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Sports briefs for Aug. 25, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Shawn Thornton at Sea Dogs’ game Tuesday

PORTLAND, Maine — Former Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will make an appearance at Hadlock Field at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the Portland Sea Dogs take on the Reading Fightin Phils.

Thornton will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will be available to sign free autographs for fans from 7-8 p.m.

Thornton spent the past seven seasons with the Boston Bruins. He signed with the Florida Panthers on July 1 after not being re-signed by the Bruins. During the 2011-2012 season in Boston, he set career-highs in points scored (20), goals (10), and assists (10) and helped the team win its first Stanley Cup title in 39 years.

In 559 career NHL regular season games, Thornton has notched 38 goals and 50 assists. He also played in 15 games with the Portland Pirates in the 2006-07 season.

Boston Celtics’ first round draft pick Marcus Smart is scheduled to make an appearance at Hadlock Field on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Rangers’ Darvish likely out for season

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is probably finished for this season because of an elbow injury.

That’s what Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during a radio interview on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 13 because of elbow inflammation, but there seems to be little chance that the Rangers will have him pitch again this season.

“By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don’t know that it will allow him to pitch again,” Daniels said on KRLD-FM, according to the Morning News.

Darvish is 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA this season. He last pitched on Aug. 9, when he allowed nine hits, four walks and six runs (five earned) in just four innings against the Houston Astros.

Redskins’ Meriweather suspended two games

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended two regular-season games without pay for his sixth violation of the NFL’s policy on player safety.

The NFL’s statement on the hit Saturday at Baltimore, when officials ruled Meriweather hit Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith “with forcible contact to the head and neck area … on a pass play” cited no attempt to make a form tackle or wrap up the offensive player.

Coach Jay Gruden disagreed, saying Meriweather attempted to make a rulebook, if not textbook, hit.

“He did the best he could, it looked like. (Joe) Flacco threw a late one across the middle and he saw the ball and he tried to lower his target,” Gruden said before the ruling came. “Unfortunately, as he was lowering his target, the receiver felt him and lowered his head also at the same time. It was a bang-bang play.

Irving get start at point for U.S. against Slovenia

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers will start at point guard for Team USA on Tuesday against Slovenia in its final tuneup heading into the FIBA World Cup.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that Irving and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls may rotate as the team’s starting point guard during the tournament.

Team USA begins the World Cup on Saturday in Bilbao, Spain, against Finland.

“We’ll see as this thing goes on,” Krzyzewski said Monday. “We might alternate ‘em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes.”

Krzyzewski also said the two star point guard may even play together during the tournament. Rose has played just 10 games over the last two seasons because of knee troubles.


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