Falmouth man is 9 millionth Sea Dogs fan

PORTLAND — The Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, welcomed their 9 millionth fan in franchise history Thursday night when they hosted the Trenton Thunder.

Mike Davis from Falmouth was the lucky fan. He was attending the game with his wife Colette Cushing and their daughter Wagner.

Davis was greeted at the turnstile by Sea Dogs’ General Manager Geoff Iacuessa at 6:34 p.m. Davis received a Sea Dogs prize package including a pair of Sea Dogs season tickets for the next nine seasons, nine $25 gift cards to Rivalries Sports Bar and Grill, nine car washes at Scrub-A-Dub, a No. 9 Sea Dogs jersey, and got to throw out a ceremonial first-pitch prior to the Eastern League game.

Sharper sentenced to 20 years

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper received a 20-year sentence Thursday for his guilty plea regarding the drugging and raping of three women in New Orleans in 2013.

The punishment on state charges, announced by Judge Karen Herman in New Orleans Criminal District Court, will be served simultaneously to the 18-year sentence Sharper received last week on federal charges related to similar offenses in Louisiana, California, Nevada and Arizona.

At Thursday’s hearing, one of his victims said to Sharper, “You have a sickness, and you deserve much more punishment than you have received, I am sure.”

The judge agreed, saying, “I find this sentence to be woefully inadequate. Had you been convicted by a jury of your peers, you would not be getting the sentence you are getting.”

Herman added that she accepted the plea deal only to avoid a lengthy trial that would cause more hardship for the victims.

Sharper, 40, told the court, “There’s a lot more to my life than this situation. I am not a monster. I am not.”

Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowl safety, was previously sentenced to nine years in Arizona for similar offenses. He previously agreed to implicate his two named accomplices, Brandon Licciardi and Erik Nunez. Both men confessed to being party to the three sexual assaults in Louisiana.

Avalanche name Bednar head coach

The Colorado Avalanche on Thursday named Jared Bednar as the team’s new head coach.

Bednar will succeed Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, who unexpectedly resigned as Colorado’s coach and vice president of hockey operations two weeks ago.

The 44-year-old Bednar is coming off a successful second season as the coach of the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, guiding the affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Calder Cup championship.

“… I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement released by the team. “Jared’s track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business.”

Bednar has 14 seasons of coaching experience, posting a 251-158-42 record in six years as a head coach in the AHL and ECHL.

Crosby named captain of Team Canada

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will serve as Team Canada’s captain at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Crosby, 29, was Team Canada’s captain when it won the gold medal in 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. He also held the title when Team Canada won the world hockey championships last year.

Crosby has also been the captain for two Stanley Cup championship teams with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The star forward has 338 goals and 938 points in 707 career NHL games.

Team Canada also named Chicago forward Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber as alternate captains.