BASKETBALL

Red Claws assistant coach returns to Idaho as head coach of NBA D-League’s Stampede

Maine Red Claws assistant coach Randy Livingston is returning to the Idaho Stampede as head coach.

Livingston, 35, who capped a 12-year playing career by leading the Stampede to the NBA Development League championship in 2008, was introduced as head coach Wednesday at a press conference.

Livingston was drafted 42nd overall in the 1996 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets and played for nine NBA teams before retiring in 2008.

“The NBA Development League is about not only developing players for the next level, but coaches, officials and staff as well,” said Jon Jennings, Red Claws president and general manager. “Randy Livingston showed dedication and perseverance throughout his playing career. There is no question those skills will serve him well as he makes the step up to head coach.”

BASEBALL

ROGERS’ TRIPLE-A DEBUT: Former Mt. Ararat High pitcher Mark Rogers went 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his first start for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.

Rogers, the first-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004, limited visiting Albuquerque to three hits, striking out three and walking three. He left after throwing 85 pitches.

Rogers was promoted to Nashville after going 2-4 with a 3.60 earned-run average in his nine starts with Double-A Huntsville.

BIATHLON

WORLD CUP IN MAINE: The Maine Winter Sports Center will host a second biathlon World Cup event next winter, the center announced at a press conference in Augusta.

The event will take place in Presque Isle Feb. 4-6, one week before another one is held at Fort Kent.

The additional race means Maine will be the sole location of the 2011 North American World Cup tour.

“This is a great day for Aroostook County and all of Maine,” said Gov. John Baldacci. “The state has quickly built a track record across the globe for being an attractive site for biathlon.”

HIGH SCHOOLS

HONORS: Matt Verrier of Oxford Hills High was named Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year on Tuesday.

The annual award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character.

Verrier, a senior catcher, is hitting .487 with two home runs and 25 RBI this season. He was a 2009 all-state pick.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association named Westbrook’s Ryan Hutchins Maine’s coach of the year.

Hutchins, in his fourth season, guided the Blue Blazes to the Eastern Class A championship.