Conner named Academic All-American

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine track and field standout Corey Conner has been selected for the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Track & Field/Cross Country third team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.

Conner, a nursing major from West Townsend, Mass., previously was named an honorable mention All-American for her 21st-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Conner graduated from UMaine as the school record holder in the 10,000 (33 minutes, 28.87 seconds), the 5,000 (15:55.60) and the 1,5000 (4:27.00).

Conner is also a three-time America East all-academic team honoree.

UMaine punter Ondish on CFPA Watch List

ORONO, Maine — University of Maine punter Jeffrey Ondish has been named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Football Championship Subdivision Punter Award Watch List as announced by the organization on June 28.

he preliminary watch list highlights 32 returning performers, vying for the top individual punter award in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Ondish is the sixth Maine player to earn a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List, following quarterback Marcus Wasilewski, tight end Justin Perillo, defensive lineman Michael Cole and defensive backs Jamal Clay and Kendall James.

Last season, Ondish appeared in all 11 games for the Black Bears, punting 49 times with an average of 41 yards per punt. Eight of his punts exceeded 50 yards while 13 pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line. The junior kicker also kicked off 26 times with an average of 53.9 yards and two touchbacks.

The full list of 2013 recipients, including the 2013 CFPA FCS Awards, will be announced on Jan. 8, 2014.

Herbstreit signed on with ESPN through ’22

College football analyst Kirk Herbstreit will remain at ESPN until at least 2022.

Herbstreit is an analyst for ESPN College GameDay and ABC Saturday Night Football. He will also be in the booth for one College Football Playoff semifinal and the National Championship Game beginning January 2015.

This fall, Herbstreit will join ESPN Radio every Tuesday for College Football Live, the network’s afternoon college football show.

Herbstreit is entering his 18th season as a part of ESPN’s college football coverage.

Charges dropped against Lions’ Spievey

Detroit Lions safety Amari Spievey had all charges dropped against him related to an April arrest resulting from a dispute with his girlfriend over child support.

Spievey was arrested for third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct, but had the charges dismissed after completing a family violence education program.

“He and his girlfriend are back together again and everything’s resolved,” Michael Dowley, Spievey’s attorney, told the Detroit Free Press on Friday. “Everything’s completed and everything’s fine. He’s really looking forward to the season with Lions.”

Spievey’s girlfriend also participated in the program and had risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct charges dropped as well.

Spievey is expected to start at one safety spot for the Lions this season.

Nets interested in free agent Collins

The Brooklyn Nets are interested in signing free-agent center Jason Collins, Yahoo! Sports reported Friday.

Collins, the first openly gay player in NBA history, played for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards last season.

He revealed in May that he is a homosexual.

Collins, 34, was a teammate of new Nets coach Jason Kidd and played under then-coach Lawrence Frank for seven seasons. Frank is now an assistant under Kidd.

The Nets acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry in a blockbuster trade Thursday that cannot be completed until July 10. Collins could fill a backup role and is a proven frontcourt defender.

Collins was a teammate of Garnett and Pierce last season for the Celtics. Garnett was reportedly upset when Collins was traded to the Wizards in February.

The Nets also plan to re-sign backup center Andray Blatche. Center Brook Lopez and power forward Garnett will start in the frontcourt.

Nuggets’ Iguodala opts out of contract

Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala opted out of his contract and will become a free agent, according to multiple reports.

Iguodala had one more year on his deal that would have paid him $15.9 million.

Iguodala averaged 13 points, 5.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds last season. He spent the first eight seasons of his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers.