Sports briefs for Feb. 24

Posted Feb. 24, 2012, at 7:57 p.m.

Colby promotes assistant to head football coach

WATERVILLE, Maine — Jonathan Michaeles has been named head football coach at Colby College.

The NCAA Division III school launched a national search that drew more than 100 candidates, but stayed close to home, selecting Michaeles, who has been an assistant at the school for the past eight years.

In that time he has been offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, academic advisor and strength and conditioning director.

Michaeles is a Sturbridge, Mass., native and 1992 graduate of Bates College, where he played wide receiver.

He said he sees the job as a chance to carry on the school’s proud tradition. The school is coming off a 3-5 season.

CVA skiers heading to national championships

The nation’s best J2 ski racers will be competing in the Marriot USSA National Championships in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., on March 3-13. Among the 40 athletes from the East who qualified for the event, four of them are students at Carrabassett Valley Academy and Franklin County natives.

Sam Morse, Max Richard, Czari Cochrane, and Jamie Marshall will be competing in the championships after qualifying by performing in the top 5 to 10 percent of in the ages 15-16 division in the country. Morse, Richard, Cochrane and Marshall have earned more than twenty-five podium finishes. The racers will be also vying for spots in the US National Development System.

On Thursday, the CVA PSO will be hosting a community send-off event for the skiers at The Rack in Carrabassett Valley at 6 p.m. Local and state officials will be in attendance to congratulate and facilitate support for the skiers. For more information, contact Lani Cochrane at 207-280-1551 orcochrane@tdstelme.net.

Torre-Caruso out of Dodgers’ bidding

NEW YORK — Joe Torre’s group has dropped out of bidding for the bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers because current owner Frank McCourt won’t include the parking lots outside the stadium.

Whether the lots are included in the sale has been an issue that always has had the potential to become contentious as the sale process moves toward a conclusion in April.

Some if not most bidders are opposed to the prospect of buying the team and then having to deal with McCourt as their next-door-neighbor, in control of land needed for the vehicles of fans attending games.

The decision, first reported by The Los Angeles Times, was conveyed to Major League Baseball executive vice president Rob Manfred in a letter from group head Rick Caruso and Torre. The letter was obtained by the Times and The Associated Press.

“Since the outset, we felt that operationally it would be impossible to effectively manage baseball operations having the parking lots that surround the stadium under separate ownership,” said the letter, which was dated Feb. 17. “We believed that during the bid process that we would have the opportunity to buy the lots. It has not been made clear to us by Mr. McCourt that the lots are not and will not be for sale.”

Former NFL player Sharpe arrested on murder charge

ATLANTA — Authorities say former NFL defensive back Glenn Sharpe has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a man in the Atlanta suburbs.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Adrion Bell says the 27-year-old was charged Thursday in the Feb. 2 death of Christopher Galloway in Stone Mountain, Ga.

It was not immediately clear whether Sharpe has an attorney.

Sharpe began his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Miami. In the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, he received a late penalty in overtime, giving Ohio State a second chance to upset the Hurricanes’ bid for back-to-back national championships.

He won a Super Bowl ring in 2010 with the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad and briefly played for the Indianapolis Colts.

NCAA punishes Radford, sanctions Brad Greenberg

The NCAA has placed Radford’s athletic programs on probation for two years for rules violations in men’s basketball and tennis and imposed heavy sanctions on former coach Brad Greenberg for attempting to conceal violations.

The NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions also issued a public reprimand and censure to Radford, took away two men’s basketball scholarships over the next two seasons and forced the school to vacate four victories earned with an ineligible player during the 2010-11 season.

Greenberg, men’s basketball coach who quit at the end of the 2010-11 season and no longer works at the college level, was given a five-year, show-cause sanction and banned from doing any recruiting during that period. Three assistants at the time received two-year sanctions and recruiting restrictions.

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