UMaine defenseman goes early, joins NHL Red Wings

Junior defenseman Dan Renouf left the Maine hockey team a year early Thursday, signing a two-year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Renouf also signed an amateur tryout with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, where he will report for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Renouf, a native of Pickering, Ontario, led Black Bears defensemen with 15 points in 38 games as the team finished its season last weekend with an 8-24-6 record. In three seasons, Renouf registered 38 points, a plus-14 rating and 72 penalty minutes.

Renouf is a childhood friend of former UMaine captain Devin Shore, who left early last winter to sign with the Dallas Stars. The Black Bears also lost defenseman Ben Hutton to the NHL a year ago. There are no other Maine players expected to sign pro contracts this offseason.


BEACH TO BEACON: Cape Elizabeth residents gobbled up 600 slots in 5 minutes, 24 seconds Thursday morning for the popular Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, held in the town each year on the first Saturday of August.

The time is more than three minutes quicker than it took to fill the town’s allotted slots a year ago and beats the previous mark of just under seven minutes in 2014.

The race will open up 4,000 slots at 7 a.m. Friday to the general public at Once filled, the race will begin a lottery for 1,950 remaining bibs that will continue through March 20, with the drawing on March 22.

Registration is $50 for the race and $5 for the lottery. This year’s race is Aug. 6.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Nia Irving, a senior center from from Lawrence High, was named the 2015-16 Gatorade Maine Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year.

Irving, who also won the award last season, averaged 25.6 points and 21.1 rebounds per game while leading Lawrence to a record of 21-1.


DOPING: Another Russian athlete has tested positive for meldonium, the drug found in Maria Sharapova’s sample at the Australian Open.

The Russian Biathlon Union says Eduard Latypov, a 21-year-old who won a gold medal at last year’s world junior championships, tested positive at the IBU Cup.


MLS: New York Red Bulls defender Ronald Zubar and Vancouver Whitecaps defender Christian Bolanos were suspended for one game each and fined undisclosed amounts for rough play.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Teenagers Frances Tiafoe and Brona Coric grabbed the spotlight in men’s first-round play at Indian Wells, California.

Tiafoe outlasted Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, in a battle of 18-year-old Americans, and Coric, a 19-year-old Croatian, beat Lucas Pouille of France 6-2, 7-5.