UMaine’s O’Neill is finalist for Senior CLASS Award

ORONO — University of Maine men’s ice hockey senior captain Will O’Neill was named one of 20 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Thursday.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

O’Neill has a GPA of over 3.0, majoring in mass communication. In addition, he is pursuing a minor in child development and family relations. He is a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and has been named to the Hockey East Academic Honor Roll.

O’Neill is also active in the Orono community. He has taken a leading role in both an anti-tobacco campaign and an anti-domestic violence campaign.


Beckham endorsement income up 30 percent

LONDON — David Beckham’s income from personal sponsorship deals rose 30 percent last year, signaling the enduring strength of the Los Angeles Galaxy player’s brand appeal.

According to figures released by Britain’s Companies House, revenue for the company that handles Beckham’s endorsements was $23.9 million in 2010.

A separate company, Brand Beckham, receives a share of the merchandising revenue he generates for the Galaxy along with joint endorsements with his wife, Victoria, including their range of fragrances.

A third revenue stream in 2010 was Beckham’s guaranteed $6.5 million annual salary from the Galaxy.


Marijuana charge against Camby dropped

HOUSTON — Prosecutors have dropped a marijuana possession charge against NBA veteran Marcus Camby after his arrest during a traffic stop in suburban Houston.

Camby was arrested last month after police in Pearland said they found less than two ounces of the drug inside a Porsche he was driving. Also arrested was Camby’s cousin, Kendal Johnson, who was in the vehicle.

Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne said Thursday that Camby’s charge was dropped this week after Johnson said the marijuana was his.


Dolphins QB Henne out for season with injury

MIAMI — Another loss for the winless Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Chad Henne is out for the season.

Henne decided to have shoulder surgery and was placed on the injured reserve list Thursday.

The Dolphins replaced him on the roster by signing veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who was released Tuesday by the New York Giants after recovering from a blood disorder that sent him to the hospital in August.

Henne separated his left shoulder when tackled on a broken play in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at San Diego. The game might have been Henne’s last with Miami, because his contract expires after the season.


Jets’ Burress practices, Mangold expects to play

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Plaxico Burress was back at practice, while Nick Mangold expects to return to his spot in the middle of the New York Jets’ offensive line.

Burress was a full participant Thursday, a day after sitting out with a swollen left elbow. The wide receiver was injured during the Jets’ 34-17 loss at Baltimore last Sunday, and woke up around 3 a.m. Wednesday because of the sudden swelling.

Mangold was limited at practice again, but the All-Pro center said he missed only “a handful” of snaps. He and coach Rex Ryan think he’ll play Sunday at New England. Mangold has missed the Jets’ last two games with a high right ankle sprain.


Merritt celebrates unexpected doping win

ATLANTA — LaShawn Merritt figured he was fighting long odds by challenging a doping rule that would’ve banned him from the London Olympics.

When his agent called Thursday morning, he expected the worst.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport threw out the IOC rule that bars any athlete who has received a doping suspension of more than six months from competing in the next summer or winter games. The court said the rule is “invalid and unenforceable” because it amounts to a second penalty. Merritt completed his doping ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned substance found in a male-enhancement product.


Khan wants to bring boxing back to DC

WASHINGTON — Britain’s Amir Khan wants to bring boxing back to the U.S. capital.

On Dec. 10, the junior welterweight champion will fight top challenger and D.C. native Lamont Peterson inside the city’s convention center. It’s Washington’s first fight since former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson lost to Kevin McBride in 2005.

It will be Khan’s first bout since he improved to 26-1 with a fifth-round knockout of Zab Judah on July 23 that unified the WBA and IBF titles. He agreed to fight Peterson in Washington after enjoying a previous visit to the city that included a Sept. 10 White House dinner.

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