history of working together — first with the Chicago Bulls and then with the Los Angeles Lakers. Cleamons was on Jackson’s coaching staff for numerous NBA titles.

Cleamons and Fisher also previously worked together when Cleamons was an assistant coach and Fisher a point guard for the Lakers from 1999 to 2004.

The Lakers’ reunion in New York includes Kurt Rambis, a longtime Jackson assistant who is part of Fisher’s staff.

Oklahoma’s Mixon suspended for season

Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season following charges stemming from an altercation at a Norman restaurant last month.

Mixon, who was arraigned Monday and ordered not to contact the alleged victim by any available means, will be excluded from all team activities but is still enrolled in classes.

He is accused of punching Amelia Rae Molitor in the face during an argument at Pickelman’s Gourmet Cafe in Norman, Okla. Mixon, who pleaded not guilty, is charged with a misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury. He was released without paying bail and ordered to appear in court Sept. 23.

The presiding judge ordered police and authorities to prohibit the release of surveillance video that captured the incident, but did not divulge specific reasons for withholding the evidence from the public.

Leafs sign first-round draft pick

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Monday.

Nylander was selected eighth overall at June’s NHL draft.

“Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice,” general manager David Nonis, a former UMaine hockey player, said in a statement. “We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract.”

Nylander, 18, registered one goal, six assists, seven points and six penalty minutes in 22 games with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. He also played 18 games for Rogle and 17 games for Sodertalje in Sweden’s second division, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) for each club, respectively.

 

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