Bangor bowler wins Junior Gold tourney

PORTLAND — Matt Douglas of Bangor won the Maine State Junior Gold Bowlers tourney Saturday at Spare Time with a 931 pinfall for five games.

The first qualifier at the final tourney was Chris Goulette (796) of Clinton while Tyler Leeman (779) of Scarborough also qualified along with Hunter Quinlan (719) of Canaan.

The qualifiers earned spots at the Junior Gold Championships in Dupage County, Illinois.

High games at the tourney were: Matt Douglas 223, 190; Nate Boothby 214; Chris Goulette 195; and Nate Harzewski 193, 190.

Kenduskeag GC opens

KENDUSKEAG — The Kenduskeag Golf Course is now open for play. Carts will be allowed on the course Wednesday.

Canadiens’ Prust apologizes for ripping ref

Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust publicly apologized Tuesday for his comments about an official after a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prust criticized referee Brad Watson on Sunday after he received 31 minutes in penalties during Game 2. He was involved in a fight with Tampa Bay’s Braydon Coburn and threw an elbow pad at the Lightning bench.

“First off, I’d like to apologize to Brad Watson and the rest of the officials in the NHL,” Prust said Tuesday after practice. “If I caused any embarrassment or headaches, it was uncalled for. We got in a heated exchange that should’ve stayed between us.”

Marlins release catcher Saltalamacchia

Miami catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was released Tuesday after the Marlins were unable to trade him.

Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment last week. He is now free to sign with another team at the major league minimum. The Marlins will be responsible for the remaining $15 million of the three-year, $21 million contract he signed before the 2014 season.

In 2013, Saltalamacchia batted .273 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs in 121 games with the Boston Red Sox, but last year with the Marlins his numbers dropped off to 11 homers and 44 RBIs with a .220 average.

Liberty name Isiah Thomas president, part owner

Isiah Thomas, Pro Basketball Hall of Famer and former New York Knicks executive, has been named president and part owner of the WNBA’s New York Liberty.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the New York Liberty and help the franchise reclaim its position as one of the elite teams in the WNBA,” said Thomas, 54, in a statement Tuesday.

From December 2003 to April 2008, Thomas was the Knicks’ president of basketball operations, but the team found little success beyond a first-round playoff loss in 2004 because of a high payroll and trades that sent away its most valuable future draft picks.

In 2007, a jury in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, N.Y., ruled that Thomas sexually harassed Anucha Browne Sanders, a former Knicks executive.

Thomas played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons from 1981 to 1994. He was later a coach for the Indiana Pacers (2000-2003) and Knicks (2006-2008).