New Auburn Legion sets tryouts dates

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AUBURN – Tryouts for those interested in playing for the New Auburn Legion baseball team will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, Friday, June 9, and Sunday, June 11.

Players who live in Auburn or attend Edward Little High School, St. Dom’s or Hebron Academy, and were born after Jan. 1, 1987 are eligible.

The team is sponsored by Post 153. Those with questions may call Jeff Benson at 795-0556.

Rockland’s Parr gets Spirit Award

ROCKLAND – Andy Parr of Rockland was named winner of the 2006 U.S. Paralympic Spirit Award by DHL in the male category.

Parr, who began to lose his vision as a teenager from macular degeneration, was the only legally blind U.S. athlete competing in the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, where he placed eighth in skiing. In Parr’s name, DHL will donate $5,000 to Disabled Sports USA/New England (also known as the White Mountain Adaptive Snowsports at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire). Founded in 1991, this organization is a feeder program for USA Paralympics and has produced five U.S. Winter Paralympic medalists over the last 12 years.

Auburn’s Tardif wins tennis crown

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HEBRON – Auburn resident Lauren Tardif of Hebron Academy captured the MAISAD champion recently. Twelve competitors from Hebron, Kents Hill and Gould Academy participated.

After a first-round bye, Tardif defeated Kents Hill’s Kate Sawicz in an 8-2 pro set. Her next conquest was a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Susie Ma, also of Kents Hill. In the championship match, Tardif faced off against Caroline Drewes. She needed only two sets to earn the crown, 6-3, 6-3.

Ex-Sea Dog gets 50-game suspension

NEW YORK (AP) – Former major league outfielder Abraham Nunez, playing in the minors this season for San Francisco, was suspended 50 games Thursday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The 29-year-old Nunez, who formerly played for the Portland Sea Dogs, played in 136 games for Florida and Kansas City, batting .209 with six home runs and 35 RBIs. He last played in the majors in 2004.

Nunez hit .223 with six homers and 29 RBIs for Triple-A Fresno this year.

New Indiana coach restricted 1 year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA banned new Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson from calling recruits and visiting them off-campus for one year on Thursday, ruling he deliberately broke its rules by making extra phone calls to potential players while coaching Oklahoma.

The decision, announced by the committee on infractions, also requires Indiana to adopt the restrictions Oklahoma placed on Sampson.

, where he coached before Indiana hired him earlier this year.

“This case is a result of the former head coach’s complete disregard for NCAA guidelines for proper telephone contacts with recruits,” infractions committee chairman Thomas Yeager said in a written statement. “The former head coach created and encouraged an atmosphere among his staff of deliberate noncompliance, rationalizing the violations as being a result of prioritizing’ rules.”

The contract Sampson signed with Indiana on April 20 says the school “may take further action, up to and including termination” if the NCAA “imposes more significant penalties or sanctions than the University of Oklahoma’s self-imposed sanctions.”

It was not immediately clear if the Hoosiers would fire Sampson, who was in Kuwait and unavailable for comment. A message was left on the cell phone of Michael Glazier, Sampson’s attorney.

Indiana officials were expected to release a written statement later Thursday.

“Obviously, we anticipated some type of sanction, and this one seems to fit these minor infractions,” Indiana trustee Patrick Shoulders said.

Indiana hired Sampson in March amid an investigation into 577 extra phone calls Sampson and Sooners assistant coaches made to 17 recruits from 2000 and 2004. The calls violated NCAA restrictions, and the infractions committee determined Sampson made 233 of them.

The committee used strong language in its ruling, calling Sampson’s actions “deliberate noncompliance,” “willful violations” and found it “troubling” that he was the president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches when the infractions occurred.

The committee also determined extra calls gave Oklahoma a significant recruiting advantage since five players actually decided to attend the school.

Sampson has acknowledged making “mistakes.”

But the committee ruled Sampson did not consider his infractions serious.

“At a time when the NABC identified impermissible phone contact as a serious issue, and the organization was calling on its membership to be accountable, the former head coach and his staff were engaged in a pattern of willful and significant recruiting violations,” the committee said.

Yeager’s committee heard the case April 21 in Salt Lake City, where Sampson testified.

Oklahoma, which escaped major sanctions from the NCAA inquiry, had also frozen Sampson’s salary at $1.01 million in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and prohibited him from receiving performance bonuses.

Sampson is scheduled to make $1.1 million in the first year of a seven-year deal with Indiana and $1.6 million a year after that. The contract also explicitly states Sampson is not eligible during his first year for performance bonuses and gives Indiana the right to fire Sampson if his assistant coaches commit serious or repeated NCAA rules violations.

The Hoosiers have not been found guilty of a major violation since 1960.

The NCAA extended Oklahoma’s self-imposed probation for an additional 11 months and issued a public reprimand and censure but otherwise accepted the university’s self-imposed sanctions, which included reductions in scholarships, recruiting calls and trips and visits to the school by prospective recruits.

The infractions committee instituted a two-year probation ending on May 24, 2008. The university’s self-imposed probation was to end on June 30, 2007.

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