Maine college football coaches to kick off luncheon
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Howard Vandersea Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation will host its 10th annual Kick-Off Luncheon featuring the head football coaches of the seven football playing colleges in Maine at noon Thursday, Aug. 4 at Season’s Event and Conference Center in Portland.
Mark Harriman (Bates), J.B Wells (Bowdoin), Jon Michaeles (Colby), Gabby Price (Husson), Chris McKenney (Maine Maritime), Mike Lichten (University of New England) and Joe Harasymiak (Maine) are scheduled to attend and give their outlooks for the 2016 season.
Coaches, administrators, alumni, parents and fans are invited. Tickets are $20 and the deadline is Friday for reservations. Media members will be admitted free as guests of the Chapter. Please call Jack Flynn at 207-799-8441 for reservations or additional information.
Rangers’ Fielder to have season-ending neck surgery
Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder will undergo season-ending neck surgery, the team announced on Monday.
The surgery will be the second fusion procedure in 27 months for Fielder. His 2014 season ended with neck surgery.
Fielder recently was diagnosed with a herniated disk, which might help explain his dismal .212 batting average. He has only eight home runs and 44 RBIs in 89 games.
After his 2014 surgery, Fielder bounced back with an All-Star performance in 2015 when he hit .305 with 23 homers and 98 RBIs.
He is scheduled to have surgery later this week.
Blue Jays activate Bautista
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was activated off the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday’s home game against the San Diego Padres.
Outfielder Junior Lake was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Bautista, who has been sidelined since June 16 with turf toe. The veteran suffered the injury while crashing into the right-field wall against Philadelphia.
Bautista went 2-for-14 with one homer in four rehabilitation games. He played one game with Class A Advanced Dunedin and the other three with Triple-A Buffalo.
The 35-year-old Bautista is batting .230 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs in 65 games this season.
Lake, 26, batted .206 with one homer and two RBIs in 19 games for the Blue Jays.
Schenn gets four-year deal with Flyers
Forward Brayden Schenn avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the 24-year-old’s new deal will average $5.125 million annually, according to multiple reports. The agreement came shortly before a scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto on Monday.
Schenn set career highs with 26 goals, 23 assists and 59 points in 80 games last season. He also had five game-winning goals.
Schenn has 84 goals with 193 points and 179 penalty minutes over 354 regular-season games in seven NHL seasons. He also has three goals and 11 points in 24 career playoff games.
Blazers sign McCollum
Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum signed a four-year, $106 million extension.
McCollum, 24, was the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2015-16, averaging 20.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in his first season in an expanded role after LaMarcus Aldridge departed before the season as a free agent.
McCollum and point guard Damian Lillard are the new foundation of the Blazers, who upset the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2016 playoffs before being eliminated by the Golden State Warriors.
Versteeg agrees to one-year deal to play overseas
Veteran forward Kris Versteeg opted to continue his hockey career overseas on Monday by agreeing to a one-year deal with SC Bern of the Swiss National League A.
Financial terms were not disclosed for the 30-year-old Versteeg, who was an unrestricted free agent after collecting 15 goals and 23 assists in 77 games between the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings last season.
A two-time Stanley Cup winner with Chicago, Versteeg has played for six teams in the last six seasons. He has scored 131 goals and set up 182 others in 550 career NHL games.