May 26, 2018
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Golf course openings: Kenduskeag, Rocky Knoll, Lucerne

The Kenduskeag Golf & Country Club is now open for play. The fee is $10 all day for walkers only. Call 884-7330 for more information.

The back nine at Rocky Knoll Country Club in Orrington is also now open for walking only. The front nine will be open on Friday, but the driving range is still closed. Call 989-0109 for more information.

On Thursday morning at 8, the Lucerne Golf club will open. All tees and greens will be in play, but no carts will be available.

Hall, Douglas, Ridley in national bowling tourney

WILTON — Chris Hall of Oakland rolled a six-game total of 1,209 to win the ages 16-20 division in the Maine State Junior Gold Bowling tourney at Meadow Lanes over the weekend.

Hall earned a spot in the North Pointe National Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis in July.

Edward Kimball of South China rolled a 1,358 to win the ages 15 and under division.

Rachel Douglas of Bangor (ages 16-20) and Corey Ridley (15 and under) of Jay also earned berths in the national tourney with scores of 1,051 and 1,084, respectively.

Bowlers receive attention from college recruiters at the national tourney.

Maine Junior Gold is looking for sponsors to help pay for the bowlers’ entry fees and other expenses. Those seeking more information may contact Bonnie Harzewski at 234-4049.

Maine team to compete in national hospice sailing event

Jim Fernald, a longtime supporter of the Hospice Regatta of Maine, will lead a team in the Hospice Regattas National Championships at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Yacht Club on April 20-22.

The national championship has been held annually since 2000 and is the first sailing championship for charity in the U.S. The championship offers three days of sailboat racing, featuring winning skippers and crews representing the 26 Hospice Regattas in the nation.

Fernald was president of Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County in 1995 and worked for two years to bring the first Hospice Regatta of Maine in 1997 after gaining experience in a hospice event in Annapolis, Md.

Competing on Fernald’s team in the national event are Ryan Donahue and Larry Hudgens.

This year’s Hospice Regatta of Maine will sail on July 13-15. Those seeking more information may visit or call 207-667-2531.

Tigers’ Cabrera to miss a week, ready for opener

LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has a broken bone below his right eye after being struck by a bad-hop grounder, sidelining the star slugger for at least a week with opening day on deck.

The AL Central champions start April 5 at home against Boston, giving Cabrera less than 2½ weeks to recover.

“Hopefully, I’ll be ready to open the season,” Cabrera said Tuesday.

Cabrera had little chance Monday on a hard shot by Philadelphia’s Hunter Pence that caused a bloody gash and required eight stitches. The Tigers shifted their biggest hitter across the diamond this year to make room for new first baseman Prince Fielder, acutely aware Cabrera earns his money with a bat, not a glove.

Cabrera last played third base in 2008, when he started 14 games for Detroit. He was the Marlins’ full-time third baseman in 2006 and then again in 2007, when made 23 errors and had a .941 fielding percentage.

Cabrera has been doing all right at the spot this spring. He’s doing even better at the plate — after hitting a major league-leading .344 last year with 30 home runs and 105 RBIs, he was batting .433 with three doubles, a home run and four RBIs in 30 exhibition at-bats.

Rangers, Holland strike $28.5 million, 5-year deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Derek Holland wanted to ensure his long-term future with the Texas Rangers, so he agreed to a $28.5 million, five-year contract rather than wait to become a free agent.

The deal, announced Tuesday, calls for salaries of $1 million this year, $3.2 million next year, $5.4 million in 2014, $7.4 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016.

Texas holds an $11 million option for 2017 with a $1.5 million buyout. If the first option is exercised, the Rangers have an $11.5 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. There are additional escalators.

He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

Holland was 16-5 last season, the most wins for Texas among players under 25. He pitched two-hit ball over 8 1-3 shutout innings against St. Louis in Game 4 of the World Series and is 3-0 with a 3.82 ERA in 12 postseason appearances during the past two years.

Marquette’s Williams acknowledges player citations

MILWAUKEE — Marquette coach Buzz Williams confirmed a published report that six Golden Eagles players were ticketed for being in a bar earlier this year despite being not old enough to drink.

Williams said he handled the situation when it happened in January. He did not disclose details of any discipline.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that the players were ticketed for being in a Milwaukee nightclub on Jan. 29. There was no indication they were drinking.

The players were freshman guard Todd Mayo, sophomore guard Vander Blue, sophomore forward Jamail Jones, freshman forward Juan Anderson, freshman guard Derrick Wilson and junior guard Jake Thomas.

Tour to end Q-school as way to the big leagues

ORLANDO, Fla. — The PGA Tour has pulled the plug on nearly 50 years of Q-school as a way to get to the big leagues.

In a massive overhaul of its structure and season, the tour’s policy board approved starting the official season in October and making the Nationwide Tour the primary path to getting a PGA Tour card.

Still to be decided are the details.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday his staff still has not decided how to combine Nationwide Tour players with the PGA Tour players who fail to keep their cards. They will play a three-tournament series with 50 cards at stake.

Finchem says Q-school still will be held, but it would only offer Nationwide Tour cards.

Royals acquire Quintero, Bourgeois from Astros

SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Kansas City Royals have acquired catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros for minor league reliever Kevin Chapman and a player to be named.

The deal Tuesday gives Kansas City much-needed help at catcher and sends a young, power arm to the Astros as they build for the future.

The 32-year-old Quintero has spent nine years in the major leagues, playing for both Houston and San Diego. Known more for defense than his bat, he hit .240 with two home runs and 25 RBIs in 262 at-bats last season.

Bourgeois, 30, batted .294 with 31 stolen bases in 93 games for the Astros last year. He had one home run and 16 RBIs.

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