EMITL changes time of Saturday track meet

Due to the expected large numbers of competitors in events in Meet A on Saturday, the EMITL/PVC is changing the time of Meet B to a start time of 5:40 pm. at the University of Maine field house in Orono.

The teams in Meet B at 5:40 p.m. are: Bucksport, Central, Ellsworth, Foxcroft, Hampden, Mount Desert Island and Sumner.

The teams in Meet A at 12:40 p.m. are: Bangor, Brewer, Hermon, John Bapst, Mattanawcook, Old Town and Orono.

Cavs’ James ‘a game-time decision’ Tuesday

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James returned to practice Monday but called himself “a game-time decision” for the team’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

James has missed the past eight games with knee and back injuries, and the Cavaliers (19-19) have lost seven of those games, including the past five.

James, 30, is averaging 25.2 points, 7.6 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game this season.

Bruins’ Gagne won’t return this season

Boston Bruins forward Simon Gagne, whose father died last month, has decided not to return to the ice this season.

Gagne, 34, went on indefinite leave Dec. 10 to spend time with his father, who was fighting cancer.

“At this time Simon feels that he has to be home with his family, and he has the complete support of the Boston Bruins organization with this decision,” General manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement.

Gagne, a 13-year veteran, signed with the Bruins on Oct. 14 and tallied three goals and an assist in 23 games.

Aaron joins group interested in Hawks

Baseball legend Hank Aaron has joined a group that is interested in buying the Atlanta Hawks, ESPN.com reported.

According to the report, the former home run king and Atlanta Braves icon has teamed with a group of current owners from the NBA, Major League Soccer and Italian soccer’s storied Serie A.

Sources told ESPN.com that the group is spearheaded by Memphis Grizzlies minority owner and vice chairman Steve Kaplan, Indonesian billionaire sports and media magnates Erick Thohir and Handy Poernomo Soetedjo and former Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien, who is the current managing general partner of DC United in MLS.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week that Kaplan and Levian were interested in purchasing the Hawks.

Yankees hire hitting coaches, announce staff

Looking to upgrade an offense that lagged in 2014, the New York Yankees hired Jeff Pentland as hitting coach and Alan Cockrell as assistant hitting coach, the team announced Monday as it revealed the makeup of its 2015 coaching staff.

The new hires were reported by several media outlets Sunday night. The team never previously employed an assistant hitting coach.

The Yankees also announced Monday that Larry Rothschild (pitching) and Gary Tuck (bullpen) will return. Rob Thomson, who coached third base from 2009 to 2014, will be the club’s bench coach — a role he served in 2008. Tony Pena, the team’s bench coach from 2009 to 2014, will move to first base coach.

The Yankees also moved Joe Espada, who was serving as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman, to the job of infield coach.

Hitting coach Kevin Long and infield coach Mick Kelleher were fired in October.