Lawrence standout makes verbal commitment to BU

Nia Irving, a rising senior on the Lawrence High girls’ basketball team, has verbally committed to Boston University on a full scholarship.

“I’m so excited,” Irving said by phone Monday. “It’s funny because this is a school since I was in sixth grade I fell in love with … six years later I’m going to be at this school.”

A 6-foot-1 center, Irving lead Lawrence to a 50-43 victory over Thornton Academy in the Class A state championship last winter. She averaged 22.5 points and 14 rebounds per game, and was named the Maine 2014-15 Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a junior despite being less than a year removed from knee surgery.

Irving also had scholarship offers from the University of Maine, Navy and the University of New Hampshire.


NECBL: The North Adams SteepleCats (8-6) held off a late rally to beat the Sanford Mainers 8-5 at Sanford.

Dan Hetzel had four RBI with a run-scoring single and a bases-loaded double for Sanford (6-7).

AMERICAN LEGION: Justin McKenna hit a two-run double in the four-run fifth inning as OA-Yarmouth (2-2) held off the Sebago Lakers (2-2) for a 5-3 Zone 3 win at Yarmouth.

McKenna added a single and finished with two RBI for OA-Yarmouth.

Pete Lemagna picked up the win, giving up three hits.

NCBL: The Road City Explorers (11-6) held on against the Old Orchard Beach Surge (5-9) for a 6-5 win at The Ballpark.

For the Surge, Joe Coyne had a homer and double for two RBI, Rob Zinmeister had an RBI triple and Tyler Korbetsky added an RBI double.


EASTBOURNE: Former Grand Slam finalists Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dominika Cibulkova advanced to the second round in the grass-court tournament at Eastbourne, England, and top-seeded Petra Kvitova withdrew through illness a week before starting her title defense at Wimbledon.

NOTTINGHAM OPEN: Aljaz Bedene beat Diego Schwartzman in one of just five completed first-round matches at rainy Nottingham, England.


NHL: Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll was charged with one felony count of drug possession – cocaine – according to the Clark County (Nev.) district attorney’s office.

The substances were seized from Stoll in a pat-down search at the MGM Grand pool in Las Vegas in April. The possible penalty can range from probation to four years in state prison.


NFL: Terrelle Pryor, who has made 10 pro starts at quarterback, was awarded on waivers to Cleveland and the Browns intend to give him a shot at making their roster as a wideout. He has one career catch for 22 yards in the NFL.


U.S. OPEN: Billy Horschel, who made disparaging comments about playing and viewing conditions at the U.S. Open’s Chambers Bay course, tweeted his apologies a day later. “I am sorry for my actions on the 6th green yesterday,” Horschel tweeted Monday. “I did not hit the green with my putter. But still it’s not acceptable behavior to do that.”


NBA: The Charlotte Hornets will host the NBA All-Star game in 2017, people familiar with the situation said. Charlotte last hosted the game in 1991 at the now-demolished Charlotte Coliseum.

– From staff and news services