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Sports briefs for March 18, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Brunswick, Bangor bowlers qualify for national tourney

WILTON, Maine — Troy Trombley recorded a five-game total of 945 in 10-pin bowling action at a Maine State Junior Gold Bowlers tourney Saturday to earn a spot in the North Pointe National Junior Gold Championships in July.

Trombley, who bowls out of Spare Time Bowling in Brunswick, will compete in the national tourney in Detroit. Matt Douglas of the Family Fun Bowling Center in Bangor also qualified for the national tourney with a 942 score.

Paternity suit against Jordan dismissed

A paternity suit against Michael Jordan has been dismissed, a spokesperson for Jordan confirmed to The Sports Xchange.

The spokesperson told The Sports Xchange that no payments were ever made and “there has been no settlement”, but Jordan’s representatives declined further comment.

Pamela Smith, who brought the suit against Jordan in Georgia claiming Jordan was the father of her 16-year-old son and recently requested the court to order a DNA test, filed legal documents asking the judge to dismiss the case, according to the report. The request was granted without prejudice, leaving the door open for Smith to re-file the case at a later date, according to the report.

Jordan, 50, is the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and recently relocated his permanent residence from Chicago to Florida. He also filed for a marriage license in the state on March 7. He was reportedly engaged to Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto in December 2011.

Pacers’ Granger cleared to practice

Indiana Pacers guard Danny Granger has been cleared to return to practice, but he probably won’t play in a game until next week, the Indianapolis Star reported Monday.

Granger had knee surgery during training camp and tried to return a few weeks ago.

However, he couldn’t play more than a few minutes in games and was ineffective.

He’s been out of action since then as he continues to rehab his knee.

Granger will practice with the team this week, and could conceivably play late this week, although next week is more likely.

Red Wings’ Quincey out 4-6 weeks

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey will miss 4-6 weeks with multiple fractures in his cheekbone, general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com.

Quincey was injured while attempting to block a shot with his stick in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. The puck bounced up and hit him in the face, causing damage that will require surgery next week.

Quincey has played an average of 19:11 minutes in 26 games.

Legendary Sooners QB Davis killed in plane crash

Former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Steve Davis was killed in an airplane crash in South Bend, Ind. on Sunday night.

Davis, who led the Sooners to national titles in 1974 and 1975, was one of two men who were killed when the small plane they were on that had departed from Tulsa, Okla. went down with reported electrical problems as it attempted to land in South Bend. Two other passengers on board were injured and were listed in fair condition at South Bend Memorial Hospital.

Davis, 60, started for Oklahoma from 1973-75 for former coach Barry Switzer and was 32-1-1 during his career. He later spent 18 years as a college football announcer.

“This is a tragic loss,” said Switzer. “Steve was a tremendous role model for student-athletes everywhere. He was a good student and a fantastic person. He was a minister who traveled across the country inspiring thousands with his message, his words and his lifestyle.”

Indians’ Matsuzaka accepts assignment to Triple-A

Cleveland Indians pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has accepted an assignment to Triple-A, MLB.com reported Monday.

Matsuzaka will receive a $100,000 bonus for accepting the assignment, and he can opt out of his contract if he’s not in the majors by June 1.

Matsuzaka, 32, was 1-7 with a 8.28 ERA for the Boston Red Sox last season. His best year was 2007, when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA.

He and Matt Capps both were told by the Indians they won’t be on the Opening Day roster.

It’s unclear whether Capps will accept the assignment to Triple-A.

NFL, retired players settle player images suit

Commissioner Roger Goodell and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown announced settlement of a class action lawsuit over the use of retired player images in NFL Films footage and video games.

The NFL unveiled its plan for establishment of the “Common Good Fund” to which $42 million will be provided over an eight-year period.

The fund is intended to be used to support multiple organizations focused on supporting retired players with medical and career transition needs, including housing, psychological and career-focused assistance.

As part of the settlement, the NFL will continue to distribute programming that includes footage of retired players.

However, a licensing agency operated by independent interests will be established to oversee and funnel companies to retirees when licensing, sponsorship and commercial requests arise.

Dumervil could return to Denver

Free agent defensive end Elvis Dumervil could be back with the Denver Broncos by the end of the week.

Dumervil became a free agent as a result of a mixup on Friday that prevented him from formally accepting a pay cut and re-signing with the Denver Broncos by the deadline. Dumervil has since fired his agent and he replaced him with well-known veteran representative Tom Condon.

The Steelers, Patriots and Ravens reportedly contacted Dumervil to gauge his interest, but Dumervil’s “priority” remains re-signing with the Broncos.

If a deal cannot be worked out with the Broncos, there should be interest in the pass-rushing right defensive end. The Steelers need a pass rusher after parting ways with James Harrison, but they have cap restriction that may make it difficult to sign Dumervil. New England has entertained several veterans and the Ravens are looking at a large-scale remodel of their Super Bowl-winning defense.

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