February 25, 2010

Sports Digest

— HOCKEY

Pirates release three players to ECHL clubs, trimming roster to 24 as the season nears

Forwards Mark Voakes and Tim Kraus and defenseman Brian Kilburg were released Monday from the Portland Pirates' training camp.

The moves cut the AHL team's roster to 24 player heading into Wednesday night's preseason finale against the University of New Brunswick at the Portland Ice Arena.

Later this week, Kraus and Kilburg will both report to the ECHL's Ontario Reign in California. Voakes will report to the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones.

COLLEGES

MEN'S SOCCER: Kiel Hiller scored a pair of goals to lift the University of New England (7-1) to a 3-2 victory over Newbury College (0-7) in a nonconference game at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Kevin Tarr also scored a goal for the Nor'easters.

FOOTBALL: Southern California running back Stafon Johnson underwent emergency throat surgery after a weightlifting accident.

The senior who scored the No. 7 Trojans' go-ahead touchdown against Ohio State two weeks ago was bench-pressing when the bar slipped from his right hand and fell onto his throat, USC's Web site said.

BASEBALL

EASTERN LEAGUE: The Portland Sea Dogs have announced their home schedule for the 2010 season. The home opener is set for Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. against the Trenton Thunder. The Sea Dogs will open the season on the road on April 8.

Season tickets for the 2010 season are currently on sale. Individual tickets will go on sale at the Hadlock Field box office on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. Phone and Internet orders will begin at noon on the same day.

GOLF

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Ken Green says he's not going to let losing a leg keep him off the tour.

Green, who had his lower right leg amputated after a recreational vehicle accident in June that killed his brother and girlfriend, says he's hoping to be back on the tour by April.

Green was in his hometown of Danbury, Conn., where pros including Fred Funk, Mark Calcavecchia and Phil Blackmar played in a charity event to help raise money to pay some of Green's medical and personal expenses.

TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: NBC Sports says the Tour Championship earned a 3.3 overnight rating, an 83 percent increase from a year ago when Tiger Woods wasn't playing and the FedEx Cup had already been decided.

Phil Mickelson rallied to win the Tour Championship with a 65 on Sunday in Atlanta, beating Woods by three shots. Woods, however, captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.

SOCCER

MLS: New England Revolution captain Steve Ralston will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.

Ralston tore the ACL in his right knee during the Revolution's 2-1 win Saturday against the Seattle Sounders FC. He came down awkwardly while going for a ball, and is expected to have surgery.

Ralston, 35, ranked second on the team in goals (7) and assists (7) while appearing in 20 games this season. He is the MLS career leader in games played with 378.

n D.C. United keeper Josh Wicks will be out four to six weeks with a dislocated shoulder and a sprained knee.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Carlos Tevez scored twice and Manchester City outclassed his former team, beating West Ham 3-1 in Manchester, England.

The Argentina striker struck after five minutes and headed in Craig Bellamy's free kick in the 61st.

-- From staff and news services

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