Katahdin CC opens Saturday

Katahdin County Club in Milo will be open for play on Saturday with all regular tees and greens in play. Carts are available. Call 943-8734 for more information.

Angels close to trading Hamilton

The Los Angeles Angels reportedly were close Friday to a deal that would send troubled outfielder Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers.

MLB.com reported that the Angels were in serious trade talks with the Rangers about a potential deal that would send Hamilton back to the place where he won the American League MVP award in 2010.

Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, began this season on the disabled list after he underwent right shoulder surgery on Feb. 4.

Hamilton, 33, has been rehabbing the shoulder in the Houston area for the past two months, while also dealing with the issue of his self-reported drug and alcohol-related relapse.

Dubnyk, Price, Rinne are Vezina finalists

Goalkeepers Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators were named finalists for the Vezina Trophy on Friday.

The award, which goes to the best goalie in the league. was voted on by the general managers of the 30 NHL teams at the end of the regular season.

Dubnyk posted a 27-9-2 record with a 1.78 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and five shutouts after he was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in January.

Price posted the most wins in the league (44) and led the NHL in GAA (1.96) and save percentage (.933) and tied for second in shutouts with nine.

Rinne, a three-time Vezina finalist, ended the regular season with a 41-17-6 record in 64 games, tying for second in the league in wins and ranking third in goals-against average.

L.A. stadium proposals excite Goodell

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said presentations this week by two stadium groups affiliated with NFL teams were “very exciting” and offered a “great deal of potential to be successful.”

is vying against a joint venture by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders for the right to call Los Angeles home again. All three teams have previously been based in the city.

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is planning a $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood, and the Chargers and Raiders are working on a $1.7 billion venue in Carson, where the city council unanimously approved the project on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a St. Louis task force hoping to keep the Rams (or lure another team) also presented plans for a $1 billion stadium near the Mississippi River.

Portland’s Flaherty on DL

The Baltimore Orioles placed infielder Ryan Flaherty of Portland on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Rey Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk.

Flaherty strained his right groin running the bases in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Flaherty was hitting .300 with two homers and four RBIs in nine games this season.

Cowboys’ Hardy in altercation

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy was involved in a verbal altercation with backup defensive lineman Davon Coleman at the team’s facility and reportedly had to be separated by teammates.

FOX Sports first reported the incident Friday following an on-field argument that took place on the final day of the first week of the Cowboys’ offseason program. ESPN.com later confirmed the report.

According to FOX, the dispute between the defensive linemen arose from Hardy’s questioning Coleman’s effort during conditioning drills. The situation escalated when, according to a source, Coleman took a dig at Hardy’s domestic violence issues.

On Wednesday, Hardy was suspended 10 games without pay for “conduct detrimental to the league” in violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Report: Titans to sign WR Nicks

The Tennessee Titans will sign wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, 27, according to a report Friday by FOX Sports.

Nicks, a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 2009, caught 311 passes for 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns in five seasons with the Giants. He signed with Indianapolis last year and caught 38 passes for 405 yards and a touchdown as a role player in multiple-receiver packages.

Bettman: Expansion team worth $500M

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman isn’t saying whether or not NHL expansion will happen. But if it does, he has a price in mind.

The right price would be around $500 million, Bettman said Friday at an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting.

Investors in Las Vegas and Seattle are interested in landing franchises to add to the NHL’s 30 teams.