True, Masters shine at Payton Jordan meet

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Ben True of North Yarmouth and Riley Masters of Bangor represented Maine well over the weekend during the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University.

On Sunday, True ran the fastest time in the world this year when he won the 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 14.44 seconds. He edged Evan Jager by 0.16 seconds.

True, a former Greely High and Dartmouth College star, took more than six seconds off his previous personal best (13:20.53). In doing so, the Saucony runner qualified for the World Championships this summer in Moscow.

Masters ran the fastest 1,500 meters of the season by an NCAA competitor when he finished second Sunday night in the event.

The former Bangor High and University of Maine standout, who now runs for Oklahoma, was timed in 3:38.79. It was his best time of the season and his second-best overall.

Masters was edged by Scotland’s Chris O’Hare, who was running unattached and finished in 3:38.48. Masters beat out Henrik Ingebrigtsen (3:39.07) who placed fifth at the London Olympic Games.

Next up for Masters is this weekend’s Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Waco, Texas.

Rays’ Price, umpire have disagreement

After struggling through the first month of the season, ace David Price couldn’t enjoy his first win.

Price had reason to be relieved and relaxed after the 8-3 victory over Chicago Sunday, but instead was distressed by what he felt were unprovoked and inappropriate actions by home plate umpire Tom Hallion.

Price said he was walking off the field after the seventh inning of what was then a 3-3 game when Hallion yelled at him “to throw the ball over the f-ing plate.”

Price was taken aback by Hallion’s actions, saying, “That’s terrible. If my own dad doesn’t speak to me that way, some frickin’ umpire’s not going to speak to me that way.”

Players on the Rays bench reacted strongly, with the usually mild-mannered Jeremy Hellickson getting ejected.

Hallion denied cursing when asked by a pool reporter, saying, “I’ll come right out bluntly and say he’s a liar. I’m denying what he said I said, pretty strongly.”

But Price stuck by his story, both in interviews and with postings on his @DAVIDprice14 Twitter account.

Houlton Golf Club opens

HOULTON — Houlton Golf Club has opened for the season. Carts are allowed on the course and a $10 greens fee is available for unlimited play until May 12.

Kings should stay in Sacramento, NBA panel recommends

A committee of NBA owners recommended on Monday that the league reject a proposal to move the Sacramento Kings basketball team to Seattle, a move that makes it more likely for a group of California investors to buy the team from its current owners.

The recommendation by the league’s relocation and finance committee was unanimous, the National Basketball Association said in a news release.

A final decision on the Kings’ fate will be made by owners of all of the teams in a vote expected by May 13. But Monday’s recommendation is expected to carry considerable weight with them.

Blackhawks’ Bolland, Emery out with injuries

Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland and goaltender Ray Emery will not play in Game 1 of their playoff series Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild due to lower-body injuries, according to ESPN Chicago.

Bolland missed three straight games because of a lower-body injury. He sustained the injury April 22 against the Vancouver Canucks. He missed 13 games in all this season from various injuries. Bolland has seven goals and seven assists this season.

Emery missed two games because of a lower-body injury that he sustained last Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers. He is 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage this season.

Corey Crawford will start at goalie and Henrik Karlsson will back him up. Crawford went 19-5-5 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage this season.

Norman calls golf’s drug policy ‘disgraceful’

Greg Norman told The Australian newspaper on Monday that golf’s anti-drugs policies are “disgraceful” and that blood testing needs to be included.

“You only have to look at what happened to Vijay Singh just recently to know the drugs issue is there,” Norman said.

Singh said in January that he had used deer antler spray, which is banned by the PGA Tour because it has a muscle-building hormone and can only be detected by blood tests.

Norman said he does not know how widespread the problem is.

“I have no idea because we only do urine analysis instead of blood testing,” he said. “If you really want to be serious about it and find about what’s really going on, we need to do blood testing. I think it’s disgraceful, to tell you the truth. The golf associations have to get together and step it up.”

Norman believes all sports should prioritize drug testing.

LSU RB Hill suspended indefinitely

LSU suspended running back Jeremy Hill indefinitely Monday stemming from his arrest for simple battery over the weekend.

University spokesman Michael Bonnette wrote on Twitter that coach Les Miles will “let the incident play out through the legal system before making any additional comments.”

Hill, 20, was arrested Saturday morning after a fight outside a bar in Baton Rouge, La.

If Hill is convicted of the misdemeanor, it would violate his probation. He pled guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2011.

Hill led the Tigers with 755 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last year as a freshman.

Former major league pitcher Lesley dies

Former major league pitcher Brad Lesley died of kidney failure, reported Monday. He was 54.

Lesley’s ex-wife, Chiho Svimonoff, told TMZ that Lesley had kidney problems and lived in a nursing home for seven months, where he received dialysis.

Svimonoff said that Lesley was taken to a hospital in Marina Del Rey, Calif., on Saturday night and later died.

Lesley played for the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers from 1982-85.

Nicknamed “The Animal” because of his antics on the mound, Lesley told the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2012 that he particularly enjoyed the 1982 season with the club.

Orioles acquire catcher Snyder from Angels

The Baltimore Orioles needed some help at the catching position after Taylor Teagarden broke his thumb, and they acquired minor-league catcher Chris Snyder from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade that sent relief pitcher Rob Delaney to the Angels.

Snyder hit .176 with seven homers for the Houston Astros last season, but he has not played in a major-league game this year. He is hitting .342 with seven homers in 21 games at Triple-A, and reports the Orioles probably will call him up to be Matt Wieters’ backup.

Delaney has not pitched in the majors since 2011, when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays.