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Sports briefs for Feb. 4, 2013

By From BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Basketball tourney passes on sale next week

Tournament passes for the Eastern Maine Classes B, C and D basketball tournaments will be on sale at the Bangor Auditorium box office next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12, from noon-2 p.m.

The 20-session pass covering the entire tournament for all three classes will cost $105 for adults and $65 for seniors (62 and older) and students. The 10-session pass will cost $70 and $40, respectively.

This will be the final season of basketball tournament action at the old Bangor Auditorium. Next season, the tournaments will be held at the new Cross Insurance Center built in front of the Bangor Auditorium.

Maine Pond Hockey Classic set this weekend

CHINA, Maine — The inaugural Maine Pond Hockey Classic will be held Saturday and Sunday on the northeast corner of China Lake. Event proceeds will go to support the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville at the Alfond Youth Center.

“We wanted to bring a new and exciting event to the Waterville area,” tournament director Patrick Guerette said. “Pond hockey tournaments have developed a large grassroots following, we have the resources to put together a premiere event and fund raise for a great cause.”

Pond hockey is played 4 on 4 without goalies or on ice officials, and each team is allowed to have up to 7 players on their roster for the Maine Pond Hockey Classic.

More information about the Maine Pond Hockey Classic can be found on the tournament website, www.mainepondhockey.org, and you can follow the tournament Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mainepondhockey, for tournament updates.

Those interested in getting involved with or sponsoring the tournament may contact Guerette via email, pguerette@alfondyouthcenter.org or phone, 207-873-0684.

Assistant women’s coach found shot to death

A Cal State Fullerton assistant women’s basketball coach and her fiance were found shot to death on Sunday in Irvine, Calif.

Monica Quan, 28, was in her second season as a Titans assistant coach, and she and her fiance Keith Lawrence, 27, were found dead in a car in the parking structure of their living complex, the Orange County Register reported.

Police found no motive, and had no suspects. Apparently the couple was not robbed.

Murray calls for more blood testing

LONDON — Olympic champion Andy Murray is demanding more blood testing in tennis to avoid the kind of damaging doping scandals that continue to plague cycling.

World number three Murray, runner-up at last month’s Australian Open to Novak Djokovic, feels the sport’s authorities need to invest more heavily in anti-doping programmes, even if it means siphoning funds from players’ prize money.

“I’ve been asked a lot lately if tennis is clean or not but I don’t know how you judge if a sport is clean,” Murray told reporters on Monday at Queen’s Club in west London.

“If one in 100 players is doping, in my eyes that isn’t a clean sport. We need to do everything we can to ensure that everyone competing at the highest level and below is clean.

“That comes with biological passports and more blood testing. I know the training that I do and I know what goes in and out of my body and I know from my side that I’m clean and I hope that’s the same for all tennis players.”

Doping in sport has come under close scrutiny following the Lance Armstrong scandal.

49ers’ Candlestick Park to be demolished after next season

Candlestick Park, which is home to the San Francisco 49ers, reportedly will be demolished after next season.

The stadium, which was also the home stadium for the San Francisco Giants baseball team from 1960 to 1999 and was where the Beatles played their last concert, will host 49ers home games next season before the team moves into its new stadium in Santa Clara, which is scheduled to be ready for the 2014 season.

Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Candlestick Park will be blown up shortly after next year’s NFL season, perhaps just weeks after the final game, to make way for a shopping center. A 30-second implosion will be used to demolish the 69,000-seat stadium.

Indiana latest No. 1 in both major polls

Indiana moved into the No. 1 spot in both major polls, which were released Monday.

It is the fifth straight week there has been a new No. 1 team in the AP top 25 media poll — the first time since 2008-09.

Indiana (20-2) received 58 of 65 first place votes. No. 2 Florida (18-2) picked up the remaining votes while moving up from fourth a week ago. Indiana was also on top of the rankings the first five weeks of the season after being named preseason No. 1. The Hoosiers moved up from third after beating Michigan, and Kansas lost to Oklahoma State.

The Hoosiers got 25 of 31 first place votes in the USA Today coaches poll. No. 2 Florida received the remaining six votes.

Michigan fell from first to No. 3 and Kansas dropped from second to No. 5. Duke moved up one spot to No. 4.

The rest of the AP top 10 included Gonzaga, Arizona, Miami, Syracuse and Ohio State.

The top 10 in the coaches poll was the same as the media poll except for the No. 8 spot, which went to Michigan State. The Spartans ranked 12th by AP. Miami was 11th in the coaches poll.

Former Cy Young winner Webb retiring

Former National League Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb is retiring from baseball.

Webb’s agents at Millennium Sports — Jonathan Maurer and Mike Montana — made the announcement through a press release on Monday.

The 33-year-old has not pitched in the major leagues since 2009 because of shoulder injuries. He was attempting to come back this year.

“With retirement, Brandon looks forward to focusing on more time with his family,” the statement read. “He would like to thank all the countless coaches, players and friends for their support during his career.”

Webb won the NL Cy Young Award in 2006 and had a five-year run as a dominant pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He was a three-time All-Star who averaged 227 innings from 2004-08.

Lakers GM: Happy with D’Antoni, won’t trade Howard

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team is “very” happy with coach Mike D’Antoni and does not plan to make any trades.

The Lakers are 22-26 and 11 1/2 games back in the Pacific Division but coming off a 98-97 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

“We’re very happy with Mike D’Antoni,” Kupchak told Newsday on Sunday. “I think when he took the job I think he thought (point guard Steve) Nash might be out a week or two (with a fractured left leg). Not two months. Getting everybody on the same page took a little longer than expected. Not to say it’s been smooth sailing, that’s for sure.”

Kupchak also said the team will not deal center Dwight Howard, who was acquired in the offseason from the Orlando Magic. Howard has struggled with a shoulder injury.

“We will not make a trade,” he said. “We will not trade Dwight Howard. We have no intention of making a trade. It’s unlikely that we’ll make any trade with any of our principal players. To make another change at this time of the year being behind the eight-ball like we are, I think that would just make it more difficult. The talent is there. We have to find our way.”

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