UMaine hockey banquet, auction set for May 10

The Friends of Maine Hockey will hockey its awards banquet for the UMaine hockey team on Friday, May 10 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner. The event is open to the public.

An auction will also be held with the funds donated to the hockey program.

Individual tickets are $40 each. Tables of eight can be reserved for $320. All reservations must be made by Friday, April 26.

Those seeking more information may visit or contact Cherie Damon at or 207-949-4745.

Ware leaves hospital, arrives on campus

Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware returned to campus on Tuesday afternoon after he was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Ware underwent surgery on Sunday to repair a compound fracture in his right leg that shocked and saddened players and spectators during the first half of Louisville’s 85-63 Midwest Regional victory over Duke on Sunday. The horrific injury occurred when Ware landed after a leaping attempt to block a shot.

When he arrived home Tuesday in Louisville carrying the regional championship trophy that coach Rick Pitino left in his hospital room, his first stop was the team’s practice center.

Raiders complete Palmer trade with Cardinals

The Oakland Raiders finalized a trade on Tuesday that sent quarterback Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals and included an exchange of draft picks.

The Raiders will receive a sixth-round draft pick in 2013 and a conditional 2014 pick that is contingent on Palmer’s playing time. The Cardinals will get a seventh-round selection in this month’s draft.

Palmer’s new deal with the Cardinals is worth $16 million for two years, with $10 million guaranteed. He could earn $20 million if certain incentives are reached.

Palmer was effective in 2011 in his first year as the Raiders starter, passing for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 games, but the team struggled in his two seasons.

Doctor gives Utah’s Lotulelei an all-clear

A doctor has written a letter to NFL teams clearing Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to pursue a football career “without restrictions.”

Lotulelei, considered a potential first-round pick in the NFL draft later this month, was prohibited from working out at the Scouting Combine in February after a heart condition was discovered during testing.

Dr. Josef Stehlik of the University of Utah believes the abnormal test was caused by a viral infection.

Reds’ Ludwick to undergo shoulder surgery

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick faces surgery Wednesday on his dislocated right shoulder to repair torn cartilage.

Ludwick was injured sliding into third base on Monday during the Reds’ season-opening loss to the Angels.

The team will place Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list, but it has yet to announce a timetable for his return.

Ludwick, 34, hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI last season after slumping to a .237 average and 13 homers with Pittsburgh in 2011. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract during the offseason.

Reserve outfielder Chris Heisey will take Ludwick’s place in left.

Longtime referee Williard dies at age 54

Veteran NBA referee Greg Willard died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was 54.

Williard was diagnosed June 11 after working 51 regular-season games and seven playoff games last season. His last game was Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on June 3.

“Greg epitomized what it meant to be an NBA Referee through dedication to his craft, hard work, and integrity both on-and-off the court,” National Basketball Referees Association general counsel Lee Seham said. “He was not only a great NBA Referee, but more importantly a wonderful person, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

Willard officiated more than 1,500 NBA regular-season and playoff games during his 24 seasons in the NBA.

Kings pick up Regehr from Sabres to bolster defense

The Los Angeles Kings added a veteran defenseman on Monday night, acquiring Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres for second-round picks in 2014 and 2015.

Regehr, 32, agreed to waive a no-movement clause to make the exchange happen. The deal will be finalized when Regehr, a restricted free agent after this season, passes a physical.

“Los Angeles had expressed interest a couple of weeks ago,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. “(The deal) developed over that time period. I had some discussions with (Regehr) and his agent individually. It was a decision we made together. He was fine with being moved to Los Angeles.”

The Kings were looking for blue-line help with Matt Greene out with an injury. Regehr has plenty of experience with 931 career games, including 29 with the Sabres this year.

Regehr was averaging 18 minutes per game and had two assists for Buffalo in the strike-shortened season. His career numbers include 170 points and 879 penalty minutes during the regular season. He also has played in 41 playoff games.