Wednesday, June 19, 2013
From staff and news service reports
Hadlock Field getting major facelift for Portland Sea Dogs' 2013 season
Hadlock Field will have a new irrigation system and playing surface for the 2013 season.
The Portland Sea Dogs announced that infield and outfield grass will be completely replaced with new sod -- Kentucky Blue Blend from Tuckahoe Turf of Berwick.
The new irrigation system was installed last week by Thirsty Turf of Portland.
The new infield dirt will match that used at Fenway Park -- a mixture of sand, silt, clay and a crushed brick topdressing that gives it a reddish color. The work started Monday and is expected to take 8 to 10 days.
BRONCOS: Denver linebacker Joe Mays received a one-game suspension and a $50,000 fine from the NFL for the hit that dislodged Texans quarterback Matt Schaub's helmet and took off a piece of his ear. Sources said Mays will appeal, forcing a hearing before Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.
BILLS: Buffalo released veteran punter Brian Moorman and signed free agent Shawn Powell to replace him. Moorman had struggled this season with a net average of 32.7 yards per punt.
LIONS: Detroit signed punter Nick Harris after Ben Graham hurt his left calf during last weekend's 44-41 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. Harris punted for Jacksonville in 2011.
EAGLES: Philadelphia signed two-time Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar to a two-year contract and released Chas Henry. McBriar's average of 45.3 yards per punt ranks fifth in NFL history.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United said captain Nemanja Vidic, who was rested for Sunday's match against Liverpool, had surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined for about two months.
NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks signed free-agent guard Marquis Daniels, a nine-year veteran who spent the last three years in a reserve role with the Boston Celtics.
FORMULA ONE: The new 3.4-mile track built in Austin, Texas, for the U.S. Grand Prix was cleared to host the Nov. 18 race, officials announced. It will be the first F1 race in the United States since 2007.
ATP: Rafael Nadal still has no timetable for his return from a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.
In interviews with European newspapers, Nadal said he's not sure whether he'll play in the Australian Open in January.