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Sports briefs for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rescheduled UMaine baseball party Friday

BREWER, Maine — Coach Steve Trimper and the University of Maine baseball team are gearing up for their annual meet-and-greet party. The event was postponed in February because of inclement weather.

The party is scheduled Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the home of Joe Ferris and Carol DePew at 83 Wintergreen Way in Brewer. It is open to the public and will give fans an opportunity to meet and speak with Trimper, the Black Bear coaching staff and team members.

Food and drinks will be provided by Seasons Grille and Sports Lounge. The cost is $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting the baseball program, and tickets are available at the door.

Contact Trimper at 581-1090 or to confirm your attendance.

Katahdin CC open for season

MILO — Katahdin Country Club has announced that it is open for the season. There are temporary greens on Nos. 2 and 4. Riding carts are available.

Rasheed Wallace announces retirement

NEW YORK — New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Wednesday after injuries ruled him out of this season’s playoffs.

The 38-year-old originally retired in 2010 but made a comeback last year, joining the Knicks on a one-season deal.

However, a recurring foot problem limited his playing time and he averaged seven points and four rebound this season.

A four-time All-Star during his 15-year career with four teams, including Portland and the Boston Celtics, Wallace averaged 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in his career. He finished as the all-time leader in technical fouls with 304.

Canadiens’ White suspended five games for hit

The NHL suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan White for five games without pay for his illegal check on Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins during Monday’s game, the league announced Wednesday.

The suspension will cost White $18,581.10 based on his contract, but he will be able to return for Montreal’s regular-season finale.

White received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head in the first period. Huskins suffered a concussion on the play.

Matthews signs extension with Packers

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews signed a contract extension on Wednesday reported to be for five years and $66 million.

Matthews confirmed the news by tweeting a picture of himself signing the contract that runs through the 2018 season.

According to, the deal will make Matthews the league’s highest-paid linebacker. It likely includes more than $40 million in guaranteed money.

Hardaway to enter NBA draft

Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. will follow Michigan teammate Trey Burke and enter the NBA Draft, Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday.

Hardaway, a junior on the Wolverines’ national runner-up team, averaged 14.2 points and shot 37.4 percent on 3-pointers this season. With Hardaway and Burke, Michigan had what many experts considered the best backcourt in the country.

Hardaway, an All-Big Ten pick this past season, is projected as a second-round pick by analysts in the NBA Draft in June.

Dooley named Florida Gulf Coast coach

Florida Gulf Coast hired Kansas assistant Joe Dooley to replace Andy Enfield as its head coach after the team’s successful run in the NCAA Tournament this year, the school announced Wednesday.

Dooley, 47, has served on coach Bill Self’s Kansas staff for the past 10 years. He also was the head coach at East Carolina from 1995 to 1999, posting a 57-52 overall record, and was an assistant at South Carolina, East Carolina, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Enfield left to take the Southern California job after leading Florida Gulf Coast, in its sixth year as a Division I program, on an improbable run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

Judge dismissed suit against Auriemma

A discrimination and assault lawsuit filed against Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball has been dismissed.

New York Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern said in a ruling that New York courts do not have jurisdiction because Auriemma lives in Connecticut.

The lawsuit was filed in June 2012 in state court in Manhattan by Kelley Hardwick, the NBA’s director of security and a former New York police detective. Hardwick said in the suit that she was removed from the security detail for the USA women’s basketball team at the London Olympics and that she also had resisted sexual advances by Auriemma, the coach of the U.S. team, during a trip to Russia in 2009.

Auriemma, whose Connecticut team won its eighth NCAA women’s championship earlier this month, has denied the allegations.

Red Sox minor-leaguers suspended for drug use

Two minor-league pitchers in the Boston Red Sox organizations were suspended Wednesday for violating the drug policy.

Right-hander Gerson Bautista and left-hander Miguel Pena both received 50-game suspensions without pay in accordance with league policy.

Bautista tested positive for Stanozolol. He plays for the Dominican Summer League Red Sox and will serve his suspension at the start of the league’s season.

Pena had a second positive test for a “drug of abuse,” according to baseball. His suspension begins immediately. Pena is on the Salem Red Sox roster in the Class A Carolina League.

Ginobili returns for regular-season finale

San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili is expected to play Wednesday night in the regular-season finale against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The veteran’s minutes will be limited, coach Gregg Popovich told reporters on Wednesday morning. Ginobili has missed the Spurs’ past nine games with a strained hamstring.

In 59 games this season, Ginobili is averaging 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in his sixth-man role.

The Spurs (58-23) will begin the NBA playoffs later this week as the second seed in the Western Conference.

Indians’ Michael Bourn goes on DL

The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a lacerated right finger.

The move is retroactive to April 15.

Bourn injured the finger sliding headfirst into first base in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game against the White Sox when Chicago left-hander Matt Thornton stepped on him. Bourne received five stitches.

The 30-year-old Bourn is hitting .333 (14 fof 45) with two homers and two RBI in 10 games. He’s also tied for 10th in the American League in extra-base hits with seven.

In other roster move, the Indians recalled right-hander Corey Kluber from Class AAA Columbus.

Kluber had two starts for Columbus and was 1-1. He was with the Indians from April 10 to April 12 before being sent to the minors.

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