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Sports briefs for April 1, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Friends of Maine Women’s Basketball set buffet for April 12

ORONO, Maine — The Friends of Maine Women’s Basketball are inviting Black Bear fans to attend its annual postseason buffet at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12 at Wells Conference Center on the campus of the University of Maine.

All fans and members of the Black Bear community are invited to attend the event. Cost for a spot at the buffet is $30 per person. For more information, visit GoBlackBears.com or contact Samantha Wheeler at (207) 581-1075. All attending are asked to please RSVP by this Friday.

Brunswick Golf Club to open Thursday

BRUNSWICK – The Brunswick Golf Club will open for its 116 season on Thursday with the original nine (back side) at 10 a.m. Tee times can be made by calling the pro shop at 725-8224.

Saints sign veteran QB McCown

Drew Brees is no longer the only quarterback signed to the New Orleans Saints’ roster.

The Saints announced Monday that free agent veteran Luke McCown agreed to a one-year contract.

McCown will back up Brees as Chase Daniel recently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCown, 31, was with the Atlanta Falcons last year. He was in Saints camp last summer but was cut in August. He has been a career backup for nine seasons.

49ers acquire QB McCoy from Browns

The San Francisco 49ers have been looking for a back to quarterback Colin Kaepernick since trading Alex Smith toe Kansas City, and they may have acquired that backup on Monday.

The 49ers obtained Colt McCoy from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for an undisclosed late-round draft choice, CBSSports.com reported Monday.

McCoy seemed to be the odd man out in Cleveland, where Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden are expected to compete for the starting job.

McCoy started 13 games for the Browns in 2011, but he played in just three games in 2012, completing 9 of 17 passes.

McDermott selected to AP All-America first team

Creighton’s Doug McDermott, a 6-foot-8 forward, became the 51st player to make the Associated Press All-America team Monday in consecutive years.

McDermott averaged 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 49.7 percent from 3-point range.

Michigan’s Trey Burke and Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. tied as the first team’s leading vote-getters. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk were also selected to the team.

Freshman guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State got 11 first-team votes and 190 points. He was joined on the second team by Duke senior Mason Plumlee, Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller, Miami sophomore Shane Larkin and Kansas freshman Ben McLemore.

The third team included Kansas senior Jeff Withey, Virginia Tech senior Erick Green, South Dakota State senior Nate Wolters, Ohio State junior DeShaun Thomas and Louisville junior Russ Smith.

Raiders trade for Flynn, close to dealing Palmer

The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that they gave the Seattle Seahawks a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and a conditional undisclosed draft pick in 2015 for quarterback Matt Flynn.

The Raiders are also nearing a deal to send quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple reports. The Raiders would get a late-round draft choice from the Cardinals for Palmer.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is familiar with Flynn from when they were Flynn is entering his sixth NFL season. He did not start a game until his fourth season with Green Bay. In two career starts, he completed 55 of 81 passes for 731 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Overall, he has played in 37 games and completed 87 of 141 passes for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions.

Dodgers place Billingsley, Lilly on DL

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitchers Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly on the 15-day disabled list to start the season.

The moves are retroactive to March 22. CBS Sports noted Monday that this temporarily solves the Dodgers’ logjam in their rotation.

For now, the Dodgers will go with a four-man rotation that includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano are on the 25-man roster but have not been named as starters. The Orange County Register reported that the Dodgers will still need a spot starter for Billingsley next weekend.

The Dodgers may look to place Harang or Capuano in the bullpen, trade one of them or designate one of them for assignment while Billingsley and Lilly are on the DL.

Mets’ Santana to have surgery Tuesday

The New York Mets announced Monday that left-hander Johan Santana will have season-ending surgery on Tuesday.

Santana not only ended his tenure with the Mets, but his career could be over as well. Santana re-tore the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. He also had the same surgery in 2010 and missed 19 months.

He returned to pitch a successful first half of the 2012 season, going 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA through his June 1 no-hitter. But he was not the same pitcher after that, going 3-7 with an 8.27 ERA over his last 10 outings.

Rather than throw during the offseason, Santana decided to rest completely from August — when the Mets placed him on the disabled list with lower back inflammation — until February. He arrived at camp and immediately began throwing off a mound, taking regular bullpen sessions like any other pitcher. The Mets claimed he was healthy. But after Santana’s second bullpen session, the Mets backed off his program due to what they termed “left shoulder weakness.”

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