Ex-Red Sox players set for charity game in Bangor

BANGOR — Former Boston Red Sox players will be returning to Bangor when the Professional Firefighters Local 772 hosts its annual Boston Red Sox Alumni charity baseball game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield Stadium.

In addition to the game, there will be a chance for autographs and pictures after the game. Players expected include Bill Lee, Sam Horn, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, and Jim Corsi.

Money raised will help with youth athletics and Christmas gifts for children of needy families. Tickets will be available at the game for a suggested $10 donation.

Coach Cos’ Football 101 for Women set Aug. 1

ORONO — University of Maine football head coach Jack Cosgrove and his staff will host the second annual “Coach Cos’ Football 101 For Women” on Thursday, Aug. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m., beginning in Bennett Hall.

The interactive workshop is designed to teach women the basics of offensive and defensive strategies as well as what to look for when watching a game; the first part of the workshop will feature light refreshments and a question-and-answer session; the second part will include a tour of UMaine facilities (locker room, weight room, training room, field and skyboxes) as well as a chance to participate in optional drills with the coaching staff and run plays on the field.

The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt, refreshments, a ticket to Maine’s home opener on Sept. 14 against Bryant, and the “Tackling Football” book written by Sandy Caron and Mike Hodgson.
All proceeds benefit the UMaine football program.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes and are asked to register in advance by calling the Athletic Development Office at 581-1130. For information contact mike.hodgson@umit.maine.edu. Deadline for registration is July 31.

Maine’s Perillo gains preseason honor

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine senior football tight end Justin Perillo has been named a preseason second team All-American by the Beyond Sports Network.

Last season, Perillo earned All-CAA first-team honors after recording 30 catches for 271 yards and five touchdowns. Recently, Perillo was named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Football Championship Subdivision Tight End Award Watch List.

Injured Jeter withdraws from U.S. championships

Olympic silver medallist Carmelita Jeter has pulled out of the U.S. championships due to injury but will still be eligible for August’s world championships in Moscow as defending 100 metres titlist, officials said on Thursday.

Jeter, the second fastest female sprinter of all-time, injured her right quadriceps at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting in May and has not run since then.

She won the world 100 metres gold in South Korea in 2011, earning her an automatic berth in the August 10-18 world championships.

She will be able to accept the wild card spot without competing in the U.S. championships because of the injury, a USA Track and Field spokeswoman said.

Brewers’ Braun likely out longer than 15 days

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun returned Thursday from his visit with a hand specialist with good news and bad news.

He told reporters that surgery won’t be needed, but said it “could be a while” before he’s healthy enough to be activated from the disabled list.

“It was nice to get clarity,” he said. “There’s comfort in knowing what we’re dealing with. It’s nothing we didn’t expect.”

Braun was placed on the disabled list June 14. Following his doctor’s visit, he won’t take any batting practice for the foreseeable future.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wasn’t sure whether Braun would come off the DL after 15 days.

Stars hire Ruff as new head coach

The Dallas Stars hired Lindy Ruff as their new head coach, completing an extensive search that led to the longtime Buffalo Sabres bench boss.

Stars President Jim Lites told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram of the team’s plans, barring anything unforeseen. Ruff has been a possibility since the job opened. He guided the Sabres for 15 seasons until he was fired midway through this season.

Stars General Manager Jim Nill had reportedly been turned down by former Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who went to the New York Rangers. Ex-Rangers coach John Tortorella was also considered.

Ruff compiled a record of 571-432-78 record as coach of the Sabres, reached the Conference finals four times. They played in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999, losing to the Stars on a controversial goal.

Flyers to use amnesty buyout on Briere

Flyers center Danny Briere is done in Philadelphia.

The team has decided to shed the veteran’s contract via one of their two amnesty buyouts, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren announced Thursday. While the buyout can’t be made official, Holmgren said Briere has been informed.

“I met with Danny last week and informed him of our decision to use a compliance buyout on his contract,” Holmgren said. “This was a very difficult decision for us to make as Danny has been a very good player for us over the past six years.

“Danny came to our organization as a free agent in July of 2007 and has been a tremendous player, person and role model in all aspects and for that we thank him. We wish him continued success and best wishes in any future endeavors.”

Briere, 35, collected six goals and 10 assists in 34 games last season, and would’ve been a $6.5 million salary cap hit in each of the next two seasons.