EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 4, 2012

Sports in a Minute: Big leaguers coming to Manchester

Chuck Frye
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Hot stove, cool dinner

The annual Granite State Baseball Dinner is Nov. 17 at the Manchester Radisson Hotel.

The impressive list of guests includes former Red Sox Bob Stanley, Rich Gedman and Hall of Famer Wade Boggs; New Hampshire major leaguers Chris Carpenter, Mike Lavalliere, Sam Fuld and Jeff Locke; and former home run king Cecil Fielder.

For more information contact Jenna Raizes at 603-606-4177 or visit nhfishercats.com.

Aviles dealt again

@Text5:Former Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles is on the move again, being dealt by Toronto along with ex-Fisher Cat Yan Gomes to the Cleveland Indians for right-hander Esmil Rogers.

Aviles was acquired by the Blue Jays on Oct. 21 as part of the deal that allowed John Farrell to become the new Red Sox manager. Reliever David Carpenter was also sent from Toronto to Boston.

Rogers split time last season with Cleveland and Colorado@Text5:, going 3-3 with a 4.69 ERA in 67 combined games. The 27-year-old is 11-12 lifetime in the majors with a 5.95 ERA.

G@Text5:omes played 43 games with Toronto last season, his first in the majors. He hit .204 with four home runs and 13 RBIs.

Great day for a 5K

@Text5:Several local runners had impactful weekends as thousands of athletes took to New England streets to compete.

At the Tyngsborough Trot 5K yesterday,@Text5: Bradford’s Pat Fullerton not only beat 222 other runners to the finish line, but he did it in the fastest time ever in the event’s history. The 24-year-old covered the distance in 15:57, shattering the record set by Salem, Mass.’s Nick DeSouza last year by 40 seconds.

P@Text5:elham teenager Shannen Arsenault was the third female finisher, coming in seventh overall in 20:22.

Three runners, including Londonderry’s Nicholas Leach, were part of a record-breaking day in Northfield, N.H.

Laconia’s Sam Wood toppled Graham Hayslip’s two-year-old course record at the Winnipesaukee River Trail 5K on Saturday as his 17:40 carved 20 seconds off the prior standard. Gilmanton,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color N.H.’s Scott Clark dogged Wood and finished two seconds behind the winner.

Leach, 15, equaled Hayslip’s time with his third-place effort.

A pair of Haverhill runners did well at yesterday’s Cider Mash 5K.

With 347 competitors swarming the Amesbury streets,@Text5: Chris Mahoney ran with the lead pack the entire race, coming in second a little over a minute behind Lexington’s Zack Schwartz with a time of 18:51.9.

Coming in 12th overall, Heather Mahoney was the first female finisher in 22:27.7.

Methuen’s Chris Hamel traveled to Springfield and placed fourth in the Sheriff’s Shuffle 5K, 58 seconds behind winner Jose Rivera.

North Andover’s Brett Budzinski took part in Wakefield’s Run for the Ages 5K and came in fourth in 16:43, just 39 seconds after victor Gregory Putnam of Stoneham.

The longest race of the weekend, the Jack London 10K Trail Race in Nashua, had the best local performances as well.

Cambridge’s Daniel Kramer won with an impressive time of 33:01. Coming in third was Atkinson’s Aidan Kimball (35:11) followed by Pelham’s Tim Mallard in seventh (36:37) and Andover’s Peter Brown in ninth place (37:39). Plaistow’s Nick Novaris and Atkinson teens Dana Aylward and Liam Kimball turned in top 20 efforts.

Running for a cause in NYC

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Hundreds of runners wearing marathon shirts and backpacks full of supplies took the ferry to hard-hit Staten Island and ran to stricken neighborhoods to help. Thousands of others poured into Central Park to put in 26.2 miles after the official cancellation of the world’s largest marathon because of Superstorm Sandy.

“A lot of people just wanted to finish what they started,” said Lance Svendsen, who organized an alternative marathon called Run Anyway. By 8:45 a.m., his group had sent off five waves of runners from the marathon’s official finish line, which had not yet been taken down. “It is amazing. My guess is about 600 people have left so far.”

It was a throwback to the original New York City Marathon in 1970, which was run with 127 people completely within Central Park.

This year’s runners all are guaranteed entry into next year’s race.

Teen makes Masters field

Guan Tianglang, a 14-year-old middle school student from China, will become the youngest player in Masters history next April after he won an Asian amateur event devised to help grow the game of golf in that region of the world.

Guan won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand, shooting a final-round 71 to hold off Pan Cheng-tsung of Chinese Taipei by a single stroke.

He holed a 5-footer for par on the last hole at Amata Spring Country Club to clinch his spot in the Masters.

The youngest player in the field, Guan led wire to wire with the knowledge that a victory would get him to the Masters in 2013. This tournament, which began three years ago with the backing of Augusta National Golf Club and the R&A, exempts the winner into the year’s first major and into the finals of International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship.

At 14 years, five months and 17 days, he will be the youngest player to compete in the Masters by more than two years. Italy’s @Text5:Matteo Manassero was 16 when he played in 2010 by virtue of winning the 2009 British Amateur.

Payton extension rejected

The contract extension signed by Sean Payton was voided by the NFL according to league sources, making the suspended Saints head coach a free agent after this season.

After joining with quarterback @Text5:Drew Brees to resucitate the Saints, Payton will be a popular option to take over a struggling franchise. Speculation exists that Dallas is a possible destination, where he worked as the assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005. Quarterback Tony Romo and Payton attended the same college, Eastern Illinois.

The clause in Payton’s extension that made it invalid involved language that would allow him to leave if Saints general manager @Text5:Mickey Loomis was suspended, fired or left the team. Citing that the clause would set a bad precedent for other contracts, the NFL rejected the deal before Loomis’ suspension as part of Bountygate.