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Sports briefs for June 16, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Greenville softball team advances to West ‘D’ final

VINALHAVEN — Lindsay Fenn recorded four hits, three RBIs and three runs to lead the No. 3 Greenville Lakers by the No. 2 Vinalhaven Vikings 12-3 in a West Class D softball semifinal Monday.

Greenville advanced to Wednesday’s Class D final at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College in Standish against unbeaten No. 1 Richmond.

Greenville pitcher Molley Foley recorded the complete-game win, giving up one earned run on three hits while walking two and striking out four.

For the Vikings, Hannah Ames, Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes, and Tracie Webster each had a hit.

Gr. 025 131 0 — 12 10 5

Vi. 010 002 0 — 3 3 2

Foley and Fenn, G. Davis-Oakes, A. Davis-Oakes (5) and Ames

Narraguagus, MDI athletes receive Ramsdell scholarships

Francesca Couture of Narraguagus High School in Harrington and Hannah Shaw of Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor are the 25th Jay Ramsdell 2014 Scholarship winners, the Jay Ramsdell Scholarship Foundation announced in a news release Monday.

Couture was her school’s volleyball team captain and also played basketball. She was a class president, a member of the National Honor Society and Girls State.

Shaw played basketball, soccer and softball at MDI and was also a member of the National Honor Society, the student council and volunteered at the YMCA.

Both seniors will receive a $1,000 scholarship that commemorates Ramsdell, who started working for the Continental Basketball Association as a high school junior before going on to become the league’s commissioner at age 24, the youngest ever in a pro sports league.

He died in the Sioux City, Iowa, plane crash on July 19, 1989, that claimed the lives of 112.

Patriots release first-year tight end Auffray

The New England Patriots released first-year tight end Kyle Auffray, the team announced Monday.

Auffray, 27, was signed by the Patriots on June 9. He originally was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie free agent on May 13, 2013, out of New Hampshire but was released by the team on July 23, 2013.

The 6-foot-5, 254-pounder began his collegiate career at Mississippi State from 2006-07 as a quarterback but did not see any game action. He transferred to New Hampshire where he played in 16 games over two seasons.

Sea Dogs left-hander Pena suspended for drug use

Boston Red Sox minor league left-handed pitcher Miguel Pena received a 100-game suspension without pay on Monday after a third positive test for a drug of abuse.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced the suspension in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Pena, who is currently on the roster of Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.

Former Cowboys player Brent released to rehab facility

DALLAS — Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent has been sent to a rehabilitation facility to serve out the remainder of his 180-day jail sentence for causing a fiery, one-car crash that killed his teammate after a night of heavy drinking in 2012.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said on Monday that Brent was released from jail on Sunday. He will stay for 45 days at a residential facility to treat substance abuse before being released, law enforcement officials said.

A jury in Dallas found Brent guilty in January of the intoxication manslaughter of Jerry Brown Jr. The same jury, which heard testimony from Brown’s mother seeking leniency for Brent, sentenced him to six months in prison followed by 10 years of probation.

Speculation has been growing in local media on whether the Cowboys would welcome back Brent to the roster.

NBA Finals average 9.3 Nielsen rating

ABC’s broadcast of the 2014 NBA Finals on ABC averaged 15,524,000 viewers and a 9.3 U.S. household rating, according to Nielsen.

The San Antonio Spurs’ series victory over the Miami Heat in five games drew more viewers than the 15,120,000 who watched the Heat defeat the Spurs in the NBA Finals last year. The 2013 finals had a 9.1 rating.

Sunday’s series clincher generated 17,881,000 viewers, representing a 10 percent increase from 16,267,000 in 2013.

The series also received 16.6 million tweets.

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