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Sports briefs, Dec. 22, 2011

By Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Bangor High alumni swim meet set Monday

BANGOR — The 43rd annual Bangor High School boys and girls alumni swim meet will be held Monday at 6 p.m at the Husson University pool. The warmup will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Swimmers do not need to preregister.

Bangor hockey alumns vs. Rams slated Wednesday

BANGOR — The Bangor High School alumni will play the current high school team on Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. at Sawyer Arena. Donations will be taken at the door to benefit Bangor hockey.

Colby lacrosse star Bunker drafted by Rattlers

WATERVILLE, Maine — Craig Bunker, a three-time All-American men’s lacrosse player at Colby College, was selected by the Rochester Rattlers in the 14th round of the Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft last week.

Bunker, who graduated last spring, is the only Mule to make the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association first team, which happened this year. He was named to the second team after his junior year and was an honorable mention pick after his sophomore season.

Bunker, who ranked fourth in the nation in faceoff percentage (205 of 287, 71.4 percent), was also named 2011 USILA Division III Specialty Player of the Year.

The Rattlers’ training camp is expected to start in mid-March and their first game is April 28. The training camp roster can have up to 40 players, but the roster has to be cut to 25 to start the season.

Busch gets new ride with Phoenix Racing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kurt Busch has a new ride.

NASCAR’s most polarizing figure announced he’ll drive the No. 51 car for Phoenix Racing and owner James Finch for the entire 2012 Sprint Cup season.

Busch says in a release “after entertaining a lot of quality offers, there’s no better place for me.”

Busch has won 24 Sprint Cup races, as well as the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

Finch, who celebrated his 20th year as a NASCAR team owner in 2011, says, “all we want to do is win” and with Busch “we have a shot every week.”

Busch, who has previously driven Fords and Dodges, will drive the No. 51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet Impala in 2012. His first race will be the non-points Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, Fla.

Bonds files appeal of obstruction conviction

SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds is officially appealing his felony obstruction conviction.

His attorneys paid $455 and filed a one-sentence notice to the federal trial court late Wednesday, saying that Bonds was asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal to toss out his conviction. The case will be randomly assigned to a three-judge panel later.

Bonds was sentenced Friday to 30 days of house arrest, two-years of probation and a $4,000 fine. But U.S. District Judge Susan Illston delayed imposition until the appeal is resolved.

Bonds appellate attorney Dennis Riordan estimated it could take as long as 18 months for a decision.

Bonds was convicted of giving evasive answers to a grand jury investigating a Northern California-based steroids distribution ring.

Ex-Notre Dame QB Crist transferring to Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas coach Charlie Weis landed a pair of high-profile quarterbacks Thursday.

Former top recruit Dayne Crist announced on Twitter that he would join the Jayhawks for his senior season after a checkered career at Notre Dame, shortly before news broke that BYU quarterback Jake Heaps was also transferring to Kansas.

Crist will reunite with Weis, who recruited him to Notre Dame, and be eligible to play next season because he’s already graduated from Notre Dame. Heaps will have to sit out under NCAA transfer rules but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Officials at Kansas could not comment on the quarterbacks until they enroll.

Crist visited Kansas and Wisconsin before making his decision, which came the same day Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst was hired as the head coach at Pittsburgh.

Warrant issued for agent Leigh Steinberg over debt

SANTA ANA, Calif. — “Show me the money” indeed: A bench warrant over a $1.4 million debt has been issued for the sports agent who was the inspiration for the movie “Jerry Maguire.”

The warrant for Leigh Steinberg’s arrest was issued after he failed to appear in court last week in a case involving a judgment owed to a landlord, Carole Levitzky, a spokeswoman for Orange County Superior Court, said Thursday.

Court papers show Steinberg was ordered to pay $1.4 million last year to the Irvine Company in a default judgment for office space he leased in Newport Beach.

Steinberg stopped paying under the terms of his lease in 2009, according to court papers filed by the landlord, which declined to comment on the case.

Steinberg was the inspiration for Tom Cruise’s character in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire,” which turned “Show me the money!” into an enduring catchphrase, though Steinberg isn’t actually known for using that phrase.

Steinberg said he’s not hiding or running from the law. He said he has an office open for business in Irvine and thousands of friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter.

The 62-year-old agent said he’s still representing athletes and he’s acting as a consultant on projects related to sports in movies, television and video games.

Brook Lopez to have surgery for broken right foot

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New Jersey Nets will be without center and leading scorer Brook Lopez for a couple of months because of a broken right foot.

Lopez, who did not miss a game in his first three seasons, was injured during an exhibition game against the Knicks on Wednesday and he will have surgery Friday.

The injury is a stress fracture to the slow-healing fifth metatarsal, the same kind of injury that New York Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara suffered on Aug. 6 in training camp. He did not play in a game until Nov. 20.

“I had a long talk with Brook last night,” coach Avery Johnson said. “He is not in great spirits but we tried to lift his spirits to let him know that, hey, this is a little bit of a setback but he could definitely have a big-time comeback. Hopefully, once we get through with the surgery and get back to rehabbing and he can heal up and we can get him back at some point this season.”

Lopez, who averaged 20.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists last season as the Nets posted a 24-58 record, played in the second half with the injury.

Johan Petro is his backup, although the injury might force general manager Billy King to explore some trade options.

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