Starting guard Alba Orois has decided to leave the University of Maine women’s basketball team to pursue professional basketball opportunities in Europe, the school announced Wednesday.
Orois, a native of Spain, averaged 9.9 points per game and led the America East with 5.8 assists per game, earning third-team all-conference honors.
Also on Wednesday, UMaine signed Anna Soler, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Barcelona. Soler spent last season at Eastern Wyoming College and will have three years of eligibility with the Black Bears.
Soler started all 30 games last season for Eastern Wyoming, averaging 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 37, 9% over a 3 point range.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College has hired former Miami athletic director Blake James to succeed Patrick Kraft as Eagles TD. Blake is a former AD from the University of Maine.
James held the post at Miami from 2013-21, overseeing 18 varsity sports. During his tenure, the Hurricanes built new indoor facilities for football, baseball, and golf, and upgraded those for men’s and women’s basketball.
Kraft left British Columbia to take up the AD position at Penn State.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Justin Lewis has decided to stay in the NBA Draft rather than return to Marquette for the 2022-23 season.
The 6-foot-7 forward posted a social media message on Wednesday saying “Thank you Marquette,” which marked the NCAA’s deadline for players who entered the draft to withdraw from consideration and maintain their eligibility. at University.
• Iowa State coach TJ Otzelberger received a contract extension and a $500,000 raise after leading the Cyclones to the NCAA Sweet 16 and the third-best turnover in college basketball history major.
Otzelberger’s contract has been extended for one year, until June 2027, and his compensation package is increased from $1.5 million to $2 million per year.
Iowa State had been a unanimous choice to finish last in the Big 12. The Cyclones finished seventh and were ranked 8th in the Associated Press Top 25.
DEATH: Professional golfer Bart Bryant, who once beat Tiger Woods by six strokes to collect the biggest payday of his career, was killed when a truck slammed into his SUV while he was stopped in a line of vehicles on a road from central Florida for a construction crew, authorities said.
Bryant, 59, a three-time PGA Tour winner, was unresponsive when Polk City rescuers found him on Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to hospital where he died. His wife, Donna, 49, was also in the vehicle and was taken to hospital with minor injuries, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in an emailed statement.
MANCHESTER CITY: Benjamin Mendy will stand trial on eight counts of rape after being charged with an additional offence.
The latest rape allegation concerns a new complainant and could only be reported for the first time after reporting restrictions were lifted at a hearing at Chester Crown Court.
The World Cup-winning French defender pleaded not guilty last month except for the latest charge, to which he has yet to plead guilty.
Mendy, 27, also denies one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape.
All of the offenses allegedly took place at his home between October 2018 and August of last year, when he was suspended by the city.
He is due to stand trial on July 25 with co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, who has also pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. Matturie denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault.
Both defendants are out on bail.
REAL MADRID: Gareth Bale has confirmed he is leaving Real Madrid, saying he is happy to have fulfilled his dream of playing with the Spanish powerhouse.
Bale, 32, whose contract expires at the end of this month, joined Madrid from Tottenham in 2013. He played on loan with the English club in 2020-21.
AWARD: Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is in the running to win the English Football Player of the Year award for the third consecutive season.
De Bruyne was on a six-man shortlist for the award, alongside Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
De Bruyne won the prestigious player-voted award in 2020 and ’21. Van Dijk and Salah have won it in previous years.
The shortlist for the Women’s Player of the Year award included Chelsea duo Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr, Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little and Manchester City’s Alex Greenwood and Lauren Hemp.
MANCHESTER UNITED : Paul Pogba joined Manchester United for a world record fee. He will leave the English club for nothing.
United have said the French midfielder will leave Old Trafford at the end of the month when his contract expires. Another midfielder, Jesse Lingard, will also leave when his last contract expires on June 30, United have said.
AC MILAN: Less than two weeks after celebrating AC Milan’s league title win with thousands of fans, Gerry Cardinale is set to become the legendary Serie A club’s new owner.
Cardinale is the founder and managing partner of US investment firm RedBird Capital Partners, which has signed a preliminary deal to buy Milan for 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion).
Milan said RedBird should complete the purchase of fellow American Elliott Management by September at the latest.
BELGIUM: Anderlecht, Belgium’s most successful club, have hired Felice Mazzu as their new coach to replace Vincent Kompany.
Anderlecht won the last of their 34 Belgian league titles in 2017 and are hoping to get back to the top with Mazzu, who has been signed by local Brussels rivals Union Saint-Gilloise.
WESTERN HAM: Defender Kurt Zouma has been banned from keeping cats for five years and ordered to perform 180 hours of community service as punishment for kicking and slapping his pet cat during a filmed abuse.
INDYCAR: Callum Illot will miss the Detroit Grand Prix due to a broken hand suffered in an accident during the Indianapolis 500. Juncos Hollinger Racing replaced him with Santino Ferrucci to race in Detroit this weekend.
Illot was an early crash at Indy and finished 32nd; Ferrucci was 10th on Sunday.
• Rookie Kyle Kirkwood will replace Alexander Rossi next season at Andretti Autosport, the team that developed the Floridian but had no vacant seat for him when Kirkwood was ready for the major leagues.
Kirkwood has won at every level of the IndyCar ladder system and was last year’s Indy Lights champion. But Michael Andretti had a full lineup this year, so Kirkwood signed a one-year deal to drive for AJ Foyt Racing.
Rossi is expected to announce he has signed a contract with Arrow McLaren SP before this season has even started, leaving the No.27 seat open for Andretti to bring back his prized young driver for 2023.
BELMONT: Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike has arrived at Belmont Park for the latest jewel in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing.
The track reported that the long-time Derby winner arrived around 1 a.m. to begin preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 11. The colt was shipped by van from Kentucky.
French Open: Swiatek takes advantage of a double rebound without appeal and reaches the semi-finals