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Sports briefs for July 30, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

UM football team sets Meet the Bears Aug. 21

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine football team will host its annual Meet the Black Bears’ Free Football Clinic at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Alfond Stadium.

All ages are welcome and participants will have the opportunity to meet players and coaches, get free posters and autographs as well as free food and drinks.

Those interested must register by calling John Diamond at 207-581-1086 or via email atGoBlackBears@Yahoo.com.

Three die in crash, including Texas A&M, Utah players

Report: Three die in crash, including Texas A&M, Utah players

Texas A&M redshirt freshman Polo Manukainiu and Utah freshman Gaius Vaenuku were among three teenagers killed in an overnight car crash, according to Fox 4 News in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The third player who reportedly died was Euless Trinity High School’s Lolo Uhatafe, while a fourth athlete, incoming Utah freshman offensive guard Salesi Uhatafe, is in critical condition, Fox 4 News reported.

All four played together at Euless Trinity High School.

Before embarking on his return trip, Manukainiu chillingly posted on Twitter that he was ready for a “22 hour drive back to Texas on no sleep. Oh my.”

On Tuesday, A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel offered condolences on Twitter.

“Heart hurts waking up to news about Polo. I think I speak for everyone on our team when I say we love you brother you will be missed,” Manziel posted.

Judge OKs trial for ex-PSU officials in Sandusky scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. — There is enough evidence to try former Penn State officials, including ex-president Graham Spanier, for covering up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

After a two-day hearing, Judge Harrisburg District Judge William Wenner ruled that a criminal trial can be held for Spanier, 65, former athletic director Tim Curley, 59, and former senior vice president Gary Schultz, 63.

Sandusky, 69, a former assistant football coach, was convicted in June 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse involving 10 boys. He is serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years in a state prison.

Rutgers to retire LeGrand’s No. 52

Former Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand will have his No. 52 retired early this season, the first number retired by the school in its 144-year football history.

The ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 14, when Eastern Michigan visits High Point Solutions Stadium.

“What an honor thank you @RFootball this means the world to me,” LeGrand tweeted.

LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down after making a tackle in a game Oct. 16, 2010, but vows to walk again one day. The No. 52 jersey has been worn once since that play, but LeGrand’s close friend, Khaseem Greene.

“His reaction was very typical Eric. ‘Coach, I was wondering when you were going to do that?’” head coach Kyle Flood told The Asbury Park Press, with a laugh. “He was very flattered by the honor. I believe that he deserves it.”

Ohio State’s Hyde won’t face charges

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde will not be charged in the alleged assault last month that led to his suspension from the Buckeyes’ football team last week.

Hyde, who rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012, was barred from team activities by coach Urban Meyer last Monday. His reinstatement remains open pending the outcome of the student code of conduct investigation.

Columbus police closed their investigation Tuesday into the July 20 incident in which a 19-year-old woman was the alleged victim. She declined to press charges.

Meyer last season reinstated tight end Jake Stoneburner and linebacker Storm Klein to the team but faced team discipline. Klein served a two-game suspension.

Sharks sign C Pavelski to five-year extension

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski signed a five-year extension Tuesday that will keep him in California through the 2018-19 season.

The team didn’t release contract terms, though multiple media outlets reported the contract was worth $30 million. He’ll earn $4 million this season, the final one of his current pact.

“Joe has been an important part of our success over the last several years and we are excited to have him with our club for the next six seasons,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement.

Pavelski recorded 31 points in 48 games last season, tied for third on the team. He also led the Sharks with 12 points in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games last season.

Bobcats’ Henderson gets $18M deal

The Charlotte Bobcats officially announced the re-signing of guard Gerald Henderson Tuesday.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but Yahoo! Sports reported over the weekend that the deal was worth $18 million over three years.

“We are incredibly pleased that Gerald will remain a part of our team,” President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said in a statement. “He is a player that we consider an important piece of our core. He has shown significant improvement over the past two seasons and we are confident that he will continue to play a key role for our team.”

Henderson, 25, played in 68 games last season and averaged career highs of 15.5 points and 2.6 assists in 31.4 minutes per game. He also posted single-season career bests in scoring (1,055), rebounds (250), assists (177), steals (68), blocks (34), field goals (382), three-point field goals (33), three-point percentage (.330), free throws (258), free-throw percentage (.824) and minutes played (2,133).

Ex-Olympic champ Moses makes run for top WADA job

BERLIN — Two-time Olympic 400-meter hurdles champion Edwin Moses has launched his bid for the presidency of the World Anti-Doping Agency and is the third candidate for the post, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.

American Moses, who won gold medals at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics, joined former IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch and IOC Vice President Craig Reedie of Britain in the race for the job currently held by Australian John Fahey.

The IOC executive board will name one candidate to succeed Fahey at its meeting on Aug. 9 in Moscow and the appointment will be formalised in an election at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in November.

The 57-year-old Moses, chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency since 2012, dominated his one-lap event for a decade, putting together a remarkable winning streak of 122 consecutive races between 1977 and 1987.

WADA was set up in 1999 by the IOC to fight the growing problem of doping in sport with half its funding coming from the IOC and international federations and the other half from governments.

Team Katusha suspends Zabel after doping admission

BERLIN — Former sprint specialist Erik Zabel was suspended by Russian cycling team Katusha after he admitted to persistent doping during his cycling career.

Zabel, widely regarded as one of the sport’s finest sprinters, said he had consistently used banned substances and methods to enhance his performance, ending years of insisting he had only briefly experimented with the blood booster EPO in 1996.

“Russian team Katusha announces the suspension of the sprinter group coach Erik Zabel after new facts about doping during his cycling career having been revealed in news reports,” it said in a statement.

The 43-year-old Zabel, whose son is also a professional rider, was a coach on the Katusha team specialising in sprint training.

In an interview published in Monday’s edition of Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the German, who topped the points classification of the Tour six times before his retirement in 2008, said he had used banned drugs and illegal methods, including EPO, cortisone and blood doping, from 1996 until 2003.

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