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April 11, 2014

Sports in a Minute: McAuliffe has big outing for NECC

McAuliffe has dominant start

North Reading resident Ryan McAuliffe has hopes of getting a Division 1 scholarship. First, though, he’s got to prove himself in the classroom and on the field at Northern Essex Community College.

Well, if this past weekend is a precursor of things to come, the hard-throwing 6-foot-5 pitcher has got a bright future. McAuliffe threw a one-hitter this past weekend for NECC’s 5-0 win over Quinsigamond Community College. Northern Essex, improved to 9-6 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

For his performance, which included nine strikeouts and two walks over seven inning, McAuliffe was named the NJCAA Division III Pitcher for the Week.

Ump takes a year off

One of the most accomplished and recognized umpires in Major League Baseball will be sidelined this season due to a back injury — and left wondering if he’ll be able to resume a big-league career spanning 31 years.

Tim McClelland, who was the umpire who ruled George Brett’s home run against the New York Yankees in 1983 was an out because of excessive pine tar, said recently that doctors decided against clearing him to work this season during the league’s annual preseason retreat in Phoenix.

MLB announced McClelland would start the season on the “disabled list,” but he told The Des Moines Register recently that he will miss the entire season and is uncertain if he’ll be able to return despite plans to consider it.

“I’m not working this year,” said McClelland of West Des Moines. “I’m not retiring, I’m just on the disabled list. I’m going to rest, and we have to re-evaluate at the end of the year.”

Da Costa still might return

A few weeks ago it was reported here that former Merrimack forward Stephane Da Costa’s gruesome broken nose injury may force him to miss the rest of the Binghamton Senators’ season after he took a stick to his face, requiring reconstructive surgery.

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