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Sports briefs for April 4, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

J.W. Parks GC, Pine Hill range open Friday

J.W. Parks Golf Course in Pittsfield will open at 10 a.m. Friday while Pine Hill Golf Club in Brewer will open its driving range at 9 a.m.

Jason Brooks and Katie LaChance are in their first year leasing the golf course in Brewer.

NFL won’t penalize teams for sexual preference questions

An investigation into allegations that at least one NFL team inquired about the sexual orientation of a prospective player at this year’s scouting combine will not result in any penalties, the National Football League said on Thursday.

The NFL launched a review after a player who attended the February combine in Indianapolis said during a radio interview that he was asked about his sexual orientation, which the league says is against the rules.

“Our review has not established any specific violations, but we have made it clear to our clubs what is acceptable when interviewing potential players and other job candidates,” the NFL said in a statement.

While the NFL has completed its review, it could still take action if new information surfaces that establishes a clear violation of the rules.

Colorado tight end Nick Kasa, who did not identify the team or teams involved, said during an interview: “They ask you like, ‘Do you have a girlfriend? Are you married? Do you like girls?’ Those kinds of things, and you know it was just kind of weird.

“But they would ask you with a straight face and it’s a pretty weird experience altogether.”

Reggie Jackson to sell jersey from 3-HR Series game

NEW YORK — Reggie Jackson is selling the jersey he wore when he hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, securing the New York Yankees’ 21st title and cementing a nickname that occupies the second line on his Hall of Fame plaque.

The white pinstripe Yankees uniform will be sold online as part of a spring collection at California-based SCP Auctions April 10-26. The outfielder’s five home runs during the 1977 World Series earned him Most Valuable Player honors and the nickname “Mr. October.”

Jackson said Thursday in an interview on Bloomberg Radio’s “On the Economy” that he would use the proceeds to make “significant” donations to family members, as well as his Mr. October Foundation for Kids, which promotes educational endeavors in minority communities.

“Give someone $100,000 and it changes lives,” Jackson said.

Texans’ Watt wasn’t 100 percent in 2012

Defensive lineman J.J. Watt racked up 20.5 sacks, deflected 16 passes and forced four fumbles in 2012, and the AP Defensive Player of the Year said he did it while playing at less than 100 percent.

Watt dislocated his elbow in the first week of the Houston Texans’ training camp, and it remained sore while he played wearing a brace the entire season.

“In the beginning, it definitely affected me,” Watt told Sports Radio 610 in Houston. “All the ligaments in there were torn, they were all gone, so they had to have time to recover and regroup. So obviously, I wasn’t at full strength.”

Lions kicker Hanson retires after 21 seasons

Jason Hanson announced his retirement from the NFL after 21 seasons as the Detroit Lions’ kicker.

Hanson, a second-round pick in 1992, opted to retire when a contract agreement couldn’t be reached with the Lions for the 2013 season. Hanson said he didn’t want to play for another team.

No player in NFL history has played more games with one team (327). The 42-year-old is the NFL-record holder with 52 field goals of 50-plus yards and is third all-time with 2,150 points and 495 field goals.

Pacers’ Granger undergoes knee surgery

Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger underwent successful surgery on his left knee Thursday and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp for the 2013 season, the team announced.

The surgery was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, with assistance from Team Orthopedist Dr. Tim Hupfer.

The Pacers announced last month Granger would miss the rest of the season “after all conservative treatment options could not alleviate the soreness” Granger had experienced after only five games this season.

Granger and the Pacers’ medical staff received consultation from Dr. Andrews, at which time the “preferred option” became surgery.

Sharks’ Vlasic fined $8,300 for slashing

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been fined for slashing Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley on April 3.

Vlasic received $8,378.38 penalty, the most allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Vlasic was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing at 20:00 of the third period. As a first-time offender, the maximum fine is the lesser of $10,000 or one-half of his daily salary. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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