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Sports briefs for July 16, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Report: Kidd pleads guilty to DWI

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge, and will speak with young drivers as a condition of a settlement, according to News12 Long Island.

Kidd was arrested in Long Island on July 16, 2012, when he crashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole.

The 40-year-old was placed on interim probation pending his appearance at two Suffolk County schools regarding the dangers of drunken driving. After he speaks, News 12 Long Island reported that Kidd will be allowed to change his plea to driving while impaired, a lesser charge. His driver’s license remains suspended.

Kidd retired as an NBA player after last season and was hired to coach the Nets.

Asked Monday by The New York Daily News what Kidd will say to students, Burke said his message will be that “it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done in your life, in basketball or anything else, that alcohol impairs everybody.”

State football club sets kick-off luncheon Aug. 1

The State of Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation will host its seventh annual Kick-Off Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Howard Johnson Conference Center in Portland.

The luncheon will feature the six head collegiate coaches in the state: Mark Harriman of Bates, Dave Caputi of Bowdoin, Jon Michaeles of Colby, Gabby Price of Husson, Chris McKenney of Maine Maritime and Jack Cosgrove of Maine. Each coach will give remarks in advance of the 2013 season and will be available for media interviews.

All coaches, administrators, alumni, parents, friends of football, players and the public are invited to attend. Media representatives will be guests of the State of Maine Chapter. Tickets are $20 each and the deadline for reservations is July 30. Contact Jack Flynn at 207-799-8441 for reservations and additional information.

Torre says MLB to expand instant replay in 2014

Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Joe Torre told members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Tuesday that the league is proceeding with a plan to expand instant replay next season.

“We’re pretty confident we’ll have it in place for 2014,” Torre said.

Home runs calls have been subject to video review since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add traps in the outfield and fair/foul calls down the lines for 2013, but those changes were delayed.

“We’re still in the tweaking stages,” Torre told the members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “We’re not limiting ourselves.”

Any enhancements would need approval from the players and umpires unions.

Rangers won’t call up Ramirez after All-Star game

Despite a hot start to his comeback attempt, the Texas Rangers plan to keep slugger Manny Ramirez at Triple-A Round Rock for now, according to an MLB.com report.

Citing sources, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan said the team has no plans to promote Ramirez after the All-Star Game. The 41-year-old is 9-for-30 with three home runs for the Express.

The controversial slugger signed with a Taiwanese team this season for $25,000 a month, but opted out of his contract after 49 games in the hopes of returning to the major leagues. He batted .352 with eight home runs with the Rhinos in Kaohsiung.

A 12-time All-Star, Ramirez spent 19 seasons in the big leagues with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, and was the MVP of the 2004 World Series for the Boston Red Sox. He last appeared in the majors with the Rays in 2011.

Cooley retires, joins Redskins radio broadcast team

WASHINGTON — Chris Cooley joined the Washington Redskins’ radio broadcasting team Tuesday, effectively ending his career as an NFL player but preserving the link between one of the team’s most popular players and its legions of fans.

“I’m pumped,” Cooley said in a telephone interview. “This is a great deal for me. I really want this job and I want to do it for a long time.”

Cooley, 31, ends his playing career after nine seasons — all with the Redskins. He was released in training camp prior to last season, but the Redskins re-signed him during the season after a season-ending injury suffered by starting tight end, Fred Davis.

Cooley said he would not file his official retirement papers with the NFL immediately, leaving open a slim possibility of a return as a player. But he said he does not intend to play again.

Cooley will not replace Sam Huff on the team’s radio broadcasts but will instead provide analysis during games. Huff, an NFL Hall of Famer who joined fellow analyst Sonny Jurgensen on the team’s radio broadcasts in 1981, retired this offseason after 38 years.

Cuban pitcher Hinojosa granted free agency

Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa has been cleared by the U.S. government and is free to sign with a Major League team, according to an MLB.com report.

Hinojosa, a former star right-hander for the Cuban national team, defected in January and has been petitioning MLB to become a free agent ever since. Because he’s older than 23 and has pitched for at least three years in Cuba’s top league, he isn’t subjected to the international spending cap. The Chiacgo Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are among the teams believed to be interested.

Home Run Derby generates 6 percent ratings increase

Yoenis Cespedes’ win in Monday night’s Chevrolet Home Run Derby, telecast on ESPN drew a 5.0 metered market rating, according to Nielsen, up six percent from the 2012 Derby. Based on the metered market numbers, ESPN was the top-rated network in prime time Monday night, MLB.com reported.

The top-rated markets were Detroit (9.8), Pittsburgh (9.6), Baltimore (9.0), New York (7.9) and St. Louis (7.4).

The telecast also generated 868,878 social media comments, according to Twitter, an eight percent rise in social commentary over the 2012 event. The Oakland A’s slugger defeated Washington Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper in the final round.


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