Red Claws star Morris Almond signs with Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB league

Morris Almond, who averaged 22.3 points in 20 games for the Maine Red Claws after arriving in a trade, has signed with Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB league.

Almond, a 6-foot-6 guard who was the 25th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz, signed through the 2011-12 season. The Red Claws retain his rights should he decide to return to the NBA Development League.

Almond was acquired in a Feb. 15 deal with Springfield. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Red Claws. Overall, he averaged 24.6 points in 42 D-League games.

Almond will join Real Madrid for the upcoming league playoffs.


SOFTBALL: Christy Wezowicz tossed a six-hit shutout in the first game and Danyelle Shufelt cracked a three-run homer in the second game as St. Joseph’s (25-5, 18-0 GNAC) extended its winning streak to 21 games with 5-0 and 12-3 victories over Simmons (18-6, 13-4) at Boston.

The Monks took a 3-0 lead in the third inning of the opener on an RBI single by Liddy van der Linden and a two-run double by Jillian Kimball. Van der Linden added another RBI single in a two-run fifth.

Shufelt homered in the second inning of the second game as the Monks grabbed a 5-0 lead. The Monks scored five more runs in the fifth to invoke the eight-run rule. Emily Leverone was 3 for 3 with a double, a triple and three RBI.

• Kim Hunt struck out 14, walked one and allowed just four hits for Southern Maine Community College (12-6) in a 6-0 win over Central Maine C.C. (2-1) at South Portland.

Rachel Del Camp gave the Seawolves the lead with an RBI single in the first. Shannon Provost scored three runs and Becca Roberts scored twice.


FAMILY CIRCLE CUP: Aleksandra Wozniak opened the tournament at Charleston, S.C., with a 6-3, 7-6 (9) win over Lilia Osterloh.

MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Marcel Granollers 6-0, 6-3 in the first round at Monaco.

BARCELONA OPEN: Fifth-seeded Sorana Cirstea beat Tamira Paszek 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the first round at Barcelona, Spain, before rain stopped play for the day.


ADEBAYOR RETIRES: Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor retired from international soccer, saying he is “still haunted” by the deadly attack on his team at the African Cup of Nations in January.

Gunmen killed an assistant coach and team spokesman in the Jan. 8 attack in Angola, two days before the start of the tournament.


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