Yabusele to play for Claws Wednesday in New York

Guerschon Yabusele, nicknamed The Dancing Bear for his combination of agility and girth, has returned to the Maine Red Claws.

The Boston Celtics assigned the 6-foot-8, 270-pound rookie to their G League affiliate in time for practice Tuesday in Portland. The Red Claws play Wednesday morning in New York against the Westchester Knicks.

Yabusele joined Maine at the end of last season, playing in two games before a playoff run of five more games, and endeared himself to fans with his wide smile, wide body and nimble athleticism. He has appeared in seven Celtics games this season.

Whether Yabusele returns to Maine with the Claws for games Friday and Saturday night at the Expo has yet to be determined.


BOYS’ BASKETBALL After four straight trips to the Class D South boys’ basketball tournament, Islesboro Central School will not have a team this season.

The island school, with an enrollment of 30 in grades 9-12, did not have enough boys interested in playing this season, according to the Courier Gazette of Knox County.

Islesboro will field a girls’ basketball team.

Last season Islesboro entered the D South tournament as the eighth seed, losing at home to Pine Tree Academy 60-54 in the preliminary round. The previous season, Isleboro advanced to the regional semifinal after upsetting No. 2 Pine Tree.

This is not the first time a small island school has had to cancel a basketball season. Last year the North Haven girls’ basketball team called it quits before the season but is planning to play this season. North Haven, a K-12 school with a total enrollment of 67, has 18 high school students.


MAJORS: Carlos Beltran will interview on Wednesday for the Yankees’ managerial opening, a source confirmed, making him the sixth candidate to be considered for the job.

Beltran, 40, retired after capping his 20-year playing career by winning a World Series championship with the Astros earlier this month. But he played parts of three seasons with the Yankees from 2014 to 2016. While in the Bronx, he earned high marks for his leadership.

The Yankees have already interviewed Joe Girardi’s bench coach, Rob Thomson, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward, one of their own former players, Aaron Boone, and former major league manager Eric Wedge. Only Wedge has previous major league managerial experience.


NASCAR: NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore, a World War II veteran awarded five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars, has died. He was 92.

No details were given, but Moore lived in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Moore won the NASCAR title in 1957 as crew chief for Buck Baker and car owner titles in 1962 and 1963 with Joe Weatherly. He was the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2011.

– From staff and news report