Basketball star Beal honored by Gatorade

Garet Beal of Jonesport-Beals High added another honor to his resume. On Thursday, Beal was named the Gatorade Maine Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year.

A week ago he won the state’s Mr. Basketball Award from the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches.

Beal, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, averaged 33.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks a game this season. He scored a school-record 1,685 career points and broke the single-season scoring mark with 612 points. He set the school’s single-game scoring record with 55 points against Woodland.

Beal has signed a letter of intent to play basketball next season at the University of Maine.


PALMER INVITATIONAL: Justin Rose ran off four straight birdies late in his round of 7-under 65 for a four-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., among those who played early in a chilly breeze.

Tiger Woods had two sloppy bogeys from greenside bunkers and didn’t hit it as well as he did when he won Doral two weeks ago. But he made enough key par saves and manhandled the par 5s to scratch out a 69.

MALAYSIAN OPEN: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand shot a 7-under 65 to take the clubhouse lead before thunderstorms caused the suspension of the first round.

Aphibarnrat is one stroke ahead of 2010 Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari, Gregory Bourdy and Anders Hansen at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.


SONY OPEN: Playing again at No. 1, Serena Williams routed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-1, 6-1 in the second round at Key Biscayne, Fla.

CHARGED: Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati was charged after police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine’s Day while he was working out at a gym in Palm Beach County, Fla.

She was issued a summons to appear before a judge April 17.


AFC: The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year contract with safety Bernard Pollard, the second safety the team has added in free agency this offseason. A seven-year veteran, Pollard spent the previous two seasons with Baltimore.

Tackle Branden Albert signed his franchise tender with the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks after the tag was placed on him. He will make $9.828 million if he plays under the one-year contract.

CHARGED: Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper will be facing charges he beat up his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville, Fla., home.

A federal grand jury in Dallas reindicted former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd, who already is accused of trying to establish a drug-distribution network.

Hurd, 27, played for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.

Chicago Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez, 24, was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer in Miami.


INDYCAR: Tony Kanaan landed a nine-race sponsorship deal with Hydroxycut just in time for the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla.

The deal between KV Racing Technology-SH and the weight-loss supplement company helps the team replace longtime sponsor Geico.


MLS: New England Revolution midfielder Juan Toja was fined an undisclosed amount for embellishment intended to deceive the referee in a game against the Philadelphia Union.

MLS also fined Chivas USA assistant coach Walter Fleita $500 for irresponsible behavior in the technical area during a game against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

ENGLISH ASSOCIATION: The English Football Association is likely to appoint Greg Dyke as its new chairman, nine years after he resigned as BBC director general following a report that the British government embellished intelligence to justify war in Iraq.

— From staff and news services